Tropicalism. Kenward Elmslie.
Tropicalism
Tropicalism
Tropicalism

Tropicalism

ISBN: 0915990008
Calais, VT: Z Press, 1975. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Uniquely present in this 1975 collection from Kenward Elmslie is what seems to be echoes of influence from Robert Creeley, something not often seen in the poet's oeuvre, with its frequent, unbridled imaginative flights and uniquely lyrical musicality. The first two poems in the collection, "Air" & "Spite Fence Memo," illustrate the aforementioned statement, combining the power of "Person" Elmslie derived from O'Hara's "Personism," with the short-line breath length, emotive intimacy & Poundian direct perception of Creeley's work. Also present in this collection are pieces that echo poems in "The Alphabet Work," "Circus Nerves," & "Motor Disturbance:" all containing that signature Elmslian exuberance. Signed & Inscribed by Kenward Elmslie to Ken & Ann Mikolowski, close friends of Kenward Elmsie & founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers of many Beat/New York School/Black Mountain-related authors. Inscription reads: "for (block letters) K + A (resumes common handwriting) "still on Arroyo tune" / Love, / Kenward / on Joe's B-Day, / March 11, 1995." This beautiful, elegiac inscription refers to Joe Brainard, Elmslie's longtime partner & collaborator, who had died in 1994. Brainard would have turned 53 years old that year. Signature on title page reads "Kenward Elmslie" just under the author's printed name. Book in very fine condition with only slight rubbing to front, back covers; minor residue from circular sticker over price printed on back cover just above bottom fine-edge at center-left; stain from blue pen ink at bottom left corner of front cover, lightly continuing onto spine and staining portion of text block at bottom left corner. Very Fine. [Item #2836]

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