[Item #4760] Hello: A Journal, February 29- May 3, 1976. Robert Creeley.
Hello: A Journal, February 29- May 3, 1976
Hello: A Journal, February 29- May 3, 1976
Hello: A Journal, February 29- May 3, 1976

Hello: A Journal, February 29- May 3, 1976

ISBN: 0811206750
New York, NY: New Directions Books, 1978. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "With a lilt- " 'That's the way/ (that's the way)/ I like it/ (I like it)' "- Robert Creeley begins his verse journal Hello, the record of a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia. Starting in Fiji, he then spent a month in New Zealand...followed in a few weeks' time by stays in Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. It was a singular experience, coming as it did at a time of much change in the poet's personal life. He went, as he remarks in a postscript, "because I wanted to- to look, see, even if briefly, how people in those parts of the world made a reality, to talk of being American, of the past war, of power, of usual life in this country, of my fellow and sister poets, of my neighbors on Fargo Street in Buffalo, New York..." The text is a graph of outward detail and inner change, kaleidoscopic in its sense of moving from place to place, warm in its feeling of being at home in the human community." (from back cover) The journal-in-verse by Robert Creeley (1926-2005), the great American poet associated with the Black Mountain School, the Beat Generation & Beyond. The titled poem-entries describe Creeley's experiences & impressions during his intensive tour of Southeast Asia in the immediate wake of America's final exit from the quagmire of the Vietnam War. Trade-format first softcover edition, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition, a production of James Laughlin's legendary New Directions imprint, the fearless champion of cutting-edge writers such as Creeley & so many others. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, the artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégé-colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. Erin was the illustrator for Huncke's Journal (1965), the legendary production of Diane di Prima's Poet's Press (see our item No. 2953). On the blank inner front cover, Erin has drawn two flamingo-esque fantasy bird figures facing each other, below which are miscellaneous hand-written notes with places & dates, all in blue ink. We also found & have retained a plain pulp-paper bookmark between pages 68-69, perhaps the text on these pages were of significance to Erin. A deep & rewarding Creeley collectible with distinguished provenance- including an artwork in the same hand that illustrated Huncke's Journal & other landmark productions that came out of the 1960s Lower East Side literary scene. The relatively good-to-near-fine condition of this item reflects its long ownership & use by Erin, who was indeed a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Moderate-to-significant rubbing, mild scratching & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; moderate rubbing, mild browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with mild browning to inner covers & all page leaves (mostly at blank margins, not significantly effecting texts or Erin's drawing, writings); tiny bumps at corners of a few leaves. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4760]

Price: $20.00