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. Current prices are listed below. Framed copies of the broadsides are available for viewing in our Poetry Center room in Wright Hall (open weekdays 8 am–4 pm).

In order to allow a wider audience to enjoy Barry Moser’s exquisite broadsides, quality reproductions of each 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.

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Auden/Plath                                          11″ x 16 1/2″

Our first broadside features Barry Moser’s original portraits of Sylvia Plath and W.H. Auden, above the excerpt from Plath’s journal that played a role in founder Annie Boutelle’s original vision of the Poetry Center as a place where young writers have the chance to meet “the god-eyed tall-minded ones.” Signed by the artist.

Current Price : $250

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Louise Glück                                                11″ x 14 1/2″

First in the series to honor a visiting poet, presented at Louise Glück’s April 2004 reading in celebration of the opening of the Poetry Center room, and hand printed at the student printing office, this broadside features Glück’s poem “First Memory.” Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

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Seamus Heaney                                                16 1/2″ x 11″

This broadside features the poem Höfn, unpublished as of Heaney’s October 2004 visit to Smith, when he read to a packed John M. Greene Hall and attended a reception for visiting alumnae. Barry Moser contributed another stunning original engraving. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

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Gary Snyder                                                11″ x 17″

Gary Snyder’s luscious “Song of the Taste” commemorates his April 2006 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price : $200

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Adrienne Rich                                                11″ x 17″

This broadside of Rich’s iconic poem “Fox” bears a brilliantly detailed Moser engraving and celebrates her spell-binding retrospective reading in April 2006. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price : $250

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Charles Simic                                                11″ x 17″

This broadside of Simic’s whimsical poem “Leaves at Night” commemorates his September 2006 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price : $200

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Naomi Shihab Nye                                                11″ x 17″

This striking broadside of Nye’s poem “Cross That Line” commemorates her April 2007 reading at Smith, and features Barry Moser’s original portrait of Paul Robeson. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price : $200

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Robert Hass                                                11″ x 17″

This broadside features Robert Hass’ provocative poem “The Problem of Describing Trees” and commemorates his October 2007 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

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Sharon Olds                                                11″ x 17″

Sharon Olds’ “April, New Hampshire” is dedicated to Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall, and features a stunning original engraving of an eagle by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

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Current Price: $200

 

 

 

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Paul Muldoon                                                11″ x 17″

This fine letterpress broadside features an excerpt from Paul Muldoon’s poem “Wayside Shrines” and commemorates his splendid April 2009 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

Mary Oliver                                                9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

This fine letterpress broadside features Mary Oliver’s poem “Violets” and was created to celebrate her 2009 visit to Smith. Signed by the author.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

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Nikky Finney                                                4″ x 17″

This broadside features Nikky Finney’s poem “Maven”, which marks the 25th anniversary of Otelia Cromwell Day and commemorates her Fall 2009 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

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Current Price: $200

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Tracy K. Smith                                                17″ x 11″

This broadside of Smith’s breathtaking poem “Diego” commemorates her Spring 2010 reading. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

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Current Price: $200

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Maxine Kumin                                                11″ x 17″

This broadside of Kumin’s haunting poem “Grace” celebrates her captivating reading in Spring 2011 and features an original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

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John Ashbery                                                11″ x 16″

Ashbery’s electric poem “Crazy Weather” commemorates his Fall 2011 reading at Smith; this broadside also features an original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

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Annie Boutelle                                                17″ x 11″

This broadside of Boutelle’s poem “Basket of Fruit” commemorates her retirement from Smith and the inaugural reading of her collection, This Caravaggio, in April 2012. This broadside features a stunning engraving by Barry Moser based on Caravaggio’s original painting. Signed by the author and the artist.

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Ellen Doré Watson                                                11″ x 17″

This limited edition broadside honors the generous supporters of Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith, initiated in fall 2012, and features a poem written expressly for this occasion by Ellen Doré Watson. This broadside features an original engraving by Barry Moser, and is signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

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W.S. Merwin                                                11″ x 17″

This broadside of Merwin’s captivating poem “Noah’s Raven” commemorates his April 2013 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

Ellen Bryant Voigt                                                11″ x 17″

This limited edition broadside commemorates the inauguration of Kathleen McCartney as the 11th president of Smith College and Ellen Bryant Voigt’s October 2013 visit to the Poetry Center as part of inaugural festivities. This broadside also features an original engraving by Barry Moser, and is signed by the author and the artist.

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Current Price: $200

Dean Young                                                11″ x 17″

Dean Young’s hypnotic poem “Changing Genres” commemorates his April 2014 visit to Smith. Original engraving by Barry Moser. Signed by the author and the artist.

Read the poem.

Current Price: $200

Mary Ruefle                                            17″ x 11″

This broadside of Mary Ruefle’s brilliant “From Here to Eternity” (excerpted from the full text) commemorates her April 2015 visit to Smith. This broadside also features an original engraving by Barry Moser, and is signed by the author and the artist.

Current Price: $200

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Juan Felipe Herrera                                               11″ x 17″
This broadside of U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s thoughtful poem “El Árbol” commemorates his December 2015 visit to Smith. The broadside also features an original engraving by Barry Moser and is signed but the author and artist.

Current Price: $200

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Ellen Bass                                               17″ x 11″

This broadside Ellen Bass’s stirring poem “For My Daughter on Her Twenty-First Birthday” commemorates her April 2016 visit to Smith. The broadside also features an original engraving by Barry Moser and is signed but the author and artist.

Current Price: $200