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

Woodblocks by Leon Loughridge    Poetry by John Macker
2017 - 2018
Gorge Songs was 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 series of eight hand bound folios over the course of a year. Each folio presented a poetic and artistic facet of the Gorge interpreted by Loughridge and Macker.
Price List

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 were 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.


Wild Rivers
Gorge Song
icuye Morning woodblock by Leon Loughridge
White Water
Gorge Trail
Whispers of White Water
Hawk Circles
Fractured  Gorge
Origins of Time
An Airy Silence
Thief of Time
Forgotten WInters
Cedar Smoke
Middle of the Earth
Moon Gorge
Canyon Wall