Riddance from the Sixties with: Ephemera. Laurence Goldstein.
Riddance from the Sixties with: Ephemera
Riddance from the Sixties with: Ephemera
Riddance from the Sixties with: Ephemera

Riddance from the Sixties with: Ephemera

n/p: Deodand Press, 1971. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Inscribed & signed by Laurence Goldstein to James Perrizo. An early pamphlet of poems by Laurence Goldstein, Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan here in our hometown of Ann Arbor; long-time emeritus editor of the respected UM journal, The Michigan Quarterly; & an esteemed author & poet. The mysterious publisher (the poet himself?) notes on copyright page that Goldstein "...published another pamphlet, Antipodes, in 1969." So this is apparently the second of his many published works. As proclaimed in the title (also the title of the final poem), these are poems of disillusionment in the immediate wake of the collapse of 1960s idealism. In "The Second Kennedy: Summer 1968" for example, the poet bitterly laments the assassinations of John F. & Robert F. Kennedy during the just-preceding decade, as well as the society that these tragedies came from. On the title page, Goldstein has hand-inscribed & signed: "For Jim/ with best wishes,/ (signed) Larry Goldstein." "Jim" is the late James Perrizo, a major Beat-&-Beyond collector & scholar who at one time was the assistant to Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife. We found & have kept two newspaper clippings placed loosely between last page & inner back cover: An article by Warren Rosenberg from UM student newspaper The Michigan Daily dated November 11, 1972 entitled "Goldstein...giving birth to a whale," illustrated with a photo of then-29-year-old Goldstein, which discusses a novel in progress, as well as the two pamphlets published up to that point, including quotations of poems. Also included in this clipping is a memorial to then-just-deceased Ezra Pound illustrated with a late photo; & a review for a just-released LP recording of Charlie Parker on the ESP label. The other clipping is hand-dated "7/4(?)/87" & hand-identified as from the Detroit Free Press ("Fr Pr") in blue ball-point ink at lower right blank margin. It is a "local voices" column by Goldstein himself, entitled "Poetry: Musing on the Age of AIDS," a thoughtful commentary on the epidemic at its height from a literary perspective. With a contemporary photo of Goldstein. We're certain that Perrizo cut, hand-notated the later & placed these vintage clippings into this pamphlet. A very rare Goldstein collectible, with rich association, provenance & fascinatingly insightful ephemera. We are obliged to deem the pamphlet (as it's termed by publisher, really a large-format chapbook) in merely good condition chiefly due to stapled spine, which has a vertical tape repair through most of its length folding slightly onto front & back covers. Spine also worn with closed tears at upper & lower areas, & seems to have separated from lower of two staples, thus the tape repair. Light rubbing & a few spots, smudges to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps & creases to edges & corners of covers, worse at spine as noted above; light rubbing, browning & occasional spotting at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves; moderate browning-spotting-acidification to last page & inner back cover as the result of newspaper clippings, which are both in very fine condition with only inevitable browning of paper esp. older article. Good. [Item #3207]

Price: $25.00

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