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Granite & Cypress

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Presentation for Robinson Jeffers Association conference, on the creation of the fine art book, Granite & Cypress, a collection of Jeffers' poetry.

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Granite & Cypress

  1. 1. Granite & Cypress The Poem as Icon Rubbings From The RockA Tribute to Jeffers by William Everson
  2. 2. In a dark corner of theTor House BookRoom.A slab of wood with aninlay of granite.Barely visible inthe dim light.Behind a grate.Untouchable.
  3. 3. Then in a bookstorein Santa Barbara, itappears again.A bookA work of art
  4. 4. It’s a bookA book of Jeffers’ PoetryPrinted on handmadepaperCypress case withCarmel Granite inlayA Poem as IconGranite & Cypress
  5. 5. William Everson“As a creative man, the richest thing I can do is write a poem, and the next is to print it.”
  6. 6. William EversonBrother Antonius“Disciple”of JeffersPoetPrinterTeacher at Lime KilnPress at UCSC 1971A magnificent andvaried life. 1912-1994“As a creative man, the richest thing I can do is write a poem, and the next is to print it.”
  7. 7. William EversonPoet & Printer
  8. 8. William Everson Poet & Printer... the craft of poetry was a single seamless whole for(Everson) from first conception to final text, and thephysical beauty of finely printed verse inseparablefrom its spiritual and intellectual value. - R. Zaller“For with the handpress, more than any otherprinting device, everything resolves back to the self.When the results are spotty, almost certainly it isone’s own fault—rarely the press’s.” - Everson
  9. 9. Granite & Cypress, thethird publication of theLime Kiln Press, gatherstogether the poems thatJeffers wrote under thedirect impact of stone.
  10. 10. Granite & Cypress, thethird publication of theLime Kiln Press, gatherstogether the poems thatJeffers wrote under thedirect impact of stone. ... a format conceived around the imagery of rock --not just the monuments the poet erected, but thesubstance itself, as a sensory image, both visual andtactile, retrieved from his contemplation of its nature,and memorialized in his verse as history’s centralarchetype.
  11. 11. Consider then, these rubbingsof text and stone ...
  12. 12. The prospectus for Granite & Cypress, written and printed by Everson.
  13. 13. “Genius is fashioned in fire, and the spirit of Robinson Jeffers was no exception.”
  14. 14. “Stone by stone a shattered world was rebuilt on the lonely Carmel headland. Poem by poem a shaken life found its focus.”
  15. 15. “I want it rhythmic not rhymed. The rhythm comes from many sources: physics, biology, beat of blood, the tidal environments of life ... a desire for a singing emphasis that prose does not have.” -Jeffers “(Jeffers) extreme extension of line led to the mostdistinguishing feature of the book, its central concept.” -Everson
  16. 16. The text of Granite & Cypress in the Collected Works Volume 1.
  17. 17. The text of Granite & Cypress in the Collected Works Volume 1.
  18. 18. The text of Granite & Cypress in Everson’s edition.
  19. 19. The text of Granite & Cypress in Everson’s edition.
  20. 20. Everson’s Design Dilemma:What to do with the blank verso?
  21. 21. Everson’s Design Dilemma:What to do with the blank verso?
  22. 22. Like stone-rubbings from his tower’s lofty arch Jeffers’ poems live in yet another dimension.
  23. 23. Watermarks on the handmade paper from Hayle Papers in Britain
  24. 24. Everson’s legacy is carried on by the students he inspired to become fine book printers. They are creating their own wonderful work today. Dan Stolpe, Gary Young, Felicia Rice, Peter Thomas
  25. 25. “In my old age I called on the spirit of Jeffers, my early master,and inducted a generation of student printers into the ordeal ofhewing out a masterpiece from the recalcitrance of type, paper, and ink. Now they are doubling back, founding their own presses, and following writers unconsciously spelling out theethos of this region in the ineluctable articulation of the Word.”
  26. 26. A Canticle To The Waterbirds Everson’s Poem 1950 Fine Art Book 1992
  27. 27. The Poet Is Dead by William Everson
  28. 28. The Poet Is Dead by William Everson
  29. 29. The Poet Is Dead by William EversonPrinted by Peter and Donna Thomas 1987
  30. 30. The Poet Is Dead by William EversonPrinted by Peter and Donna Thomas 1987
  31. 31. An offer from Tor House Foundation
  32. 32. The Poet Is Dead Broadside Brought to you by Tor House Foundation in memory of the 50th Anniversary of Jeffers’ Passingand in honor of Everson’s Centennial Celebration Printed by Peter and Donna Thomas Limited Edition of 50 Prints on handmade paper, numbered $75 each
  33. 33. 10.5 x 15” handmade paper, three-deckle edge
  34. 34. 10.5 x 15” handmade paper, three-deckle edge
  35. 35. Find Tor House Foundation on Facebook for updates on Events and Special OffersRobinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

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