Neil Young. Tom Clark.
Neil Young

Neil Young

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Coach House Press, 1971. First Edition Thus. Softcover. "In a strange game I saw myself/ as you knew me" (from "Neil Young," pg. 6) A volume with the title & four other groups of poems by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the prodigious poet, editor & biographer who first burned brightly, struggled with obscurity while maintaining his output, & epitomizes our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." Among the rarest & most interesting of Clark's productions, with the title group consisting of short single phrases or stanzas on each page (fragments of Young's lyrics we are told); & single words or very short phrases next to each page number; all of it adding up to a string of ostensibly spontaneous, disconnected fragments or non sequiturs. The other four sections contain (relatively) conventionally structured poems, continuing with the same type of words next to page numbers. With front cover & many interior illustrations by Joe Brainard (1942-1994) the great & uncategorizable writer-artist whose life was cut short by AIDS. Of the many collaborations between Clark & Brainard in the former's earlier oeuvre, we find this the most fascinating & puzzling- as symbolized by the front cover illustration in the form of a crossword puzzle! Preceded by a signed, limited edition the previous year (1970) according to references we have seen; this copy is from a limited edition of 1500 (un-numbered) produced in October 1971 per colophon. A beautiful production, & an enigmatic landmark in the Clark canon. In exceptionally very fine condition with only very slight rubbing, a few short, faint creases & sparse spotting to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3627]

Price: $100.00