Big League Poets. Mikhail Horowitz.
Big League Poets
Big League Poets
Big League Poets
Big League Poets
Big League Poets

Big League Poets

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1978. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Published by the immortal City Lights Books, "Big League Poets" is the criminally-underrated, laugh-out-loud funny work of Mikhail Horowitz (b. January 18, 1950), a Brooklyn, NY-born poet, editor, and comedian--not to be confused with Michael Horovitz, the widely published Beat-affiliated British poet. In 1970, Horowitz founded "Gargoyle," one of the Hudson Valley's first underground newspapers. Starting in 1973, Horowitz was one half of the comedy duo "Null and Void," which he described as "a metaphysical stand-up tragedy team." In 1978, he appeared with "Big League Poets," the premise of which is a collection of collages in which the heads and faces of famous poets are put on the bodies of famous baseball players. Here are some rip-roaring excerpts from the book: "Ezra TY POUND-- 'Il Miglior Fungo"--was one of the All Time Greats. An arresting Imagist, he often led the league in stolen biases, and was the game's first Designated Hitler. In addition, he was an excellent coach, and his ABC of Hitting remains an invaluable treatise." "BOB FROSTY FROST was fire and ice on the mound for the Hired Hands, and a natural hitter who could whack the ball a country mile when he connected. Toward the end of his career, so many people were hitting gophers off Frosty that the front-office decided to terminate his contract unless he promised to mend the stadium's walls." We've included a scan of the Shakespeare page so you can get a further taste of the way this unheralded classic operates. This copy is signed in blue pen ink by Horowitz, with signature reading: "Michael Horowitz." A great opportunity to secure an overlooked comedic masterwork by the witty, underappreciated satirist Horowitz. Chapbook-format booklet in stapled wrappers, First Edition, First Printing. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges; three tiny spots to front cover near rightmost fine-edge (see picture); tiny bit of rusting to staples; few small spots to Ezra Pound page above Pound's head and near topmost fine-edge of page. Very Fine. [Item #4562]

Price: $70.00

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