Captain's feed tray served as a platform for my supplies.
On Sunday, I painted with toothpicks and cotton swabs. After a productive week of printing, I decided to try a little something that I haven't done before: apply watercolor to letterpress. After printing the Cold Moon Press tagline page, I noticed a little something that continued to bother me. I was really excited when I found a candlestick among my printing dingbats to use as a decorative initial "I." It looked great in among the set type, but when printed there was one feature of the candlestick dingbat that made it slightly... confusing when trying to read. That little fingerhold at the bottom right looks just like a letter "O," and I found myself reading "On the light of a winter's night..." That's a problem. Not a big one, but from a design perspective, that little confusion gets in the way of the overall idea/image you are trying to present: clarity is the objective. But I love that little dingbat: it captures the atmosphere of the text it precedes perfectly. I wasn't willing to give it up. So I brainstormed for possible solutions, and this seemed like a good one. I wanted some visual element that tied that problematic fingerhold to the greater candlestick image, so it didn't appear as a separate letter overlapping the image. And I had a bit of fun along the way.
While watching the eagerly-awaited season 2 finale of Hannibal
(one of my absolute favorite TV shows of the moment), I was happily
surprised when a vocabulary lesson emerged mid-conversation between
Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
The past month has been so full of personal poetry goodness! Here are some highlights:
On April 11, my second chapbook Blackbird Whitetail Redhand was released from Porkbelly Press! It is a beautiful handmade book with a letterpress cover & stab binding. Copies are available for purchase directly from the publisher. If you are interested in reviewing this chapbook, you can contact me about a review copy. If you've read & liked it, please feel free to leave a review on Goodreads. (Thank you so much to fabulous fellow poets Sally Rosen Kindred & Kate Gaskin, who have already done so!) I'll also be reading from this new chap for a Tea & Talk event on September 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O'Neill Literary House with poet, colleague, & friend Kimberly Quiogue Andrews. Kim's new chapbook Betweenis out very soon from Finishing Line Press!
On April 15, I received news that my poem "Wait a minute, there's movement. It seems to have life—organic life&qu…
On February 1, Dream Pop Press published my first two visual poems in their Winter 2018 Issue! "(lady's thumb / plate 45)" and "(nightshade & bittersweet / plate 173)" are both poem-collages from my Silence of the Lambs series. The latter of these even made the front of the issue.
In other good news, I've also finally broken out of my 9-month writing slump. My new pieces are feminist letterpress/printshop poems for Women's Work—my in-progress collaborative chapbook with fellow poet-printer Emma Sovich.
It's a funny feeling picking up an old project again. But I feel even better equipped to write these poems now that I've had a few more years to steep in broadside printing and letterpress love. I'm especially excited about the poem I'm working on right now, titled "Girl as Pantone Matching System." It's all about ink-mixing and menstruation. It's made up of short lyric sections that are each titled with a different P…