Apology to the Moon

Apology to the Moon, written by Carnegie Melon University professor and poet Jim Daniels, is a collection of poems detailing the life of a man from his college days to fatherhood. When designing this book, we noted two things that stood out to us: the cyclical nature of the struggles the man goes through, and the moon/space imagery used throughout. After a long process of trying to figure out how to represent these ideas in the design, we decided pierce the cover in the shape of a constellation. The question remaining was seemingly simple, but hard to answer: “What constellation?”

After some digging, a few staff members came across the constellation of Hercules. As a demigod who had to face many hardships, or trials, he was a perfect choice to represent the man inside the book. On the back cover you’ll find the Hydra constellation, the creature Hercules defeated in his second labor.

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Details:

36 pgs.
Hardback, 6″x9″
Bound by hand
ISBN: 978-0-9843678-4-9
First Printing: 100 copies, numbered

Jim Daniels’ fourteenth book of poems, Birth Marks (BOA Editions, 2013) was selected as a Michigan Notable Book and received the Milton Kessler Prize. His fifth book of short fiction, Eight Mile High (Michigan State University Press) appeared in 2014 and also was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book. Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

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