Emerging from Our Shells

Shellships by Ashlley Morgan-Shae AMS Publishing, 2014, 99 pages, $10 __________________________ With one small qualification I’ll come to, I enjoyed this book. It comprises twenty-five pages of illustration followed by twenty-six poems, and the integration of the two art forms is most skilfully done. Indeed, if artfulness were not in its present epoch of beggary, then the exquisite watercolour illuminations of shells and marine mortuary here, together with these shapely poems, might merit being placed within a finessed sample of book-craft, hardcover, saddle-stitched, marbled endpapers and tasselled bookmark such as that quiet craftsman Alec Bolton used to create on his…

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