3 sheets of 2mm glass bearing handwritten cursive script, and engraved textures, over a paper background combining hand painting/gilding with digitally printed 'shadows' derived from scans of the glass writings.
Presented in a frame rough gilt with aluminum leaf.
"You come to me
a bird shedding gold feathers,
each one a quill scraping my tympanum.
You set a book to my ribs.
Night after night I unclasp it
at the mirror's edge
alphabets flicker and soar.
Write in the light of all the languages
you know the earth contains,
You murmur in my ear.
This is pure transport."
From Illiterate Heart by Meena Alexander.
Published in 2002 by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press.