Frogmore has published an outstanding experimental pamphlet of poetry by novelist Lindy Usher. It was produced by New Art Projects, London, in association with us and Art First Gallery, designed by Christian Kusters at CHK Design, and features specially commissioned artwork by John Lee Bird.
The book deals with the devastating effects of loss of speech through stroke. Usher suffered a series of strokes at a relatively young age and has here created a sequence of poems about Caspar David Friedrich, Hans von Bülow, Lovis Corinth, Kurt Schwitters and Otto Dix, all of whom suffered strokes. Sue Hubbard notes that Usher ‘takes the fractured shards of language and rebuilds them bit by painful bit to create something that both reflects, yet reaches beyond, this life-changing experience’.