Hand to Earth
Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2019
Xexoxial Editions, 2018
This is a collection of my haptic poems, made in glass and photographed in the changing light of Mount Auburn Cemetery.
I began by making images of a series of one word poems (pwoermds), then etched them in dichroic glass using a high speed laser cutter. Over time, I reworked these into physical objects meant to be handled, turned about in the hands, held up to the light and experienced. They are very tactile and crave light and movement. The photographs in this collection replicate that act of seeing.
“Secretly dwelling near noisy quarrels, in their very insistence on material, metonymic blending, each of Suzanne Mercury’s portmanteau pwoermds comes with a splendid reflection of its own…. Pwoermds, in the to-and-fro of correspondence and open to, as well as the result of, double-reading become transparence. We can linger in front of these poem words or are seen through their granulous letters which pretend to rest on a mirror plane. Or did they arrive from behind the looking-glass, darkly?”