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Conversations with a Toad
Conversations with a Toad contains eleven engravings based on ink drawings. They are black and white (shades of black, soft greys, washes), in accordance with the Japanese method, and required the preparation of thirty-three woodblocks; the final result is the fruit of forty-three layered printings. The work folds out like a Japanese book (orihon), with engravings and texts printed on Japanese paper (kizuki hosho). . . . The ten poems by Robert Bringhurst (these "conversations" are actually more the narrator's soliloquies) suggest a chapter of natural history underlain by philosophical reflections on knowledge and the human spirit; on life, death, and destiny; on space and the duration of time.
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