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Sometimes I Pretend. (2014) by Naomi Shihab Nye. 4 1/4 by 10 3/8 by 4 1/4 inches. One scrolling page. 35 copies. $695.
We found the words “secret motor chirring” central to our reading of the poem. Our interpretation of Nye's poem was informed by previous explorations into this timeless theme, both by British arts and crafts fine press printers when they said “don’t let yourself become part of the machine, but work to create beauty with your hands…” and the visual depictation of Charlie Chaplin in"Modern Times" when he works at the assembly line or as he swings precariously from the hands of the giant clock, and this led us to bind the book as a motor. This also inspired our use of the clock and pencil imagery and the pencil page stop, which for us symbolize the relentless call of work.