The Collages of Helen Adam

Happy to see Cuneiform Press and Further Other Book Works putting out this book of collages by Helen Adam:

I have long thought of how under-recognized she was, so it’s good to see her getting some pages.

When I was an undergrad student at University at Buffalo working in the Poetry and Rare Books Collection, I would often hide in the stacks and obsess over her collages. That time was highly influential to me as a writer, seeing how how she could take material that had an inherent potency and illuminate it by fusing it with other potent material. A simple and poetic alchemy. From that point on, I stopped worrying about the quality of what came out of me from “the inside”, and instead trusted my eye to recognize that the material is all over the place if you open yourself up and pay attention.