LONEY, Alan; BRIGHTON, Ross
Melbourne : Electio Editions, 2014. Octavo, publisher’s cave paper wrapper, housed in a red cloth covered folding clamshell box, 12 pp., with numerous illustrations; internally pristine, a fine copy. Number 4 of 26 copies.
“One of New Zealand’s most interesting & innovative poets of the early 1970s, David Mitchell, died in 2011 – his 1970 book, Pipe Dreams in Ponsonby, was one of a small set of publications that changed the shape of poems and the conversation about them in New Zealand for the next three decades – Ross Brighton, a New Zealand poet of a later generation, has written a deeply felt & beautifully crafted poem, originally sub-titled ‘On the occasion of the scattering of his ashes on Auckland Harbour’, in honour of his predecessor, and it’s my pleasure to present this poem.
“[The] cover … of Cave handmade paper – the image is made up simply of brass rules, and printed using only a gloss varnish – so, depending on the angle of vision, the image will either look black or will shine with reflected light . .. the shifting hues are made by partially dipping the sheet into successive trays of color in a fairly random way – all sheets are therefore different, and the relation of the printed image to the shifting colors in the paper is always different from sheet to sheet.” – Ian Loney
Alan Loney is a noted writer, poet, publisher and printer. Born in New Zealand in 1940, he published his first book of poems in Dunedin in 1971, and has directed a number of private presses in New Zealand and Australia. Loney has worked with a number of distinguished writers, poets and artists across North America and the Asia Pacific, his works are collected by a number of institutions and private collectors. Loney has lived in Melbourne since 1998.