The African-American Poetry is a full-text database containing 3,000 poems from about n books of poetry by African American poets published up through 1900. The full-text of each book is presented, and readers can browse the books or they can search the database for words in any of several fields: author, title, dedication, epigraph, first line, or any line. They can also create fairly complex combination searches, and searches can be limited by the poet's gender and whether the poem is rhymed or unrhymed. Poems can be printed and downloaded. The poets included are listed in Afro-American Poetry and Drama, 1760-1975: A Guide to Information Sources. Ed. W. P. French, M. J. Fabre, and A. Singh (Detroit : Gale Research, 1979). DAAP complements the American Poetry Database.
An artist’s book is a work of art that takes the form of a book. But what does that mean? And what counts as a book, anyway? Is it a bunch of pages that have been bound together, or is there more to it than that?
These are the kinds of questions that artists’ books try to answer. They play with both the form and the function of books as objects, encouraging onlookers to question traditional conceptualizations of “books.” They are usually handmade, often unique, and all different from one another. Because most artist’s books are hand-made and only crafted in small, limited runs, they offer artists a special opportunity to create books that are intensely personal.
All of the books featured in this exhibit are part of Miami University’s Walter Havighurst Special Collections. The materials on display reflect a concentrated effort to build a diverse, provocative collection that will challenge students to reconsider their notion of “books” while also paying tribute to the creativity and innovation of book artists across the globe.
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