The Last of the Moccasins. Charles Plymell.
The Last of the Moccasins

The Last of the Moccasins

San Francisco, CA: City Lights, 1971. First Edition. Softcover. "Plymell has as much in depth to say about death as Hemingway did and a lot more to say about it in terms of the present generation still-born into a world that can offer nothing...a manifesto of ashes." (William S. Burroughs, from Back Cover). Published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books in 1971, "Last of the Moccasins" has been hailed "a masterpiece" by a select number of reviewers and critics. When asked about this book, about "who he was and who he was hanging out with" at the time of its composition, Plymell responded with this: "Unfortunately, I was teaching and getting a free M.A. at [Johns] Hopkins. I wrote 'Last of the Moccasins' as my master's thesis. I had been working on docks in San Francisco and two different people from the writing seminar came out to recruit me. Ginsberg came to read and I was asked to introduce him. I said, "Drop your socks and grab your's Allen Ginsberg." He looked embarrassed. I'd finally out-shocked him! I was going to take a poetry job at Carnegie-Mellon but a classmate "cried over the job," so I let him take it. I didn't know where Pittsburgh was anyway. He's still there as a poetry chair professor grinding out workshop poetry chapbooks, a job I wouldn't want anyway. I was going to go back to S.F. but we landed on the Bowery then took Ginsy to the William F. Buckley show where I almost got in a fight with Kerouac. We took Allen on to Cherry Valley via the Big Pink house in Saugerties and we stayed in Cherry Valley instead of returning to S.F. docks. I never since had as good a job as I had on the docks. I'm reminded of what is on "Bukowski's tombstone: DON'T TRY." (Garret Caples Interview with Charles Plymell, City Lights Bookstore Blog, April 27, 2017)." Book in fine condition with only minute shelf-wear to fine-edges; slight stain near bottom left-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine. [Item #3067]

Price: $20.00

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