Blake Morrison’s richly imaginative poems, dealing with fear, jealousy and sensuality, are accompanied in this edition by images from a suite of etchings by Paula Rego. Brutal yet delicate, disturbing but also tender, they show women in a variety of ages and guises. The culmination, in the four images inspired by the narrative poem, ‘Mist,’ is haunting and ambiguous – as only Rego’s work can be.
The text has been designed and printed by Sebastian Carter of the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. It is hand-set in 18pt Palatino. the deluxe edition of 75 copies, signed by the poet and artist, is printed on Arches vélin and is bound by The Fine Bindery. Paula Rego’s signed original etching Him, which is laid into a wallet in the slipcase, has been printed on 300gsm Somerset at the Expression Printers Ltd: the first hundred of these are signed and numbered, and have been bound by The Fine Bindery.