Second Avenue. Frank O'Hara.
Second Avenue

Second Avenue

New York, NY: Totem Press in association with Corinth Books, 1969 (1960). Third Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Quips and players, seeming to avoid astringency off-hours,/ celebrate diced excesses and sardonics, mixing pleasures,/ as if proximity were staring at the margin of a plea...." (Part 1, first stanza-paragraph) An eleven-part prose-poem by Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), quintessential exemplar of the New York School, written in 1953 & originally published in 1960. This copy is a third printing of 1969 as stated on copyright page. With reproduction of a drawing by Larry Rivers on front cover. Part of the publisher's series of Poetry & Criticism which included many primary figures of the Beat Generation, Black Mountain & New York Schools, as listed on back cover. In this third printing, the front cover is black-&-white with a white spot just below & on the right side of the word "SECOND." The first printing appears to have featured a red spot with the rest of the front cover in B&W; in the second printing the front cover illustration is red & the spot is white. An excellent reading copy of this key collectible in the O'Hara canon, still somewhat rare & printed only three years after the poet's tragic, untimely Death by Dune Buggy. In very fine condition with only mild-to-moderate browning, rubbing & spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine esp. at/near edges; very light wear & a few tiny bumps & creases to edges & corners of same; staples just beginning to rust with miniscule bleeding of interior; very light browning & rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny amount of staple rust-bleeding noted above; tiny bumps at corners of page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3200]

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