Gorge Songs

Artistic impressions of the Rio Grande Gorge
in woodblock and poetry.

Gorge Songs is a collaboration between printmaker Leon Loughridge and poet John Macker about the allure of the Rio Grande Gorge.  From the early indigenous people to current day road-warriors, the Gorge exerts a magnetic pull. It has been rendered in word, song and paint ever since people have walked its rims.  In Gorge Songs, Macker and Loughridge use their artistic voices to share the mystique and magnificence of the Rio Grande Gorge.

Gorge Songs was released in a series of eight hand bound folios  over the course of a year. The folios present a poetic and artistic facets of the Gorge interpreted by Loughridge and Macker.

Each folio consists of 8 to 12 pages bound in a heavy weight Rives Rag Paper. The cover design is a combination of serigraph and relief printing. The woodblocks illustrating each folio are hand-carved original designs by Leon Loughridge. All pages and accompanying prints will be printed on archival papers.  A full page, signed and numbered print is bound into the folio along with accompanying woodblock vignettes.
There are one or two poems in each folio, selected from  the twelve poems written by John Macker for the project. Silkscreen was used to print all the type and line work imagery.

The clam shell case subscribers received with the first folio.

A feature woodblock was bound at the end of each folio.

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A few single folios are available. Contact us for more information.

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