New York: American Printing History Association, 2006. 8vo. contributions loosely inserted in cloth clamshell box, paper spine label. Limited to 225 copies.Various typographic arrangements of seventeen poems, both contemporary and classic, using a variety of typefaces, colors, formats, and papers, all printed letterpress. The poems were selected by the printers. Contributors include Mindy Beloff, Robin Price, Sandy Connors, Barbara Henry, Ed Colker, Ron Gordon, David Pankow, Jerry Kelly, Kay Michael Kramer, Michael Peich, Gaylord Schanilec..... READ MORE
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A poem can read as effortlessly as a brook would flow.
The letters are stilled on the page and, with letterpress printing,
fixed in it. Sound moves through those symbols nevertheless,
making itself known. Typeface, letter and word spacing, and the
delicate relation between point and leading may contribute
to that fluency. The balance to seek, to borrow from Robert Francis,
is "freedom that flows in form and still is free."
The same poet said "I should like my poems hung, one at a time,
like Japanese pictures, on the exquisite air, surrounded by space
and silence." The space and silence of the page are the universe
into which the poem utters itself. The poem's small noise not only
counters that immensity but conjoins with it. For space and silence
are the unsaid and unnameable, which the poem at its core necessarily
contains, suggests, is.