The Persephones, Nathanial Tarn 2009
This set of splendidly rich & multifaceted poems is the second Ninja Press publication by this highly esteemed poet whom Eliot Weinberger has described as “– belonging to a secret lineage in modern poetry: the ecstatic erudites.”
The text pages consist of 12 unbound folios opening to 14 x 18 inches. Each folio is painted by hand on both front & back using sumi ink & salt by Carolee Campbell, making every book unique. The poems are printed on and alongside the artwork.
The type is hand set Van Dijck with Weiss Initials Series I for the display & printed letterpress on dampened Domestic Etching. The folios are held in a goat parchment cover. The book is protected by a hard-sided chemise wrapper covered in deep green Asahi Japanese silken cloth which, in turn, slips into a case covered in a natural-colored linen.
The Persephones was first published by Christopher’s Books in Santa Barbara, California in 1974. Much of the edition was subsequently destroyed by fire. The poems were significantly altered in 2007 by the poet for this Ninja Press edition.
The edition is comprised of 85 numbered copies, signed by both poet & artist, with an additional 10 lettered hors commerce.14.25 inches by 9.25 inches. 48 pages.