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It's NOT a Small World, After All ~ Introducing the St Brigid Press "Poetry in Translation" Broadside Series

EarthMono2 Contrary to the popular maxim, there are ways in which the world is very large, indeed. And there is a LOT of great poetry in it.

The depth and breadth of literature (oral and written) through time and across cultures is astonishing. In honor of the wonderful poetry happening in many ages and places, St Brigid Press has begun a series of letterpress printed broadsides featuring in English the work of poets writing in diverse languages and time-periods. Throughout the coming year, we will be offering limited edition, hand-set prints of poems-in-translation, from 5th century Chinese classics to 21st century Syrian classics-to-be.

Thanks for journeying with us. May these poems enlarge your being and your world, as they have for us!

All best to all,

St Brigid Press


For more on the art of translation, see the following websites and posts:

Modern Poetry in Translation Magazine

Poetry Translation Centre

Poetry of China (with a section on translation)

Jeff Schwaner on translating from the ancient Chinese

Maggie Duncan on "The Translated World" (and the myriad meanings of "translation")

PEN International: a global community of writers

Poetry International

"Detached letters & word fragments from the 9th century Faddan More Psalter, held together by ink." Image courtesy of, via

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Everything Falls In Place

DE broadside We are honored to announce the release of a letterpress printed broadside of Jeff Schwaner's poem "Drop Everything."

A moving meditation on the small moments that make up our lives, and the intimacy of truly knowing another being, "Drop Everything" is a poem of quiet beauty and power. Author of numerous volumes of outstanding poetry, Jeff Schwaner lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

We had the pleasure of setting his poem by hand, letter-by-letter and line-by-line, to manifest its loveliness in metal, ink, paper, and to share it with you. It is composed in Centaur type, a venerable typeface designed in 1914 by Bruce Rogers, and accompanied by accents in its companion italic face Arrighi. The paper is sumptuous "Holyoke," a very thick, cream-white cotton paper. Each broadside in this limited edition of 45 is numbered.

For more information about the poem (including the full text) and its author Jeff Schwaner, click HERE.

To order, click HERE.

With thanks, and all best, St Brigid Press

Handsetting the type for the broadside, letter-by-letter and space-by-space.

Letterpress printed on our Challenge 15MP proof press.

Each sheet, printed one-by-one.

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Close-up of the hand-set colophon.

Close-up of the text.