The Gods.
[Ophelia Press]. Koertge, Ron.

[Alhambra, California:] Ophelia Press, 2017. One of 50 numbered copies signed by the poet and printer. Designed, hand set, printed, illustrated, and bound by Farida Baldonado Sunada at Ophelia Press. The decorations, which include slithering serpents and a blood-stained river, are handcut from Tengucho and Yatsuo kozo papers made in Kochi and Toyama Prefectures, Japan. The Fuschia and plum-colored papers, which are interspersed throughout, were handmade in Nepal from the lotka plant. The poems are handset and letterpress printed in red and black on dampened Rives Heavyweight from the Arches paper mill in France. Title-page printed in black and red. A fine copy in a clear plastic slipcase with original prospectus laid in. Quarter iridescent gold-copper cloth from Japan sewn through the spine with red Irish linen thread over red kyoseishi paper-covered boards 12 x 8 3/16.” [40] pp. (Item ID: 16629)


“In this collection of new poems, Ron Koertge reconsiders the enduring myths of the Greek gods in a contemporary context and upends traditional narratives. Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, Dionysus, and other expose their vulnerabilities and acknowledge their surprisingly human shortcomings and longings” (from the prospectus).

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