Swish of Cow Tail. Raymond Roseliep, Jon Vlakos, Illustrations.
Swish of Cow Tail
Swish of Cow Tail
Swish of Cow Tail
Swish of Cow Tail

Swish of Cow Tail

Amherst: Swamp Press, 1982. Vlakos, Jon. Limited Edition. Accordion. No. 58 of 100, miniature book, [18] pp., initialled by the printer Ed Rayher. Fine. Item #17111001

The haiku form has been used for centuries, originating in Japan, and eventually making its way to the West, with writers such as R. H. Blythe, Ezra Pound, and Jack Kerouac adopting its form; the poet Raymond Roseliep (1917-1983) was considered a master of the English haiku, and "Swish of Cow Tail" contains several of these poems. Poignantly observant and gently enigmatic, the poems form a rhythm carried by the accordion shape of this tiny book, accompanied by illustrations by Jon Vlakos, who creates natural and figurative forms that are absorbed in small fragments, much like the text, in a series of quiet, isolated moments.

___DESCRIPTION: Full patterned cloth in tan, red, blue, and black, white paper label with title in orange on the front board wrapping to the inside, green endpapers, accordion attached to the front free endpaper, with three-panel title page with red illustration by Jon Vlakos and title in red, six illustrations (including title page) by Vlakos, each printed in a different colour, some one, two, or three panels; Goudy Oldstyle type, Okawara paper, miniature book (3" by 3"), 18 unnumbered pages, one of 100 copies, this number 58, initialled by the printer Ed Rayher on the colophon.

___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; very faint red smudge on the rear board, else fine.

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Price: $175.00