Archangel for Chet Baker. Caliban Press. Ai.

Archangel for Chet Baker.

Canton, NY: Caliban Press, 2010. Artist's book, one of 40 copies on Iyo handmade paper and handmade paper over boards with leather spine from a total issue of 90 (50 additional copies on Arches mould made paper and bound in paper wrappers, 10 copies H.C.), all initialed by the printer, Mark McMurray. Page size: 4 x 5-1/2 inches; 22pp. Bound by the printer: sewn, handmade paper by La Papeterie St. Armand, Montreal and handmade Lokta papers from Nepal, spine with exposed purple thread, title printed in grey on purple paper woven into front panel. Illustrated with two images of wings by Mark McMurray, inspired by Albrecht Durer. Printed in 12 point Goudy Old style, this poem by Ai was originally published in her 1993 book, Greed. The poem was inspired by the Bruce Weber film, "Let's Get Lost" and is homage to longing and loss. Ai (1947-2010) was awarded the National Book Award in 1999. She taught at Oklahoma State University and was to have signed this edition. Her untimely death on March 19, 2010 prevented this. Considered a major voice in American poetry, she wrote almost exclusively in the dramatic monologue format - as this poem is. Mark McMurray presents this edition in her memory. Item #10439

Price: $200.00

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