The Great Naropa Poetry Wars. Tom Clark.
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars

The Great Naropa Poetry Wars

ISBN: 0932274072
Santa Barbara, CA: Cadmus Editions, 1980. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Tom Clark. "I do not believe the State, a deity of illusion, least of all against its own hallucinations. The CIA giveth, the CIA taketh away. But the powers that be would be well advised to deport (Chogyam) Trungpa to his native land, where after due reprocessing he might be given a hoe and sent to a commune in Northwest Tibet. One Aleister Crowley was enough for the Twentieth century. No matter, all passes. The Buddha Dharma alone endures." (from broadside by Kenneth Rexroth) A legendary non-(stranger than) fiction work by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the great American poet, editor, novelist & biographer who is perhaps most exemplary of our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." The Naropa institute in Boulder, Colorado, & its Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, were founded by icons Allen Ginsberg & Anne Waldman; & the Tibetan Buddhist lama Chogyam Trungpa. Clark's detailed account & supplemental appendix describes a major scandal & controversy involving Trungpa & the literary celebrities for whom he was their guru-leader. A beautiful Cadmus Editions production, one of 100 numbered copies printed during December 1979 (copyrighted 1980) signed by Clark at colophon. Rather than a hand-number, there is the hand-written reference "out of series" above Clark's signature. Loosely included as issued is a broadside with a classically bellowing, bloviating tirade by Beat mentor Kenneth Rexroth, quoted above. A final distinguishing point of this one-of-a-kind copy: it is additionally signed and inscribed by Gerard Malanga, fellow New York poet-raconteur and the man who introduced Andy Warhol to silk-screening (resulting in Warhol's "Gold Marilyn Monroe," presently housed at the MoMA, NY). Presentation inscription in black fountain pen ink reads: 29.ii.80 / for (?) & Ron, / ...dear friends. / Gerard Malanga." One of the very rarest Clark collectibles, especially this very special copy. In very fine condition with only a few tiny spots to front, rear boards; slight rubbing to edges & corners of same; mild spotting at upper edge of text block; one spot at lower edge of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at upper corners & side edges of a few page leaves. Broadside, printed on recto only, substantially mint. Publisher's clear protective jacket (no illustrated jacket as issued) very fine with only light rubbing & edgewear. Very Fine. [Item #3791]

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