John's Heart. Tom Clark.
John's Heart

John's Heart

ISBN: 067040845X
Santa Fe, NM; New York, NY: Goliard & Grossman Publishers, 1972. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Chopped red meats still beat and twitch/ on the floor/ of The museum of modern heart/ where Art and Terror commingle/ It's real theatre, just like politics/ & television's dreaming sex/ all manipulated by the Crab People/ city folks/ who are/ very unpleasant" ("John's Heart: for Ted Berrigan," first stanza) An early collection of poems, prose poems, cartoons & illustrations by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the prodigious poet, editor & biographer who is exemplary of our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." The wordplay & art here are especially creative & surreal even to Clark's profoundly humorous/ humorously profound standards. With a collaborative cover illustration by Clark, Jim Dine & Ted Berrigan- all but certainly the only instance where these two great poets & this canonical artist put their hearts together (so to speak) for a single work. First trade-format softcover edition, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition. A delightful, varied & free-spirited collectible in the vast Clark oeuvre. In fine condition with only mild rubbing to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with moderate browning & spotting to inner covers; browning, deteriorated glue residue & very slight loosening at spine-edges of same; miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Fine. [Item #3646]

Price: $25.00