Andrew Stafford, who helped us make sense of Duchamp and put Aspen magazine online, tells me he has now produced a version of Richard Brautigan’s Please Plant This Book, a collection of poems in the form of a collection of seed packets. Stafford’s tasteful minimal animation provides a comfortable interface for browsing these contemplative and hopeful sprinklings of words.
Here’s my current favorite.
I thank the energy, the gods and the
theater of history that brought
us here to this very moment with
this book in our hands, calling
like the future down a green and
Despite the sense in which the book is not in my hands, the seed packets are colored slips, and there’s very little green about the notebook computer I viewed the book with and am writing this on now, I’m glad Stafford has figured out a way to plant the book in this new context.