"Let me have my fun": Aldo Palazzeschi on the Press

Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (drop-in hours)

The San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro Street

As part of this open-house printing, the public may help create and take home a free poster of Aldo Palazzeschi's poem "Let me have my fun" (1910), an early futurist text first published in the U.S. by editor John McBride and poet Paul Vangelisti in a 1972 issue of their magazine Invisible City. Recognizing the tremendous impact of Futurism on the graphic art of the 20th century, the event also celebrates the simultaneous centenary of the Vandercook Proofing Press, a machine that has been crucial to the development of contemporary book arts. During Vangelisti's performance, the clack of the press complements his bilingual recitation of the text in Italian and in English.


Kathleen Burch, cofounder, The San Francisco Center for the Book
John McBride, editor, Invisible City
Paul Vangelisti, translator and poet

 Image: Kathleen Burch, Let me have my fun, 2009; photo courtesy The San Francisco Center for the Book