Carvings On A Prayer Tree. Jim Peterson.
Carvings On A Prayer Tree
Carvings On A Prayer Tree
Carvings On A Prayer Tree
Carvings On A Prayer Tree

Carvings On A Prayer Tree

ISBN: 0963873113
Spartanburg, SC: Holocene, 1994. Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers in Over-Wraps. Inscribed & signed twice by Jim Peterson to Thomas Rain Crowe. "I would vote for the sun/ I would vote for the hours like days/ I would make my mark by the wind/ giving it its head/ and the animals would make their own marks/ out there in the night/ that does not need my vote" ("Carvings On A Prayer Tree," first stanza) An early collection of poems by Jim Peterson, the acclaimed, award-winning Southern American poet. The title poem, quoted above, has more-than-poetic resonance as of this writing if we may say so ourselves. An austerely beautiful chapbook production with illustrated loose over-wraps by Holocene, "Not only the present geologic epoch, but a micro-publisher in upstate South Carolina..." (front flap). One of 473 un-numbered copies "Produced nearing the spring equinox, 1994," 26 lettered & signed copies were also produced, per colophon. Although this copy is not from the officially lettered & signed edition, Peterson has hand-written, signed & dated at time of publication on the title page: "(signed) Jim Peterson/ April 4, 1994/ For Thomas & Nan,/ with admiration/ & anticipation-/ (signed) Jim." "Thomas & Nan" are Thomas Rain Crowe & his partner. Crowe, the noted poet & publisher, 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). Crowe & Peterson share a deep, native connection to & devotion with the land & nature of the southern regions of the United States. A very rare & desirable Peterson collectible with significant poet-to-poet association & provenance. In very fine condition with only a few short creases & tiny bumps to edges & corners of front, back covers & spines of over-wraps & blank stapled wrappers. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of page leaves; very small creases at lower corners of same. Very Fine. [Item #3881]

Price: $30.00