Item #374 Circadia. Kevin MCPHERSON Eckhoff.


[Vernon, B.C.]: Greenboathouse Press, 2022. Tall octavo, 28.8 x 16.8 cm. Tucked into a folded wrapper of handmade St. Armand paper. The paper is tan and subtly variegated with undertones of green. The upper cover and spine are titled in pale green and oxblood respectively. Beige and green St. Armand paper endleaves. Top and fore-edges neatly trimmed, bottom edges untrimmed. Unpaginated [ll. 8: front endleaves; pp. 32; ll. 6: rear endleaves. The endleaves are not strictly integral; but half of the leaves were tucked under the wrapper to form part of the structure]. A fine copy. The text, which was first published by Gaspereau Press as part of their Devil’s Whim chapbook series, was hand set in Monotype Deepdene and Alternate Gothic, “all cast fresh in-house for this book on a mighty and marvelous Monotype Super Caster (with some small Garamont epigraphs from polymer— a cheat I know, but I haven’t quite sorted out casting small type yet” (Jason Dewinetz). Printed on beige Hahnemühle Ingres paper. The poems were printed on the rectos in black, with the titles on the facing versos; each poem is titled after a month of the year, and each of the 12 titles was printed in a different colour using Alternate Gothic for display. The epigraphs were printed in black below the titles. The design motif recurs on the title spread, with Circadia repeated 12 times in a range of colours on the verso. The colour progression suggests the cycle of the seasons, grading from icy blue-grey to deep green, red, and grey, before returning to blue-grey. From an edition of 65 copies, this being number 47. Signed in ink by Kevin McPherson Eckhoff on the colophon page. Item #374

“The requisite reach of poetry to connect with a perspective both philosophical and perhaps even metaphysical too often degenerates into pretention and preciousness (like this sentence); a kind of mystical self-absorption that is more about the poet than the poetry. Kevin McPherson's Circadia, on the other hand, roots itself in the tangible, even mundane details of the everyday.

Compiling one sentence per day for an entire year, McPherson constructs 12 poems that explore and navigate the surprising, poignant, banal, intimate, and tragic moments of a year in the life. While some daily observations are stand-outs that inspire laughter or quiet contemplation, it is in the accumulation of detail and repetition, interrupted, often, by the prods and jabs of our hectic world, that leave the reader both smiling, and often cringing, with recognition and connection.” — Jason Dewinetz.

Price: $300.00

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