Frontispiece: photo by Diane Arbus, poet at age eleven Title Page
In celebrating the Kenneth Rexroth centennial, Cadmus Editions is honored to publish Past Pygmalion, a cycle of poems by his last student, Marcella Matthaei. This elegant book, a collaboration of master book makers, has a foreword by Ned O'Gorman and has bound into it as frontispiece illustration a platinum palladium photographic print of the poet at age eleven, photographed originally by Diane Arbus as part of the Matthaei Collection of Commissioned Family Photographs and printed from an internegative by the master photoprinter John Marcy.
by Marcella Hague Matthaei
Signed/Limited edition 2003
3 blank leaves, 12 unpaginated leaves including photographic print, 3 blank leaves
10 ¼" x 10 ¼"
About the Book
Marcella Matthaei is one of those rare poetic beings in whom the self is indistinguishable from what it says, in whom nothing interferes with the need to sing and to praise. Her poems are pure lyric utterances, untouched by fear, duplicity, delusion, and connivance, and they are a reminder of how much grace and illumination a passionate speaker of words can bring to our lives.
— Vijay Seshadri
The distinguished portrait of Marcella—hidden from the world's view for thirty years—gleams out of Arbus's photographic universe like a new star.
— Janet Malcolm, reviewing exhibits at Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art and Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and catalog of the exhibition
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, January 15, 2004