The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 50 (Fall 1970). John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Jim Carroll, Clark Coolidge, Kenward Elmslie, John Giorno, George Plimpton, Alice Notley, James Schuyler.
The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 50 (Fall 1970)

The Paris Review Vol. 13 No. 50 (Fall 1970)

New York, NY: Sadruddin Aga Khan, 1970. First Printing. Softcover. The first thing one sees when opening the Fall 1970 issue of The Paris Review is a contemporary ad for the release of the now-legendary "Anthology of New York Poets" co-edited by Ron Padgett and David Shapiro. Turn a few pages further to our illustrious list of contributors and the surprise (and treat) waiting there quietly reveals itself: "The Basketball Diaries" by the great poet-musician-prodigy Jim Carroll. It is notable that, as a standalone work, "The Basketball Diaries" was not published until eight years later in 1978, and this is the true first in-print appearance of any of "The Basketball Diaries." Elmslie contributes the piece "Moon Canal Morning I" from his Raymond Roussel-esque work "The Orchid Stories," and the late John Giorno contributes a work with the same title as one of his hallmark achievements, "Giorno Poetry Systems." The piece is quite literally "repetitive," as it repeats everything twice for emphasis while it vacillates from abstract musings on enlightenment: "the great / central / icon / which personifies / the ultimate nature / of enlightenment" to commentary on the "Shadow War" in Laos during Vietnam, police brutality against anti-war demonstrators & other contemporary concerns/themes. All this and more in yet another quintessential vintage issue of the great Paris Review. In near fine condition with only very mild scratching & rubbing to front, back covers; moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges at same; minor bump at bottom left-hand corner of front cover; two small horizontal creases at leftmost fine-edge of same near center-middle; small bump to bottom right-hand corner of back cover. Near Fine. [Item #3783]

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