New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose & Poetry No. 51. James Laughlin, Andre Codrescu, Clayton Eshleman, Robert Gluck, Ezra Pound, Delmore Schwartz.
New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose & Poetry No. 51
New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose & Poetry No. 51

New Directions: An International Anthology of Prose & Poetry No. 51

ISBN: 0811210340
New York, NY: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1987. First Softcover Printing, Publisher's Complimentary Copy. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Clayton Eshleman to James Perrizo. This number of the literary anthology edited & with a contribution by James Laughlin (1914-1997) & published by his iconic avant-garde New Directions imprint, features the poem "Children of the Monosyllable" by Clayton Eshleman, the venerable & prolific poet, translator & scholar who has long resided near us in Michigan, our friend & mentor. On the title page, Eshleman has hand-written & signed: "For Jim Perrizo-/ first published draft/ of this poem./ second: in Sulfur/ third: in "Hotel Cro-/ magnon"/ (signed) Clayton Eshleman/ 1988." James Perrizo (1944-2006) was a dedicated Beat-&-Beyond scholar & collector, who knew & particularly emphasized Eshleman in his studies & collections. In this inscription, Eshleman refers to Sulfur, the title of the acclaimed literary journal that he edited & contributed to; & to a volume of his collected poetry, Hotel Cro-Magnon (1989). Other contributors in this issue include many esteemed poets & writers such as Andre Codrescu, Robert Gluck, Ezra Pound & Delmore Schwartz. Laughlin himself contributed a comic-erotic poem with illustration & notes in the French language (all other writings in this volume are in English). This copy has a small loose sheet between inner front cover & front endpaper with the ND logo & the statement: "With the compliments of THE PUBLISHER." First trade-format softcover edition, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition. A rich compendium in a most collectible series, especially with this informative inscription by one of its most distinguished poets, association & provenance. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to bright red front, back covers & spine; very slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; light, sparse spotting at edges of text block esp. side edge. Interior very fine, substantially mint; loose publisher's sheet with a bit of creasing & tiny bumps at thin edges & corners. Very Fine. [Item #3391]

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