wreckoning

Creator(s) Alison Roth Cooley, Leah Horlick
ISBN

978-0-9865426-4-0

Published

November 2010

wreckoning unfolds as a metamorphosis: a long poem interlaced with illustration. Structured as a self-enclosed document, with a button-and-string envelope clasp, the book functions as an artefact, not scientific or historical, but folkloric. The text is a mythic narration of the sea, a witness to the changing of the seasons and the transformative effects of weather. Throughout the poem, the inescapable natural forces of winter and the ocean explore a household and its instances of commonplace shape-shifting: moments when the natural becomes supernatural, when objects of our everyday lives, and even our bodies, fundamentally change into the extraordinary.