Sophia's Lament, Dennis Phillips, 2012
Arguably one of the most overlooked of poetic innovators working in California over the last thirty years, Phillips' is a profound and moving voice, tirelessly testing the limits of poetic language and its place in the world. About his work, Paul Vangelisti has written: "Dennis Phillips, a poet's poet, a true, in Heidegger's words, 'shepherd of Being.'"
The type is hand set Meridien printed letterpress in four colors on dampened vintage paper handmade at the Moulin du Verger papermill in Puymoyen, France. The canary yellow and purple cover is made from two laminated sheets of kyoseishi, handmade at the Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. The golden endsheets are made of kozo with inclusions of mango leaves from Thailand. The image on the title page is hand colored in three colors. The book is sewn with red silk cord. Design & execution are by Carolee Campbell.
There are 79 signed and numbered copies in the edition along with an additional 8 lettered hors commerce.
10.5 inches by 6.5 inches. 13 pages. $125