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O Drop


The book was letterpress printed by Wendy Fernstrum while artist-in-residence at Minnesota Center for Book Arts on a Vandercook 219, using photopolymer plates. The typeface is Caslon adapted for use with photopolymer plates. Inside pages are BFK Rives (white) and outside paper is Hazuki Unryu along the spine and Wave paper on the covers.

“O Drop” is a fine press
edition of a poem by mystic
poet Mevlana Jaluddin Rumi (affectionately known as
"Rumi" in the West).
"O Drop" appears in
Rumi's Mathnawai,
a mystical epic in
six volumes.

2.75" x 3.75" x 1/2"

Limited edition size: 80

Price: $45


where to purchase

I found "O Drop" in The Rumi Collection, edited by Kabir Helminski, published by
Shambhala. The poem
was translated by Kabir Helminski
and Camille Helminski

"O Drop"

Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret
and in exchange gain the Ocean.
Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,
and in the arms of the Sea be secure.
Who indeed should be so fortunate?
An Ocean wooing a drop!
In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once!
Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.




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