PLANET DEPTH was conceived and composed on a manual typewriter. It grew out of a basic question – something like how might typewriting, as both method and constraint, affect my proximity to and presence in my own practice? As the book emerged, I was able to attend to vision, error, ambiguity and possibility in new ways. The book is built of textual crystals: visual/geometric units, as well as units of language. I think of them as having been fractured and reset on the level of the letter. I see them as somehow sentient.
Valerie Wernet lives in Portland. She is from Portland. She writes poems. Her work has been published in Small Po[r]tions and Mantis, and is part of the holdings of The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. She has an MFA in Writing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has useful things, too.