Aram Saroyan, ‘light’

‘light’ is a poem-card intended for display. A single word is debossed onto black card – literally made of light. When there is no light to catch it, the word vanishes. It is revealed only from angles around the room when light, pooling briefly in the furrows of the word’s impression, speaks. As a new work by the author of the controversial poem ‘lighght’ (1965), ‘light’ (2016) is also a gentle nod, a witty return, a final condensation.

Aram Saroyan is a poet, novelist and playwright based in Los Angeles. Between 1996 and 2011 he taught on the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, before which he served as president of PEN USA West. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts poetry awards. His collections of poetry include Pages (1969), Day and Night (1999), and Complete Minimal Poems (2007), the latter a recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.


Ten pounds (GBP). Limited edition, October 2016. Hand-pressed onto Colorplan ebony card (270gsm), 110x153mm, self-standing, with removable wraparound band. ISBN 9781909744158