New York: Granary Books, 2000. First Edition. Cloth. Fine.
Printed by master printer Ruth Lingen. Her copy, letter "D," from a total edition of 52. Signed on the colophon by the author and illustrator. Of his collaboration with Robert Kushner, poet and playwright Ed Friedman said, “Bob read Away a lot. Fairly early on, he decided that it didn't make sense to illustrate the text. He kept telling me that he liked how 'slippery' the writing was. I think what he meant was that individual pieces have the feeling of narrative—a center or location with points of interest—but the specifics shift around and fly off in many different directions. Illustration, even if possible, would tend to lock down meanings that were better left transient. What Bob has done is create a number of images which correspond to some of Away's recurring imagery. Stars, water, foliage, etc. are printed around and beneath the text in varying combinations and in different colors. With the writing, the printed images create a coherent and shifting visual milieu.” Kushner is a painter noted for founding the “Pattern and Decoration” movement; for the prose poems in Away, he contributed delicate line drawings and textured washes of color, beautifully rendered by master printer Ruth Lingen.When will the book be done, pp.84-85Book designed and letterpress printed, including the cloth covers, by Ruth Lingen; sewn boards binding by Judith Ivry. Edition of 50 copies signed by Friedman and Kushner, of which 17 were hors commerce and 35 were for sale. 53p. 25.2cm x 29.6cm.