This Saturday was part two of the calligraphy + letterpress workshops I co-hosted with Mara of Neither Snow and Emily Johnson of EMPrint Press. Such fun to learn more about the process and Emily’s printing studio at the Yale Union contemporary art center in Portland is really impressive.
She made a plate of my calligraphy for me to print — a favorite passage from the following Mary Oliver poem:
When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”