Quoin is the new annual publication for Friends and Patrons of Corbel Stone Press. The inaugural issue features The Not-Fire by Richard Skelton – a sequence of invocations, petitions or riddles dealing with universal themes: natural phenomena, hunger, fear of death, the taking of life and, crucially, conversations with non-human persons – the community of others that comprises the living landscape.
These poems are largely composed from the Swadesh List, a’ core vocabulary’ of 100 words that define a ‘proto-language’ common to two or more related languages. The list encompasses concepts common to all human languages (personal pronouns, parts of the body, heavenly bodies, verbs of basic actions, numerals, etc.), whilst eliminating concepts that are specific to a particular culture or time.
Quoin is beautifully presented to each Friend or Patron in a Corbel Stone Press folder, accompanied by a collection of new prints and postcards made between 2014-15.
This year, we have made a special series of two new works, The Tireless Permutations of a River and Fragments of Chthonic Dialects. Patrons of Corbel Stone Press will receive a unique, individually made and signed print from each series.
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