Happy Anniversary Ed Colker

In honor of fifty years of poetry and prints from Ed Colker and his presses Editions du Grenier and Haybarn Press, a new portfolio has just been issued featuring one poem each from fifteen poets and visual responses from Mr. Colker. The letterpress printing is by Bradley Hutchinson and the color lithograph frontispiece was printed by Maurice Sanchez at Derrière L’Etoile Studio. Poets House (10 River Terrace at Murray Street in Lower Manhattan) is mounting an exhibit of the poems & prints by Mr. Colker, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will be on view through Saturday, September 18 during regular Poets House library hours. Admission Free. http://www.poetshouse.org/progcoming.htm

Ed Colker and Michael Anania, Gathering: Fifteen Poets/Poems (Millwood, NY: Haybarn Press, 2010). Copy 47 of 125. Graphic Arts GAX 2010 -in process.

Contents: Thursday’s child / Michael Anania —Argument / René Char; translated by Mary Ann Caws — Pentecost Sunday in Lahinch / J.A. Collins — Crush #77; Crush #320 / Lea Graham — The price / Robert Hawks — The book is molded from clay / Edmond Jabes (from The book of questions); translated by Rosmarie Waldrop — A sentence to be read upon those who refuse to soar / J. Curtis Johnson — Second threshold, learning to trust in another language; Boulevard, meals in the open air / Catherine Kasper (from Blueprints of the city) — A hundred love sonnets, XII / Pablo Neruda; translated by Audrey Lumsden Kouvel — Vision, a note on astrophysics / Kathleen Norris — Abnormal weather / Deborah Pease — The rainbow is a tree / Abraham Sutzkever; translated by Barnett Zumoff — Unresolved / David Ray Vance — (from The reproduction of profiles) / Rosmarie Waldrop — Praying for rain in Sante Fe (for Don Murdoch) / Jeanne Murray Walker.

The Haybarn Press announcement reads “To mark the 50th year of our fine print editions inspired by poetry and poets, we present Gathering - a new portfolio of fifteen poems and translations … with visual responses by Ed Colker. … The publication is meant as an expression of appreciation for the poets and the works that have joined and illuminated the journey of a half-century. …A color lithograph frontispiece is followed by the artist’s preface and a broadside page with a color vignette for each poem.”