San Francisco, CA: New College, Circa 1970s. First Printing. Single Sheet. A large broadside-poster (17&1/2"x23") announcing a poetry reading by two legendary poets- Ed Dorn & Ed Sanders. Dorn (1929-1999) is among the most important poets of the Black Mountain School, most famous for his magnum opus, Gunslinger, first published in its entirety in 1975. Sanders is among the key figures in the literary, publishing & musical counterculture of the.....[Item #2324]
AUGUST FEATURE: SOMETHING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY...
The family of Beat-&-Beyond “brothersisterhood,” to quote Second San Francisco Renaissance poet Neeli Cherkovski, that is. As we commemorate the birth of our namesake-inspiration—the great William S. Burroughs—every February, so too we must honor Uncle Bill in death—and just yesterday marked the 23rd anniversary of WSB’s passing. As such, we’ve included some marvelous WSB items in this month’s special, but not only WSB. For the Black Mountain-curious or Devoted Olsonian, we’ve got a plump plate of “Charles-cuterie;” representing the Beat sensibility is TMB’s groundbreaking 2018 literary history of the Second San Francisco Renaissance, along with items featuring Ed Sanders (including the sought-after “Café Le Metro” issue of the Wormwood Review), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, & Jack Micheline; for a distinctly West Coast sensibility, we’ve got the lauded-by-all-poets, must-read classic “Archetype West” by the great William Everson.
This & more awaits you in the August Special...ENJOY!
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Buffalo, NY: Duncan McNaughton, 1970. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. This vintage literary journal, compiled & published by renowned poet Duncan McNaughton, features contributions by Michael McClure (the two-part poem "Tatagatha Valentines"); McNaughton himself (the short poem "Page for the Buddha of Right Motive"); Charles Olson (a short untitled poem dedicated to Bob Hogg dated October 23, 1967); Edward Sanders (the poem "The Barge of Charles Olson Down River by the.....[Item #2122]
Washington DC: The Black Sun Press / Caresse Crosby, 1950 (1948). Second Edition (In This Case Also Referred to as the "Trade" Edition"). Stapled Wrappers. When Charles Olson arrived at an already historic Black Mountain College, he had only this book of poems and his study of Melville, "Call Me Ishmael" (1947) published under his name. To think of all that Olson published post-Black Mountain, and his rising fame in.....[Item #3094]
San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation / City Lights Books, 1964. Third Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Now here's some quintessential Olson--stylistic, admonishing, alluring yet borderline incomprehensible. This writer would argue that one has to consider Olson's letters--along with his famed, sprawling talk-a-thons--within the context of his amphetamine use. While I am aware that this is something footnoted and known about Olson--that his amphetamine use sometimes shaped his lectures and talks--I don't.....[Item #3100]
New York, NY: New Directions, 1966. First Printing. Softcover. Complete with one-of-a-kind "Olsonite" sticker, this copy of Charles Olson's "Selected Writings" with introduction by Robert Creeley is from the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, co-founders of Detroit's visionary Alternative Press, publishers of many "Beat'/ New York/"Black Mountain School"-affiliated authors. We don't know how the "Olsonite" sticker got there--whether it was an Alternative Press production or a gift from Creeley.....[Item #3099]
Buffalo, NY: Charles Olson/ The Institute of Further Studies, 1968. First Editions. Single Sheets Folded in Envelopes. "Wholly absorbed/ into my own conduits to/ an inner nature or subterranean lake/ the depths or bounds of which I more and more/ explore and know more/ of, in the sense that other than that all else/ closes out and I tend further to fall into/ the Beloved Lake and I am blinder.....[Item #3696]
London, England: Cape Goliard Press, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. A primary source book for innumerable mid-century masters & beyond, Charles Olson's monumental "Archaeologist of Morning" can be seen as Olson's 'Collected Poems' outside of his famed "Maximus" series, as it contains all the poems Olson himself actually approved for publication in his lifetime not intended for the Maximus series. As such, it contains "Y & X," "In Cold Hell, In.....[Item #3095]
Coventry, England: The Beat Scene Press, 2015. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Iain Sinclair. Numbered Limited Edition (#44/125). In this special, signed limited edition chapbook from Kevin Ring's The Beat Scene Press, poet, essayist & critic Iain Sinclair delivers a sharp & scholastic piece on Charles Olson. Olson is the foremost influential giant of the Black Mountain School, whose larger-than-life character & catalog continue to be mined as an.....[Item #2650]
Coventry, England: Beat Scene Press, March 2017. Limited Edition (#38/125). Stapled Wrappers. Jed Birmingham, perhaps best known for his exceptional site on all things William S. Burroughs, the Mimeograph Revolution and beyond, here has composed a brilliant essay on Charles Olson, the Black Mountain-affiliated mid-century poetic giant (literally and figuratively) and details his trip to the Ralph Maud/Charles Olson Library and his experience at the Charles Olson Memorial Lecture. The.....[Item #3036]