Today I visited John Grice at the Evergreen Press in order to confirm the layout of the title page and other final details prior to the printing of my short poetry collection, Fulcrum, which is to be published on 1 June. I had visited the Press once before, in order to discuss what might be possible in the printing of my little book – a visit that was relished for the excitement of seeing the machinery, metal type and other trappings of one of the artisan Fine Presses whose work I have long admired. This time, however, there was the excitement of seeing some of my own work fully set in metal type, in readiness for the printing of the volume. In this digital age, where computers and desktop printers make print such a ready commodity, the effect of seeing one’s work in such a concrete form as metal type is quite magical, and indeed moving. So it was today, when I was confronted with 30 pages of my book fully set in gleaming type; three years of musings and writings cast in metal. Type is a beautiful thing, and I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs of this stage of the book’s making.
As you can see, metal type is quite beautiful and seductive — as are the machines that translate their form into the printed page:
To get to the press I walk along the Stroudwater Navigation, which is a far more pleasant than the road, to say the least:
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