the fraternity of oblivion

Larry D. Thomas

We wanted to publish The Fraternity of Oblivion in 2007, the year Larry Thomas was selected as poet laureate of Texas, but the number of other projects did not leave time for this letterpress project. It was officially published in February at the Angelo State University Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, at which Larry and I had met back in 1999. He was still Texas Poet Laureate since the term expired in April, and San Angelo was the symbolic starting point of our collaboration with The Lighthouse Keeper (2001, Larry's first book publication) and Stark Beauty (2005). Larry had drawn upon his career as a Harris County probation officer to poetically present the world of outlaw bikers. The book became a family affair because Lisa, his wife, took the photo of a Harley Davidson that adorns the cover and Dennis Yi Adams, my son-in-law who is a tattoo artist, did the illustrations. Fulton Graphics printed the cover. I designed the book to resemble an owner's manual, so it is wider than it is high and uses double columns. In keeping with the hard and sometimes dark subject and themes, the type is 12 pt. Egyptian Bold. The paper is Wausau Royal Linen wrapped in Fabriano Elle Erre endpaper.

ISBN 9780944048443 45 pages: 40 poems / 4 illustrations, 8.5 x 7.5 / $15.00

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