An Unzipped Dress. Jeanne Sirotkin.
An Unzipped Dress
An Unzipped Dress
An Unzipped Dress

An Unzipped Dress

San Francisco, CA: Golden Mountain Press, 1975. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Jeanne Sirotkin to Thomas Rain Crowe. "This hollow part of me/ clings to old photos/ I try to tack them/ over the door/but the crack/ opens wider." ("Pieces," first lines) The first volume of poetry published by Jeanne Sirotkin, the acclaimed Detroit-born-&-returned poet who was living the exemplary Bohemian sixties-hangover life in San Francisco during this period. Small booklet- softcover original, distributed by the late legendary Serendipity Books of Berkeley. On the title page, Sirotkin has hand-written & signed: For Tom-/ because nothing / is simple but it all/ is easy-/ (signed) Jeanne." "Tom" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the noted poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). Sirotkin, & Harold Graves' Golden Mountain imprint which published this first of her productions, are mentioned in SFSF (pg. 145), she was part of the fertile cross-pollinating North Beach scene at its peak, along with Crowe (then still known by his given name of Thomas Dawson). Crowe has checked or double-checked several of the poems in blank areas beside their titles, & in one case has underlined the word "not" in the ninth line of an untitled poem opposite "Casablanca" (unpaginated). These hand-markings do not effect legibility, & offer poet-to-poet insight. A most intriguing Sirotkin collectible, a relic of an exciting time & place in American literary history, with very significant association & provenance. In very fine condition with very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; two small creases at/near upper corners & edge of front cover; mild spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at upper corners of page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3863]

Price: $35.00