WORDS on the Edge: Broadside Portfolio

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EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss

A CODEX Foundation special project: WORDS on the Edge

The CODEX Foundation is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of WORDS on the Edge, a limited edition portfolio of poetry and lyric prose in broadside format, edited by Peter Rutledge Koch with contributing editors Edwin Dobb, Jane Hirshfield, and Jan Zwicky.

The portfolio, consisting of twenty-six poems and lyrical texts addressing themes of nature and its irresponsible destruction, is a part of an international artist's intervention—EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. Twenty-six notable poets, artists, and writers have been paired with an equal number of highly regarded letterpress printers from four countries; each has been invited to produce an editioned broadside/print especially for this portfolio. WORDS on the Edge will be sold to raise funds for the greater EXTRACTION project, which is sponsored by the CODEX Foundation as our commitment to art and the environment.

See www.extractionart.org for a full description of this exciting global art-intervention. 

Click here to read a PDF about WORDS on the Edge



Margaret Atwood, “Time capsule found on the dead planet”
Peter Koch, Printer • Berkeley, California

Rick Bass, “The Wild Marsh”
Greenboathouse Press, Jason Dewinetz, Printer • Vernon British Columbia

Wendell Berry, “Questionnaire”
Larkspur Press, Grey Zeitz, Printer • Monterey, Kentucky

Robert Bringhurst, “All Over the World” 
Richard Seibert, Printer • Berkeley, California

Annemarie Ní Churreáin, “The Turf-Cutter Speaks”
The Salvage Press, Jamie Murphy, Printer • Dublin Ireland

Peter Coyote, “Mining Words”
Turkey Press, Harry & Sandra Liddell Reese, Printers • Isla Vista, California

Natalie Diaz, “How the Milky Way Was Made”
Foolscap Press, Peggy Gotthold & Lawrence Van Velzer, Printers • Santa Cruz, California 

Edwin Dobb, “Corrosion”
Mixolydian Editions, Richard Wagener, Printer • Petaluma, California

David James Duncan, “One River”
Deep Wood Press, Chad Pastotnik, Printer • Mancelona, Michigan

Forrest Gander, “A Clearing”
Taller Martin Pescador, Juan Pascoe, Printer • Tacambaro, Mexico

Eliza Griswold, “The Blind”
Russell Maret, Printer • New York, New York

Joy Harjo, “A Map to the Next World”
Classic Letterpress, Norman Clayton, Printer • Ojai, California

Robert Hass, “September, Inverness”
Patrick Reagh, Printer • Sebastapol, California

Brenda Hillman, “Triple Moments of Light & Industry”
Barbarian Press, Crispin & Jan Elsted, Printers • Mission, British Columbia

Jane Hirshfield, “Ledger”
Peter Koch, Printer • Berkeley, California

Linda Hogan, “Trail of Tears: Our Removal”
Moving Parts Press, Felicia Rice, Printer • Santa Cruz, California

Marie Howe, “Singularity”
Nomad Letterpress, Pat Randle, Printer • Whittington Court, England

William Kittredge, “The specific danger is us….”
The Press at Colorado College, Aaron Cohick, Printer • Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ed Lahey, “The Blind Horses”
The Territorial Press, Aaron Parrett, Printer • Helena, Montana 

Barry Lopez,  “In Antarctica….”
INK-A! Press, Inge Bruggeman, Printer • Reno, Nevada

Emily McGiffin, “Cerro Rico”
Walking Bird Press, Tara Bryan, Printer • Newfoundland

Kay Ryan, “The Niagara River”
Jungle Garden Press, Marie Dern, Printer • Fairfax, California

Gary Snyder, “Dillingham, Alaska, the Willow Tree Bar”
Artichoke Press, Jonathan Clark, Printer • Mountain View, California 

Arthur Sze, “Black Center”
The Press at the Palace of Governors, Thomas Leech, Printer • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gaylord Schanilec “In Vento”
Midnight Paper Sales, Gaylord Schanilec, Printer • St. Paul, Minnesota

Kazuaki Tanahashi,“Extraction” 
A calligraphic rendering of the Japanese character for "Extraction"


Jan Zwicky, “Seeing”
Ninja Press, Carolee Campbell, Printer • Sherman Oaks, California