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The Rocktown Scrolls
Pen & ink drawings, 23" by 29".

"The Rocktown Scrolls are named after the Pennsylvania coalfield “patch” where I grew up dreaming wondrous dreams while sliding down the ash-dumps. They present colorful pen & ink drawings accompanied with passages selected from a wide range of literature and culture. The passages are written with algorithmically generated glyphs clothing the alphabet with a unique set of linear forms. These coded glyph forms invite us to ponder the nature of language while  the  larger colored forms may be savored as cyberflowers floating in unbounded space." RV, Minneapolis 2006. 

  "a heaven in a
 wild  flower" >>

quoted from William Blake  in  "Auguries of Innocence "

  Rocktown Scrolls, Auguries of Innocence,Version II, 23” by 29”, 2006

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage
/ / / William Blake (1757-1827)  in  Auguries of Innocence 1803

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Source: William Blake (1757-1827), Auguries of Innocence, 1803

  Rocktown Scrolls, Black Elk Speaks, 23” by 29”, 2006
Michael & Anne Spalter Collection

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all and round that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father - Black Elk

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Source: Black Elk Speaks: The Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. As told through John G. Neihardt b y Nicholas Black Elk. Quoted from Chapter III, “The Great Vision”.

  Rocktown Scrolls, A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, 23” by 29”, 2006

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:|||
Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2.1.255-258)

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Source:  William Shakespeare , A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2.1.255-60).

    Rocktown Scrolls, The Song of Songs I, 23” by 29”, 2006

The Song of Songs
/  /  /    I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys
/  /  /    For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come
/  /   and the voice of the turtle is heard

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Source:  Song of Songs,  2:1, 2:11-12.
Quoted from the King James Version


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