Illustrated by Ditty Doornbos
135mmx210mm, paperback, 40pp including 14 colour illustrations
This collection grew out of a friendship between artist Ditty Doornbos and poet Judith Wilkinson. They met under unlikely circumstances, when they were both living in Groningen, both in the depths of illness. During their initially brief encounters and telephone conversations they were struck by certain similarities in their experience: the deeper the hold of the illness, the more archetypal their dreams became, full of mythical beasts and strange transformations. They both tried to engage actively with this material and keep a record of it, in drawings and journals. Many years later they decided to collaborate on a chapbook and they worked together closely for a period of about a year. Some of the poems were sparked by Doornbos’s artwork, some of the artwork was inspired by Wilkinson’s poems. Wilkinson based her sequence on the dream imagery and the factual details of Doornbos’s journey, in which the central image was a desert canyon that started out as an ominous landscape and evolved into a place of regeneration.