"Proof" Letterpress Print
This poem, “Proof” is by ARASH SAEDINIA, who studied political science at University of California, Berkeley, creative writing at California State University, Northridge, and law at Harvard University. His earliest published poetry appeared in the Iranian diasporic journal Chanteh. He is a professor of English at Los Angeles City College.
This poem was drawn from the Spring 2019 issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review: “Iran: A special issue guest edited by Kathryn Babayan." You can buy the full issue from the University of Michigan: (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/
Wolverine Press is pleased to partner with Michigan Quarterly Review on the first of what we hope will be many collaborative editions.
The poem has been set in 14pt Sans Serif Light, designed by Sol Hess in 1930. The title was set in 72pt Cheltenham, a letter originating in 1896, and developed by Bertram Goodhue, Ingalls Kimball and Morris Fuller Benton. The MQR and Wolverine Press lettermarks, and the author's name, are set in Kennerley Old Style, designed by Frederic Goudy in 1911. The type (cast in metal) was set letter by letter, space by space in the traditional way by the Printer's Devils of Wolverine Press. The poem was handprinted in two colors on Stonehenge paper, and the enclosure is constructed from paper made by the French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan. 100 copies were made for a single edition, after which the formes were struck and the type distributed. (There are two variants within this edition: a full-sleeve variant, and a half-sleeve variant. Buyers will receive one variant.)
Michigan Quarterly Review (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/
mqr/), founded in 1962, is the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, a magazine that embraces creative urgency and cultural relevance, aiming to challenge conventions and address long-overdue conversations.
Wolverine Press is a publisher that uses traditional letterpress printing techniques to produce limited-run paper ephemera in support of the programs and students of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. The Press is staffed by MFA poets and fiction writers called Printer’s Devils, or just Devils. These students learn how to set metal type and print with it in the traditional way. They select, edit, design and hand-make everything The Press releases. This work is integral to their education as members of the literary community, and reminds them through practice that the labor of publishing is physical as well as intellectual. The Press was founded in 2013.