books brewing

the cover, completed
  the hand of this sent me off to my bookshelf, 
to reread the bit about the shakers' poplar cloth
 shaker textile arts by beverly gordon.
the northeastern shakers made  
poplar cloth, 
woven with poplar strips on cotton warp
the slippery elm in this feels lovely, 
slick even as it dries.
perhaps when i go to maine i will visit sabbathday lake
if they welcome it, that is.
and this is a structure i'm exploring from alisa golden
it's in her books but also on her teaching blog
the foredge
and then there are these.
it pleases me to recycle them.
 i wear these like jeans, 
because they are more comfortable than jeans are now
because jeans have that silly lycra in them and
feel like thick tights 
 and when these gramicci climbing pants 
have come apart several times 
and have been resewn and repaired, 
they retire to be dyed or made into rag paper.