Paper in glassine sleeve; Price: $25
The Rooted Heart was written during the poet’s treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is her only published collection. Sylvia Um, who died in 1997, won the Arizona Regents’ Academic Achievement Award and the Hattie Lockett Poetry Award. This chapbook celebrates and commemorates her life and work. The limited cloth edition is hand sewn into boards covered in white or tan Japanese ceremonial paper. An abstracted “image” of Um’s class notes, blind-stamped into pillowy-white Rives BFK paper, appears on the cover of the paper edition.