the first volume, past – for all those who have lived and died, starts in 998031 bc and ends in 1969 ad, namely one million years later. at this date starts the one million years in the œuvre of on kawara, transcribed here for this edition on 2000 pages. the second volume, future – for the last one, starts in 1993 ad and ends one million years later, in 1001992. this period is equally transcribed for the edition on 2000 pages. the text of each page is laid out in 10 columns, rigorously aligned and subdivided in 5 blocks of 100 years. each block contains 10 lines and each line contains a decennium. the two volumes of the book correspond, their internal organization is identical.
This is a handmade typewriter book I bought from Anatol Knotek (visual-poetry.tumblr.com). It’s called ‘2 4get her’ and it’s a visual poetry book. It’s absolutely adorable and so special and unique, so thank you so much for making it and selling it to me! Check out the author’s blog on how to buy your own.
the writing is restricted by a pseudo-alliterative rule: the first chapter contains only words starting with the letter a, the second chapter only words starting with a or b, etc.; each subsequent chapter adds the next letter in the alphabet to the set of allowed word beginnings. this continues for the first 25 chapters, until at last abish is (briefly) allowed to write without constraint. (wikipedia)