set type spread ink
upside down backwards thin layer on the plate
use space ink rollers
know pica choice of paper
composing stick pull heavy handle
lay of the nick does all the work
what to say printed word
dVerse prompt to write a contrapuntal poem – read three ways – column one read down – column two read down – read across each line
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.
top of Stone City
glacier carved granite garden
alpine fir and larch
castes shadow below
on mountain lake
kwash kwash kwash
my steps grind the stones
of Stone City
The process of letterpress is my plan for how to publish. Pressing words or an image into paper, sending the ink into the surface a little deeper and partaking in printing antiquity are reasons that encourage me to action.
The poems have already been chosen, a series of haiku written many years ago while hiking in Cathedral Park in Canada. The poems will cut sharp as scree on the mountainside into the paper.
Press ink on paper
Tell of Stone City and larch
In a season past
dVerse prompt on plan for writing and how in the springtime I plan to learn letterpress and do a chapbook of haiku