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Book Info

Author's Name

Marilyn Tenenoff


The book is entitled "The Great Silk Void." It is a book of original poetry with a somewhat surreal quality. Here is the text of the poem that contains the title:


We are not like you.
For us,
Freedom is fluid.
It comes and goes
like a whimsical pauper
selling orchids in the park
on Easter Sunday.
For us,
Freedom is the pewter shoe
in some
Medieval Monopoly game,
always in play
and always landing
someone else's Boardwalk.
Just when we think
we are free,
some new pattern
threatens to confine us
like a menacing mutineer
steeped in blood.
Not so for you.
You are a nimble outlaw,
dodging the rules
with superb finesse.
Most of us
never catch the tail of Freedom.
Like a comet,
it makes a slow orbit
around our desires
and hovers out of reach
just beyond our pallid smiles.
For us,
is precious and rare,
like a pearl
in a capricious oyster
or a lavender locket
in the British Museum.
But you are fearless.
You open your silver umbrella
and recite
your plausible password,
and suddenly
the guards stand aside,
all the metallic mushrooms melt,
the ancient snares unfurl,
the cosmic coins rain down
and you are on
a metaphysical shopping spree
all our motley musketeers.
You are
liberated and free,
a wonderment
of oblique renewal.
The rest of us
can only admire
your occult voyage,
as you sail like a renegade
in a parfait glass,
skirting the rim
of the Great Silk Void.

Size Info

Trim size: 6" x 9",
Page count: 170,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.383"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

Intended readers are those interested in contemporary free-form poetry.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

I would like to (1) visually represent the rather ethereal, surreal quality of my work;
(2) generate curiosity about the contents of my book; (3) invite readers into a world of imagination.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

I'd like a light, mystic quality ~ so probably pastel shades of blue, green, gold, or even pink and peach. The cover of my first book, "Watch the Watering Can" was predominantly peach and pale green, with swirling vines around the outside edges. The cover of my second book, "The White Fringe of Always," was predominantly turquoise, with bright yellow light streaming through a window. These are both stock covers with Morris Publishing. (I think I prefer pastels, but there could be a cover in your mind that has deeper hues that would change my mind!)

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

I don't want a dark cover, so probably no black. I'm also not usually a fan of purple, magenta or deep blues and reds. But surprise me! You might come up with a great design using these (or other) saturated colors, which would be a refreshing break from the pastels on my first two books.

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

I'm partial to Papyrus typeface for the title of the book, but would consider others that seem appropriate. I suppose my taste would be considered "modern," because I like blurred, suggestive images.

What content must be included in your design?

Front Cover content: "The Great Silk Void" and "Original Poetry by Marilyn Tenenoff"

Back Cover text as follows:

Marilyn Tenenoffs third book, The Great Silk Void, overflows with flamboyant, vibrant and thematically fascinating poems. Says author/critic Bette Hurst, Marilyns gift begins with asking the most marvelous questions and arrives at unexpected endings that are satisfyingly unique and perfect. She lets it all hang out in complete artistic honesty. Marilyns imagery virtually shimmers on the page. In these eccentric, imaginative poems, you can see
a ghost in a mirror
Mary Queen of Scots on a holodeck
a sleigh ride in Hell
a snarling paper dragon
a tiger chase through the streets of Chicago
a screeching spider monkey
God chewing a toothpick
the murder of Magic
a blue raccoon
apple crisp made from Original Sin

The Great Silk Void follows
Watch the Watering Can
(2007) and The White Fringe
of Always (2009)



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