Bricoleur, September 1969. David Gitin, Charles Amirkhanian, Clark Coolidge, Clayton Eshleman, Goodman Gries, Anselm Hollo, Michael McClure, Janine Pommy-Vega, Diane Wakoski, Carl Weissner.
Bricoleur, September 1969
Bricoleur, September 1969
Bricoleur, September 1969
Bricoleur, September 1969
Bricoleur, September 1969

Bricoleur, September 1969

San Francisco, CA: Bricoleur, 1969. Limited First Printing. Wrappers. Signed by Clayton Eshleman & Diane Wakoski. "The 'bricoleur'...derives his poetry from the fact that he does not confine himself to accomplishment and execution: he 'speaks' not only with things...but also through the medium of things: giving an account of his personality and life by the choices he makes between the...possibilities..." (from editor's Statement, adopted from The Savage Mind by Claude Levi-Strauss) This (quite possibly only) number of the quintessential countercultural poetry journal, edited & with a contribution by noted poet's poet David Gitin (1941-2015), is infused with the spirit of found-material assemblage termed by the French as bricolage. An especially wide & varied gathering of some of the most innovative Beat & post-Beat poets, with works by Clark Coolidge, Clayton Eshleman (who resides near us in Ypsilanti, Michigan), Anselm Hollo, Michael McClure, Janine Pommy-Vega, Diane Wakoski, Carl Weissner (a collaborator with & translator into German of William S. Burroughs) & many others. Two of the acclaimed contributors have hand-signed their names: Eshleman at his reference on the contents page, in black marker resulting in last name somewhat smudged; Wakoski at her contribution ("A Little Poem For The Calligrapher On The Buddha's Birthday") in blue ball-point ink with characteristic vertical line of doodles. With beautiful illustration by Goodman Gries on front cover; foldout collage artwork of a "Music Score" by the renowned Armenian-American composer Charles Amirkhanian pasted to inner back cover. As stated on acknowledgments page, "Bricoleur appears in five hundred copies typed on IBM Selectric and Executive typewriters, stencil'd on a Gestefax and mimeograph'd on Gestetner equipment." An exemplary 1960s production indeed, & a most desirable literary collectible, especially with the signatures of two of its most distinguished (& still going strong as of this writing) contributors. In very fine condition with only mild rubbing, browning & a few short, light creases to front, back covers & spine; very minor wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; lightest wear & sparse, tiny spots at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3255]

Price: $40.00