As we approach election day next month check out this new curated collection on the 23 Sandy web site featuring a few artist books and broadsides about our precious right to vote. From Bonnie Thompson Norman’s Ballot Box with its innovative box structure; to Julie Shaw Lutts’ Resolutions 1848 reminding us of the hard battle for women’s right to vote; to Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring’s Keep the Change broadside about Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign.
Also included in this curated collection: Sarah Bodman’s, GM Future, food for thought for those of us who live in Oregon and must decide on a ballot initiative about GMO food labels.
And, then there is a lovely broadside from Cathy DeForest featuring a poem by Matthew Dickman titled The Mysterious Human Heart, that really isn’t about voting at all. It is about a stroll through a farmer’s market. But, the last few lines sum it all up:
in the window, facing the street where my heart is president
of the Association for Random Desire, a series
of complex yeas and nays
where I pick up plantain, the ginger root, the sprig
of cilantro that makes me human, makes me
a citizen with the right to vote, to bear arms, the right
to assemble and fall in love.