Master Manole to Anna was reprinted from So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012 by Andrei Codrescu. In Romanian folklore, the master builder, Manole, was the chief architect of the Curtea de Arges Monastery in Wallachia. A ballad based on the legend referenced in this poem was originally published by Vasile Alecsandri in 1852, in the first collection of Romanian folktales ever published.
This booklet was handset in Romanee type by Andrea Herbst under the supervision of Allan Kornblum. The book was designed and printed by Allan Kornblum with assistance from Andrea Herbst, a letterpress intern at Coffee House Press. The poem was printed on Frankfurt White, a machine made paper from the Hahnemuhle Papermill in Germany. The handmade covers came from the St. Armand Mill in Canada. The type was designed by Jan van Krimpen, a Dutch typographer and type designer, who did his best work in the late 1920s, when Europeans were still hoping that what we know as World War I really would turn out to be the “war to end all wars.” The author and publisher hope that vision will someday become a reality.