Every chapter of the forthcoming book Power of Ampersand, by Nancy Upper, begins with an original poem by the author. This poem begins the chapter titled, Typography.


Is the Ampersand male or female?

Depends upon its typeface and shape.


What virile typographer can conceal

His thrill at stroking her curves with his pen tool?

What fine woman cannot feel in the Ampersand’s

Serpentine lines the essence of Adam?


Adorgynous Ampersand. Ligature born

From the coupling of rounded e and erect t,

Scribes abetting their intimacy.


“Androgyne” ©2017 Nancy Upper

Ampersand conceived in 2010 by Amsterdam designer Max Kisman for Font Aid IV: Coming Together, a collaborative font created by the Society of Typographic Aficionados to benefit victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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