Poems by Ray Greenblatt
with a tri-tone linocut by Bert Eastman
Light illuminates the minutia of daily life in Ray Greenblatt's
poems. Or, as he writes in 'Smallest':
... one tattered
caught in that corner
catching somehow some holy light.
Whether he is looking at a middle-aged poet running
out of luck or a leap-year child, Greenblatt glories in that 'holy
light'. Indeed, in his universe a poem takes its place in the
heavens, its momentary light revealing its own truth:
But a poem is a moment
a bolt, a zap-peer
quantum small to see
it lives by its own rules--
crane up at the sky
light pauses for you
to read what has just been said.
We thought these poems deserved special treatment, so we selected
hand-made paper imported from India, purchased new founts of 16
point Weiss Italic type from the Bauer Foundry in Barcelona Spain
for hand setting, and asked Bert Eastman to make us a tri-tone
linocut after a marble relief of the sun in the Archaeological
Museum at Bergama in Turkey. Beyond that, the poems are reliant on
their language for adornment and illustration.
The tri-fold leaves are sewn into an unglued binding
with golden Irish linen thread onto yellow ribbons which tie to
keep the book closed. It is then slipped into an archival manilla
chemise with a title-label. The edition is limited to 100 copies.