A Travel Journal
by Pat Nolan
In the late fall of 1984, Pat Nolan was invited by Joanne Kyger to read his poetry as part of a reading series held at the Bolinas Library. Nolan later memorialized the event in a Japanese style travel diary(nikki) similar to those written by Basho on his various journeys to visit other poets and collaborate on linked verse (haikai no renga). It was originally published in Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse in 2000 as To Bolinas And Back. As published in limited edition, the prose and poems in Ah Bolinas! are organized in a manner similar to those found in the Japanese form, haibun.
In 2010 Not My Hat Press issued the travel journal now titled Ah Bolinas! in a limited edition of 26 signed copies, lettered A through Z and accompanied by four original linoleum block prints. The covers are printed on a heavy weight mulberry washi with Japanese silk screen end papers and bound in the Japanese four hole style. The blocks were carved by the author and printed with the generous assistance of master printer Les Ferriss of Healdsburg, CA. 4×5.63 (10.2×14.1 cm)
To view a pdf facsimile, please click AH BOLINAS 2010