Practice of Poetry First Year Seminar at Hartford Prints!
Students in Clare Rossini’s first-year seminar, “The Practice of Poetry,” joined Watkinson Library Curator Richard Ring at Hartford Prints!, a local letterpress studio in downtown Hartford for the unique opportunity to operate a vintage printing press and support the College’s efforts to acquire a first edition of Leaves of Grass.

The students printed 500 bookmarks on a Vandercook printing press with type that they set themselves. Each student left with three of the bookmarks, and the others will be given to supporters of the Watkinson Library’s acquisition of a first edition copy of Leaves of Grass, Whitman’s collection of poetry published in 1855.

The bookmarks include a line from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself that was selected by the students after a vigorous discussion of various options:

“My voice goes after what my eyes cannot reach. With the twirl of my
tongue I encompass worlds and volumes of worlds.” –Walt Whitman

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