Pompeii

Primary Author: 
John Reibetanz
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Pompeii

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‘Pompeii’ is Part One of a longer poem called ‘Fresco Magic’ that first appeared in Where We Live (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016) and was reprinted in The Essential John Reibetanz (Porcupine's Quill, 2017). The poem was also featured on Poetry Daily on November 3, 2018.

The display face is Bodoni Classic Inline, which we have only recently acquired because it seemed singularly appropriate to the title of Jeffery Donaldson's Viaticum (Porcupine's Quill, 2019). In this case the distinctive inline letterform is perhaps reminiscent of the fluting on Doric columns. We are particularly enamoured of the ‘sun-gilded grapes’ as they appear in the headpiece engraving, and of the goat that appears seated at the foot of aqueduct wall.


This broadside is presented as a high-resolution, print-quality PDF (at 600 dpi). It was created with the notion that it could be downloaded by interested parties and printed locally, in colour, on high-end digital printers. It might be framed individually and hung on a wall or (hopefully) printed in small runs for distribution as class sets, to facilitate not only the close reading of a specific poet's text but also a related discussion that might lead to an appreciation of the presentation of that text on paper.

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