Shane Neilson has written a suite of poems and a short story about the final imagined days of the famous poet, soldier, and doctor John McCrae. Neilson has written lyrically about the arc of disillusionment and eventual death of McCrae, striving to make McCrae’s little-known life more broadly represented than the reductive image of a poppy. The writing hopes to serve his heroism and service, and also hopes to complement the moving photographs included by the designer.
Materials: Field Hospital is offset-printed on Mohawk Via vellum, with two starched, inkjet-printed linen pages. Endpapers are Fabriano Ingres. The flexible front cover is inkjet-printed Mohawk Via Felt bonded to dyed canvas. The back cover is paper on board. Screw posts complete the binding. Twelve evocative World War I photographs have been selected from Library and Archives Canada, Canadian War Museum and other sources.