Proprioception. Charles Olson.
Proprioception
Proprioception

Proprioception

San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1965. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. "A work which would free much of the encumbrance upon man as himself a universe- not microorganisms, microcosm- would start with Hesiod, taking him as a base-line and saying anything after him as 'lost' something and that all which he does show and include is a beginning of dimension of man's place in the cosmos as it had been imagined before Homer or any such better known ways man has placed which have come on since." ("A Work.," first sentence, pg. 16) A chapbook of nine chapter-poems beginning with the title work by Charles Olson (1910-1970), our favorite exemplar of enigmatic erudition, the "Maximus" of American poets who was a foundational figure of the Black Mountain School. As here, Olson seems to have absorbed the breadth & depth of all the world's history & knowledge, extracting pieces in a variety of prose-poetic formats that are dizzyingly dense with myriad allusions. A simple (if not in its contents) chapbook production issued as "Writing 6" in publisher's series, first edition of unknown limitation. See Butterick & Glover, A20, pg. 17. A most collectible piece of the bottomless Olson puzzle. In very fine condition with only very light rubbing & mild fading to front, back covers & stapled spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; one very small mark-stain near upper left corner of back cover; staples in process of rusting with miniscule interior bleeding; mild spotting & browning to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only minimal rusting noted above; tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3982]

Price: $40.00