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101. What the End is For, a selection of poetry by Jorie Graham, with prints by Julian Lethbridge, and an introductory essay by Helen Vendler.

What the End is For, a selection of poetry by Jorie Graham, with prints by Julian Lethbridge, and an introductory essay by Helen Vendler, December 2014.

Jorie GrahamThis is a generous selection of fifty-five poems, written between 1977 and 2011, by Jorie Graham. She is in the front rank of American poets and the recipient of many prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Jorie Graham was born in Rome in 1950. Her father, Bill Pepper, was the Mediterranean correspondent for Newsweek magazine. Her mother is the sculptor Beverly Pepper. After schooling at a French lycée in Rome, she attended the Sorbonne. In 1968, she began to study film at New York University, and became avidly interested in modern poetry. She received an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, eventually becoming its director. At Harvard University she has succeeded Seamus Heaney as the Boylston Professor of Poetry. There she became a colleague of the critic Helen Vendler, who is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard. Vendler chose the poems for this volume in consultation with the poet, and she has written the introductory essay. Jorie Graham lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Helen Vendler writes in her introduction: “This selection from Graham’s hundreds of poems brings into view her deepest human concerns and her persistent inventiveness in poetic style. The poems have of course changed with Graham herself and with alterations in public concerns. Time—its nature, its flow, and its effect on human consciousness—has been her most acute cause of disquiet: the two words “hurry” and “delay” contend throughout her work. But Graham, in her recent poetry, is not merely the private person of her early books, before world events pressed her to global ecological overviews and arduous transhistorical narratives.” 

THE PRINTS

The book contains sixteen color relief prints by Julian Lethbridge. The artist was born in 1947 in Sri Lanka but raised mainly in England. He studied at Winchester College and Cambridge University. After graduation he began a career in banking but moved to New York City to draw and paint. His first exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery was in 1989, where he continues to be represented. As described by the artist’s gallery, “Lethbridge's abstraction is cerebral, often based on mathematical or natural principles. Methodically building up his surfaces with pigment, he then incises them with repeated patterns. Early in his career, Lethbridge limited his work to shades of black and white.  More recently he has begun to introduce vibrant colors and more gestural brushwork.” Julian Lethbridge lives in New York City.

Julian Lethbridge print

THE EXTRA SUITE

In addition to the sixteen prints in the book, Julian Lethbridge has created four larger prints by the same techniques. These prints follow the same four color combinations. They are printed on Somerset Satin, a British mouldmade paper, 300-gram weight, size 18 by 15 inches, image size 14 by 11-1/2 inches, presented in a portfolio with title page and documentation in an edition of 30, numbered 1/30 to 30/30, and 5 artist’s proofs, numbered AP 1/5 to AP 5/5, and 5 publisher’s proofs, numbered PP 1/5 to PP 5/5, and signed by the artist. The suite must be purchased with a book.

Click on thumbnails below to view larger images of the prints in the extra suite:

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THE EDITION, PRICE, AND ORDERING

The edition of the book is limited to 300 numbered copies, plus 26 lettered copies for complimentary distribution to participants. The page format is 11 by 9 inches, 238 pages. The type is Stymie, in 12 point for the poems, 10 point for the introduction and subsidiary material, composed and cast by Mackenzie & Harris in Monotype. The paper is mould-made, from the Magnani mill in Italy, 190-gram weight. The binding is in full violet cloth with titling in black. The book is housed in a full-cloth slipcase.

The price of the book is $850. The price of the book with the extra suite of prints is $4,850. A portion of the edition is reserved for Arion Press subscribers. Available.

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Edition: Limited to 300 numbered copies, plus 26 lettered copies for participants. The page format is 11 by 9 inches, 238 pages. The type is Stymie, composed and cast by Mackenzie & Harris in Monotype. The paper is mould-made, from the Magnani mill in Italy. The binding is in full violet cloth with titling in black, housed in a full-cloth slipcase. The book is signed by the author and the artist.

In addition to the sixteen prints in the book, Lethbridge has created four larger prints by the same techniques. These prints follow the same four color combinations. They are printed on Somerset Satin, size 18 by 15 inches, image size 14 by 11-1/2 inches, presented in a portfolio with title page and documentation in an edition of 30, numbered 1/30 to 30/30, and 5 artist’s proofs, numbered AP 1/5 to AP 5/5, and 5 publisher’s proofs, numbered PP 1/5 to PP 5/5, and signed by the artist. The suite must be purchased with a book. Images of the prints can be seen at lower left on this page.

Price: The price of the book is $850. The price of the book with the extra suite of prints is $4,850. A portion of the edition is reserved for Arion Press subscribers.

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