Little Dead Rabbit

Alben, Astrid

Regular price $27.00

“During the lockdown poet ASTRID ALBEN and graphic designer ZIGMUNDS LAPSA worked closely together on Little Dead Rabbit, a book-length poem that is part adult fairy-tale, part concrete poem about a little dead rabbit the poet found on the verge of a road.

Ostensibly a poem about death, the small corpse is equally a meditation on healing and joy.

Lapsa is known for his handmade designs and for this book he made a series of inventive, abstract die-cuts that weave into and around the gasps and gaps of language. This creates an inescapable interplay between text and image, changing and challenging the direction of reading at every page-turn.

Alben’s poems are inventive, bizarre and dynamic, and go looking for the elastic extremities of language. She was born in the Netherlands but moved to England at a young age. Forever attempting to get a grip on the bilingual brain, Alben wrote Little Dead Rabbit at the same time as the Dutch version, Klein dood konijn.”

A moving meditation on the death of a small rabbit brings up many different emotions and thoughts, a story told in equal parts by the shapes that are taken on by the spaces between words, as manifested by the dynamic cut-out illustrations by Zigmunds Lapsa. 

Soft cover, 22,5 x 17 cm, 62 pages, London 2022

ISBN: 978-1-913513-28-3