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ENTERING THE REALM OF ABSTRACT ART...

This 48-page, softcover 8.25" x 6" book contains 20 samples of my computer-generated abstract art. Mind you, the computer's just the tool. These are highly original artworks, reproduced in full color.

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poetry
   

First Poems

Second Poems

Third Poems

New Mythos

Fifth Poems

Sixth Poems

Dwelling in the
All is Well

At Fifty-Nine

Milk & Honey

The Season of Creating

 

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These poetry books are softcover collections of Dean Rathje's original poetical works, glossy black cover, cream-colored inside pages, saddle-stitched, 8" x 10" format, 32 - 64 pages each. Click any title at left to see a product description and to order books.

Old Ways, New Diggings


New Ways, Old Diggings is my eleventh volume of poetry.

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photography
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BEST COUNTRY PHOTOS

For much of my life, I've been rambling the Iowa countryside with a camera. These are 39 of my best photos of rural Iowa, presented here in a format of 8.25" wide and 6" tall. To learn more, please click through to the order page.

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An Afternoon in a Japanese Garden

An Afternoon in a Japanese Garden
Dean Rathje's latest photography book chronicles a meandering walk through the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. 69 highly composed photos taken on a brilliant fall afternoon detail the colors and formsof a tranquil environment created to promote serenity. For more information, please go to the order page.

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Retouched

Retouched
is a book of photo images which have been reworked in Photoshop to bring out their artistic qualities. The book is 44 pages, softcover. For more information, please see the order page.
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Montage
is a book of photo montages created from trips around Iowa and the United States. Each page contains a group of photos on a theme.For more information on Montage, please go to the order page
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November Afternoons
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These words and images come from a life lived in rural eastern Iowa, near the Wapsi, Cedar, and Iowa Rivers. A 44-page, full-color softcover book, Benign Neglect captures the humble aesthetic of rural life: the woods, rivers, pastures, timbers, skies, barns, and country roads. Interspersed with the photos are stretchees of light verse, intended to amuse and provoke.

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Benign Neglect Revisited Cover

Benign Neglect was an introduction to the imagery of the rural Midwest. Benign Neglect Revisited carries that a step further, with more beautiful, serene Iowa landscapes, more homespun verse, and more images of rural abandonment and decay.

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Benign Neglect III carries forward the themes of the previous two books, with special attention to the colors of the fall and late fall in Iowa. This book includes photos of the Welsh Church and Cemetery south of Iowa City, the town of Kalona, and some beautiful fall landscapes along the Cedar River in Linn County.

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November Light cover

November Light continues the themes begun in the Benign Neglect series. These are photographs taken in Iowa's parks and countrysides, emphasizing the wan light of November.

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November Afternoons Cover

November Afternoons continues the series of photo books with light verse, depicting the beauty of the rural Iowa lansdscape. The images in this book were composed during a series of late fall afternoons.

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What I See is a further exploration of the rural and small-town life. In addition to scenes of rural tranquility, this book features photos from Eden Valley Nature Refuge and son John's in-tight floral images.

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Winterscapes

Winterscapes is a series of portraits of Iowa in winter—low light, snow cover on the fields, and a narrower color palette dominated by whites, golds, and blacks. Think of this book as a long and relaxing drive through the countryside.

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Winterscapes II Cover

Winterscapes II continues the theme of the beauty of the Iowa landscape in winter—the icy Cedar River, outcroppings of stone, panoramic farmsteads. For those who love the serene beauty of the countryside shrouded in snow.

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Circle Tour

Circle Tour of Lake Michigan, starting in Ely, Iowa is an informal record of a driving tour beginning near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and progressing to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, over the top of Lake Michigan, and down its eastern border.

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Eastern Iowa Rambles

Eastern Iowa Rambles is a series of photos depicting life in rural Iowa. Just images and labels: scenes from along the Mississippi, Hoover Birthplace in West Branch, and out in the country.

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