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The Night Hunter

Poet: Nancy Campbell
Designer, concept: Roni Gross
Letterpress printer: Roni Gross
Categories: Bookwork / Letterpress Books, Poetry/Proses/Text Works, Small Press Books

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Reference no.:L/Cam.N-Gro.R/11.00 Place/Shelf:3ER

Book title: The Night Hunter
Published by: Z'roah Press
Year made: 2011
Place made: USA
Original: Yes
(No. in Edition)
Dimensions: 235 x 308
Binder: bound by R Gross
Physical description: palm leaf binding, boxed
Medium: text, graphics and extra objects
Collaborations: with Peter Schell
Further information:
"'The Night Hunter' is a poem is from a series on the disappearing culture of indigenous hunters composed while Writer in Residence at Upernavik Museum in Greenland. The poem, which received a Norman MacCaig Centenary Prize, is a pantoum, a repetitive poetic form introduced to Europe from Malaysia by the French during the 18th century, originally a sung form. The pantoum is employed as a vehicle to consider the effects of European colonisation on the Arctic, and the conflicts between oral and written cultures. The palm-leaf binding structure references the East Asian origins of the pantoum." Nancy Campbell
"Historically in Greenland, the lack of materials like wood and metal, and even fibre for cordage, has made materials found on the shore or acquired through trade of great value. For this work, the sculptural vocabulary was chosen from primarily found material: wild harvested dogbane for cordage, driftwood for covers, scrap metal and horse bone, scavenged wood for the game board. The objects, making abstract reference to the poem, allow the reader to re-experience the poem tactilely, and also participate in the telling of the story by arranging the objects on the game board." Roni Gross
(both quotations from http://www.nancycampbell.co.uk)

Poet: Nancy Campbell
Designer, concept: Roni Gross
Letterpress printer: Roni Gross

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