Seal Rock received
the first Oregon Book Award for poetry. Ongoing interest in this
fine collection has inspired Karen Locke, John Haislip’s widow and
literary executor, to oversee the re-release of this book in its original form.
Herb Everett oversaw design and production for the new printing.
Praise for Seal Rock
fine book. It pays mature honor to experience, perhaps the most difficult of
things to do with words. It’s a pleasure to read, but painful too at times.
It’s as fresh as Pacific air.”
Haislip’s poems and prose are made of the water, fish, trees, boats, wind, and
sky that he loves. He has been nurtured for years by the Northwest landscape
and he has cherished it with his words. This is distinctive, pristine, and
thoroughly enjoyable reading.”
Poems from Seal Rock
“Auden at Seal Rock”
When Auden first entered
Ahead of his entourage
He rented the grocer’s cabin
There by the mayor’s
He wandered the cliffs in
That is, if the tide was
Gathering fossils, bits of
“Stuff” that was strewn
He seemed very fond of our
But as for the rolling surf
He thought it was ‘wet and
Unlike his disciplined
Yet he smoked and drank
At least that’s the report
But the grocer’s wife,
hired to clean
Saw nothing of the sort.
She did, however, confirm
One had a foreign title!
And by his bed three photographs
‘My friends’ on a dusty
“Been Alone Now for a Week”
Been alone now for a week,
and for two days nothing but squalls under
the low, slow-moving
bearded clouds. Sometimes light like a annun-
citation, but mostly the
sun on the long swells far out from shore in pools of
burnished light, rocking.
Many of them larger than the willow’s meadow;
some much smaller that a
barn door burning. Like those sundown
flameouts through the rows
of tasseled corn flashing on the farmhouse
John Haislip was born in 1925 and lived in the Pacific Northwest from
1946 until his death in 2011. He taught at both Oregon State University and the
University of Oregon, where he was Professor of English and Director of the
Creative Writing Program. His book, Seal Rock, received the first Oregon
Book Award for poetry.
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.”