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Fundamental (Revisited)

cover of 1982 edition

Fundamental, Toy Poems, was published in 1982 by Doris Green Editions. The title says it all: elementary cerebral entertainment. The poems were a selection of Pat Nolan’s minimalist poems that had been published in Rolling Stone and various literary magazines in the early seventies. Produced as a mimeographed book, each page was typed onto a stencil, printed on a clunky hand crank mimeograph machine, cut into half sheets, collated, and stapled in an ink smudged intensive labor of love.

The four original illustrations were drawn by the late Michael Fisher directly onto the wax surface of the mimeograph stencil as a kind of self-referential pun: stencils on stencils (quite meta for its day). The original covers from a design by Michael were printed by George Zastrow at Guerneville Graphics in Guerneville, California. 


 Approximately two hundred copies of the book were printed although not all were sold or given away. The remaining inventory and unbound covers were long forgotten in boxes in a closet. After shuffling them around for almost forty years, the dilemma was whether to toss them or do something with them. A reissue of Fundamental as a limited fortieth anniversary edition whose purpose was to utilize the remaining unbound covers was deemed appropriate. In another recycling coup, a nearly full case of pin-feed newsprint paper for an old dot matrix printer had been hanging around waiting for just the right opportunity to be utilized as the text pages.

BELOW ZERO

A passing dog
touches me with his nose
the bite in the air

Unfortunately, the plan to use the unbound covers proved to be a problem. Many of them did not survive storage intact and were marred by unsightly foxing (paper rust). The alternative solution was to create an authentic edition befitting Pat and Michael’s collaborative genius, limited to 26 copies, lettered A through Z. Supplementary handmade stencils created by the author were utilized in the printing of the end papers and covers, each unique, emphasizing the use of “stencils” (the original pun) as a “fundamental” concept.

unbound back cover

unbound front cover

unbound original stencil end paper
unbound original stencil end paper

Along with the recycled text paper, the cover stock utilizes repurposed commercial cardboard inserts. The end result is a unique “California Funk” edition bound in the Japanese style and highlights Michael Fisher’s collaboration on a genuine literary objet d’art.

The limited edition Fundamental, Toy Poems is available by subscription for $100 US each. All proceeds from sales go directly to Michael Fisher’s family. See How to Order for details.

The original four stencils of the 1982 edition were augmented with additional designs by Michael Fisher especially for this limited edition. The designs were realized as actual stencil prints this time with new designs made over the last couple years of his life. 

MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

Picture me
pen poised
above the page
what I was going
to write down
gone forever

FOR TOMORROW

That bottle
of wine’s
for tomorrow
I’ll only 
drink what’s
in the neck

Michael Fisher was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1944.  He was a multi-talented illustrator, artist. musician, raconteur and actor as well as a beloved preschool educator.  He lived in Monte Rio, California much of his adult life, and in Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico.  He passed away in December of 2019 from complication due to liver cancer.

Pat Nolan was born in Montreal, Canada in 1943.  His poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines and publications in North America, Europe and Asia.  As well as being a poet, editor, translator, and novelist, he is also a print and book artist. He has been a resident of Monte Rio since 1973. This special edition is a tribute to Michael’s genius.

Scenes From A Publication Party At Iota Press

Iota Brdside DTHere are a few pictures from the publication party for Pat Nolan’s Your Name Here held on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at the Iota Press Printery in Sebastopol, California.  Many thanks to Eric, judi and the rest of the Iota Cooperative of Fine Printers for hosting this splendid event.  A few remaining copies of the broadside featuring an original linoleum print of Dylan Thomas from Pat Nolan’s Smoking Poets series and the poem Advice To A Young Poet from Your Name Here signed with the author’s seal are still available for those who did not have the opportunity to attend the publication party due to previous engagements or geographic constraints.  For a free copy send $2 USD (check, or money order made out to ‘Pat Nolan’ or cash) to cover shipping and handling to  Nualláin House, Publishers  Box 798  Monte Rio, CA 95462


 

 


 

ericiota2For those living in the North Bay latitudes of Northern California, Iota Press wishes to invite you to their 5th Annual Open House on Sunday, Dec. 7th, from 2:00-6:00.  Please come and help celebrate their first year in the new and bigger shop space at the printery behind the BeeKind Honey Store, 925D Gravenstein Hwy. South in Sebastopol.

The occasion will also be  the launch party for their third annual collaborative work, eRrAtiCa 3. This year it is in the form of a portfolio of broadsides, representative of the kind of work each of the members are working on right now. There will also be a demonstration of printing, and impromptu poetry might be read. Maybe some promptu as well. As usual wine and food will be provided, and there will be a table of things for sale.

 

Limited Edition: Later

LATER
Selected Poems

  by Pat Nolan  

laterfrntjIn 2007 On The Fly Press issued LATER, Selected Poems featuring a representation of poems first published in literary magazines and anthologies including Exquisite Corpse, Golden Handcuffs, Court Green, Hanging Loose, Kickass Review, Otolith, Paper Tiger, Prosodia, Watching The Wheels: A Blackbird, and Thus Spake The Corpse V. 1 & 2, as well as in The Nolan Anthology Of Poetry V.2, The Modern Era (2003), Tangram Poem Card Series (2005), and Untouched By Rain (2006).

LATER was printed in a limited edition hand bound in the Japanese side-stitch style with covers printed on gray-green stock.  A limited number of copies are still available for $10 US plus shipping.  Please see How To Order.

To view a pdf facsimile, click on Later Selected Poems 2007