Dogalypse: San Francisco Poetry Reading. Andrei Voznesensky.
Dogalypse: San Francisco Poetry Reading

Dogalypse: San Francisco Poetry Reading

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1972. First Edition. Softcover. "This is a selection of poems, mostly new, recited by the Russian poet at Project Artaud, San Francisco, on October 22, 1971, in an event sponsored by City Lights Books. Numerous dogs in his audiences, both here and previously in Canada, led him to call his reading "a dog apocalypse"- with himself "a stray mutt" barking his love to brother animals." (back cover) a volume of poems by Andrei Voznesensky (1933-2010), the canonical Russian poet. The poems are "transfigured" into English from the Russian by five translators, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Robert Bly. Interspersed with many photographs of the event, some showing Voznesensky in the company of Ferlinghetti, a primary Founding Father of the Beat Generation, San Francisco Renaissance-&-Beyond as poet, publisher & bookseller (& still with us as of this writing at age 101!). Published as the 29th number in the iconic Pocket Poets Series by Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books, which as noted above was also the event's sponsor. According to Ralph T. Cook's definitive CLB bibliography, this copy has all points of the first edition, first printing of March 1972 (see No. 98, pg. 103). An essential collectible for the City Lights- Pocket Poets Series completist; & a unique rarity in the Voznesensky oeuvre as a collaboration with some of the greatest American poets. In fine condition with moderate rubbing, browning & esp. spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only one small, light stain in blank right side margin of pg. 23; tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #3858]

Price: $30.00