Vol. 30 — The Bone Spindle, 2nd ed
by Anne Sheldon
Anne Sheldon's heroines have lowered eyes and seditious smiles. They are people of folklore and fairy tales: Penelope, the Crane Maiden, the Fates. Her heroes are outsiders in their own stories—Rumplestiltskin and Arachne's father.
These fourteen story-poems and stories focus on the work that women do with spinning wheel, spindle, and knitting needles. They are accompanied by evocative images of these instruments and the cloth they yield
In addition to reworking well-known fairy tales, she has several shining tales of her own making. Under the fluid sign of danger and domesticity—Anne Sheldon explores earthly and ethereal regions of the feminine.
"Anne Sheldon's The Bone Spindle collects fourteen short
pieces, mostly poetry, on the subject of women and the cloth-making arts:
spinning, weaving, and knitting. Each piece responds to a story—usually a
fairy tale, though Sheldon also engages with Dickens, a history of
textiles, and an overheard story from the University of Chicago. The result
is a book whose form expresses its content: it feels woven, with various
story-threads combined into whole cloth. Through her focus on the art of
weaving, Sheldon comments on the intricate art of storytelling. The Bone
Spindle performs the etymological connection between textile
and text....The Bone Spindle includes images as well as
words: the illustrations are based on photographs of looms, spinning
wheels, yarn and hands busy with knitting or embroidery. They complement
the written words and add another thread to Sheldon's tapestry of old, new
and reinterpreted stories. This collection would make a beautiful gift for
a knitter or weaver, but it's also a storyteller's book, so full of voices
that it seems to beg to be read aloud."
ISBN: 978-1-933500-91-1 (13 digit)