Bratsk Station and Other New Poems

Bratsk Station and Other New Poems

New York, NY: Doubleday Anchor, 1967. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed by Yevgeny Yevtushenko to Ken Mikolowski, Co-Founder of Detroit's Visionary Alternative Press. "Two philosophies are now struggling in this world: the philosophy of disbelief, of pessimism, and the philosophy of belief in an enlightened future for humanity. I have seen the living incarnation of this belief in many wonderful people whom I met at Bratsk. In the new Siberia of today, a country which in the past was a huge prison measuring thousands of square miles but which now becomes a source of light for our homeland, I saw the symbol of this faith." (from Author's Preface). First published in two parts by Sun Books in 1966, this Doubleday Anchor publication gathered for the first time these two books, from which Yevtushenko added more poems to round out and complete the volume. This first edition is signed by Yevtushenko to Ken Mikolowski, co-founder of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers & friends of many Beat Generation, "Black Mountain," "New York School"-affiliated authors and beyond. From what Ken Mikolowski relayed to us, he believes this signature took place on what was Yevtushenko's first visit to America. Yevtushenko was published by Ken & Ann's "Alternative Press," and briefly stayed with the Mikolowskis during his time in Michigan. The signature reads: "To Ken / with LOVE. / Yevgeny / (doodle)." Book in fine condition with only minor rubbing to front, back covers esp. nearest fine-edges; vertical crease at spine-edge of front cover from Ken Mikolowski's thorough reading of this volume, which in our case enhances provenance; minute bumps to top right, bottom right corners of front cover; minor shelf-wear throughout; bump-crease to back cover at leftmost fine-edge at near center-middle, minute chipping therefrom. Fine. [Item #2956]

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