Genesis West, Vol. One, No. Two, Winter 1962. Gordon Lish, George P. Elliott, Theodore Enslin, James T. Farrell, Denise Levertov, Carla Lopez, Chris Roberts, Diane Wakoski.
Genesis West, Vol. One, No. Two, Winter 1962

Genesis West, Vol. One, No. Two, Winter 1962

Burlingame, CA: The Chrysalis West Foundation, 1962. First Printing. Softcover. Signed by Diane Wakoski at her contribution. This second number of the literary journal edited by Gordon Lish (who would later become famous, & controversial, as Raymond Carver's editor) features a section of poems by Denise Levertov, Diane Wakoski & other acclaimed poets. At her contribution ("Incommunicado"), Wakoski has hand-written her signature with characteristic series of vertical doodles just below her printed name near top of pg. 180. Also an interview with George P. Elliott conducted by Lish; diary excerpts by Theodore Enslin; several letters by James T. Farrell, the prolific American writer best known for his trilogy of Studs Lonigan novels; & much more. With reproductions of four artworks by Chris Roberts throughout the issue, drawing vignettes throughout & main logo by Carla Lopez, notes on contributors (back cover), etc. Softcover in sewn binding. A rare & rich issue in this venerable series whose subtitle-motto is "A Garden to Grow the World Again," of special interest to the Wakoski collector. In fine condition with only mild rubbing & a bit of light, faint creasing to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps & very short, closed tears at edges & corners of same; one tiny ink marking near upper left corner of front cover; two tiny pinholes near middle bottom edge of same; mild rubbing & spotting at edges of text block; small stamp with "CMA" inside triangle near spine at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine on thick paper stock with only tiny bumps & creases at corners of page leaves; tiny dimples without paper penetration at & near bottom of first few of same. Fine. [Item #3358]

Price: $50.00