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SANDY POINT by Afaa Michael Weaver, Wood engravings by Rosalyn Richards. A new publication by the Press of Appletree Alley

For more information on this fine press title, please contact Ann deKlerk
at <adeklerk@bucknell.edu>. Further contact information near bottom of

Afaa Michael Weaver

Wood engravings by Rosalyn Richards

The Bucknell University Fine Editions:
A Series in Contemporary Poetry

The Press of Appletree Alley

"There is a pattering in your trail/Mark, a pulse preaching in a dark
pushing to colors colliding in a vivid truth-genius to soul, vivacity to
-Lamentations 8

The Press of Appletree Alley is proud to present Sandy Point, a collection
of poems by the winner of the '1999 Pew Fellowship for poetry, Afaa Weaver.
His work in this limited edition is rich in the details of daily life,
focusing on people he knows and has loved. His poetry is full of spirit and
emotion but stripped of sentimentality, influenced by African oral and
spiritual traditions to create poems of deceptive simplicity and music.
Cynthia Hogue, professor of English and Director of the Stadler Center for
Poetry at Bucknell University, has said: "Never a poet to shy away from the
difficult subjects of African American history, racism and poverty, Afaa
Weaver in this work also seeks accurately to portray the stuff of his
experience beyond, or beside the political issues -that is, beyond or
beside the 'white' frame." The poetry in this collection reflects the
wisdom of both a seer and a survivor.

Afaa Weaver holds the Alumnae Chair in English at Simmons College. He
undertook a literary apprenticeship, while a blue collar factory worker in
his native Baltimore, before receiving his BA in 1986 from Regents College
and his MFA (1987) from Brown University. Afaa published his first poem in
'974. He has written fiction, plays and poetry, including the poetry
collections "My Father's Geography" and "Timber and Prayer." In 1997 Weaver
served as the sixteenth Poet4n-Residence at Bucknell University.

The evocative wood-engraved images by painter and printmaker Rosalyn
Richards complement the poems. Richards' work is well known to our
subscribers, appearing most recently in "The Light Station on Tillamook
Rock" by Madeline DeFrees. Richards, a professor of art at Bucknell
University, has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New
Delhi, India. Her work is represented in leading museums and galleries
throughout the United States, including the Chicago Art Institute and the
Minneapolis Institute of Art. Richards received her BFA from Rhode Island
School of Design and her MFA from Yale University School of Art.

"Sandy Point" has been set by hand in 14 Pt. Spectrum monotype and printed
on lightweight Rives mould made paper with a Vandercook No.4 press. The
wood-engravings were printed directly from the blocks. The edition is
signed by the poet and the artist.

Each book has been hand-sewn and hand-bound by Don Rash. The binding is
cloth and paper over boards using an original abstract paste paper created
by the binder. Don, who has bound all our editions, is internationally
recognized for both limited edition and design bindings. In Italy, he was
named medalist in the First International Exhibition of Bookbinding as Art
(1998). A graduate of the University of Delaware, Rash studied with master
bookbinder Fritz Eberhardt.

The edition consists of 125 copies at the cost of $150 each.

ISBN 0-916375-33-I
6 1/2"  x 10"
72 pp

Standing orders receive a 10 percent discount; dealers 30 percent.

Individuals please enclose check with order. Pennsylvania residents add six
percent sales tax. Insured domestic shipping $4.50; insured overseas
shipping $6.50 surface and $30 air. Overseas customers please remit by
dollar draft on a U.S. bank.

The Press of Appletree Alley
Box 608
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Telephone (570) 524-7064
Facsimile (570) 524-7323

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