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From: "Tom Trusky" <TTRUSKY@quartz.idbsu.edu>
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Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 11:36:15 GMT+7
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"WordHangers" are now on exhibit at the Hemingway Western Studies
Center at Boise State University.
"WordHangers" consists of eleven doors repainted black, white, and
a rainbow of colors. On the doors, sixty-two doorknobs of glass,
brass, porcelain, chrome, and unknown alloys have been installed; as
well, edges of some doors have been bejeweled, and eyes appear where
peepholes once were. Gold nuggets, grapes, and silver sequins
decorate other doors. All doors have had removed from them their
latches, the metal tongue which, when the knob is turned, retracts
from the doorframe strike to permit opening of the door. In their
place: a small plastic baby emerges--or disappears.
These are not ordinary doors.
Nine doors hold WordHangers. These should not be confused with
ordinary doorhangers, the sort you might utilize in hotels/motels
to plead "Do Not Disturb" or "Maid Service." Nor are they the sort
individuals associated with so-called "real" estate sometimes drape
on home doorknobs ("Interested in selling? Deals R-Us!")
WordHangers hold poems, poems laser printed--with graphics.
What is a WordHanger poem? In one sense, any short poem. However,
better WordHanger poems take advantage of the literal and symbolic
significances of doors, doorknobs, doormats, doorbells, peepholes,
entrances/exits, beginnings/endings. They may be dramatic monologues
("talking" doors), or they may allude to functions normally carried
out by more prosaic doorhangers.
There are two special doors in the exhibit. One is a guestbook, a
door on each side of which a six-foot, white doorhanger has been
painted and on which visitors may inscribe their name and rave
review. The other has its name atop it in white vinyl letters. It
is the "OPEN KNOB" door. On this door, the public may write,
decorate, and place their own WordHangers, much as poets may avail
themselves of open mikes, at poetry readings.
Exhibition music is on a continuous-play tape and consists of Little
Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'," Bob Dylan's "Kockin' on Heaven's Door,"
Whitney Houston's "I'm Knockin'," and ten other tunes appropriate for
And there are doormats.
The poems and graphics are by Boise State University English and Art
majors, students in Tom Trusky's poetry and Stephanie Bacon and
Michael Rainey's graphic design courses. Musical maitre d': Will
Spearman. The exhibition is curated by Bacon and Trusky.
The WordHanger invitation (by Stephanie Bacon) and selected
WordHangers are online at:
Exhibition photos will be available after 20 March at the above URL.