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A photo of a paperback book titled "Life in Handkerchiefs" by Rachel Blau DuPlessis. The cover has a cream, textured background with colorful abstract bits of paper collaged and drawn on the surface.A photo of a person holding a book open. The left side of the page is blank white and the right side of the page has collaged bits of paper and embroidered fabric. In the center there is a typed poem.A photo of a person holding a book open. The left side of the page is blank white and the right side of the page has a royal blue background. There is a purple handkerchief with a cream, laced border. In the center there is a typed poem.A photo of a person holding a book open. The left side of the page is blank white and on the right side there is a cream, arched doily laying on rainbow-colored collaged pieces of paper. In the center there is a typed poem.

Materialist Press

Rachel Blau DuPlessis: Life in Handkerchiefs

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Description

Life in Handkerchiefs is a tale of female life via vintage hankies mingled with poems and meditations, along with crocheted edging, lace, artificial flower trimmings, and various notions. This book is about growing up in the category "female," resultant curiosities, bizarre vagaries of gender, body thoughts, the quotidian, mother-daughter relationships, life span, and historical and inner life along with a sense (always vital to DuPlessis's work) of the mystery and oddity of existence. Given the various narratives and feelings evoked by "texting" us with thoughts on gender via little scraps of fabric, Life in Handkerchiefs makes a wry gift book in many moods, and telling surprising backstories—jaunty, somber, droll, aphoristic, rueful, yearning, ironic, critical, suspicious, and compassionate.

Published by Material Press, 2023
Paperback, 118 pages / color
8”x10"

Edited by Rivka Weinstock and Ariel Resnikoff
Designed by Julia Warner

ISBN: 978-1-7335169-7-6

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