Heart Archives

By Sue Rose
• Signed first edition of 300 / ISBN 978-0-9572738-1-8 / £10
• Inspired by an archive of heartbeats, Sue Rose has paired 14 sonnets on family and love with her own poignant photographs. Heart Archives was motivated by the intense emotional impact Rose (a noted French translator) felt upon encountering Les Archives du Coeur, a vast collection of recorded heartbeats compiled by the leading French artist Christian Boltanski. Some of Rose’s poems specifically reference this installation, while others broaden out into a meditation on family and loss, relationships and legacy. Each poem has a code number for a title, and is accompanied by a photo of something meaningful to Rose, taken with an iPhone, her own archival device; these are hand-taped into the book as a series of loose-leaf photos, to create a unique ‘memento in a book’.  An afterword by the art critic Ben Luke explores the work of Christian Boltanski, while a essay by the poet explains the genesis of her unusual project.
• 40pp, 125 x 140 mm, full colour throughout
• Includes 14 loose-leaf tipped-in photos
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Praise for Heart Archives

“I love this book. It’s evocative, painful, life-enhancing, it begs questions … it leaves your nerves tingling, wanting to know, and feel, more.”
Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue & Life Peer

“Here are poems and images of a sharp, almost savage tenderness that spring out of mementos, evidences of life such as commemorated by Christian Boltanski, where words, faces, numbers and objects conjure presences by witnessing to absence. There is something crafted and jewel-like about them too. Small monumental amulets.”
George Szirtes, Poet & translator

“This charming chapbook is a collection of poems and images about mutability, the body’s miraculous machine, the heart as organ, metaphor, symbol of love, life, dying, death, remembering, about relationships, daughter and parent, the child not conceived. The meanings accumulate, one poem deepening another, as complete as the human body and mind.”
Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales

“Sue Rose’s striking sonnet sequence about the many meanings of the heart offers tough, unflinching reflections on all the big themes: loss, disappointment and regret, but also the ways that past generations both haunt and nourish the ones who come after.”
Matthew Reisz, Former editor, Jewish Quarterly