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1. Richard Outram: A Passion for Poetry Richard Outram: A Passion for Poetry Outram, Richard Daley, 1930-2005--Interviews; Poetry An interview with Richard Outram conducted by Michael Enright, originally broadcast on the CBC radio program "Sunday Edition" (Hour 3) on 7 April 2002. The interview flows through various topics, from Outram's early years working for the CBC to influences such as Northrop Frye and the natural world, and includes Outram's reading of four of his poems. Several key points that come through in the interview include: the importance of perfecting one's language; that extensive reading has been critical to the creation of his poetry; and that both the reading and teaching of poetry in school must not be lost. The interview concludes with Outram's hope that the poet may find a degree of "forming influence" for the better in the world.

2. 1993 (?). FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS OF INFINITY 1993 (?). FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS OF INFINITY One sheet of white paper, 22 x 28 cm. Title of broadside is printed in upper case, in violet. Title of the first poem 'The Rainbow Barber Shop: 1936' is printed in upper case, in red, followed by a violet asterisk. Between main title and poem's title are twelve square ornaments (from the font 'Arts & Crafts Dingbats') arranged diagonally in staggered echelon as four sets of three. Two sets are blocked in relief and contain the identical pattern of a curved line and five bubbles, in turquoise; the other two sets are blocked in green with the curved line and bubbles blocked in relief. Poem is printed in black. Below the poem, in turquoise with a violet asterisk, is a footnote on the geographic location of the Barber Shop. On the reverse is the second poem, 'Elevator', printed in upper case, in red, followed by a violet asterisk. The poem, below the title, is printed in black. Immediately below the poem, the set of twelve squares from the obverse is repeated but reduced in size, with six of the squares blocked in blue with the curved line and bubbles in relief, and the other six blocked in relief with the curved line and bubbles in green. Below this pattern is a footnote about a reading of the poem at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto; the footnote is printed in green with a violet asterisk. At the base of the page is: 'Richard Outram', in violet.

3. 1972. CREATURES 1972. CREATURES Animals--Poetry Four sheets, folded twice, printed on double leaves, 26 x 16 cm, uncut and untrimmed. With twelve wood engravings, including a swirl on the title page, in purple. Includes eleven poems, with titles printed in red. Each poem is illustrated with a wood engraving printed below the poem, except for 'Snake', which is printed on the page following: 'Sparrow' with a sparrow, in dark turquoise; 'Otter in Quick Rage' with an otter, in gold; 'Cat in Repose' with a cat, in purple; 'Someone Seen Corvine' with a crow, in deep violet; 'Lioness at Lake Simcoe' with a lioness, in gold; 'Regina Muskoka in Shallows' with a shoreline profile, in deep violet; 'Love from Woolworth' with a goldfish in water, in orange; 'Frog' with two frogs entwined, in light olive; 'Speculation' with two dragonflies, in purple; 'Sometimes' with a spider in its web, in blue; 'Snake' with a snake, in dark turquoise. The title is printed in red on the title page; the GP printer's device, in red, is above the colophon. The binding is green, yellow, and orange marbled wrappers with indigo and green free endpapers. Two other variant bindings also exist: green, yellow and orange marbled wrappers with indigo and dark orange endpapers; and orange marbled wrappers with indigo and dark orange free endpapers. Sixty numbered copies of which this is number 60.

4. 1994. A MODEST COLLECTION OF CATS FOR A HAPPY OCCASION 1994. A MODEST COLLECTION OF CATS FOR A HAPPY OCCASION Cats--Poetry Letterpress book. 18 p. 24 x 17 cm. With five poems: 'In a shop window,' 'Sport,' 'Cat hunting,' 'Instance: cat drinking,' and 'Cat in moonlight.' The entire book is printed in black. Only recto pages are printed on; verso pages are left blank. Title page gives the full title as: ’A MODEST COLLECTION OF CATS for A HAPPY OCCASION’. Beneath the title is a quotation from Christopher Smart’s poem ‘Jubilate Agno’. At the bottom of the page is: ‘RICHARD OUTRAM’. The title, the quotation and the author statement are each situated directly above a five-pointed star. The binding is brown, yellow, gold and purple marbled paper. Colophon, including the additional poem '[Igor]': "A modest collection is hereby produced by Barbara and Richard Outram for a happy occasion: the seventieth birthday of Frances Gage 22 August 1994 and in fond memory of Igor."

5. 1993. AROUND & ABOUT THE TORONTO ISLANDS 1993. AROUND & ABOUT THE TORONTO ISLANDS Toronto Islands (Ont.)--Poetry 19 p., 22 x 14 cm. With fourteen poems: 'Hanlan's as Lunatic Venue', 'Together on Gibraltar Point', 'Picnic Table', 'Time and Again on Olympic', 'Halfway Along', 'Vessel [Aboard the Cayuga]', 'Sojourn on Snake Island', 'Tutelary Abroad on the Boardwalk', 'Island Residents', 'Bank Swallow on Algonquin (In Memory of F.L.B.)', 'Shade on Ward's (for Arrow)', 'Tower Across the Water', 'Meet Stance at the Eastern Gap', and 'Trillium'. With a compass rose, in black, printed between the title and author on the title page, before the title of each poem, and above the colophon. Beige, blue and dark rust wrappers. Rust free endpapers. Forty-five numbered copies of which this is number 14.

6. 1994. And growes to something of great constancie...being a SYZYGY and some reflections on it 1994. And growes to something of great constancie...being a SYZYGY and some reflections on it Yin-yang [28] p., 28 x 19 cm., printed on the recto only. With a photocopied yin-yang symbol, in black, on the title page below the author's name. Bound in lime green paper, with a photocopied yin-yang symbol, in black, front and back, with a five-hole Japanese-style indigo silk thread binding.

7. 2001. LIGHTFALL 2001. LIGHTFALL Inkjet-printed book, 18 unfolded sheets gathered making 36 pages, 26 x 18 cm. Limited edition of 40 copies of which this is copy 20. With 26 poems: 'Seldom,' 'Morning star,' 'Amanda Immortal,' 'Goneril backstage,' 'The beauty of Lear’s daughters,' 'A prayer to Aphrodite Pandemos,' 'The accuser as entropy,' 'Torture,' 'Lions on the horizon,' 'Quicksilver,' 'Triptych,' 'Catch,' 'Seadog dead sober,' 'Phoenix in ashes,' 'Riddle of Wound,' 'And prevailed not,' 'Wormwood,' 'Amanda cast vestal,' 'Amanda off-book,' 'Amanda, and cello, distant,' 'Amanda abed,' 'That night in the field,' 'A particular grace,' 'Carnal,' 'The angel of glass bevel,' 'Mirror of meaning.' Title page has the title ‘LIGHTFALL’ in red, below it a single horizontal line in red and below that ‘RICHARD OUTRAM’ in aquamarine. Beneath that is a vertical sequence of three spiral designs, the largest, in gold, at the top, the second largest, in blue, below it; and the smallest, in red, at the bottom of the sequence. At the foot of the page is: ‘THE GAUNTLET PRESS’ in aquamarine, below which is ‘TORONTO’ in aquamarine and below that: ‘MMI’ in red. The titles of the poems are each printed in red. A number of poems also have subtitles in aquamarine. Below each poem is a spiral design similar to those on the title page. These are coloured variously in blue, purple, pink, saffron, red, green, yellow or aquamarine. Binding is of handmade Japanese paper decorated with a sequence of overlapping multicoloured undulations composed of thin bands of red, pale blue, pink, black and purple. The colours are outlined and flecked with gold.

8. 1995. EROS DESCENDING 1995. EROS DESCENDING Love poetry; Man-woman relationships--Poetry 28 p., 26 x 17 cm. With sixteen poems: 'Late Love Poem', 'Yacketty Sax', 'Feats of Frailty', 'Explicit', 'The Gift', 'Generation', 'Tobias Ardent', 'Summer Storm', 'Diapason in Thimble Theatre', 'Drama', 'Brought Heart to Heart', 'Scorn from the Throne', 'Poem on Our Anniversary', 'Valentine', 'Eros Incarnate', and 'Magdalena Enamoured'. With ten single ornaments, in red, printed in a triangle below the author's name on the title page; one ornament, in red, on the dedication page; one ornament, in red, opposite the first poem; two ornaments, in red, at the end of the contents page; and one ornament, in red, above the colophon. The 'Contents' title is printed in red. Bound in orange- and silver-flecked orange handmade Japanese paper, with a five-hole Japanese-style indigo silk thread binding. Indigo free endpapers. Forty numbered copies of which this is number 7.

9. 2000. MS CASSIE 2000. MS CASSIE 83 separate broadside sheets, unnumbered. The first four pages consist of: half-title with copyright statement on verso; title page; dedication page; and preface. The body of the work comprises seventy-seven broadsides on papers of various colours, each combining a poem by Richard Outram with a design by Barbara Howard. Some of the broadsides contain additional material on the verso. The last two broadside sheets are blank. An index of the collection's contents by spreads is appended.

10. 1976. ARBOR 1976. ARBOR Trees--Poetry Four sheets, folded twice, printed on double leaves, 23 x 15 cm, uncut and untrimmed. Most of the eight poems are illustrated with a wood engraving printed below or opposite: a leaf, in dark gold, is printed on the title page above the imprint; 'Poplar' with a leaf, in green, printed below; 'Beech' with two leaves and the sun, in dark orange, printed on the leaf opposite; 'Maple'; 'Willow' with a leaf, in yellow, and a pool of water in dark green, printed below; 'Arboretum' with a leaf, in dark green, printed below once on each of two pages; 'Birch' with a leaf and the sun, in yellow, printed below; 'Elm'; 'Apple' with leaves in green superimposed on a sunburst, in orange, printed on the leaf opposite; a leaf, in brown, printed opposite the colophon. The half title is on the front free endpaper. The title on the title page is printed in purple, as are the titles of the poems and the title of the colophon. The 'GP' printer's device, in green, is printed below the colophon. The binding is quarter black buckram with brown, green, and coral marbled paper covered boards. A variant binding also exists: quarter black buckram with green and white marbled paper covered boards. This copy lacks the white paper label printed in green and black that is pasted on the spine of some copies. Purple pastedown with brown, green, and violet free endpapers. Sixty numbered copies of which this is numbered I.

11. 1974. LOCUS 1974. LOCUS Eight sheets, folded twice, printed on double leaves, 23 x 14 cm, uncut and untrimmed. The title on the title page is printed in indigo, as are the titles of each of the seventeen poems within. Most poems are illustrated with a wood engraving printed below or opposite: a marsh marigold, in yellow, below the dedication; 'Hummingbird'; 'Monarch in Autumn' with an aster, in purple, below, and a monarch butterfly, in black and orange, opposite; "Spring Field with Bobolinks' with a marsh marigold, in yellow, below; 'Sighting' with an Indian paintbrush, in orange, below; 'Great Horned Owl' with an aster, in purple, below; 'Scrub Thorn' with a marsh marigold, in yellow, below; a great horned owl, in olive; a lake and shoreline profile, in deep blue; 'Spruce' with an Indian paintbrush, in orange, below; 'North-west Wind' with an aster, in purple, below; 'Conversation on the Lawn' with a marsh marigold, in yellow, below; 'Mushroom' with an Indian paintbrush, in orange, below; 'Glance' with an aster, in purple, below; 'Hearth' with a marsh marigold, in yellow, below; 'Evening' with an Indian paintbrush, in orange, below; 'From Willow-sifted Fire' with an aster, in purple, below; a diving kingfisher and its reflection, in indigo; a crayfish, in orange; 'Prone' with a marsh marigold, in yellow, below; 'Surrounded by Water'; 'Shoreline' with an Indian paintbrush, in orange, below, and a shoreline, in violet and light olive, opposite. The 'G.P' printer's device, in indigo, is printed above the colophon. A picket gate, in gold, is printed on the title page and opposite the colophon. The binding is quarter green buckram, with fore-edge strip, with blue and red marbled paper covered boards. A variant binding exists: quarter red cloth, with fore-edge strip, with blue and red marbled paper covered boards. Brown pastedown with green and brow free endpapers. Variant pastedowns and endpapers also exist: indigo pastedown with olive and indigo free endpapers; and olive pastedown with indigo and olive free endpapers. Eighty numbered copies of which this is numbered H-C.

12. 1995 (?). GRAVEYARD; DIORAMA 1995 (?). GRAVEYARD; DIORAMA One sheet of white paper, 22 x 28 cm. Title of poem 'Graveyard' is printed title case in Lucida Bright (demibold italic), in black. Poem is printed in black, also in Lucida Bright (roman). Between title and poem is a chequerboard ornament (from the font 'Woodcut Ornaments'), blocked in gold and in relief. At the foot of the poem is a rule in gold, beneath which is: 'RICHARD OUTRAM', in black. On the reverse, title of poem 'Diorama' is printed title case in Lucida Bright (demibold italic), in black. Poem is printed in black, also in Lucida Bright (roman). Between title and poem is an abstract design (from the font 'African Ornaments') blocked in rose, consisting of a horizontal rectangle subdivided into six smaller, vertical rectangles of equal size (two rows of three). The outside rectangles in each row are marked with a wing motif, in relief; the central rectangle in each row is subdivided diagonally into four triangles, two blocked in rose, two blocked in relief. Beneath the poem is a rule in rose and, below that, 'RICHARD OUTRAM', in black.

13. 1973. THRESHOLDS 1973. THRESHOLDS Six sheets, folded twice, printed on double leaves, with one additional sheet of olive paper, folded once, 23 x 15 cm, uncut and untrimmed. With two abstract wood engravings of a shoreline printed in black on paper 3.9 x 6.5 cm and mounted on the olive leaves, With nineteen poems: 'Word of Warning', 'Swimmer', 'Returned', 'Sigil', 'Sanctuary', 'Day-dream Reproved', 'Ritual', 'Love', 'Death', 'Threshold', 'Fountain', 'Morning', 'Parting', 'Habit', 'Sleeping Woman', 'Island', 'Edge', 'Figurehead', and 'Undertow'. The half title is on the third front free endpaper. The title on the title page, the titles of the poems, a decorative rule below each poem, and the title of the colophon are printed in red. The 'GP' printer's device, in gold, is printed above the imprint on the title page. Bound in quarter black buckram with coral and orange marbled paper covered boards, with a white paper label, 2.8 x 7.3 cm, printed in black, pasted on the upper cover. Brown pastedown with violet and brown free endpapers. Seventy numbered copies of which this is number 46.

14. 1977. KINDNESS 1977. KINDNESS Two sheets, folded once, 13 x 9 cm. Includes three poems: 'Caress,' 'At,' and 'In Common.' A wood engraving of a star motif, in gold, is printed below each poem; the same engraving appears below the title, in blue and in gold, and above the colophon, in gold and blue. A wood engraving of a female nude, in gold, is printed opposite 'At.' The titles, text, and colophon are printed in red. Red, green, and indigo marbled wrappers. Indigo free endpapers. Forty bound copies. Saint Valentine's Day 1977.

15. 1986. [A KEEPSAKE] 1986. [A KEEPSAKE] One sheet, 24 x 12 cm. There is no poem. With one wood engraving of a Jack-in-the-pulpit flower, in red, printed above the colophon. Christmas 1986 & The New Year 1987.

16. 1994. TRADECRAFT and other uncollected poems 1994. TRADECRAFT and other uncollected poems 42 p., 25 x 17 cm. With twenty-three poems: 'A Green Stone Loon', 'Ophelia Illumined', 'Error in Mirror in Error' 'Railway', 'Hero and Heroine', 'School in Full Sunlight', 'Neighbour', 'Night Vision', 'Dr. Millmoss Recovered', 'Herrings', 'Around and About', 'Remark', 'Full Circle', 'Barbed Wire', 'My Grandmother', 'Gramp', 'In Memory of Northrop Frye', 'From a Flemish Diptych', 'Stage Crew', 'Informal Portrait', The Price of Admission', 'The Flight out of Egypt', 'and 'Tradecraft'. A photocopied cartoon printed on a turquoise sheet is bound in before page 7. With an abstract geometric ornament, in black, printed below the title on the title page, at the end of the text, and above the colophon. Bound in blue handmade Japanese paper, with a five-hole Japanese-style magenta silk thread binding. Green free endpapers. Forty numbered copies of which this is number 5.

17. 1994. PERIPATETICS: some annotations, glosses, and divers comments upon Around & about the Toronto Islands 1994. PERIPATETICS: some annotations, glosses, and divers comments upon Around & about the Toronto Islands 37 p., 25 x 18 cm. With a colour laser copy of a photograph of a boardwalk bound in before page 5. With three compass roses on the title page, and above the colophon. Bound in green handmade Japanese paper, with a five-hole Japanese-style red silk thread binding. Brown free endpapers. Forty-five numbered copies of which this is number 44.

18. 1997. DEATH'S HEAD 1997. DEATH'S HEAD Above our vicious circles turns Moon--Poetry One sheet, 22 x 28 cm. Title of the poem is printed in italics, in peacock blue. Poem is printed in black. Immediately below the poem is: 'Richard Outram' in italics, in peacock blue. Above the poem's title is an annular fillet in peacock blue, within which is a circle, blocked in violet. Colophon on the reverse consisting of GP monogram, in red, and: ' | Barbara and Richard Outram | The Gauntlet Press | 1997 |', in black.

19. 1986. CARNAL 1986. CARNAL AFTER, lying watching clouds Love poetry One sheet, 25 x 14 cm. With one wood engraving of a dahlia, in red, above the title. The colophon is printed in red. Saint Valentine's Day 1986.

20. 2000. AMANDA IMMORTAL; MORNING STAR 2000. AMANDA IMMORTAL; MORNING STAR AMANDA IMMORTAL: She lay and watched the sun; MORNING STAR: Instant in the ingot One sheet, 28 x 30 cm. Titles of poems are both in upper case, in red. Poems are printed in black to the left and right of a central floral design on which they are partially superimposed. At the foot of the page is the colophon in red. Christmas 2000. The device on this broadside is from the font 'Printer's Ornaments One'.
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