Hayden Carruth, Claire Van Vliet, Kathryn Clark, Howard Clark, and Jim Bricknell - Aura
Hayden Carruth, Claire Van Vliet, Kathryn Clark, Howard Clark, and Jim Bricknell - Aura
Used with the permission of Janus Press.

Hayden Carruth, Claire Van Vliet, Kathryn Clark, Howard Clark, and Jim Bricknell. Aura: (A Poem by Hayden Carruth; With a Paperwork by Claire Van Vliet and Kathryn and Howard Clark). No 3 of an edition of 50.
(West Burke. VT: Janus Press. c.1977). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Poet, novelist, editor and critic Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) spent much of his later life in Vermont, where the beautiful and brutal landscape became the subject of many of his works. Carruth's poem, Aura, "describes the light and space created by the evening sun on a Vermont mountain landscape at dusk." The poem is visualized by artist, book maker, and McArthur Foundation Award-winner Claire Van Vliet, herself a resident of Vermont. In collaboration with hand-paper-makers Kathryn and Howard Clark, Van Vliet worked for the first time with pigmented pulp paper to create this brilliant unfolding landscape, reminiscent of a walk in the Vermont woods. Because of the hand-made nature of the paper, each book in the edition is unique, although the artist makes every effort to make them alike. Van Vliet wanted to find a way to print a poem in the paper using a long sheet of paper to allow the viewer to feel surrounded by the mountains. While the technology to print text on the handmade paper was not available, Van Vliet would continue to pursue this goal, finding success with later titles.

Hayden Carruth, Biography from the Academy of American Poets
Interview with the Janus Press's Claire Van Vliet, conducted by Nigel Beale
Artists' Book Collection, Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University Special Collections