The poems in The Blue Rose of Venice create an engaging travel narrative, describing in precise detail the experiences of the poet and translator, Thomas Rain Crowe, and his wife, Nan, as they arrive, explore, and finally depart Venice, Italy. Their surprises become the reader’s surprises and their delights, the reader’s delights. Together the poems in this volume offer a new and personal vision of a city that has captivated artists and writers for centuries.
Book designer, printer, and photographer, Herb Everett, is the owner of Peace Rose Graphics in Eugene, Oregon. His clean and crisp page designs can be found inside many books published in Oregon, including those by Mountains and Rivers Press, and his photographer’s eye leads to beautifully arranged and compelling book covers. Samples of his work for Mountains and Rivers Press include the following books: The Exultations by Cid Corman, Kindle by Paulann Petersen, and Under the Roan Cliffs by Lorraine Ellis Harr and Brad Wolthers.
“Up until 2002, Herb Everett's Peace Rose Graphics had printed little poetry. Since then Herb has become Eugene's most active designer and printer for small press and self–published poetry books. For Traprock Books, which I edit, Herb has produced twenty books, both chapbooks and perfect–bound volumes. He has been Traprock's designer and its printer or agent with the printing industry, which is in a state of technological change and friendly takeover (i.e. hard to deal with or comprehend!). The results of Herb's efforts have been books the poets and I have been proud of. Readers are happy with them, too. Herb works carefully and creatively. He listens hard to what the poets and the editor want and offers additional ideas that enhance the book's attractiveness. After six years, Herb is my friend and valued collaborator. I can't imagine Traprock without him.”