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In The Library by Tatsuro Kiuchi

PairedTatsuro Kiuchi + Charles Simic 

In the Library

There’s a book called 

"A Dictionary of Angels." 
No one has opened it in fifty years, 
I know, because when I did, 
The covers creaked, the pages 
Crumbled. There I discovered 

The angels were once as plentiful 
As species of flies. 
The sky at dusk 
Used to be thick with them. 
You had to wave both arms 
Just to keep them away. 

Now the sun is shining 
Through the tall windows. 
The library is a quiet place. 
Angels and gods huddled 
In dark unopened books. 
The great secret lies 
On some shelf Miss Jones
Passes every day on her rounds. 

She’s very tall, so she keeps 
Her head tipped as if listening. 
The books are whispering. 
I hear nothing, but she does.

Charles Simic

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re introducing a new series called Paired, which will feature a 20x200 edition alongside a poem selected by a team member, friend, or collector each day in April. Submissions are welcome! Please write us at

Autoportrait en poulpe, 2009 by David Favrod

An entrancing, sometimes hallucinatory collection of images, Gaijin is a tool in photographer David Favrod’s quest for identity.  The Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot and Aperture Portfolio Prize–winner has lived in Switzerland for most of his life, but was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Swiss father; he created Gaijin after the Japanese embassy in Switzerland denied his citizenship request.  “The aim of this work is to create ‘my own Japan’ in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents’ war narratives,” says Favrod.

See all of our Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots and learn more about the Hey, Hot Shot! photography competition

3D Stereogram by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Maybe it’s too early in the morning to be crossing your eyes at your computer screen, but Tatsuro made these awesome stereograms!

Tatsuro’s also selling hi-res digital files of three works to support the relief efforts for the Japan earthquake and tsunami:

I am selling my high resolution data of these 3 images to raise donation for Japan. The price is whatever but $50 and up. Just donate your funds to Red Cross (Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami) in your country, and email me your receipt. I will send you a link to the high res image of your choice. The file is a JPEG file which can be printed as tall as 14 inches at 300 dpi. You can use it to print posters, postcards, whatever but please keep it within non-commercial use, just for your personal enjoyment. I am selling my original data instead of prints because I would like to save the postal resources of Japan. Thank you.

Go, go, go!

New on 20x200: Shinjuku, 6:43 by Joseph O. Holmes

8”x10” ($20) | 11”x14” ($50) | 16”x20” ($200) | 24”x30” ($1000)

In the newsletter, Jen writes: 

The introduction of our second edition to benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund is one that I feel compelled to relay with little embellishment. Today’s edition—Shinjuku, 6:43—is by the well-traveled and much-beloved Joseph O. Holmes

As with yesterday’s edition from Emily ShurImperial Palace Gardens with Wall, Tokyo, all net proceeds from this photograph will be routed directly to organizations involved with the ongoing relief efforts in Japan. The challenges faced there are ever more formidable as the impact of the Tohoku Earthquake continues to unfold amid scores of aftershocks.

New on 20x200: Imperial Palace Gardens with Wall, Tokyo by Emily Shur

8”x10” ($20) | 11”x14” ($50) | 16”x20” ($200) | 24”x30” ($1000)

In the newsletter, Sara writes:

Hello collectors! It’s Sara writing. We’re interrupting our previously-scheduled editions to bring you two back-to-back opportunities to support the relief efforts in Japan. Emily Shur emailed over the weekend asking if we could pull together a benefit edition, to which we replied, of course. 

All net proceeds from the sales of Imperial Palace Gardens with Wall, Tokyo will go to support the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

LA-based Emily’s been traveling and photographing through Japan since 2004, building a personal body of work that is, as she describes it, a “celebration of introspection.” Like much of her work, many of the images look as if they could have been taken anywhere in the world. Without the title, Imperial Palace Gardens with Wall, Tokyo, might be mistaken for the groomed gardens found around Southern California, near Emily’s own home.

The nature of this work highlights why disasters like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan are so unsettling, engrossing and disturbing. What happened there could have happened anywhere. All things that are steady, constant and beholden, yours, mine and ours, can be swept away. While it’s nearly impossible to understand that kind of loss until you are faced with it—to the extent that, in writing this, I’m aware that it sounds borderline, if not entirely, trite—we all know, it’s true. Because words like this are terribly insufficient, it’s all the more reason to do something. Plus, we’re doubling up the feel-good factor: you’ll be benevolent and get some great art.