[ Click on the photo to see a slideshow of pics from class.]
For our final project in Letterpress Printing, we’re each creating a small broadside which will all be put together into a folio. My broadside is a short Stephen Crane poem in a beautiful blue ink. I’ll be hand-lettering the colophon with an old calligraphy pen, (for better or worse).
In the Flickr photos I mention another Pablo Neruda translation, which I printed for one of the first projects in class. Here it is:
Verb (originally Verbo) by Pablo Neruda (tr. Sara Quinn Thompson)
I’m going to rumple this word,
I’m going to twist it,
it is much too smooth
it’s as if a great dog or great river
with tongue or water passed over it
for many years.
I want that in the word
there can be seen the roughness
the metallic salt
the toothless strength
of the land,
of those who have spoken and those who have not.
I want to see the thirst
inside those syllables
I want to touch the fire
in that sound:
I want to feel the darkness
of the cry. I want
words as rough
as virgin stones.