Beatitude No. 29 (Fall 1979). Neeli Cherkovski, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Raymond Foye, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Joans, Bob Kaufman, Jack Kerouac, David Meltzer, Jack Micheline, Harold Norse, Peter Orlovsky, Edgar Allen Poe, Anne Waldman.
Beatitude No. 29 (Fall 1979)
Beatitude No. 29 (Fall 1979)

Beatitude No. 29 (Fall 1979)

San Francisco, CA: Beatitude Magazine, 1979. First Printing. Glued Wrappers. The classic 20th-anniversary issue of the literary journal first published by Beat poet-legend Bob Kaufman in 1959 & revived by Neeli Cherkovski, Thomas Rain Crowe & other members of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance for whom Kaufman was a beloved & inspiring mentor (see our book, Starting From San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). Co-edited & with contributions by Cherkovski & Raymond Foye, & with "Editorial Notes" by Cherkovski. Most of the contents are poems by a jaw-dropping roster of Beat-&-Beyond poets including Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg (himself & in collaboration with Corso; Morgan, C833, 834, pg. 265), Ted Joans, Kaufman (his own untitled poem on back cover, & a scholarly essay/ analysis of his poetry by Foye), Jack Kerouac, David Meltzer, Jack Micheline, Harold Norse, Peter Orlovsky, Anne Waldman & many others. There is even a section of very obscure poems & a short essay by Edgar Allen Poe, the iconic American Master of the Macabre. With illustrations & several photographs including of Kaufman & Co. at work printing the first issue of Beatitude during April of 1959. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, an artist & poet who was a close friend & associate-protege of Bonnie Bremser, Herbert Huncke & others. During the 1960s, Matson & her first husband, the acclaimed poet & educator (& our good friend & colleague at the European Beat Studies Network, ebsn.eu) were bona fide bohemian members of the Beat Generation as it was transitioning into the hippie counterculture. The condition (see below) of this issue befits (& in our estimation is enriched by) its history as the slightly beaten-down possession of a True Beat. An outstanding, essential collectible in the annals of American poetry, with very relevant & distinguished Beat-&-Beyond provenance. In relatively Good-to-Near-Fine condition with moderate rubbing, occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; small blank areas at upper spine-edge, corners & esp. lower right corner of front cover with slight loss of paper, the latter decreasingly extending onto blank lower right corners of first few page leaves with surrounding light staining (the result of Erin's cats' or other small creatures' nibblings, we surmise); light rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine except for lower corners of first few leaves as noted above; otherwise with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves; one instance of rather interesting marginalia in blue ink at blank upper right margin of pg. 73 (presumably by Erin). Good- Near Fine. [Item #4631]

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