How It Goes
A Convocation Address
By Robert Bringhurst Mission, British Columbia: Barbarian Press, 2017. Edition of 120.
7.5 x 9.25"; 12 unpaginated pages. Letterpress printed in Garamond with Tiern for display. Printed on Heine mouldmade paper. Sewn into wraps of St. Armand Canal Sisal Cucumber paper wrappers.
"How it Goes" is the address delivered on 9 June 2016 by Robert Bringhurst when he was awarded the degree of D. Litt (honoris causa) by Simon Fraser University. He spoke to a portion of the graduating class who had recently earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in the faculty of arts.
He challenged the graduates to "Think like an ecosystem"; that is, "Think for yourself, & do it in all directions. Think for yourself without letting yourself get in the way." In making the challenge he referenced Ovid, Jaadeahl Qqaygaanga, and Linji Yixuan.
www.poetryfoundation.org: "One of Canada’s most revered poets, Robert Bringhurst is also a typographer, translator, cultural historian, and linguist. Born in 1946, he studied comparative literature at Indiana University and poetry at the University of British Columbia. Bringhurst’s own poetry draws on his experiences with Native American myths and storytelling, as well as his training in philosophy, comparative literature, and linguistics. Bringhurst’s poetry is known for its wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and linguistic clarity. He is eclectic in his approach to literature, taking inspiration from sources as diverse as the Bible, the ancient Greek poets, and the epics of the Haida, one of Canada’s native tribes."