You Must Go Home Again. Thomas Rain Crowe.
You Must Go Home Again
You Must Go Home Again
You Must Go Home Again
You Must Go Home Again
You Must Go Home Again

You Must Go Home Again

Cullowhee, NC: New Native Press, 1990. First Edition; Second Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Thomas Rain Crowe. "Still we are not truly home. Home where our bodies, our hearts, are at rest. Home where the trees and the seasons are familiar, like hands. Where the silent voices of the past whisper to us on every breath of arrogant wind. Where winter and summer, rain and snow, are living symbols for life and death. Home: where the heart is. Home: where the work begins." (pg. 8) Thus concludes this penetrating, thoughtful essay by Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed 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). Originally written for & published in the Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen Times newspaper in October 1979, this piece coincides with Crowe's return to his native North Carolina after his San Francisco adventures, where he still resides. Here, Crowe analyzes the prescriptive literary call to be "On the Road" & that "You Can't Go Home Again" as Jack Kerouac & Thomas Wolfe before him exhorted, a call that he himself heeded but found ultimately futile- although he continued to travel widely, he is rooted in his home base. An early chapbook production by Crowe's own New Native Press imprint. With reproduction of an untitled 1979 drawing by David Yajhains on front cover. The copyright page states "Second Printing December 1990," this may refer to the second time this was printed since its first appearance in 1979 noted above, although three appearances of this essay in different publications during 1980, 1985 & 1990 are also noted on copyright page. We believe this is most probably & effectively a first edition thus, less probably a second printing of this edition. Opposite the final page of the essay is a short biography of Crowe with his image, just below which he has hand-written his signature in bold blue ink. A rare (albeit somewhat inconclusive) & significant Crowe collectible. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing & light spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; staples beginning to rust with miniscule interior bleeding. Interior very fine with only mild browning-fading at blank margins of some page leaves; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of same; bit of rust-bleeding at middle noted above. Very Fine. [Item #4169]

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