Category Archives: Essays

Letterpress Printing in Hard Times

Recently we had a little fun with a Bailout business card promotion and we did make a little money with our fun and learned a few things, as well.

This economic crisis we are in, however, is no fun.

It is serious and though one can always use humor to help get through hard times, humor, generally, for small businesses does not pay the rent.

So I’ve been thinking, lately, about letterpress printing, which is not unusual for me, being a printer and loving it the way I do, I do think about it a lot.

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From the Printer Poet

Spoken Word Poetry and Paper Sculptures


Mary Oliver says,
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand,
this, too, was a gift.
from The Uses of Sorrow by Mary Oliver

I know exactly what she means. Darkness, the kind she’s talking about, is there, along with the light, as surely as night follows day. Wendell Berry says the same thing, in his way,

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