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Our Bill Denham & Bettina Pauly read at the Zen Center

On Friday, April 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 – San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, California. 415-863-3136 There is a special presentation during the exhibition opening of the al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside project at the San Francisco Zen Center. Two of our artists and printers, Bill Denham and Bettina Pauly, will be among the readers. Bill will be sharing The Diameter of the Bomb, a poem by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Block. A broadside of this poem was designed and illustrated by Kim Vanderheiden, and printed and assembeled by Bill. It’s an interactive piece. A ring of black rays hug the poem and image. To view them, the reader must unfold the rays, exploding the broadside. Bettina Pauly will be reading a translation from Abdul Satar, shown in the documentary: A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe, Baghdad, 2007, which corresponds with her broadside – a powerful piece that’s been two years in the making. It features testimony about the bombing in Arabic and English, with a hole carefully burned out of the center, between the two languages. Across the hole, the broadside is stitched back together. Both are very powerful pieces, and are on display at the Zen Center, […]
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From the Printer Poet

...because my poems always come to me as spoken words. I talk to myself a lot—like right now, like I’m talking to you—out-loud.
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Isabel and The Printer

This poem was written by Bill, our Head of Production, as he was printing a birth announcement for little Isabel. Her mom is one of our clients. Isabel’s  tiny hands and feet have found a permanent place somewhere, down there in my heart. I have studied them with such care and intensity, bringing them to life (again) with just the right shade of pink, delicately debossed into the crisp elegance of the rough textured, heavy, fine art paper— her chubby little left foot, slightly crooked right pinky, and on her right foot, the nerve-like cluster of creases that caught the light just so, each time I pulled the print from the press— studied it for color and coverage and placement, to get as close to perfect as those little feet and hands had already gotten. Bill Denham December 21. 2007
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