Early Selected Y Mas: Poems 1949-1966. Paul Blackburn.

Early Selected Y Mas: Poems 1949-1966

ISBN: 0876851200
Los Angeles, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1972. First Limited Trade Edition. Softcover. "Paul Blackburn died on September 13, 1971, at Cortland, New York, in his forty-sixth year. In the months before his death he had prepared a number of manuscripts for publication. The present collection of Blackburn's earliest published work, with unpublished poems of the same period, is as Blackburn arranged it. "The sole basis for this book is the general unavailability of its contents," he wrote early on to the publisher." (from Foreword by Robert Kelly) A key volume of mostly early poems by Paul Blackburn (1926-1971), the great Black Mountain-&-Beyond "poet's poet" & translator. Selected from his long out-of-print first three collections- The Dissolving Fabric; The Nets; & Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit; as well as yet-unpublished poems from the period of these volumes (1949-1961) & "The Reardon Poems" of 1966 first issued in an obscure limited edition in 1967. With a foreword by Blackburn's near-contemporary colleague, the Deep Image poet Robert Kelly (who with all due respect erred about Blackburn's age when he died as quoted above, the poet was not quite 45); & a characteristically whimsical autobiographical note by Blackburn that belies his great achievement. This is the first trade-format softcover edition published by the venerable Black Sparrow Press in an edition of 1500 copies printed in November 1972, as noted in colophon. An excellent working copy for the Blackburn collector & scholar, in exceptionally very fine condition with only very mild rubbing & scratching to front & esp. back covers; very slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same & spine; very slight sunning of spine; & a bit of browning & rubbing at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3197]

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