The Fountain and Other Fables
. The Pterodactyl Press . Cumberland, Iowa
PS3563.O83F68 1984 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are eleven short, provocative pieces here. I have read the first eight. I find them not to be fables but rather a kind of evocative, probing mystical writing. Thus in the first few pieces a child with magic shoes flies from Denmark to Africa; villagers of a very wise village adhere completely to the strict rules, and one of them laughs at a passerby who wonders if she is happy; a shipwrecked man on what appears to be an uninhabited island wakes up to find Be wary written at his feet. There is a short list of errata at the end of the book. This book was printed letterpress in an edition of 1000 copies: 800 softcover and 200 casebound. Besides this hardbound copy, I have one of the 800 softcover copies.