In the second half of 2020 I started a book-long erasure poetry and collage project: The Summer Book project.
I have been mining Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book for poetic lines that express the isolation of living with a bewildering chronic illness and the struggle to keep a sense of purpose. This came about after reading a line in the introduction about how “an island can be dreadful for someone from the outside” and how it “has no need of you”. I just can’t decide if I’m the person the island has no need of or if I’m the island.
I was also inspired by Sarah J. Sloat’s Hotel Almighty.
You can follow my progress by visiting this page.