The Open Gate: New & Selected Poems by Emily Hancock

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The Open Gate: New & Selected Poems by Emily Hancock

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  • The Open Gate: New & Selected Poems by Emily Hancock
  • 80 pages, 46 poems, with Preface by the author
  • line art illustrations by Deborah Justice
  • offset printed & Smyth-sewn at Gaspereau Press
  • set in Centaur & Arrighi typefaces
  • jacket letterpress printed at St Brigid Press on St Armand handmade paper
Emily Hancock’s poetry is as inviting as this book’s title: The Open Gate swings wide and asks us to “step through” and see the world through her remarkable eyes. Her poems are full of birdsongs and shifting light through trees in the Blue Ridge. They show us what we didn’t see right in front of us. Her poems are meditative and hopeful—and dazzling.
— Sandra L. Ballard, Editor of Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review
Poet Emily Hancock reading from The Open Gate at the book launch. 12/3/17

Poet Emily Hancock reading from The Open Gate at the book launch. 12/3/17

How long does it take to write a poem? A whole book of poems? One answer might be, "A lifetime." Earlier this year I turned 40, and, having written poems for decades, it suddenly seemed TIME to publish a full-length collection.

Work on the manuscript began in the spring and came together in the summer. To my delight, my artist-friend-&-collaborator Deborah Justice agreed to create several beautiful line-drawings to illumine it.

At 46 poems, the book was too large for me to print in-house, so I commissioned my colleagues at Gaspereau Press in Nova Scotia to produce the text block. Andrew Steeves digitally designed and typeset it, and Gary Dunfield offset-printed and bound it. I letterpress printed the handmade paper jacket here at St Brigid Press.

See a poem from the book & listen to the author read it on our blog post "Walking Into Winter."


~ Poetry reading & talk by Emily Hancock ~

This is a video recording of the live presentation given by author Emily Hancock on December 3rd, 2017, at Black Swan Books in Staunton, Virginia. The occasion was the release of her latest collection of poetry, The Open Gate. Hancock is introduced by her friend and collaborator, fellow poet Jeff Schwaner . (Video run time, approx. 25 mins.) If you prefer to listen to the audio-only recording, please scroll down to the link below the video.


Below is the audio-only recording of the poetry reading and talk videoed above. (Audio playback time, approx. 37 mins.; includes a question & answer session with Hancock at the end.)


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