Granary Books & Chax Press, 1987. Item #GB_6
7 1/4 x 9 in., 24 pp., wrappers.
“Like a medieval chronicler with the eye of a poet and the heart of the taleteller, [Metcalf] fits together radiant fragments into a wholly new kind of construct.”
Firebird tells two stories, interweaving them in Metcalf’s inimitable and highly charged documentary poem method. One story is that of the Peshtigo fire of 1871 which swallowed the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. The other is of great hawk migrations. The original poem is by Paul Metcalf; maps and other embellishments in color by Cynthia Miller.
Co-published by Chax Press; designed and printed letterpress by Charles Alexander. This is from an edition of 200 copies, numbered and signed; there were also 36 copies bound in cloth and handmade paper over boards by Priscilla Spitler; 26 lettered and ten numbered out-of-print.
This is from an edition of 200 copies bound by Charles Alexander and staff in wrappers of handmade paper by Mary Beaton. As new.
ABOUT PAUL METCALF
Pictured: cover; pp. 3–4; 7–8; 21–22.