Someone to Hold Onto at the Bottom of the Stairs. John Allen.
Someone to Hold Onto at the Bottom of the Stairs
Someone to Hold Onto at the Bottom of the Stairs

Someone to Hold Onto at the Bottom of the Stairs

Ann Arbor, MI: Self-Published by the Poet, 1972. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by John Allen to James Perrizo. "Putting together a first book of poems is a very strange experience. A most private part of one's life suddenly threatens to become public, at least in a minor sort of way. The temptation to offer up a host of disclaimers and qualifications is strong...The basic reason for this particular book is fairly simple: enough friends have wanted their own copies of some of these poems to make the task of typing them out again and again a bit onerous. Hence the logic of a book as a lazy man's way out." (from author's Preface) And so, poet John Allen created this production to distribute & immortalize his poems. Allen was (still is?) a resident of our hometown of Ann Arbor, & happens to share the name of its early 19th century co-founder, though we can't say if there's any relation. The first section contains poems which won Allen the prestigious Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan, & among those he lists in an acknowledgment page is Donald Hall, the late acclaimed great American poet who at this time (1972) was a UM professor. On the short title page, Allen has handwritten: "For Jim-/ a Welcome Home present/ to say, "Welcome Home!"/ with love,/ (signed) John." "Jim" is James Perrizo (1944-2006), an important scholar & collector who specialized in the Beat Generation & was at one time the assistant to Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife. A most interesting local literary relic- Mr. Allen, if you're still around here & happen to see this, please let us know what became of you! Trade-format softcover in near-fine condition with moderate browning & spotting to front, back covers (esp. at/near edges) & spine; very mild wear & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; series of light, faint vertical creases along left-middle surface of front cover; very light, sparse spotting & browning at edges of text block esp. top edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3195]

Price: $20.00

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