The title of this poem is a quote by Marianne Lettieri, an assemblage artist I admire. Kieth Lobue is another, his site is stunning. The title comes from the book Art Making, Collections and Obsessions by Lynne Perrella, Quarry Books, published in 2007. Many of the pages in the book resemble my studio. I have a vast and ever growing collection of curiosities and trinkets. This poem is inspired by my never ending search for ways to store my junk.
'Pieces of string too small to use'
this book is about how to save things
flakes of text keep best in small corked bottles
bind together with twine impulsive wire spectacles and
their more conservative cases
wind rusted imperial tape measures
around grey palm pebbles
separate yellowed crochet castoffs
in pigeonholes of an old secretary like this -
lengths of lace : round doilies : lace edge lawn hankies
fashion humble twine into self supporting nests