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FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER
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FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER

By Baxter, Glen

New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1974. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Baxter, Glen. 11 inches tall. [7] leaves, leaves [2]-[7] printed recto only. Printed wrappers, side-stapled. Wrappers lightly toned, else fine. Six illustrations of fruits in extremis (an orange resting on a railroad track as train speeds towards it, a banana below a circular saw...), drawn by Glen "Colonel" Baxter, British artist and poet associated with the New York School. As an art student in Leeds during the early 1960s, Baxter encountered the writing of Frank O'Hara and developed an interest in New York School poetry and the mimeograph magazines then being introduced to London. After submitting some of his own pieces to ADVENTURES IN POETRY, in 1974 Baxter was invited to the U.S. to read at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery - "I stood at the lectern, dressed in a tweed suit, and began to speak. People burst into spontaneous laughter. I had arrived" (from a 2016 interview in LITERARY HUB). That same year, Gotham Book Mart began hosting shows of his work (at which Edward Gorey was an enthusiastic customer) and published two 11 x 8½-inch format books: FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER and THE HANDY GUIDE TO AMAZING PEOPLE.

$75.00

MORATORIUM: OCTOBER 15, 1969
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MORATORIUM: OCTOBER 15, 1969

By Sivack, Denis

New York: [The author], 1970. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. Broadside, 14 x 11 inches. Light toning at right edge, else fine. Poetry broadside by writer and photographer Denis Sivack, recounting scenes of the day of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam mass demonstrations in New York. He drives in the morning from Staten Island, where he sees a Black army recuit staring into the distance, to Brooklyn, where he listens to variety of voices, including a representative of Women Strike for Peace, members of the Black Panthers, and the poet David Henderson, and finally to Washington Square in Greenwich Village, where he sees the statistics of the war dead on the Judson Memorial Church bulletin board and is left with the image of the darkness after a vigil's last candle "had burned to nothing and the last man had walked away." OCLC records two copies, at Brown and SUNY Buffalo (2017).

$100.00

FIRST PERSON : A JOURNAL OF TRAVEL, MEMOIRS & HUMOR (FIRST ISSUE / FALL 1960) [including Edward Gorey's LEAVES FROM A MISLAID ALBUM]
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FIRST PERSON : A JOURNAL OF TRAVEL, MEMOIRS & HUMOR (FIRST ISSUE / FALL 1960) [including Edward Gorey's LEAVES FROM A MISLAID ALBUM]

By Elevitch, M. D. (ed.); contributions from Thornton Wilder, Mark Twain, W. D. Howells, Patrick Brophy, Diana Athill, Allan Seagar, Edward Gorey, Ford Madox Ford, R. W. Lid, Robert Hellman, Anne Halley, Curtis Zahn, and Don Marie

Rockport, Massachusetts, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Gorey, Edward. 86,[2] pp., containing numerous in-text and full-page illustrations. Pictorial wrappers. Wrappers a bit shelf-worn, else near fine. First issue of a short-run literary magazine, including the first (partial) publication of Edward Gorey's story-without-words, LEAVES FROM A MISLAID ALBUM. LEAVES here contains eight full-pages illustrations of 17 that would later be published by Gotham Book Mart in 1972.

$30.00

ROBIN REDBREAST
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ROBIN REDBREAST

By Kunitz, Stanley

[S.l.: s.n.], 1971. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. Broadside, 11 x 8½ inches. Printed in black on cream stock. Signed by Kunitz. Light wear at upper and lower edges, including minor one-inch crease at upper-left corner, else near fine. [ca. 1971.] Evidently the first fully separate broadside printing of Kunitz's well-loved poem about the discovery of a dying bird. In a separate publication (easily confused with the present one), the Worcester Poetry Festival printed the poem with an illustrated portrait of Kunitz in 1971 that also included a brief essay by and biography of Kunitz on the verso, together with information and advertising for the festival on both sides. This broadside, however, includes the poem alone with a copyright statement ("1971 by Stanley Kunitz") in the lower margin. A third broadside, also confused with this one, was printed in 1978 in two colors by Copper Canyon press. The present, ca. 1971 broadside is scarce, with OCLC recording correctly two copies, at Princeton and Ball State University - both signed.

$250.00

HORSES [cover title: HORSES : A POEM BY WENDELL BERRY]
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HORSES [cover title: HORSES : A POEM BY WENDELL BERRY]

By Berry, Wendell

Monterey, Kentucky: Larkspur Press, 1975. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. [1975.] [8] pp. Printed paper wrappers, stitched. Fine. Printed with type hand-set at the Larkspur press in an edition of 949 copies.

$75.00

MORE I REMEMBER
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MORE I REMEMBER

By Brainard, Joe

New York: Angel Hair Books, 1972. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 10 inches tall. [42] pp. Pictorial wrappers, saddle-stapled. Covers lightly rubbed, else fine. One of 800 unnumbered copies (of a total of 826) printed for Angel Hair Books by Chapel Press in Williamstown, Massachusetts. First edition of Brainard's first follow-up to his 1970 prose-poem memoir classic, I REMEMBER. Clay and Phillips, p. 179.

$175.00

DRAWINGS [cover title: CRANERIONS OF BOTYA]
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DRAWINGS [cover title: CRANERIONS OF BOTYA]

By Baxter, Glen

New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1974. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Baxter, Glen. 11 inches tall. [34] leaves, printed recto only. Patterned covers, side-stapled. Signed by Baxter on the title page. Near fine. 32 absurdist drawings, many captioned, by Glen "Colonel" Baxter, British artist and poet associated with the New York School of poets. As an art student in Leeds during the early 1960s, Baxter encountered the writing of Frank O'Hara and developed an interest in New York School poetry and the mimeograph magazines then being introduced to London. After submitting some of his own pieces to ADVENTURES IN POETRY, in 1974 Baxter was invited to the U.S. to read at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery - "I stood at the lectern, dressed in a tweed suit, and began to speak. People burst into spontaneous laughter. I had arrived" (from a 2016 interview in LITERARY HUB). That same year, both Adventures in Poetry and Gotham Book Mart published mimeograph collections of his work: the present title by the former, and THE HANDY GUIDE TO AMAZING PEOPLE and FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER by the latter.

$125.00

ALVIN
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ALVIN

By Lorde, Audre

[Detroit]: The Glass Bell Press, 1974. First Separate Edition. Broadside. Fine. Broadside, 11 x 8 inches, printed on yellow paper. Fine. Broadside printing of Audre Lorde's poem about the death of a childhood friend, "Alvin," which would later be published in anthologies as "Brother Alvin." Detroit's Glass Bell Press published poems by women from 1974 to 1979, largely in broadside form. In 1975, Glass Bell printed 10 broadsides for the portfolio collection, TEN MICHIGAN WOMEN POETS. The present broadside is one of nine Glass Bell printed in 1974 for which we have found records, but it remains unclear whether the 1974 broadside were intended or issued as a collection. Scarce, with OCLC locating three copies.

$100.00

POETRY COMICS! [Nos. 1-7]
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POETRY COMICS! [Nos. 1-7]

By Morice, Dave [ed. and illus.]

Iowa City: The Happy Press, 1979. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Morice, Dave. 1979-1980. 11 inches tall. Seven volumes, various paginations (generally 8-10 unnumbered pages of comics plus additional content and covers), photocopied on paper of several colors. Pictorial covers, side-stapled. Upper-left portion of front cover of Number 5 moderately soiled; light soiling and wear elsewhere to covers. Overall very good. Scarce early run of Dave Morice's illustrated treatment of great poems in comic zine form. Dave Morice (b. 1946) was a founding member of the Actualist poetry movement, originally situated in Iowa City, where he moved in 1969 to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop. In the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE NEW YORK SCHOOL POETS, Terrence Diggory mentions that although "less well known today than Language poetry, actualism was closer to the Dadaist spirit of the New York School and has in fact been dubbed by Language poet Ron Silliman as 'the New York School's western cousin.' (p. 246). Diggory refers to Morice as having become the best-known of the Actualists through POETRY COMICS, which would be published in a collected form by Simon & Schuster in 1980 and in two additional anthologies in 1994 and 2002.

$450.00

KIYOMIZO
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KIYOMIZO

By Bass, Ellen

[Detroit]: The Glass Bell Press, 1974. First Separate Edition. Broadside. Fine. Broadside, 11 x 8 inches, printed on pale green paper. Fine. First separate edition of this portion of Ellen Bass's longer poem, "Japanese Notebooks," which was published a year earlier in her first collection of poetry, I'M NOT YOUR LAUGHING DAUGHTER. In 1973, Bass also co-published (with Florence Howe) NO MORE MASKS!, one of the first major anthologies of 20th-century women's poetry. Detroit's Glass Bell Press published poems by women from 1974 to 1979, largely in broadside form. In 1975, Glass Bell printed 10 broadsides for the portfolio collection, TEN MICHIGAN WOMEN POETS. The present broadside is one of nine Glass Bell printed in 1974 for which we have found records, but it remains unclear whether the 1974 broadside were intended or issued as a collection. Scarce, with OCLC locating one copy, at Brown University.

$50.00

NIGHT
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NIGHT

By Bita, Lili; Robert Zaller (trans.)

[Detroit]: The Glass Bell Press, 1974. First Separate Edition. Broadside. Fine. Broadside, 11 x 8 inches, printed on red paper. Fine. Broadside poem, translated from the Greek, by Greek-born American poet, Lili Bita. Detroit's Glass Bell Press published poems by women from 1974 to 1979, largely in broadside form. In 1975, Glass Bell printed 10 broadsides for the portfolio collection, TEN MICHIGAN WOMEN POETS. The present broadside is one of nine Glass Bell printed in 1974 for which we have found records, but it remains unclear whether the 1974 broadside were intended or issued as a collection. Scarce, with OCLC locating one copy, at Brown University.

$50.00

FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER
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FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER

By Baxter, Glen

New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1974. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Baxter, Glen. 11 inches tall. [7] leaves, leaves [2]-[7] printed recto only. Printed covers, side-stapled. Signed by Baxter on the title page. Wrappers lightly toned, else fine. Six illustrations of fruits in extremis (an orange resting on a railroad track as train speeds towards it, a banana below a circular saw...), drawn by Glen "Colonel" Baxter, British artist and poet associated with the New York School. As an art student in Leeds during the early 1960s, Baxter encountered the writing of Frank O'Hara and developed an interest in New York School poetry and the mimeograph magazines then being introduced to London. After submitting some of his own pieces to ADVENTURES IN POETRY, in 1974 Baxter was invited to the U.S. to read at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery - "I stood at the lectern, dressed in a tweed suit, and began to speak. People burst into spontaneous laughter. I had arrived" (from a 2016 interview in LITERARY HUB). That same year, Gotham Book Mart began hosting shows of his work (at which Edward Gorey was an enthusiastic customer) and published two 11 x 8½-inch format books: FRUITS OF THE WORLD IN DANGER and THE HANDY GUIDE TO AMAZING PEOPLE.

$150.00

THUMBPRINT
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THUMBPRINT

By Weatherley, Tom [i.e. Thomas E. Weatherly]

[New York]: Telegraph Books, 1971. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 36 pp. Pictorial wrappers. Light shelf wear. Near fine. The second book of poems by poet, educator, and longtime denizen of Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side, Tom Weatherly (1942-2014). In his review for Weatherly’s last published book, SHORT HISTORY OF THE SAXOPHONE, Andrei Codrescu said his work “condenses the wisdom of a life and vast readings into brilliantly compact music.” Clay and Phillips, pp. 212-213.

$40.00

THE VILLAGE BEAT SCENE: SUMMER 1960 [Offprint from Summer 1961 Issue of DISSENT]
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THE VILLAGE BEAT SCENE: SUMMER 1960 [Offprint from Summer 1961 Issue of DISSENT]

By Polsky, Ned

[New York: Dissent Publishing], 1961. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Near fine. [1961]. 23 pp. Printed self-wrappers, saddle-stapled. Tiny stain (one-eighth inch) at fore-edge of front wrapper, light toning in wrappers, else fine. The first published sociological account of beat counterculture, here in a scarce offprint from the Summer 1961 "New York, N.Y." issue of DISSENT magazine. The article would later be published in Polsky's 1967 HUSTLERS, BEATS, AND OTHERS. Ned Polsky (1928-2000) taught sociology for a number of years at SUNY Stony Brook before joining the antiquarian book trade in his retirement. He first came to national attention in 1957 with his critique of Norman Mailer's essay, "The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster" - his response, and Mailer's counter-response, were published in both City Lights' book version of Mailer's essay and the Winter 1958 issue of DISSENT. (Polsky was less sanguine than Mailer about the white male hipster's supposed sexual revolutionariness and racial radicalism. On the fomer topic: "When Mailer glamorizes the hipsters' 'search after the good orgasm' he is simply accepting at face value their rationalization for what is in truth a pathetic, driven sex life in which the same failures are repeated again and again. On this matter as on others, Mailer confuses the life of action with the life of acting out.") In the present study, Polsky differentiates the "hipster" from the "beat" (see below) and covers a broad range of topics, including anti-bourgeois attitudes, work (and oppostition to work), sex and sexuality, race, drugs (especially marijuana and heroin), and jazz. On beats vs. hipsters: "Until recently 'hipster' simply meant one who is hip, roughly the equivalent of a beat. Beats recognized that the hipster is more of an 'operator' - has a more consciously patterned lifestyle (such as a concern to dress well) and makes more frequent economic raids on the frontiers of the square world - but stressed their social bonds with hipsters, such as their liking for drugs, for jazz music, and, above all, their common scorn for bourgeois career orientations. Among Village beats today, however, 'hipster' usually has a pejorative connotation: one who is a mannered showoff regarding his hipness, who 'comes on' too strongly in hiptalk, etc. In their own eyes, beats are hip but definitely not hipsters" (pp. 3-4).

$100.00

FELIX OF THE SILENT FOREST
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FELIX OF THE SILENT FOREST

By Henderson, David; LeRoi Jones [later Amiri Baraka] (intro.)

New York: The Poets Press, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. [48] pp. Original brown cloth, front cover lettered in gilt, patterned endpapers. Signed by David Henderson on the title page. Light toning at edges of outer leaves, else fine. One of 25 copies hand-bound and signed by the author (of a total first edition of 2000 copies). The first book of David Henderson, New York School poet, founding member of the Umbra literary collective, and co-founder of the Black Arts Movement. The book was designed by Bret Rohmer and printed for Diane di Prima's Poets Press at the Kriya Press in Millbrook, New York, during Timothy Leary's residence there. Clay and Phillips, p. 89.

$250.00

IN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN ARM
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IN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN ARM

By Padgett, Ron; Ted Berrigan (ed.)

New York: Lorenz Gude [i.e. "C" Press], 1964. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Brainard, Joe. 11 inches tall. [20] leaves, printed recto only, including 4 full-page illustrations. Pictorial covers, side-stapled. Signed by Padgett on the colophon. Upper-left corner of front cover creased, with some further wear to extremities, covers lightly dust-soiled. Very good. Numbered 22 of a limited first edition of 200 signed copies. An early "C" Press publication, with poems by Padgett and cover and drawings by Joe Brainard.

$175.00

IN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN ARM
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IN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN ARM

By Padgett, Ron; Ted Berrigan (ed.)

New York: Lorenz Gude [i.e. "C" Press], 1964. Second Edition. Softcover. Very good. Brainard, Joe. 11 inches tall. [17] leaves, printed recto only, including 2 full-page illustrations. Pictorial covers, side-stapled. Title page signed and inscribed by Padgett. Small ink notes also in title page: "NY65" and ".75." Covers lightly toned and dust-soiled, else near fine. Numbered 71 of a limited second edition of 200 signed copies. With a new cover design and two new drawings (replacing the original four) by Joe Brainard. Padgett signs the title page, “Ron,” below his printed name; above it, he writes, “‘I like the sound of my own voice’ – Ted Berrigan.”

$150.00

ADVENTURES IN POETRY : NUMBER ONE
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ADVENTURES IN POETRY : NUMBER ONE

By Fagin, Larry (ed.); Joe Ceravalo, James Schuyler, Ted Berrigan, Dick Gallup, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett, Tom Clark, [et al.]

New York: [Adventures in Poetry], 1968. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 11 inches tall. [69] leaves, printed recto only, including 2 full-page illustrations. Photographic covers, side-stapled. Minor wear at extremities and light dust-soiling in rear cover, else near fine. First issue of the influential mimeograph magazine published “during a crucial stage in the evolution of the New York School” (Diggory, p. 5), featuring work by Joe Ceravalo, James Schuyler, Ted Berrigan, Dick Gallup, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett, Tom Clark, and others. Editor Larry Fagin drew much of the material from readings he heard at the Poetry Project of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery: “If I heard something I especially liked at a reading, I would rush to the podium and claim the manuscript for ADVENTURES. I was rarely refused. Editing was a good way to make friends (and, hopefully, not many enemies)” (Fagin in Clay and Phillips, p. 195). Terence Diggory discusses how ADVENTURES complemented THE WORLD, which had started publication a year earlier as “an official journal” of the Poetry Project: “Whereas THE WORLD reflected the community in its spontaneity – like a pickup basketball game, in Fagin’s analogy... – ADVENTURES IN POETRY shaped a community in which the sensibility of the editor was reflected” (p. 5). The magazine would run from 1968 to 1975 in 12 issues, and several dozen chapbooks were published under its imprint through 1976.

$75.00

SELF PORTRAIT
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SELF PORTRAIT

By Brainard, Joe & Anne Waldman

New York: Siamese Banana Press, 1972. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 11 inches tall. [40] leaves (including inside rear cover), printed recto only. Stiff printed covers (with additional front cover), side-stapled. Signed by Waldman and Brainard on rear cover recto. A bit of wear and small dents near staples, else near fine. Lettered "F" of 26 copies lettered and signed by the authors. An introspective collaboration between New York School poet friends Joe Brainard and Anne Waldman. Following a pair of line-drawing visual self-portraits (and a dedication from each author to the other), the authors respond to a shared prompt on each page: "Queer," "One Dumb Thing," "Writing," "Selfish," "Love," "When I Was a Kid". . . . Clay and Phillips, p. 220.

$400.00

I REMEMBER
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I REMEMBER

By Brainard, Joe

New York: Angel Hair Books, 1970. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 10 inches tall. [36] pp. Pictorial wrappers, saddle-stapled. Covers lightly rubbed, else fine. One of 700 unnumbered copies (of a total of 726) printed for Angel Hair Books by Chapel Press in Williamstown, Massachusetts. First edition of Brainard's celebrated prose-poem memoir. In 2001, Paul Auster called it a "masterpiece": "One by one, the so-called important books of our time will be forgotten, but Joe Brainard's modest little gem will endure. In simple, forthright, declarative sentences, he charts the map of the human soul and permanently alters the way we look at the world. I REMEMBER is both uproariously funny and deeply moving. It is also one of the few totally original books I have ever read.” Clay and Phillips, p. 179.

$550.00

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