Stones. Tom Clark.
Stones
Stones
Stones

Stones

New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. "At twenty-seven, Tom Clark has been Poetry Editor of the Paris Review for five years, has received two Hopwood awards, and one of Poetry's annual awards. His readings draw huge, enthusiastic audiences that would be the envy of many an Establishment poet twice his age. The reasons for such attention are clearly in evidence in Stones, the first collection of his poetry. The poems themselves are deceptively simple, even conversational; because of their easy wit, their formal irregularity, their surprises, and their unflagging playfulness, the reader may not at first realize that this book is an introduction to an entirely new poetic generation." (from front flap) The first hardcover collection of poems by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the prodigious poet, editor & biographer who got off with a bang during the heady 1960s as demonstrated in the above quote. Clark carried on prolifically even as his star faded, leaving us a vast & brilliant legacy. The very prestigious Hopwood awards mentioned above, by the way, are given by the University of Michigan here in our hometown of Ann Arbor, which Clark attended. Hardcover in dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. With front cover DJ illustration by Joe Brainard (1942-1994), the legendary, unclassifiable artist & writer who tragically fell victim to AIDS. A beautiful production; & a foundational Clark collectible. In exceptionally very fine condition: Book with only a bit of wear to upper & lower edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild rubbing & spotting to upper edge of text block; otherwise virtually mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket also very fine with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; lightest wear, slight browning & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3589]

Price: $40.00