First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing, No. 9 (Vol. 5, No. 1), Summer 1997. William S. Burroughs.
First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing, No. 9 (Vol. 5, No. 1), Summer 1997

First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing, No. 9 (Vol. 5, No. 1), Summer 1997

Lawrence, KS: First Intensity Press, 1997. First Printing. Softcover. This number of the literary journal edited by Lee Chapman features a portfolio of six artworks by William S. Burroughs, created during 1987-1991. WSB became an artist in earnest after the death of his close friend & collaborator Brion Gysin in 1986, in parallel with carrying on as our foremost Beat-&-Beyond literary & cultural figure. With an introduction by Jim McCrary, a poet & educator who has long resided in Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a friend & associate of WSB during these later years. This item was in fact obtained by us from McCrary's own collection. Reproductions of WSB's artworks are in black & white. Front cover features a color reproduction of a drawing by S. Clay Wilson, the acclaimed classic comix artist who was favored by WSB & illustrated some editions of his works, particularly Tornado Alley. As noted in the "About The Cover" blurb on contents page: " "The Bounty Hunter"...is one of a series of four "targets" made by the artist on a trip to Kansas this past June (1997) for a day at the shooting range with (WSB)...the gunshot holes were made by Burroughs, Wilson, Jim McCrary & friends..." The bullet holes are visible on the reproduction, an application of WSB's "shotgun painting" technique onto Wilson's artwork. It is worth noting that this issue was published no later than June of 1997, per the date of the illustration, therefore this is one of the last WSB-related items published in his lifetime- he died on August 2, 1997. Among the many other contributors to this issue is the noted poet Diane Wakoski (the poem "Ray and the White Camaro: A Meditation on the Silver Screen"), long a Michigan resident. See Schottlaender, C642, pg. 88; Shoaf, Section III, No. 408, pg. 163. A most rare & desirable very late WSB collectible with significant provenance from one of its contributors. In very fine condition with only lightest rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; light, thin wear & tiny bumps to edges & corners of same; sparse, light spotting & wear to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bump-wave-creases to corners of page leaves, esp. upper corners of pgs. 57-60. Very Fine. [Item #3004]

Price: $40.00