a poetry chapbook with a volvelle wheel cover

I recently finished printing & binding this poetry chapbook for the poet Maura McDanel, and I want to share it with you because I love the idea for the cover that Maura came up with: a volvelle, which is a wheel that you can turn to make different pictures show up in the windows. You’ve seen these things before, but maybe you didn’t know they were called “volvelles” instead of “wheel thingies.” Early volvelles were used to calculate the positions of planets and stars:

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The one I made for Maura’s book is not quite so complicated! Instead of calculating the positions of the stars in the sky, it shows drawings of things she’s interested in (only everything), and positions them in relationships to each other that are sometimes funny, sometimes make some kind of sense.

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