Ann Arbor, MI: Shaman Drum Bookshop, 1987. First Printing. Single Sheet. Signed & dated by Clayton Eshleman to James Perrizo. A broadside-poster (8&1/2"x14") announcing a party for the French poet-philosopher Michel Deguy at Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan held on October 10, 1987. Shaman Drum hosted many important readings & receptions during its three decades as Ann Arbor's premier independent bookstore, serving as a legendary gathering place & a bridge between the University of Michigan & the broader literary community under the leadership of its proprietor, the late great Karl Pohrt. Below an image of Deguy is a paragraph of biographical-critical information; & a second paragraph announcing a panel discussion at U of M featuring Deguy & local poet Clayton Eshleman. The subject of the discussion was translation, Eshleman has translated some of Deguy's works. In the space between the two paragraphs, Eshleman has hand-written: "For Jim Perrizo. (signed) Clayton./1988" James Perrizo (1944-2006), a collector & Beat Generation scholar who at one time was the assistant to Edie Kerouac Parker, Jack Kerouac's former wife, was an acquaintance of Eshleman & a major collector of his works. A rare piece of Eshleman ephemera, rich in associations. In very fine condition, virtually mint. Light dusting of spots & debris on surface of shrinkwrap, not broadside.
Item is currently mounted on stiff board, in protective shrink wrap, will be shipped rolled in tube. Very Fine. [Item #2066]