SCOTT ZIEHER | Poems & Collages

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SCOTT ZIEHER | Poems & Collages

25.00

65 Pages
8 x 5 in.
Perfect bound paperback

28 pages, 15 color collages
8 x 6 in.
Saddle stitched paperback

Published by Ampersand Editions, 2014
First edition of 200

Zieher’s fourth volume of poetry, What to Want, is a collection of 39 poems spanning 25 years. Divided in half, between invented memories of a dead father (and a middle-American heritage forever out of reach) and the eventual passing of his mother, Zieher moves between the vernacular of small-town Americana’s inevitable loneliness and loss and the latent bliss of ancestor worship in the incessant anachronism of New York City. Published in conjunction with a small-edition pamphlet of select collages by the poet, What to Want is a culmination of lyrical assemblages in two mediums.

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Ampersand as a companion to to Zieher's collection of poems, this small-edition pamphlet features 15 of his most recent collages. Citing a multitude of art historical, literary, musical and ancestral deposits, Zieher likens his collages (and longer recent poems) to a tablet on which the ambiguity of disparate influences take on equally ambiguous forms. "If they document anything," says Zieher of his collages, "they document my own obsession with paper (my grandfather and uncles worked at Nekoosa Paper Mills in Port Edwards, Wisconsin), salesmanship, (my Dad sold plumbing fixtures, regionally), office supplies (my mom was secretary to the principal of my junior high school and her desk framed an enormous vault of school supplies), jazz, baseball, Gotham, taverns, bowling, nightclubs, magazines, race forms, postcards, etc." His collages are loose but sculptural, uncouth and unkempt, improvised yet controlled, meaningless while sincere, gestural but always within the lines of a precise style that is unmistakably his own. 

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