Es Una Buena Maquina / Faride Mereb; text by Miyo Vestrini

Es Una Buena Maquina / Faride Mereb; text by Miyo Vestrini

Books


FA.B89.2280
4.5 x 6.125 in; 11.43 x 15.5 cm
2014
Ex Libris Press
Faride Mereb
Ex Libris Press
Letra Muerta
Miyo Vestrini
photographs, poetry
An experimental book of unpublished poems by Miyo Vestrini, manuscripts and archival photographs. This book has two volumes: one square spine with french folding that enables the fore edge to be printed with letters that show the title. The first book has all her poems divided in three sections, the other is saddle bound with facsimiles and loose sheets from her archive. They are contained by a dust jacket with a ribbon, in a printed serigraphy envelope with a bookmark and a poster. Printed and bound by Ex Libris Press. Edition number 366 of 500. "Miyo Vestrini was born in Nimes, France, in 1938; she moved to Venezuela with her family nine years later. Vestrini was, at 17, a member of the avant-garde group Apocalipsis, strongly influenced by surrealist ideas and imagery. In spite of this, her poetry is closer to the existential concerns and political engagement of El Techo de la Ballena (1961) and 40 Grados a la Sombra (1964). Vestrini's first book, Las historias de Giovanna (1971) is a narrative mixture of verse and prose which recounts a woman's life--not different from that of the author. In it, we find some themes which would become common threads in her subsequent work--the complexity of female experience, the constant sense of strangeness and exclusion, and the difficulty of love. The poems in 'Es una buena maquina' confirm her unvarying motifs and her melancholy voice, as exemplified in these lines: 'After they lifted up my dead body/I wasn't asked how I felt.' Miyo Vestrini committed suicide in 1991." -- artist's note