Under the Influence with: Ephemera. Dave Church.
Under the Influence with: Ephemera
Under the Influence with: Ephemera
Under the Influence with: Ephemera
Under the Influence with: Ephemera

Under the Influence with: Ephemera

ISBN: 1889289418
New Haven, CT: Ye Olde Font Shoppe, 1999. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Dave Church; & with photograph hand-written by Church on Verso. "The gruff voice of Dave Church drives home a truth that 'street poetry' is as modulated and full of nuance as anything from academe. The forty-odd poems in Under the Influence depict a- chosen- hard life, but that life includes sharp sensibility and wry humor; an aware eye and a good soul. Dave Church- cabdriver, loft-dweller, sometimes 'under the influence'- continually reminds the reader that he always takes dignity and a curmudgeonly commonsense along for the ride." (from Foreword by Tim Scannell, pg. 3) A collection of poems by Dave Church (1947-2008), the acclaimed workingman-poet who lived & worked in Providence, Rhode Island. With a foreword by Tim Scannel, publisher of the poetry journal Muse of Fire (quoted above); front cover artwork by Erin Matson & laudatory blurbs on back cover by kindred-spirited Beat-Troubadour legends Jack Micheline, A.D. Winans & others. Hand-signed in black ink on final autobiography page by Church (his last name only) next to his image. Chapbook in stapled wrappers, first edition as stated on copyright page. We found & have retained a loose piece of very interesting ephemera: A developed photograph (remember those?) depicting Church in the company of one Tom Murphy (who we believe does not resemble either the Corpus Christi, TX Poet Laureate or the late famous Irish writer) on recto, & this hand-written statement by Church on Verso: "Me & Tom Murphy/ "96"." From the collection of Erin Black Matson, the artist-poet who provided the cover illustration here per above, & who along with her then-husband the noted poet & educator Clive Matson was a bona fide member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégé-colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. We surmise that Erin & Church were friends, as evidenced by this collaboration & photograph. A rare & rewarding Church collectible with relevant & distinguished provenance, as well as enriching ephemera. In relatively quite fine condition to the standards of Erin, who used & maintained her collection in the manner of a tried-&-true Beat to the end: Mild rubbing, sparse spotting to front, back covers & stapled spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases mostly at thin edges & corners of same; several very short, closed tears at upper edge of front cover; staples beginning to rust with miniscule interior bleeding; occasional spotting to side edge of text block. Interior fine with one tiny chip-crease with minimal loss of paper at upper edge of first page leaf; small, faint creases & tiny bumps at esp. upper corners of some leaves; minimal rust-bleeding noted above. Photograph substantially mint. Fine. [Item #4709]

Price: $30.00