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Bea Nettles: Hawk/Dove

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Edition of seven numbered and three unnumbered books
Bound volume with digital prints
George Eastman Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

Nettles sets constraints for each of her gravestone poetry projects, always limiting herself to proper grammar and spelling but sometimes adding other rules. For instance, in Hawk/Dove, each name is drawn from the tombstone of an American veteran. The book tells two narratives: when it is read in one direction, a story about war emerges, but when turned upside down and read the other direction, a tale about peace unfolds.