John Deere inspired.
Low bow to Gerry Hill and NeWest Press for snaring the Poetry Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards last night.
The word “tractors” in the title block was hand-drawn. The rest of the 14 tractors appear on the back of the jacket.
The interior is full of visual material pilfered from vintage tractor manuals and photographs taken by Shelley Sopher.
I was originally aiming for an understated prairie poetry feel with the cover, but playing with the visual aesthetic of the retro John Deere manuals was so much more fun. The end result is unavoidable on the shelf.