“HOW TO HIVE A SWARM” by Winston Plowes was created from Anna Botsford Comstock’s How to Keep Bees (1905). Please click here to read.

About the piece and the process of composing it, Winston writes:

Words have been digitally whited out from a section of Chapter VI of Anna Botsford Comstock’s book, “The Swarming of Bees,” section 3, “How to Hive a Swarm,” pages 66-67. I am often attracted by the shapes and patterns that words, letters and punctuation make on the page and here by leaving only the punctuation for the vast part of the page hope to capture the movement of the swarm and maybe use the marks that normally make us pause or stop to energise the remaining text. I had this concept in mind before finding an appropriate passage in the book.


Also by Winston Plowes at Heron Tree: “Man Shaving.”