Caliban Press - Ginsberg's Farm. [A poetic tribute by Mark McMurray.]


Caliban Press - Ginsberg's Farm. [A poetic tribute by Mark McMurray.]

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Ginsberg's farm. [A poetic tribute by Mark mcMurray & photographic portrait by Mellon Tytell.] 240 X 175mm (unfolding to 525mm), triptych opening to three pages with two pages of text bound in, (Mark McMurray) Caliban Press, Canton, New York, 2007.

One of 40 copies printed from 14-point Goudy Old Style on papers handmade by La Papeterie St Armand. The triptych is constructed from splatter-dyed Nepalese paper over boards. In keeping with Allen Ginsberg's personal practice of Tibetan Buddhism, the two outer panels contain images of two Tibetan protector deities taken fro an original wood block cut and printed for the Dalai Lama's library at the Potola comlex in Lhasa. They are printed on orange and blue papers. At the centre is a previously unpublished gelatin print by Mellon Tytell of ginsberg standing in a field of vegetables, the late summer sun behind him. Housed in a brown handmade paper envelope with the colophon signed on the back cover by Mellon Tytell and Mark McMurray. A new copy.

Published on the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Ginsberg's most famous work 'Howl', 'Ginsberg's Farm' is a fine poetic tribute to Ginsberg, recounting in verse a later visit to his "poetry farm" in Cherry Valley. Further playing on the triptych / icom motif, the work also contains a small vial of earth from the poet's garden as referenced in the text of the tribute.

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