Mars Being Red
Mars Being Red by Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell. “Mars Being Red.” Paradise Valley, AZ: Mummy Mountain Press, 2008. Designed by Karla Elling.

Karla Elling, a former Program Coordinator for the Arizona State University Creative Writing Program, is the proprietor of Mummy Mountain Press; she publishes artist books and poetry broadsides. Her work is notable for its use of unusual papers, striking color schemes, and sensitive translation of text into image. Here, she creates a vivid palette to accompany Marvin Bell’s poem “Mars Being Red.”

Burning Deck Postcards by James Camp and Nancy Condee
[I enter the Plaidland Redemption Center] by James Camp
Saint Agnes Goes to the Circus by Nancy Condee

James Camp. “[I enter the Plaidland Redemption Center].” Burning Deck Postcards: The Third Ten. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press, 1975. Designed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop.

Nancy Condee. “Saint Agnes Goes to the Circus.” Burning Deck Postcards: The Third Ten. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press, 1975. Designed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop.

Burning Deck Postcards by Lissa McLaughlin and Rosmarie Waldrop
The Snake by Lissa McLaughlin
[looking for you in] by Rosmarie Waldrop

Lissa McLaughlin. “The Snake.” Burning Deck Postcards: The Third Ten. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press, 1975. Designed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop.

Rosmarie Waldrop. “[looking for you in].” Burning Deck Postcards: The Third Ten. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press, 1975. Designed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop.

From 1974-1978, Burning Deck Press printed four series of poetry postcards designed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop. The playful quality of the poems is echoed in each postcard’s visual design. Here we’ve featured Burning Deck’s third series of postcards, published in 1975.

Two Poems for Courage and Change
Sea by Etel Adnan
Parents of Murdered Palestinian Boy...by Naomi Shihab Nye

Etel Adnan. “Sea.” Silver Spring, Maryland: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 2006. Designed by Etel Adnan.

Naomi Shihab Nye. “Parents of Murdered Palestinian Boy Donate His Organs to Israelis.” Silver Spring, Maryland: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 2006. Designed by Beck Whitehead.

This set of broadsides, titled “Two Poems for Courage and Change,” contains poems on humanitarian themes by Etel Adnan and Naomi Shihab Nye. Both poems passionately advocate for compassion in a damaged world.

Two Broadsides by Timothy M. Riordan and Diana Duncan Holmes
Sweet Lament by Timothy M. Riordan
Triptych by Timothy M. Riordan

Timothy M. Riordan. “Sweet Lament.” Cincinnati, OH: 1989. Designed by Diana Duncan Holmes.

Timothy M. Riordan. “Triptych.” Cincinnati, OH: 1989. Designed by Diana Duncan Holmes.

Poet Timothy M. Riordan and visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes collaborated to produce a set of 10 broadsides in a limited edition of 50. These broadsides incorporate handwriting, Japanese woodcuts, photography, and textured layers of paper to amplify and illustrate Riordan’s text.

To a Desert Poet
To a Desert Poet by Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman. “To a Desert Poet.” Iowa City, IA: Empyrean Press, 2007.

Our collection includes a number of broadsides produced specifically for Poetry Center special events. “To a Desert Poet,” for example, was designed for the opening of the Poetry Center’s current home, the Helen S. Schaefer Building, in 2007. 

Up in Haiku
Up in Haiku by Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson. “Up In Haiku.” Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Poetry Center, 2008. Designed by Denise Barnes.

“Up In Haiku” was produced for the Poetry Center’s memorial tribute honoring longtime UA Creative Writing faculty member Jon Anderson.

Story of Learning
Story of Learning by Matt Rotando

Matt Rotando. “Story of Learning.” Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Poetry Center, 2007.

“Story of Learning” comes from the Poetry Center’s series of broadsides celebrating winning poems from the annual Academy of American Poets competition, open to all University of Arizona students. The Poetry Center has sponsored this competition since 1979; past winners include Mark Doty, Li-Young Lee, and Tony Hoagland. 

The Long Boat
The Long Boat by Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz. “The Long Boat.” New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995. Designed by Karla Elling.

This broadside showcasing Stanley Kunitz’s poem “The Long Boat” is a familiar treasure of the Poetry Center collection; it was designed by Arizona writer and visual artist Karla Elling.

L'Acteur de la Passion
L'Acteur de la Passion by Jean Follain

Jean Follain. “L’Acteur de la Passion.” Honfleur, France: Galerie de L’Estuaire-Honfleur, n.d.

This round case contains a broadside by French lawyer, judge, and poet Jean Follain.

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