Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

The fifteenth title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint.

Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Translations, Introduction,  & Essay by David Need
Drawings by Clare Johnson

Roses is a 224 page interdisciplinary investigation into Rilke’s late work, written in French instead of his native German, and produced with the utmost attention to detail and quality in materials.

Poet and poetry scholar David Need has been working on these translations for many years. The book presents the original French poems alongside David’s translations to English, and each of the 27 poems in the Roses series is accompanied by a pen and ink drawing by Clare Johnson. An essay by David, a series of appendix poems, and elaborate endnotes offer additional perspectives into Rilke’s work.

The books are offset printed in two colors using high-end heavyweight paper with a tactile eggshell finish, and the covers are partially hand-printed on the letterpress with wraparound foredge flaps. Each book includes a custom printed bookmark and is numbered and hand-signed by the author.

Roses sells for only $30, despite all the high-end production touches.

UPDATE. April 2016. There are less than ten signed and numbered copies remaining from the first printing. These now sell for $60 (the second printing sells for the original $30 price, the second printing does not have hand-printed covers but does utilize the same  -high-end paper and binding)..

For more information or to order a copy, please see the Announcement & Order Form

some spreads below . . .


2-title spread

3-Intro spread

4-poem spread

5-Drawing spread

5-Essay spread

7-appendix poems spread

8-notes spread


4 Responses to “Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke”

  1. Hey Dave, I am so glad you are doing this. How do I place a pre-order?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Hey Jeffery,

    We are having a great time with the book. Design is very near completion.

    The price will most likely be $35. I’m still working on an order form to be added here. Hopefully that will be posted soon.

    I am keeping a sign up sheet for all all early bird orders in the meantime. 20% off for early bird orders is $28, plus $2.14 for NC Sales tax is $30.14.

    Shipping and handling will be $4 on top of that for most people.

    No charge for you and I’d be happy to drive a copy out your way when all is said and done. Certainly seems like a good excuse to see you and catchup.

    Checks need to be made out to my individual name, Dave Wofford, because my checking account is a credit union which doesn’t allow the use of business name. Send checks to 401-B Foster Street, Durham NC 27701 along with an email address (so I can share updates) and the mailing address where books should be sent (or let me know if you would rather pick up your book at studio to avoid shipping charge). I can process credit cards, but only in the studio; I don’t have online merchant services set up.

    We are hoping to have books in hand by early May. and we are also working on some reading events too of course.

    Best wishes, Dave

  3. […] We’re delighted to introduce her to you, and she, in turn, is delighted to introduce you to Roses by Rainer Maria […]

  4. […] man was in touch with interiority and exteriority.  This extoriority (which David Need in his new translation of late Rilke poetry, translates as […]

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