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Agony Dance: death of the (Dancing Dolls by  Besmilr Brigham - Signed First Edition - 1969 - from Passages Bookshop (SKU: 3658)

Agony Dance: death of the (Dancing Dolls

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Agony Dance: death of the (Dancing Dolls

by Brigham, Besmilr

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Portland, OR: Prensa de Lagar, 1969. First printing. (25) pp., 8vo. Saddle-stapled into printed wrappers. Designed and published by Carlos Reyes in an edition of 450 copies, of which the first 25 were numbered and signed by the author on the title page; this is number 3 from the signed copies. As new.

The scarce first book by Brigham, a one-time student of Robert Duncan, whose daughter Heloise (also a poet) was married to noted New Mexico poet Keith Wilson; a remarkable family. Born Bess Miller Moore, she later changed her name to the more colloquial phonetic spelling. Her work has become more widely known in recent years through the efforts of C. D. Wright, who edited a selection of her short poems, published by Wright's Lost Roads Press, which also offers an annual award in Brigham's name for a woman writer. From the publisher's last remaining copies, in pristine condition.


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Passages Bookshop stocks fine, rare, and unusual books and graphic art, with a concentration on modern and contemporary literature and art (particularly poetry and the avant-garde), artist's books, fine printing, and the book arts. The successor to New York City's Bridge Bookshop (late 1980s), Passages opened in Albuquerque in 1994 and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1997. In November of 2015 we moved to a new retail shop and gallery centrally located in Portland's east side, two blocks north of the convention center, where we are typically open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment or chance. Proprietor: David Abel,


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