A Smell of Printing: Poems 1988-1998.
Granary Books & Coracle, 2000. Item #2754
5 1/2 x 7 in., 96 pp., notchbound in wrappers with printed jacket.
“Every once in a while Simon Cutts makes a pure and simple poem (nothing is pure and nothing is ever simple, so what?)—a work I have been waiting for all my life to see.”
–Jonathan Williams, from “A Particularly Non-Arty Response to the Coracle Man”
Simon Cutts, writer, artist, designer, and founder of Coracle Press and Gallery, offers a generous helping of recent writing in this collection of poems, 1988–1998. Within the pages one finds “addendum erratum”, a bookmark with a poem (loose within), as well as “an ode for the recovery of an olympia 66 typewriter” and “The Rubber Stamp Mini Printer Series 1.” Cutts’s approach to the tradition of printing, a subject and field that this book shows has played a significant part in his life, is both serious and personal while maintaining a playful attitude. His language is spare and vivid, often illuminating small details within a simple line and quickly presenting an idea or moment. The poems within these pages offer a glimpse into a life that admires a printing press as much as the natural world, and a page with words as much as the personal world.
Co-published with Coracle Press. Designed by Amber Phillips. Printed offset, notchbound in paper wrappers with dust jacket. This is from an edition of 500 copies. As new, signed by the poet.