Bequeathe Love

Open edition book

Second printing of 27 copies

9 x 3 inches closed
9 x 24 inches open

8 pages


I depart as air . . . I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags
I bequeathe myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you.

-Walt Whitman

These are the last lines of the poem "Song of Myself" from Leaves of Grass, published by Walt Whitman in 1855.

Accordion fold book is printed two sides on Arches Text Wove paper and wrapped in an indigo heavy Cave paper cover tied with a sheer ribbon.

Second printing of an open edition, this printing is limited to 27 copies.

In keeping with Whitman's ever-changing book presentations, this printing has three different cover colors, all hand painted. Early orders will be able to choose a color, but you may receive any of the three: bright blue, dark blue, or dark green.

For more photos of this book, please visit the Gallery at the Cari Ferraro website, and this journal post for more background about the creation of this book.

Bequeathe Love pages spread
Bequeathe Love cover
Bequeathe Love title page
Bequeathe Love I depart as air
Bequeathe Love to grow from the grass
Bequeathe Love bootsoles
Bequeathe Love Stop Some Where
Bequeathe Love
Open edition, second printing of 27 copies only
9 x 3 inches