The book CUTS has been in process for a long time and now it's finally complete.
It started in 2013 when I was struck by the title of another book: Pruning Burning Bushes by Sarah Wells. By the time I got the book in 2014, it was exactly what I needed. The poem Measuring Rings in particular stuck out to me. The central image of a boy joyfully standing on a stump stuck with me and then one day the image appeared to me in real life. My own son standing on - not exactly a stump - the hollowed out part of a giant beech tree which had two major trunks at one point, but which was now down to just one. The poem, my son, my family history all came together in a clear moment.
After that, my brother asked me to help cut down a tree in his back yard and I took walks in Jefferson Memorial Forest. I made lots of photos of cut tree branches, but it took until 2017 to finally get it into book form. I don't know why I procrastinated.
But now it's here. I only made 25 copies of this first edition so they'll go fast. Get your copy here - http://www.materialprintshop.com/new-books/cuts-by-michael-winters