''The onion as it is cooked'

''The onion as it is cooked'

The bookworks produced by the Flockophobic Press are known for their eccentricity: 'We put words into bottles and boxes, onto menus, maps and oversized noodles.' The oversized noodle in question is a bookwork designed by A.S.C. Rower from a concept by Sally Schneider entitled 'The Onion as it is cooked'. The work comprises a prose poem by Steven J. Bernstein impressed, using a magnesium plate, onto a hand-rolled sheet of saffron pasta. It is accompanied by a packet of desiccant and an envelope with the instruction, 'open after consumption' printed on its flap. The envelope contains a paper copy of the poem and a letterpress colophon. The poem, on the subject of a prospective interview, is written in cryptic free verse, interspersed with lines of a dialogue taking place as an aside along the right-hand margin. The poem contains culinary references throughout and ends with a question in French, which, to all intents and purposes, appears nonsensical, 'Faire savourer vu les oignon comme cuisiner?' NAL copy is no. 16 in an edition of 100, signed by the author, 'chef' and designer.