Letterpress

My goal this summer is to do a chapbook of a hiking trip to Cathedral Park in Canada.  I will be doing it in letterpress so brevity will be of great concern.  It will be about twelve pages on quality paper, hand sewn binding and a mix of haiku and other short forms.  Not sure of the print types that will be available to me yet.  Frank at dVerse has asked us to consider brevity so I am starting my project.  Each poem would be on its own page.

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top of Stone City

glacier carved granite garden

alpine fir and larch

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white cloud

castes shadow below

on mountain lake

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distant mountains

stretch 

across horizon

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kwash kwash kwash

my steps grind the stones

of Stone City

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Letterpress

Poem As Prophecy

a poem enters the unknown

word by word

steps out on its own

it delivers like a quiver

carrying ammunition

of what is and will be

makes us sing

a song we always knew

that we can hold onto

to dance away the day
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dVerse quadrille on poem

Poem As Prophecy

Ode to Foxglove

  

perpetually grows in the garden

it seeds itself

strong splendid stems

support the deadman’s bells

it is beautiful but deadly

all parts are toxic

known since ancient times

it can be medicine or poison

purples whites and blues

form bells that tower over

only the right portion heals

remember too much kills

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dVerse prompt on poisonous plants

Ode to Foxglove

Penmanship

Penmanship was always my favorite class.  There was a fountain pen and a bottle of Skrip ink, usually black.  The ink bottle had a little curved shelf on its inside where the ink could gather.  Put the nib of the fountain pen in and suck the ink with a lever on the side of the pen.  All this while sitting at a wood desk placed in rows by Mrs. Manocchio, my fifth grade teacher.

 

Trying to keep the ink between the lines of the paper, I made continuous circles round and round practicing to hold the pen in comfort, to get use to the flow of the nib.  Prepare the hand to loop and turn and form letters, then words, a complete sentence and the ultimate paragraph.  I was learning cursive writing with just the right slant and height of the i, dotted in just the right place between the lines, forming the perfect penmanship.

 

recall school days

labored for words on paper

ink dot on the snow
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dVerse prompt on handwriting which is becoming a lost art

 

 

 

Penmanship