If I Write You this Poem, Will You Make It Fly?

If I Write You this Poem, Will You Make It Fly (A Book of Birds and Verse Forms)

Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Author: Simeon Dumdum Jr.
Book dimensions: 6 x 7 in
Year: 2010

Winner, Yellow Trophy, Publication Category, Philippine Graphic Design Awards 2011

About the book

An ode to birds via poetry, the book is a survey of 129 Philippine birds, told through 131 different poetic verse forms.

Design notes

129 poems each describe a different bird using a different verse form. White space, elegant type, a china-blue ink and cream paper create a delicate feel. Despite its visual ease apt for a poetry volume, the book also packs a lot of information, akin to a birdwatching guide. However, because of the typography, marginal placement, and pen-and-ink illustrations (as opposed to more readily available photography), the information does not distract from the poetry.

“[The book] is wonderful — the concept, the poetry, the metrical exercise, the scholarship, the illustrations and design in equal, synergistic parts.”

—Alfred Yuson, The Philippine Star

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Illustrator: Piya Constantino