Ko IV | Aleathia Drehmer

Single prose-poem
8 pages
2” x 2 3/4” booklet
Durable Goods
PO Box 282
Painted Post NY 14870

This teeny tiny pocket book is more a piece of art, almost like a sorrowful greeting card, than a zine or chap in any way. It's just a moment, a fleeting thought, a scrawled handwritten story-poem, as fragile as the broken bird on the cover, folded from one single sheet of paper that looks as though it came from a Japanese comic book, with an older man holding lovingly (and possibly creating a burial ritual for) a dead bird.

The title is intriguing, its many meanings each reflecting the sad inside story of Aleathia's first kitten, the abuse it endured from her stepfather, and its possibly-tragic, possibly-hopeful end. Ko: “go” in Hepburn romanization of the Japanese kana; a mountain, the second highest peak in Sikhote-Alin; an ancient Chinese dagger-axe; the Japanese sound in a name meaning “child”; a Thai word meaning “island”; an abbreviation for “knockout.” I could find an excuse for all these meanings to fit the title: letting go of a knocked-out child, one drops the dagger-axe to become an island, overcoming mountains. Interesting and intriguing title of endless possibilities.

Very cute, a small labor of love for the craft; and I think it's free if you ask.

•This book was sent to me from the author because I have corresponded with her.•

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