Recovered by BINDER #6
You Don’t Miss Your Water by Cornelius Eady
New York, Henry Holt (1995)
Artist’s Statement: You Don’t Miss Your Water is a series of poems that makes up a narrative elegy for the poet’s father. The book, a signed, first edition in its original binding, is housed in a fitted structure that does not interfere with the integrity of the original book.
The book’s title is taken from William Bell’s 1961 song: the blue outer papers reflect the book’s title as well as the tradition of the blues that runs as a theme throughout the collection. The black paper on the inside addresses other aspects of the book: the cautionary lyrics warn listeners, “You don’t miss your water until your well runs dry.” The shift in color reflects that message. The black core also acknowledges Cave Canem, co-founded by Eady, that promotes the depth of poetry within the African American community.
Materials Used: handmade paper made at a Center for the Book class, in the UVa Ruffin Hall paper making workshop