Mission, British Columbia: Barbarian Press, 2021. Hardcover. From an edition of 125 copies. This is one of the copies from the Regular state of 43 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. The Deluxe state comprises 62 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. This beautiful produced work is the 50th book from the renowned Barbarian press. It presents the evocative and moving poetry of Molly Holden from her five books published during her lifetime and eight previously unpublished poems in nine thematic groups, with a half-title derived from one of the poems in each section. The introduction provides a biographical sketch of Holden, documenting her life as a writer and her struggles with multiple sclerosis, which caused her death at the age of 55. In his afterword, Crispin offers a wonderful discussion of the nature of poetry and of Molly Holden's poems in particular. He writes that her poetry is "innately curious - both persistently questioning and stubbornly independent....After spending time reading Molly Holden's poems, we might well find her own account of her state after 'Country journeys' an apt description of our own condition: I arrive at the end of journeys/prostate with experience, my backside/stiff, my humanity overflowing,/my self plural with anticipation."
The poems were hand-set by Apollonia Felicity Elsted in Joanna roman and italic with Tiern Titling for display, and printed by Jan and Apollonia Elsted. Printed on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. The engravings by Andy English are printed from the wood. Bound in half green Japanese silk with paper decorated with typographical ornaments and housed green cloth slipcase with cream title and author label to spine. Bound by Alanna Simenson of Mad Hatter Bookbinding. In fine condition. Measures 7.75 x 11 inches. 271 pages plus an afterword of ten pages. PRI/012822. Fine.