Do you like unusual arty books with poetry? Then let me shamelessly promote Flesh: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein.
Flesh: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein is a collection of poems paired with black and white photography that delves into longing and lust within the intimate moments of our lives.
What’s unusual about it is that the order of the poems and photos is entirely up to you: There are 10 poems printed on individual index cards and 10 photographic prints, each in their own envelope attached to the book’s cover. The cover arrives tied with a red string, as though you have purchased an illicit package that you must unwrap and discover on your own terms.
From the book:
All flesh that I have known
and my own
has been of shadow.
Cast in darkness
of eyes half-lidded,
fear of the brightness,
to scorching heat.
Sweat beading on brow,
I keep an eye to light’s access
For fear of discovery.
Flesh was published by Nouveau Nostalgia in August of this year. Because each cover is handmade, there may be slight variations in each copy.
(Full Disclosure: Tyson is my spouse, and I’m an editor for Nouveau Nostalgia.)