Avant-garde artist and 1960s icon Yoko Ono will have a new book of playful poetry and black & white drawings made available in June via specialist publishing house OR Books.
"It's nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions 'Grapefruit' was first published. In these pages I'm picking up where I left off," writes Ono in an introduction to the collection.
"After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss and/or report what your mind tells you. I'm just planting the seeds. Have fun."
One extract made available on the OR website is entitled "Sky Piece I":
"Towards the end of the Second World War, I looked like a little ghost because of the food shortage. I was hungry. It was getting easier to just lie down and watch the sky. That's when I fell in love with the sky, I think.
"Since then, all my life, I have been in love with the sky. Even when everything was falling apart around me, the sky was always there for me. It was the only constant factor in my life, which kept changing with the speed of light and lightning. As I told myself then, I could never give up on life as long as the sky was there.
"Tell us when you first noticed the sky.
Tell us when you first thought that the sky was beautiful."
In addition to the modestly priced, white-covered paperback and e-book editions, a signed and numbered boxed collector's edition will be produced, bound in black cloth, with a run limited to 285 copies and a proportion of the $280 cover charge passed on to Autism Speaks -- an advocacy organization for which Ono is an ambassador.