The Seventies No. 1 (Spring 1972). Robert Bly, Allen Ginsberg, Federico Garcia Lorca, Philip Lamantia, Douglas Lawder, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jerome Rothenberg, Gary Snyder, Cesar Vallejo, John Wieners.
The Seventies No. 1 (Spring 1972)
The Seventies No. 1 (Spring 1972)
The Seventies No. 1 (Spring 1972)

The Seventies No. 1 (Spring 1972)

Madison, MN: The Seventies Press, 1972. First Printing. Softcover. Signed by Robert Bly. The first issue of the literary journal edited & with contributions by Robert Bly, the canonical American poet. A legendary landmark compilation with prose essays & commentaries by Bly & poetry by Beat Generation Founding Father Allen Ginsberg, Spanish Master & Martyr Federico Garcia Lorca (translated into English by Bly), Beat-Surrealist Philip Lamantia, revered Austrian modernist Rainer Maria Rilke (translated into English by Bly), Ethnopoetics pioneer Jerome Rothenberg, Beat Generation- San Francisco Renaissance icon Gary Snyder, influential Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo (co-translated into English by Bly with Douglas Lawder), Beat- Black Mountain primary poet John Wieners & others. On the somewhat whimsical copyright-colophon page, it is noted that 4000 copies of this issue were printed at a cost of $2000 (not bad even for then) right here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On first contents page, Bly has hand-written his signature in purple ink, with a line-flourish skip extending into the word "Spring." From the library of Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). At that time & place as extensively discussed in SFSF, Crowe knew & worked with Bly & especially Snyder. On page 21, below the conclusion of Bly's essay "Spanish Leaping," is the hand-written phrase neatly penned in turquoise-blue ink, presumably by Crowe: "images incongruously grafted." On page 87, below Lamantia's poem "The Hand Moves the Word Flies," is the following, in the same hand & ink: "conceived not in a frenzy/ but patience/ making animated love." A milestone among 20th century literary journals; & a key Bly collectible with relevant association & provenance, as well as unobtrusive but enriching marginalia from a fellow poet. In fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & occasional spotting, non-penetrating pin-dimples to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; moderate rubbing & spotting at edges of text block. Interior fine with tiny bumps at edges & corners of some page leaves; small areas of spot-staining at mostly blank upper edge & margin areas of two page leaves (pgs. 91-94). Fine. [Item #3622]

Price: $40.00