Detail from Desiderata

The Desiderata

An untitled prose poem written by American poet Max Erhmann in 1927. It was published posthumously by his widow in 1945 as “The Desiderata” in The Poems of Max Ehrmann, 1945. The copyright of this piece subsequently – and accidentally – lapsed and, following a lengthy court case, the poem came into the public domain in 1976.

Published letterpress by the Cranky Press in an edition of 75 on Crane’s Lettra 110, using Caligo SafeWash inks. Completed in October 2015


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