© 2010 - 2011 WENDY J ALLEN
Familiar from Jack and the Beanstalk, this phrase has a long history. In 1596, Thomas Nashe wrote that the debate as to its origin was a silly pedantic exercise! (Have With You To Saffron Walden). It may have originated as a magic chant to be used when seeking that which is lost.
This is the basis for my poem. Inserted in a leporello, an appropriate form for depicting any journey, it is illustrated with a punched pattern. The holes may (or may not!) suggest relevant things. You might find two mirrored heads, a pair of splayed hands and an indication of the journey's end. There is text hidden on an obverse page, too.
The cover also reflects the 'search' theme, with its Holmes-style magnifying glass embedded in boards covered in fabric that has trail-like patterns across it.
The poem is a riddle, full of possibly meaningful nonsense.
The book is palm-sized and I have produced
an edition of 8. The price reflects the hours
of work required to print it letter-press and to create the illustrations with a hand-held punch and hammer!
A miniature leporello with hidden secrets
£25 each plus post & packing