For George M.

Grind the block of French limestone flat, smooth, and blank.

Make your drawing.

Apply gum arabic mixed with nitric acid.

Wash it clean.

Move it to the press bed.

Dampen the face.

Roll the stone with ink.

Register a sheet of rag paper.

Cover with newsprint and tympan.

Lower the bar.


When the edition is done, lift the stone.

Grind the stone blank.


You presence in the world

has been ground away,

but the students you imprinted

have spread around the world,

and what they imprint

still bears the impression

that you pressed into them.


(in memory of George Miyasaki, printmaker and teacher, 1935–2013)

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