Selected Poems: 1943-1966. Philip Lamantia.
Selected Poems: 1943-1966
Selected Poems: 1943-1966
Selected Poems: 1943-1966
Selected Poems: 1943-1966

Selected Poems: 1943-1966

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1967 (1969). Second Printing. Softcover. "Philip Lamantia was born October 23, 1927 in San Francisco. Discovered & published at fifteen by VIEW, he was acclaimed & welcomed by Andre Breton into the Surrealist movement. Then followed a long, transitional period of mystical orientations & silences. With his latest poems, since 1963, he says: 'I'm returning to my initial sources -- like an act of nature,' and as Parker Tyler observed: 'He has always written with the voice of revelation. Lamantia's language creates the world where poets are always born and which, if wise, they never leave: Elsewhere.' Allen Ginsberg has declared him 'an American original, soothsayer even as Poe, genius in the language of Whitman, native companion and teacher to myself.'" (from Back Cover). As the raving blurb copy dutifully notes, Lamantia was "...discovered & published..." at the age of 15 in VIEW, the legendary Surrealist magazine published & edited by the great Charles Henri Ford [See TMB Item(s) #4347; #4362; #4377; #1791; & #1853 to view a veritable wreath of CHF-related rarities on our site]. As the astute Beat-&-Beyond scholar may note, Parker Tyler (1904-1974) was a key associate of Charles Henri Ford, his co-author for the groundbreaking novel "The Young and Evil" (Paris, France: Obelisk Press, 1933), a work which Neil Pearson (Author of "Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press") has called "...the beginning of Gay Lit," "...the birth of a genre." When Lamantia first arrived "on the scene," he was considered a teenage wunderkind in the mold of Arthur Rimbaud. It is likewise true (as noted in the blurb copy above) that Andre Breton--the cantankerous Chairman of Surrealism, himself--deigned to rubber-stamp Lamantia as authentic...to crown his poems as "Surrealist." With Breton Endorsement for Surrealist Bar Mitzvah, Lamantia proceeded confidently in the tradition of his forebears. His dalliance with their every preoccupation, both total and partial--the "mystical orientations & silences" of which the blurb speaks...the fetishistic relation to all-things-arcane...the brash, showman-like flirtation with radical politics--all of these fascinations and behaviors come to mind when considering the social and intellectual concerns of a Doctrinaire Surrealist. Offered here is a second printing of Lamantia's early "Selected," a bona-fide classic of the City Lights Pocket Poets Series and key assemblage of his blissfully ineffable early work. From the collection of Erin Black Matson, the late artist-poet who with her then-husband, the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, were bona fide members of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were colleagues-proteges (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The condition of this Pocket Poets classic befits its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the very end. In essentially Very Good condition with moderate-to-significant shelf-wear to fine-edges, corners; moderate-to-pronounced rubbing to front, back covers; smudges of dirt, scattered age-typical toning, spotting, browning, staining & scuffing throughout; minor closed chipping to topmost fine-edge of spine; three orb-like spots that appear to be cigarette burns to bottom right-hand corner of front cover; slight, scattered spotting & age-typical toning to text block; binding is tight and no text is affected by the aforementioned points. All things considered, this copy of Lamantia's "Selected" remains an excellent reading copy suffused with mojo by way of hard-knocks, True Beat provenance. Very Good. [Item #4781]

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