The Little of our Earthly Trust, by Elizabeth Bishop, Arion Press (2016)

Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979) has emerged as one of the great American poets of the twentieth century. She was Poet Laureate of the United States in 1949/1950, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956, winner of the National Book Award in 1970, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1976. Yet, outside of literary circles she is not extremely well known.  The Poetry Foundation remarks that she “was a respected yet … Continue reading The Little of our Earthly Trust, by Elizabeth Bishop, Arion Press (2016)

What the End is For, by Jorie Graham, Illustrations by Julian Lethbridge, Arion Press

I have often remarked in these pages how I appreciate Arion Press exposing me to works that I would otherwise not allow myself to be enlightened by. I enjoy ‘core canon’ classics, and have often felt there are so many great works in history that spending time on contemporary works would only distract me from more ‘important’ reading. A questionable approach, to be sure, but … Continue reading What the End is For, by Jorie Graham, Illustrations by Julian Lethbridge, Arion Press

It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This first ran last holiday season, though it has been updated with current information and the latest news from fine press publishers.} As the holiday’s quickly approach, it is time to remind all Books and Vines readers about the importance of doing all we can to support those who create and sell the finely done private press books we all admire. In a world awash … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Fine Press Eco-System!

Leaves of Grass, by Walter Whitman, Arion Press (2014)

{Ed. Note: Originally published June 2, 2014 and subsequently updated on August 14, 2014. The updates were to add a link to a PBS News Hour segment on Arion Press and the making of this edition, and also I have added a number of quotes from the book after a careful reading.} Arion Press has just released their 100th publication, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. A huge … Continue reading Leaves of Grass, by Walter Whitman, Arion Press (2014)

2014 Fine Press Trailers!

2014 promises to be an exciting year for collectors of books from todays fine press publishers. Much is in the works, as you will see below! As always, I encourage you to keep an eye on the great work these presses (and others) do in keeping alive the art and craft of finely published books and to support them, whenever possible, by purchasing their work! All … Continue reading 2014 Fine Press Trailers!

The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, with a Painting by R.B. Kitaj, Arion Press

{Ed Note: Those only caring about pictures and facts about the edition itself should scroll down to the ‘About the Edition’ section.  For the more daring and forgiving of you, please subject yourself to the full review on the poem itself and please comment.} Generally considered one of the most important poems of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) is also one of … Continue reading The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, with a Painting by R.B. Kitaj, Arion Press

My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)

In previous articles concerning my recent visit to Arion Press, I covered the equipment and art to be found in their facilities. Of course, what most of you want to see is their beautiful books, which is, after all, Arion’s raison d’être.  Seeing all of the editions that have been created by Arion Press is a wonderful experience. What strikes me as most impressive is the … Continue reading My Visit to Arion Press, Part Three – Books (1st Set)