Robert illustrated the cover for this book of poems by his sister Janet Pope. Robert often used pattern in his work, especially his commercial work, and collected samples of different patterns from diverse sources. The arrangement of spiraling rays suggest a mandala. A mandala is a spiritual symbol representing the universe, used in Eastern religions as an aid to meditation. The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote extensively on mandalas, viewing them as a representation of the self at moments of personal growth, reaching outward and restoring balance through a re-integration of new energies.
Cover for Partnered with the Sun