Photographs by Josephine Sacabo. Poems by Dalt Wonk.
Luna Press, 2012. 116 pp., black & white illustrations throughout,
Signed copies available to order!
Nocturnes in an elaborately designed book that harmonizes a series of stunning black & white photographs with a series of eloquent poems. Each poem, printed on a sheet of vellum, serves as a portal to related, mysterious photographs. True meaning only exists deep down in the observer’s reservoir of nostalgia, the place where we all want to go swim at night, an unpredictable dreamscape where figures and objects pose as symbols of one’s experience. The rhythmic juxtaposition between word and image is like a tango — complimentary partners creating a new, unique excitement. The photographs were made by internationally-known photographer Josephine Sacabo. The poems were written by Dalt Wonk.
The book opens with a poem titled, ‘The Moon,’ which laments for this glowing satellite: ‘Doomed to perpetual return, like the oceans, who grieve on her white marble steps,’ and ends, wondering: ‘What draws you to us, angel of evil tidings, bearing the scent of the eternal whom you flee, like a migratory bird fleeing the death of summer?’ Turn the vellum page and you encounter a woman’s figure writing in the moon. She is someone, a memory taking form.