• The Wake

    Andrew Hoyem.


    San Francisco: Auerhahn, 1963. Octavo. Printed letterpress on Curtis Rag in perfect-bound in toned blue Fabriano paper wraps. 28 pages. One of 750 copies. Near fine.


    Hoyem is the legendary San Francisco based typographer, letterpress printer, publisher, and poet who founded and directed the Arion Press after his stint with the Grabhorns. The Auerhahn Press, his first professional printing venture, also published many of the Beats. A beautiful and absurdly affordable example of California fine press work.


    "I have wanted to write a love poem

    about false starts & fits 

    about a dog dying of rabies & the bad bite of his consort.

    Does it follow I have been bit by a bitch?

    But no . . . 


    Oh you can have the feelings, poet,

    But there will come a time when in vengeance

    there will be vitriol & bitter taste where bites were made

    & flesh gone stunk of wounds let go to green

    & blue teeth marks made by rabid dogs."


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