DWANG (Issue One: 2009). Douglas Blazek, Jim Burns, Dan Fante, Gerald Locklin, Charles Plymell, William Wantling.
DWANG (Issue One: 2009)
DWANG (Issue One: 2009)

DWANG (Issue One: 2009)

London, England: Tangerine Press, 2009. First Edition / Author Copy. Hardcover. Signed to Charles Plymell by Michael Curran, Designer of DWANG Issue No. 1. "if you don't break a finger in excitement / working on the 2nd stanza / if you don't pick yr nose & ass / & smear it on a page or 2 / & laugh & howl & weep with sullen anger / if you don't see God / during 1st revision / & vomit on the 2nd draft / faint from the stench of / butchered words & flesh, if / you don't howl & laugh some more / then you haven't played it honest / you haven't got a poem..." So pronounces the cardinal issue of DWANG, a self-styled recurring anthology dedicated to "outsider poetry, prose, graphics." Published by the esteemed Tangerine Press, this issue of DWANG was "hand-bound at the Tangerine workshop," according to the first of three colored front endpapers. This issue is dedicated to another saint of "outlaw poets" William Wantling, a respected contemporary of Charles Bukowski, whose long-fought, life-consuming heroin addiction brought his life to an early end in 1974. Issue No. 1 also contains worthy contributions from Douglas Blazek, best known for his contribution to the Mimeograph Revolution with his chapbook series "Ole,"; work from poet & critical essayist Jim Burns; a poem from noted critic Gerald Locklin; work from the visceral, uncompromising Dan Fante; poetry from iconic literary outlaw Charles Plymell; and the issue ends with a poem from the dedicatee, William Wantling. A wonderful issue from a much-respected boutique press. Signed in black ink to contributor Charles Plymell by Designer of DWANG No. 1, Michael Curran. Signature reads: "May 2009 / for Charley Plymell, / with thanks, / Michael Curran." Book in very fine condition with only slightest rubbing to spine-edge of boards at front, back covers, likely as issued. Very Fine. [Item #2884]

Price: $125.00