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Five Poems on the Circus
Pochoir Illustrations by Walter Bachinski
Shanty Bay, Ontario: Shanty Bay Press, 2002
Pochoir is a demanding technique based on the use of stencils to create areas of intense single color. Colors can also be overlapped to create new colors and effects both subtle and complex. In Circus, Walter Bachinski was stimulated by Picasso's 1905 painting, Family of Saltimbanques. The work consists of poems by D.H. Lawrence, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Rainier Maria Rilke, P.K. Page, Kenneth Koch, and Crispin Elsted, each illustrated with a stunning pochoir by the artist. Each text is preceded by a second pochoir in just two colors. The book is 18 1/4 inches tall and 13 inches wide.
Bachinksi holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. Circus was acquired with funds provided by the Friends of the University Libraries.