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Anglophone Poetry and Indian Angles have at last appeared. Weighing in together at about a thousand pages of manuscript, they have been transformed into lovely tomes by Nancy Basmajian and her wonderful staff at Ohio.  For more information click on the Indian Angles tab above. Many diacritics and translation queries later, the two are ready for reading.  The Centaur typeface looks lovely, and we’ve even squeezed in a few illustrations.  Here are two of them:

Kasiprasad Ghose as he appeared in Fisher's Drawing-Room Scrapbook

frontispiece to Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali, drawn by William Rothenstein

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I’m happy to report that Woven was chosen by Eileen Wallace for the Capital Show at the Center for Book Arts.  The show is up for a few more days!  Then it’s time to fetch the accordion home, poundcake style, in my big plastic cakebox-like container.  Now it’s time for broadsides–in press at the moment is David Rigsbee’s new poem “Canoe.”  Sadly though, the printer was out of sorts, and awaits one more font!

"Woven" exhibited in the Capital Show

Bookopolis drew a wonderful crowd.  It was fun to see all ages and aesthetics mixing it up.

An intent crowd of book lovers at Bookopolis 2011

This weekend at Bookopolis in Asheville was a treat…well over a 120 books in the show, with some forty or so in the Capital Show, juried by Eileen Wallace.  I learned a lot about books just by examining all the many possibilities.  And wonder of wonders, Woven is in the Capital Show through Thanksgiving.  Lots of wonderful work by Daniel Essig, Margaret Cogswell and others.  I loved Elsi Vassdal-Ellis’s “There goes the Neighborhood” (she from Bellingham, WA) which examines endangered neighborhoods and biodiversity.  And then on a different note was an amazing tiny book, “Outback Poem” by Sandy Webster from Brasstown.  Beautiful altered photos accompanying a letterpress poem.

Here’s “Woven” in situ.

Woven, a sculptural book from Celo Knob Press

Bookopolis, the annual show for prints, artist’s books and letterpress is coming up at Bookworks in Asheville, opening September 23.  Bookopolis Weekend runs from Sept. 23 to 24, 2011, and includes the reception and show and workshops.  For information see ashevillebookworks.com.

Woven went to the show yesterday, but delivering a paper sculpture is a little tricky.  The solution, an upside down rubbermaid plastic box–think giant cake carrier.  This is the first artist’s book printed at the Celo Knob Press.

Also in the show: Emily Orzech’s screenprint Floating Tunnel, 2.  For other works, see her website, www.emilyorzech.com.

Emily Orzech Floating Tunnel, 2

Happily the final page proofs and indexes of Anglophone Poetry in Colonial India are off to the press today, joining their twin and heavier partner Indian Angles (which should be at the printer’s now).  Many thanks to Srinivas Aravamudan and Tricia Lootens for positive comments and help and to Julia Kimmel for last minute proofreading assistance.

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On Sunday, April 3, many friends of the poet Margaret Rabb, who died last winter, met to celebrate her life.  The readings from Peggy’s work and from the readers’ own work created a memorable weaving together of recollection, elegy, humor, and meditation.  Many thanks to David Rigsbee for his organization, to all who read and offered their reminiscences–and to Sharon and Chris Ringwalt for their hospitality later. Here Ron Bayes tells stories about visiting Ezra Pound.

David Rigsbee, Daphne Athas, Jill Bullitt, Ron Bayes

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