Paper Treasures

I recently told one friend that I would help her find a simple guide for making a blank journal. We both share a love for altered books, bookbinding and other paper crafts.

To this end, I’ve been reading the latest issue of Bound & Lettered. This journal is a must for papercrafters. It is published quarterly and in each issue you can find everything from book exhibits around the country, study of calligraphic alphabets to instructions for book structures. If you want to find out more, check out the John Neal Books web site.

Tonight I’ll continue looking for the perfect journal for her.

Now for tonight’s poetry fragment in honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve chosen the following for Christine, who loves the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The light wraps you in its mortal flame.
Abstracted pale mourner, standing that way
against the old propellers of the twilight
that revolves around you.

Excerpt from The Light Wraps You. Born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in southern Chile on July 12, 1904, Pablo Neruda led a life charged with poetic and political activity.