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Sleep Under a Poetry Quilt!

By Harriet Staff

Need to gussy up the ol' bed? Well, check out this New York Times article about Kerry Larkin's poetry quilts.

From the article:

It’s not easy to read Kerry Larkin’s poetry without feeling the tug of the natural world. Truth be told, it’s not easy to read Ms. Larkin’s poetry, period. Sometimes the words are embroidered in white on white, and the messages are more like texture. Or in A Perfect Moon...which mentions “pines that resemble construction paper cut outs against the almost black sky,” the lines are alternating bands of autumnal color.

Ms. Larkin, 34, is a quilter. Two years ago, she founded Comma Workshop in Colorado and began producing quilts that are sewn together with language. “The signature thing is that it’s my handwriting, and so no two letters are going to look alike,” she said.

In one collection, Counterpoint, she collaborated with Jody Jenkins, a Paris-based writer. He contributed to the quilt called Joy...which advises, “be not afraid to dance like the white skirted girl with the suntanned face.”

Originally Published: August 17th, 2012