gross but beautiful bit of poetry news


Bacteria from 300-year-old Ovid poetry volume inspires ‘bio-artist’: Sarah Craske found the copy of Metamorphoses in a secondhand bookshop and used bacteria within its pages to create art with her own blood – Maev Kennedy – The Guardian – July 25, 2017

“The sweat and the droplets from an ancient sneeze that spattered one page were contributed by centuries of previous owners and readers of the book – but the blood was the artist’s own, donated by Sarah Craske as part of the medium for cultivating the organisms.

“Craske found the rare early English translation of Ovid’s epic Latin poem, published in London in 1735, in a junk shop in Margate.”

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