Chautauqua Poets and Writers hosted the visit of Matthew and Michael Dickman to Ashland, Oregon on October 28, 2010. Cathy DeForest and Derek Pyle of Jubilation Press letterpress printed this poem in honor of their visit.
The Mysterious Human Heart by Matthew Dickman
The produce in New York is really just produce, oranges
and cabbage, celery and beets, pomegranates
with their hundred seeds, carrots and honey
walnuts and thirteen varieties of apples.
On Monday morning I will walk down
to the market with my heart insides me, mysterious,
something I will never get to hold
in my hands, something I will never understand.
Not like the apricots and potatoes, the albino
asparagus wrapped in damp paper towels, their tips like the spark of a match, the bunches of daisies, almost more
weed than a flower, the clementine,
the sausage links and chicken hung
in the window, facing the street where my heart is president
of the Association for Random Desire, a series
of complex yeas and nays
where I pick up plantain, the ginger root, the sprig
of cilantro that makes me human, makes me
a citizen with the right to vote, to bear arms, the right
to assemble and fall in love.
From the “All American Poem” c 2008 Used by permission of The American Poetry Review, Philadelphia.
|Title||The Mysterious Human Heart|
|Press Name/Publisher||Jubilation Press|
|Place of Publication||Ashland, OR|
|Author of Text/Poet||Matthew Dickman|
|Additional Contributors||Designed and illustrated by Susan Rouzie|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress|
|Medium/ Materials||Letterpress printed in two colors on Vandercook Universal I Press|
|Paper Stock||Rives BFK|
|Typography||Adobe Garamond Pro, Regular|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8.5 x 12 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 115|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|