Broadsides

In spring 2004, to commemorate the opening of the Poetry Center room in Wright Hall, we initiated a series of fine letterpress broadsides.

Barry Moser, distinguished artist and Printer-to-the-college, donates his time to this project, designing and creating original engravings. Initial sales of broadsides (at a discounted price on the date of unveiling) cover the cost of production; subsequent sales support our programming.

These are limited edition broadsides, signed by both the author and the artist; prices rise as quantities diminish. Click onto a broadside’s thumbnail photo for a larger version and to see its current price (noted in each image’s caption at bottom). Framed copies of the broadsides are available for viewing in our Poetry Center room in Wright Hall (open weekdays 8:30 am–4:30 pm).

In order to allow a wider audience to enjoy Barry Moser’s exquisite broadsides, quality reproductions of select prints are also available. Unlike the original letterpress broadsides, which may be ordered by mail, the reproductions are for sale at Poetry Center readings only, $15.00 each ($10.00 for students with valid I.D.). Cash and checks are accepted.

To order a broadside, please contact Jennifer Blackburn (jblackbu@smith.edu.) She will confirm the price, and advise you of shipping & handling charges. On receipt of your check, we will mail you the broadside.

As of August 2016, we will offer a 20% discount for 2 broadsides, and 25% for 3+ broadsides. Educators, Booksellers and Libraries will receive 20% for 1-2 broadsides, and 25% for 3+ broadsides.

Scroll further down the page for a full list of authors, titles, and (when available) links to the poem’s full text. 


Complete List of Broadsides, 2004–present

Robert Pinsky’s “Machines”
Ross Gay’s “A Small Needful Fact”
Ellen Bass’s “For My Daughter on Her Twenty-First Birthday”
Juan Felipe Herrera’s “El Árbol”
Mary Ruefle’s “From Here to Eternity”
Dean Young’s “Changing Genres”
Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “Practice”
WS Merwin’s “Noah’s Raven”
Ellen Doré Watson’s “Women for the World”
Annie Boutelle’s “Basket of Fruit”
John Ashbery’s “Crazy Weather”
Maxine Kumin’s “Grace”
Tracy K Smith’s “Diego”
Nikky Finney’s “Maven”
Mary Oliver’s “Violets”
Paul Muldoon’s “Wayside Shrines”
Sharon Olds’s “April, New Hampshire”
Robert Hass’s “The Problem of Describing Trees”
Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Cross that Line”
Charles Simic’s “Leaves at Night”
Adrienne Rich’s “Fox”
Gary Snyder’s “Song of the Taste”
Seamus Heaney’s “Höfn”
Louise Glück’s “First Memory”
Sylvia Plath on Meeting WH Auden