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Janina, Visions, Tales & Lovesongs

By Vega, Janine Pommy

Longhouse, Publishers and Booksellers, 2015. First edition. Edited by Bob Arnold. 288 pages, perfect bound packed with poems and photographs. New in shrinkwrap. Softcover. Direct from the publisher. Janine's full course album of photographs, travel journals, poems, facsimile notebooks of poems, childhood photographs, and family, Beat family, plus her unfinished memoir of Jerusalem. "Generally speaking, of the so-called ÔBeat GenerationÕ, it is the names and creativity of its male protagonists that are most familiar to us, and whose lives and works have been extensively documented, lionised, and mythologised. But there were also, among this company of free-thinkers-and-livers, women too. Lovers, wives and partners, surrogate mothers, and sisters, some of whom tried to keep hearth and home in some kind of order midst the turbulence of the wake created by the trajectories of the lives of those they loved. Among the women who were part of, or associated with this group of poets, writers, painters, musicians, street-vagabond-drug addicts, outsiders and hobos, was an angel of the edge. One who put herself out there where many an angel would have feared to have trod. Her name was Janine Pommy Vega, who, as a very young woman became close friends with most of the prominent members of this older generation of ÔBeatsÕ, who bedded her, initiated her into drugs, and more importantly tutored her in literature and thought, and a way of life that was a riposte to the stifling and meaningless materialism of the conventional bourgeois lives they were born into. Janine, or Janina in Polish, blossomed within this creative coterie, into a fine poet, writer, traveller, lover, sometimes-recluse, and quester for the truth of herself, in the form of love, both in the human realm among her many male muses, and in her search of the embrace of the Absolute or Divine. The insistence of her ÔchosenÕ path, that had actually chosen her, was the need for her to constantly travel to the edge; to put herself at risk; to test every sinew and thought in her enquiry into her own nature through the art of living and the craft of poetry. In her pursuit of this knowledge, she travelled widely, both terrestrially around North and South America, Europe and Scandinavia, giving readings, writing, teaching, meditating and generally hanging-out; and into those deep hinterlands within her own consciousness. All the while an enquirer, an observer, experiencing both realms with her intellectual, emotional and spiritual antennae ever-sensitive to the world around her Ð both the visible and the invisible. Making home wherever her path took her, ÒÉfor home is a far place, and the place at hand. I carry them with me, my home and my wanderings.Ó Here in this beautiful book Ð a tribute to Janine Ð designed and produced with the care and attention of ones who were intimate friends of hers, Bob and Susan Arnold at Longhouse Publishers, we find writings, papers, notebooks and photographs left after her death. To read the contents and look at the photos, is like peering onto the desk and into the drawers of JanineÕs own workspace. Here is the poetÕs temenos, with the evidence of the processes of her thinking, recalling, creating, adjusting and rewriting. Occasionally with offcuts of her craft left lying about the place, marking her path Ð her heroic journeying towards catching a glimpse; a reflection; an echo of her true nature. Love was her vocation, both in her finite relationships with others, and finally in the infinite embrace of the Other. Each dwelling within the learned recognition and acceptance of herself. A beautiful woman poet who experienced that divine affliction Ð that Ôfine madnessÕ Ð the temptation to BE. As she herself wrote; ÒÉthe woman Ferocious in her heart for love/And Poet, blessed with the necessity to go on seekingÉÓ Malcolm Ritchie


Close Listening : Poetry and the Performed Word

By Bernstein, Charles, edited by

Oxford, 1998. First edition. Fine and bright glossy stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout. Edited by a poet and scholar who knows the field


Twentieth Century Pleasures : Prose on Poetry

By Hass, Robert

The Ecco Press, 1987. Very good reading copy stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout.


The Faith of Poetry

By Corman, Cid

Longhouse, Spring 1989. First edition. Seven very fine 8 1/2 x 11 illustrated sheets of prose and poetry written by Cid Corman the 14th of January 1989. Includes a short published letter between Cid Corman and Bob Arnold within the text. Printed in 200 numbers, Spring 1989. Folded into a decorative letterpress envelope.



By Randall, Margaret

New Star Books, 1978. First edition. Fine and bright pictorial stiff wraps with excellent spine and crisp text throughout. Very attractive


The Peacock Emperor Moth

By [Cohen, Marcel] Corman, Cid, translator

Longhouse, Spring 1992. First edition. SIGNED: Fine 8 1/2 x 11 folded sheets, illustrated. 135 numbers printed by Bob and Susan Arnold at Longhouse through the 1992-1993 seasons. Very fine sheets folded into a decorative letterpress envelope and signed by the translator Cid Corman


My Secret Boat

By Burkard, Michael

Norton, 1990. First edition. Fine and very bright in like dustjacket with praise from James Laughlin. Attractive