A bibliographic gem in the exhibition is an extremely rare copy of Guillaume Apollinaire’s poetic volume Case d’Armons. He published it in 1915 from the trenches of World War I, in only 25 copies, printed using the batallion’s primitive duplicating machine. The book’s title is a French military term that refers to the compartment in an artillery carriage where soldiers could keep their personal belongings. Poems in the book explore the space where the personal and the public collide.
Hear a few of these poems on the exhibition’s website
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