What the End is For

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2014. Julian Lethbridge. Limited Edition. Hardcover. 11 by 9 inches, 238 pages. The type is Stymie, in 12 point for the poems, 10 point for the introduction and subsidiary material, composed and cast by Mackenzie & Harris in Monotype. The paper is mould-made, from the Magnani mill in Italy, 190-gram weight. The binding is in full violet cloth with titling in black. The book is housed in a full-cloth slipcase. The edition is limited to 300 numbered copies. The book is signed by both the author and the artist. New. Item #CNAP101a

This is a generous selection of fifty-five poems, written between 1977 and 2011, by Jorie Graham. She is in the front rank of American poets and the recipient of many prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Jorie Graham was born in Rome in 1950. Her father, Bill Pepper, was the Mediterranean correspondent for Newsweek magazine. Her mother is the sculptor Beverly Pepper. At Harvard University she has succeeded Seamus Heaney as the Boylston Professor of Poetry. There she became a colleague of the critic Helen Vendler, who is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard.

Vendler chose the poems for this volume in consultation with the poet, and she has written the introductory essay. Helen Vendler writes in her introduction: "This selection from Graham’s hundreds of poems brings into view her deepest human concerns and her persistent inventiveness in poetic style. The poems have of course changed with Graham herself and with alterations in public concerns. Time - its nature, its flow, and its effect on human consciousness - has been her most acute cause of disquiet: the two words 'hurry' and 'delay' contend throughout her work. But Graham, in her recent poetry, is not merely the private person of her early books, before world events pressed her to global ecological overviews and arduous transhistorical narratives." 

The book contains sixteen color relief prints by Julian Lethbridge, who lives in New York City and is represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery. The abstract prints in the book were printed by letterpress in colors from photopolymer plates made using separate drawings by the artist.

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