Woodcuts by Toby Gordon and Terry Schupbach-Gordon
Infirm is part of a larger series of prints and books called "Claiming Grace" which address issues of disability, identity, and beauty.
"The poem is a delight and as I quoted in the colophon ... it was printed 'with my own legs a-wobble. ...' Actually, that is a stretch, since I as a wheelchair user while printing on the Vandercook, it is my wheels that are a bit a-wobble reaching to insert the paper, but it made me smile, thinking both of my wobble, and as Gwendolyn says so beautifully, that we are all enough to be beautiful." — Terry Schupbach-Gordon
"Somebody wrote to the library and asked that I find books with poems featuring handicapped people for a conference that was going to feature handicapped people. So, I decided I was going to try to write such a poem myself. I have a certain way of feeling about handicapped people. I feel that we're all handicapped to some degree in some dimension, so under the title I wrote 'For handicapped all.'" — Gwendolyn Brooks, Dickinson Electronic Archives
"Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress — the first Black woman to hold that position — and poet laureate of the State of Illinois." — www.poetry.foundation
Catbird (on-the-Yadkin) Press
Poetry, disability, body, identity
5.25 x 10". 14 pages.
Bound in St. Armand papers with Lakota end sheets.
Typeset in Centaur and Bembo. Letterpress printed. Pamphlet binding.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, "Infirm" (2019). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 79.