New Fables Written and Illustrated by Dalt Wonk
. Copyright by the author , W. Dalt?] . [New Orleans, La.
PS3573.O584 N49 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is a real surprise to me. I bought it over two years ago and have not had the chance to read and catalogue it. It is wonderful! The whole is done with care. The care starts with the cover of hand-made cotton paper from Guatemala, graced with a smaller image of The Swan and the Rooster and sewn together on the outside. There is an almost Biercian ultra-realism about the fables, well expressed in their morals. These ten animal/vegetable fables follow a standard formula on the four pages dedicated to each. A pasted-in painting and the title are on the first page in each case. There follow two pages of verse, nicely calligraphed. The last page finishes the verse narrative and adds a small painting and, beneath it, a moral. The first fable, The Root and the Flower, represents the group well. The former, the old cleaning-lady with a mop-head that looks like tree roots, cleans up in the brothel in which the latter, Jasmine, is the high-priced star. One night a moth comes and destroys the latter. The former rejoices to learn of it and makes a comment that I cannot write here. The moral: The misfortune of those we envy seems like justice. Touché! Among the best starting images are The Pig and the Vulture and The Minnow and the Pike. Only right-hand pages are used. Enjoying this work makes me want to find Wonk's French Quarter Fables.