Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions). Tom Clark.
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)
Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)

Journey to the Ulterior (Two Editions)

Santa Barbara, CA: Am Here Books/ Immediate Editions, 1981. Limited First Editions. Stapled Sheets. Both editions signed by Tom Clark. "...at noon, darker, lighter, both ways, down/ always, never up, dark, wet, cold,/ cracked, split, frazzled, spots in eyes/ joints leak, pain, monkeys, thin/ wines of suicide sucked in by/ zombies through glass straws/ broken catheters, screams, tapes/ of wet cloth across mouths, big/ open impossible O-mouth screams/ not audible through big cloud structure/ graylight sieve, overhead mysteries/ dispelled & only glum truth remains." (from Section III, "Ulterior") The title poem in three sections by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the great American poet, editor, novelist, biographer & artist who is the poster-child exemplar of our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." With front & rear cover sheets depicting a famous image of a surrealistically-serene looking, well-dressed woman who has just committed suicide, having landed on & destroyed the roof of a car from a great height. We offer two editions of this most disturbing work in the Clark canon: (1) Limited first edition published by Richard Aaron's venerable Am Here Books/ Immediate Editions imprint, large-format stapled sheets. On title page, Clark has hand-written his signature in blue ink below his printed name; & near lower right corner is the hand-written limitation designation of "8/50." (2) Identical to (1) with Clark's hand-signature in black at lower blank margin of title page, next to which is the hand-written limitation designation of "53/100." We cannot definitively explain why these two otherwise-identical copies have different limitations, but here they are in all their violent, twisted glory. Indeed, this production is somewhat uncharacteristically harsh & fragmented among Clark's works; the juxtapositions, sharp evocations & stream-of-consciousness remind us of William S. Burroughsian cut-ups. Uniquely rare Clark collectibles, both in very fine condition: (1) with mild rubbing, occasional creasing & spotting to front, back covers (no spine as issued); a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; area at blank right margin of front cover with very light spot-staining; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block, esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. (2) with very light rubbing, sparse spotting & short, faint creasing to covers; miniscule wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; several tiny, non-penetrating dimples at blank upper left margin of front cover; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at mostly upper corners of some page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3799]

Price: $80.00