Airplanes. Tom Clark.
Airplanes
Airplanes

Airplanes

Essex, England: Once Books, 1966. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. Inscribed & signed by Tom Clark. The first published work by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the esteemed poet & biographer of Jack Kerouac, Charles Olson & Ed Dorn; the epitome of those in our "Prolific & Underappreciated" category whom it is our special mission to spotlight & resurrect. A poet-printer product of the mid-late stages of the mimeograph Revolution, this collection features an introduction by Clark's longtime friend, the controversial minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, & already intimates the kind of amicable wit often exhibited by the associates he later became known alongside (the "Second-Generation New York School" cadre). It is a poet's first book, to be sure, yet as essential in the development and understanding of Clark's poetry as any of his other more mature or acclaimed publications. On title & copyright page, Clark has hand-written & signed: For Phyllis/ Best Wishes/ (signed) Tom Clark/ (I typed this on stencils/ & cranked the mimeograph myself/ @ U(niversity) of Essex- Colchester- 1966)/ (my first book)." The rich inscription serves as a detailed colophon for this rarity by the poet (& apparently printer) himself. An outstanding, foundational rarity in the Clark canon. In very fine condition with only light rubbing, creasing & browning to front, back cover sheets; one small, light spot at upper right edge of front cover; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, small creases at edges & corners of covers & interior sheets. Very Fine. [Item #3563]

Price: $100.00