quinta-feira, abril 30, 2009

The Watkinson Exhibits American Poets and Their Printers

The Watkinson Exhibits American Poets and Their Printers
Abigail Alderman '11
Issue date: 4/28/09

Section: Arts

Unfortunately, the Watkinson Library is an area in the Raether Library that does not get as much rush as the usual library rooms do. Modern American Poets and Their Printers, an exhibition worth the students while, has been gracing the Watkinson since February and will last until the middle of June. The exhibition features "special editions of American poets with innovative printing of the poems" said exhibit curator Sally S. Dickinson. The exhibit flows chronologically from Publishing in Paris in the 1920s all the way to the late greeting cards of Robert Frost in the 1960s.
The exhibit explores literary publishers who created unique versions of otherwise mainstream poetry. Poetry, which is usually presented in straightforward, all-script ways, becomes more aesthetically pleasing when publishers take the initiative to make the poetry interactive. The start of the exhibit highlighted works from the Three Mountains Press. A copy of their Printer's Notice indicated that they printed these pieces with no indication to sell the works but to indulge amateur's fondness for typographical experiment.
In this section was Three Stories and Ten Poems by Ernest Hemingway. This version was signed and presented to William Bird by Hemingway himself. Bird, a 1912 Trinity graduate worked for both the New York Sun and the New York Post. This case also includes a first edition of William Carlos Williams' book of poetry, Spring and All, as well as Ezra Pounds' "Indiscretions", or "Une Revue de Deux Mondes". All of these works were published in Paris by the Three Mountains Press.
Another section of the exhibit highlighted Beat Poets. The Pocket Bookshop was created in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin. These publishers put out famous pocket poet series. When they published Allen Ginsberg poem "Howl", they were arrested for obscenity. They took risks to supply the public with interesting versions of classic poetry. The published versions of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's "Pictures of the Gone World", Denise Levertrov's "Here and Now", and Frank O'Hara's "Lunch Poem".
The most eye-catching portion of the exhibit was the case featuring The Spiral Press and the Robert Frost Holiday Greetings. Frost handcrafted many greeting cards to friends and family that featured his poems and small pictures. The exhibit contains copies of cards written to Charles Green and H.B. Collamore. Frost's barely legible handing is strewn across his cards and the envelopes addressed to friends all over the country.
The exhibit also highlights poetry in the form of larger banners across the walls of the Watkinson. These poems, chosen for their unique printing style, add color and size to the exhibit. William Stafford's "Lines for a Girl Named Rosy", John Crowe "Ransom's Cloak Model" and Louis Aston Marantz Simson's "Mexican Woman". These wall hangings brought all of the small works of poetry in the wide variety of poetry books to life. This exhibit proves how undervalued the Watkinson Library is. All of these pieces are highly interesting, and even contain special ties to Trinity. Hopefully in the future, more students will take advantage of the hidden treasures in the Watkinson.

FONTE: Trinity Tripod (subscription) - Hartford,CT,USA
FOTO: Allen Ginsberg

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