Pieces. Robert Creeley.


New York, NY: Scribners, 1969. Robert Creeley, Ken Mikolowski, Ann Mikolowski. First Trade Edition. Softcover. Softcover Original in Sewn Binding. "Pieces" is the 1969 release from the acclaimed poet & educator affiliated with the Black Mountain School & Beat Generation, Robert Creeley. As early as 1950 Charles Olson (in a letter to Creeley) declared: "say I: this man can...truly return us to the antient Anglo-Saxon heart." Olson would go on to exert considerable influence on Creeley's poetic development, with Creeley in turn becoming incredibly influential with legions of younger poets as years passed and his achievements & critical acclaim mounted. From the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, founders of Detroit's "Alternative Press," the influential publishers of many Beat/New York School/Black Mountain-related authors, including Creeley himself. Also eccentrically present are the impressions of Ken Mikolowski using the book as a hard surface to write a letter/notation on--when held in proper light, one can see Ken's handwriting pressed into the cover, as if inadvertently debossed. While too challenging to decode the entire unintentionally imprinted message, from our discernment we can see the sentence fragments: "Things couldn't be better than" & at center-bottom of front cover: "You have been of great guidance in showing us a way." One must wonder whether or not Ken was composing a short letter or notation to Robert Creeley, a close friend and mentor of Ken's from 1963 until Creeley's death in 2005. In our discussions with Ken, he has repeatedly emphasized Creeley's immense influence on him. Book in fine condition with moderate rubbing to front, back covers; bump-crease to top right-hand corner of front cover; slight uniform nicks to front, back covers. Fine. [Item #2719]

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