Birthmarks. Dorothy Payne.
Birthmarks
Birthmarks
Birthmarks
Birthmarks

Birthmarks

ISBN: 1883197422
Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press, 2015. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by publisher Thomas Rain Crowe. "They're birthmarks-- not scars;/ indelible constellations/ marking where I've been,/ cosmic significations/ of earlier worlds,/ previous dreams/ and well-heeled shoes." ("Birthmarks," first stanza, unpaginated) A collection of poems by Dorothy Payne, an American poet & professor who rose from a hardscrabble upbringing to become a globe-trotting advanced educator. With an introduction by Jack Hirschman, the prolific poet & translator who was San Francisco's Poet Laureate & a key mentor to Payne & earlier the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance writers. In his full-throttle firebrand-revolutionary style, Hirschman writes: "I'm honored to introduce this momentous book of poems by Dorothy Payne. Birthmarks is composed in a direct-action idiom where the poetic "I" is always the "we" of struggle and history because Dottie-- as she's known by-- has understood, perhaps more than others, the importance-- nay, the existential demand that American existence be seen through the eyes of those its system of governance and economics has enslaved, imprisoned and humiliated, especially with respect to the African-American and the Woman." With color reproduction of an illustration by Payne on front cover. Trade-format softcover original, first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page & as indicated by number sequence thereon. A production of Thomas Rain Crowe's New Native Press imprint, part of its "Stewardship Series" of chapbooks. Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher, was at the center of the BBG/ SSFR phenomenon during the 1970s, & was mentored there & then by Hirschman (see our book, Starting From San Francisco, Item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). On the copyright page, below & next to reference to himself & NNP, Crowe has hand-written his signature in bold blue ink. A radical rarity by the passionate poet Payne, with publisher's association & provenance. In very fine condition with only a few tiny bumps & short, faint creases at thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; tiny bumps at upper corners of some page leaves; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #4124]

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