A reading and book launch party for the artist’s book Words of Love, by Mark Rutkoski ’73, will take place on Wednesday evening, February 13, 2013, at De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffé in New York City.
Taking its title from a 1966 pop song by the Mamas and the Papas, Words of Love is an index of the words and their frequency in the complete sonnets of William Shakespeare. Words of Love is both art object and literary experiment, investigating poetry through the lens of accumulation. Replacing the structural repetition of the sonnet form with pure repetition of words, Rutkoski disassembles the construct of love as erected by its most iconic architect. This text is for anyone who knows the truth of the lyrics, “worn out phrases and longing gazes / won’t get you where you want to go.”
Including an introduction by Annette Gilbert (translated by Vivien Knussi) and visual art by Klaus Killisch, Words of Love is published by Les Figues Press, Los Angeles, as part of the TrenchArt: Surplus Series. it is available at the Les Figues Press website.