Caligula's Horse and Other Creatures

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November, 2009

Poems by Tom Dawe
Lithographs by Gerald L. Squires

Caligula, wise man of course,
Sought due promotion for his horse:
With no prerequisite debate,
The beast became a magistrate.

This limited-edition chapbook featured previously published poems by Tom Dawe and original lithographs by Gerald Squires; it was a beautiful collaboration between two dear friends and fine artists. Dawe gathered seven of his poems about creatures literary, mythical, and real—the Frog Prince, Cerberus, Blake’s flea, cats, even Darwin; Squires brought his unique talent to bear on these creatures and poems in seven lithographs drawn specifically for this publication; master printer Jerry Evans pulled the prints at St. Michael’s Printshop.

The texts of the poems were set by hand in Fournier, with the kind help of Matthew Howse. Presswork and binding by Marnie Parsons.

Printed in an edition of 50 copies, of which 45 were available for purchase, each with seven original lithographs. The books were numbered and signed by poet and artist, and came in a handmade wrapper.

The text papers are Hahlemuhle Gutenberg, the litho papers are Zerkall Book, the end papers are Izumo Mitsumata, and the cover and wrapper papers are St.-Armand handmade.