On Poetry

By Design: 15 Poetry Book Covers

1.
Illuminations
by Arthur Rimbaud
Cover by Alvin Lustig
New Directions, 1946
From the collection of Scott Lindberg.

2.
A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Cover by Rudolph de Harak
New Directions, 1958

3.
Three-Poems by John Ashbery
Cover by Trevor Winkfield
Ecco, 1989

4.
In the Scissors' Courtyard by Trevor Winkfield
Cover by the author
Bamberger Books, 1994


5.
Selected Poems by Bertolt Brecht
Cover by Roy Kuhlman
Grove Press, 1959
From the stacks of Crosset Library


6.
Seamarks
by St.-John Perse
Cover by Paul Rand
Harper & Brothers, 1961
From the collection of Scott Lindberg.

7.
The Iliad by Homer, translated by W. H. D Rouse
Cover by Robert Jonas
A Mentor Classic, 1952
From the collection of swallace99

8.
More Comic & Curious Verse, The Penguin Poets series, 1963 Designer: Hans Schmoller / Pattern by: Stephen Russ
From the collection of Oliver Thomas

9.
Last Man In by Richard Emil Braun
Jargon Society, 1990
Note about the cover: "The jacket photographs of mummies from the Church of Guanajuato, Mexico, were taken by Ron Nameth in the 1960s. His current whereabouts are unknown."


10.
Triumphal March by T. S. Eliot
Cover illustration by E. McKnight Kauffer
Faber Books, 1931
From the Faber archives

11.
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
Illustrated by Michael Kirkman
From the Faber archives

12.
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Cover by Les d'Ángel Lescar
Edicions Proa, 1938
From the a Catalian blog


13.
Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare
Cover by David Pearson
White's Books, 2008

14.
Helgon & Hetsporrar, Poetry from the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance
Cover by Olle Eksell
Raben & Sjogren, 1960

15.
A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
Cover by Alvin Lustig
New Directions, 1945

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