8. Shaped Poetry, edited by Glenn Todd
Shaped Poetry, edited by Glenn Todd, a suite of 30 typographic prints, each on a different handmade paper in a wide range of typefaces and in a variety of colors, with a companion volume by Glenn Todd and Andrew Hoyem, 1981.
Shaped Poetry is uniquely tied to typographical expression because the component letters and symbols of such poems are so arranged upon the page that they form a visual image reflecting the meaning or subject matter of the text. The choices range from 300 b. c. to the present day. This anthology of the genre was developed entirely at the Arion Press. From our collection of some two hundred foundry types we employed an array of letterforms seldom seen outside a type specimen book. The suite is also a representative collection of handmade papers from around the world. Press editor Glenn Todd wrote the accompanying monograph on shaped poetry, and Andrew Hoyem wrote production notes for each of the selections.
Format: 16 by 12 inches. Twenty-nine of the prints are on individual sheets; the thirtieth is comprised of ten panels, 15 by 11 inches, bound in a circular accordion-fold. The 30 different handmade papers and more than 30 different types used in the series are documented in a book that is included in the publication. The companion volume is 16 by 12 inches, 32 pages, printed from Monotype Times New Roman and handset Weiss Titling, on Ruysdael paper, bound in wrappers. Contained in a black cloth portfolio box, together with a plexiglass frame for display of individual prints. Edition of 300 sets, $750.00. Out of print.*