Sanders: ‘Book of Glyphs’ = ‘Smile-Book of Grace-Joy’

Granary Books has just published a facsimile edition of Ed Sanders’ first book-length work of glyphs, which he created in Florence, Italy, in 2008, using colored pencils and a small sketchbook. The publisher notes:

Though each piece stands on its own, collectively the 72 glyphs convey, with characteristic humility and humor, many of the themes Sanders has explored over his long and diverse career, including history, myth, activism and pacifism. The glyph — “a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic and poetic intensity” — has been a dimension of his poetry since 1962. He cites Zen rock gardens, the markings on Egyptian tombs, and the typographic designs in John Cage’s writings as influences.

Each glyph is reproduced on its own page. Here are three sample pages:

Sanders calls the original notebook his “Smile-Book of Grace-Joy.”

Granary Books has also posted online the author’s commentary about each of the glyphs. For example:

All the glyph commentaries may be viewed and/or downloaded as a pdf file.

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