This is good. Poetry covers have had a problem for a while now--a lot of Serious Paintings going on, in varying shades of mud and frogskin and autumn leaves. That said, I think things have gotten better in the last five years or so: more color, better fonts, and better design, at least among the books of the younger generation.
The cover image must be Jay Ryan's - www.thebirdmachine.com
THank you! I'll add that info to the post!
Ryan's a great artist - I have three of his prints but wasn't familiar with this cover. He also did the cover for Michael Chabon's The Final Solution.
I am somewhat, kind of, ok so completely biased (being the designer) but thishttp://www.amazon.com/Fancy-Beasts-Alex-Lemon/dp/1571314431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269897780&sr=8-1is a poetry cover that, uh, doesn't say "Serious Poetry cover".Unless you think taxidermied Siamese squirrels say "Serious Poetry". Which, why not?And from a design perspective, when was the last time you got to spec a Pantone fluorescent on a poetry cover (or any "literary" cover, for that matter)?Enjoy.-Christian Fuenfhausen
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