Severance Pay: Poems 1967-1969. Philip Whalen.
Severance Pay: Poems 1967-1969
Severance Pay: Poems 1967-1969

Severance Pay: Poems 1967-1969

ISBN: 0877040125
San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1970. First Edition. Softcover. "A pair of strange new birds in the maple tree/ Peer through the windows,/ Mother and father visiting me:/ "You are unmarried,/ No child begot/ Now we are birds, now you've/ forgotten us/ although in dreams we visit you/ in human shape" " ("Never Apologize; Never Explain," first stanza, pg. 1) A collection of poems by Philip Whalen (1923-2002), the great primary poet of the original Beat Generation & the San Francisco Renaissance, later a Zen Buddhist monk (having taken it much further than his colleagues Ginsberg, Kerouac et al.) With reproduction of a drawing by Whalen himself on front cover. The twenty-fourth number in publisher's Writing Series, trade-format softcover original, first edition. An exemplary early-mid career Whalen collectible. In fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, fading & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at mostly lower corners of page leaves; light browning at blank, thin margins/ edges of same. Fine. [Item #4027]

Price: $40.00