Stephanie Barber has been posting haiku to her Facebook page every day since 2010. Status Update Volume I is a catalog of that first year, at once quotidian and monumental. Archived in the endless scroll of Facebook’s feed, here they are extracted from the jumble of news articles, events, and comments and available to the public for the first time. Each haiku has been paired with an illustration by Lauren Bender, which are not illustrations at all, but rather descriptions of drawings she would do if she were to illustrate each haiku. As the cultural role of Facebook ebbs and flows, Barber persistently responds to the platform’s incessant query, “What’s on your mind?”
5.5” x 8.5”
380 pages, perfect-bound
Stephanie Barber is a writer and artist who has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media, most often literary/cinematic hybrids that dissolve boundaries between narrative, essay and dialectic works. They consider the basic philosophical questions of human existence (its morbidity, profundity and banality) with play and humor and sorrow.
Lauren Bender lives in Baltimore. Previous publications include Whale Box (Publishing Genius Press) and The Dictionary Poems: Some Bees (New Lights Press).