Designed by: Abby Kagan
Art by: Adly Elewa
Empty journals are frightening.
All those blank pages.
From Terry Tempest Williams book:
"They were exactly where she said they would be: three shelves of beautiful cloth-bound books . . . I opened the first journal. It was empty. I opened the second journal. It was empty. I opened the third. It too was empty . . . Shelf after shelf after shelf, all of my mother’s journals were blank.”
A blank journal becomes a sigil of unshared personal histories. And that is where the fear comes in.
What are we if we leave only blankness behind?
You could look at a blank journal another way. As hope. A future untold. And a new journal is that. A soft bed for thoughts, hopes, life.
A bed of feathers. A pillow. Nature. Birds in flight.
But these are the feathers of a bird of prey.
A peregrine falcon.
The most widely spread of the raptors. It has been clocked flying up to 200+ mph. It is the fastest animal.
How are blank journals like a peregrine falcon?
Peregrine means 'to wander'. As a mind. As the possibility in a blank page.
The artist, Adley Elewa, designs for Penguin Press. The photo also resembles a flock of birds in flight. Again. The mind let loose.
|Sky Chase by Manuel Presti|
Again. That silence is both soft and beautiful. And also deeply troubling.
A quiet mind is a home to infinity. And to nothing.
Finding a room full of journals. That were your dead mother's. Then finding them empty.
Nothing left but that blankness. All that blankness.
Dust Jacket is a sometime article about the design and art of book covers. The idea is to shine a spotlight on the work of the designer separate from the author. Literally judging a book by its cover.