The New Citizen Army is an artist book created in collaboration with St. Michael's College professor and poet Greg Delanty. Completed in June of 2010, the book is a collection of 45 poems, hand bound by combat papermakers. The cover is made from combat paper.
By working with veterans, survivors, citizens and artists, we turn complex and often violent experiences into a collective memory and cultural response to the things that we have had to bear witness to. Beginning to reconcile and embrace how conflicts have shaped our lives and where our responsibilities lie is a mountainous task enabled by the collaboration of many people. Often our cultural memory of war tells us to keep quiet about the aspects that are most challenging to our ethics, to forget the violations we feel and tremors that keep us distant and numb. If we begin to face and speak and create from these human aftermaths, we begin to learn that we are not alone ..., rather closer to coming home than we ever thought.
- from the Foreward, The New Citizen Army
The limited edition book has 64 pages, plus foreward and colophon, and features a Japaneses stab stitch hand-sewn binding with linen thread. The cover is made from handmade combat paper, paper made from the recycled uniforms of military veterans. The cover text was letterpress printed at the San Francisco Center for the Book. This is the second edition created by the Combat Paper Press.
The 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" format with landscape orientation is meant to be viewed closely in hand to best appreciate the texture of the hand crafted paper cover and hand sewn binding.
A limited quantity is available for sale to individual collectors. Price is $20. For more information or to purchase a copy of The New Citizen Army, contact the author at
Front cover, made from combat paper