(Buffalo): (Punch Press), (2009). First printing preceding the 2011 Flood Edition. Paperback. Thin octavo. 6 x 8'5 inches. 20 unnumbered pages. Visual images by Erica Van Horn. As new in original decorated wrappers. Item #32993
Of this remarkable elegy Pat Conroy writes at the end of his My Reading Life: "... an exquisitely printed elegy by Thomas Meyer mourning the death of [his partner] the poet Jonathan Williams. The pages are handmade, and the slendor volume looks as though it might have been milled with butterfly wings and the armored enamel of ladybugs.The title of the poem is taken from an obscure yet enchanted Japanese word, kintsugi. When I read the title, I thought I'd been reading my whole life waiting to stumble upon this spellbound word camouflaged in the bonsai ferneries of a foreign language. Kintsugi is the Japanese practice of repairing ceramics with gold-laced lacquer to illuminate the breakage. Ah, I thought, there is no attempt to hide the breakage - that golden, beautiful lacquer emphasizes the harm to the crockery or stemware. As Thomas Meyer bids farewell to the poet, he turns his words into gold fluid that hardens along the fault lines that are ending the poet's life. Because I love to read, Thomas Meyer comforts me over the loss of Jonathan Williams and offers me a deep shell of metafor that I can use to help explain my own writing to myself." Although not called for this copy is signed by Thomas Meyer on the title page.