[Item #4720] Towers Down: Two Poems. Diane di Prima, Clive Matson.
Towers Down: Two Poems
Towers Down: Two Poems
Towers Down: Two Poems
Towers Down: Two Poems
Towers Down: Two Poems
Towers Down: Two Poems

Towers Down: Two Poems

San Francisco, CA: Eidolon Editions, 2002. Second Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Inscribed & Signed by Clive Matson to Erin Matson. “Towers Down: Two Poems,” is the 9/11-inspired co-production of Diane Di Prima (1934-2020), female icon-poetess of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, and Clive Matson (b. 1941), the acclaimed poet of "direct expression," noted educator & a protégé-member of the Beat Generation during the NYC literary scene of the early 1960s. While your Devoted Curators at Third Mind Books consider both Di Prima and Matson to be powerful poets — to be lauded not only for their lifelong commitment to poetry but for their undeniable skill — the poems in this volume will doubtlessly strike some as troubling and incendiary. As the colophon at the end of the chapbook states: “TOWERS DOWN was printed at Geary Print Shop in an edition of 300 copies for an anniversary reading at Bird & Beckett Books on September 11, 2002. Readers included Diane Di Prima, Clive Matson, and David Meltzer.” It is hard to not consider many passages in these poems to be “inconsiderate," to put it charitably--especially considering they were delivered only a year to the day from one of the most catastrophic & consequential days in American History, September 11, 2001.. Di Prima’s contribution blames American “greed,” capitalism, “fascist architecture,” the sins of her past, American contributions to global warming, and pretty much everything and everyone else besides Mohammad Atta and Al Qaeda for the tragedy of 9/11. Matson’s title contribution is equally lamentable in its mis-ascription of blame: “World Trade Center Towers: / down. / … / If they don’t stay / down, it is not enough. / They were two strokes / on the dollar sign, / that wavy “S” the course / planes took for impact. / The attack: not on freedom. / The attack’s on corporate greed. / On 10% expansion, 15% profit, / the bottom line / running the global companies / running the globe / … / The cowardly attackers / without regard for life / hide in shadows behind / logos and trademarks / Money equals blood.” Some will consider this pamphlet as reflecting badly on these otherwise legendary authors; for others of similar persuasions, they will find in it an unpopular opinion echoing a sentiment native to their own ideological frameworks. A wreath of controversiality from two bona-fide Beats. From the collection of artist-poet Erin Black Matson, who with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson was a Bona Fide member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s in NYC. The Matsons were protégé-colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The item is an Association-Presentation Copy involving both Clive and Erin, as it is signed and intimately inscribed by Clive to Erin in thin black fountain pen ink and reads: “For Erin, a journey of old times, / with love, Clive Matson.” Chapbook in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges; a few dark spot-flecks present near topmost fine-edge of the pages at the book’s center where the rust-less staples are exposed. Very Fine. [Item #4720]

Price: $30.00