Jess (Franklin Burgess Collins). Collage for Joe Dunn’s The Better Dream House. Wherein the huge sickness of lovely Pauline and the first smells of imminent molasses, These make him take more steps than necessary he walks around tiring himself till he has an epiphany, Bernard walked in limping & sat in the wicker chair which had no legs, The Killing of Visions, Bernard coughed & therefore was the first to go into the playland, Pauline’s eyes watered and glistened within the shadows of her cheekbone, The window in Sal’s room had a rope which ran across the alley & up one flight to Steve’s apartment, …and became the first to listen to the white globules behind his eyes, wondered at the small death bubbles more numerous than notebooks, and a half note and ten feet above it all the moon! (top to bottom). White Rabbit Press. 1968.
Jess Collins. Emblems for Robert Duncan II. Sentences of an Inaudible Bell, Into the Troubled Childish Day, They Were There for They Are Here, The Ayre of the Music Carries, To Open Night’s Eye, Once More Remembering You Build the Shrine to Ameinias, Do You Know the Old Language (top to bottom). 1989.
Love, love, love this scrapbook/artists’ book co-created by Robert Duncan and Jess (Jess Collins), the San Francisco poet & artist power couple. On the left-hand page, a drawing by Duncan and on the right, a collage by Jess.