El Sol y Los de Abajo, José Montoya 1992
José Montoya writes in a linguistic braid of Spanish and English in this poem that exemplifies vividly the leap in perceptual and aesthetic power available to the bilingual poet. In the language of the Chicano, Spanish and English are no longer independent codes but a single hybrid.
The type is Spectrum with a large wooden typeface used for the display, printed in three colors on Mohawk Superfine Cover. The binding is in the accordion style. As the text is attached to the front cover only, the pages may be pulled away from the boards to stand on their own creating a screen-like effect. Drawings taken from the poet’s sketchbooks cover the boards. They are printed from magnesium plates onto dampened handmade cogon grass paper from the Philippines. The drawings are augmented by hand painted embellishments. There are drawings by the poet within the text as well.
195 signed and numbered copies complete the edition. 13 inches by 6 inches. 12 pages.