Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose. Larry Eigner.
Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose
Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose
Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose
Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose
Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose

Country Harbor Quiet Act Around: Selected Prose

Kensington, CA: This Press, 1978. Limited First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Larry Eigner's poems are stars falling out of the sky. Seldom has there been such a shower. For the sky in his head meets space naturally, not on some self-imagined edge. Stars can go wrong. Most poets will not accept that. Where so much poetry ends, Eigner's begins. His prose, why not, comes from another angle, closer here. Second-story man, moved down to first. Try living in bed, when not in a wheelchair, for fortysome years, with a window nearby; with the seasons opening and closing that window, screening sight and sound; with the seasons changing the foliage, the views; without always the capacity to set up and see what you have heard, without; with a lovingly remembering eye and a heavenly ear. Think of all that strangely lucky time." (from Introduction by Douglas Woolf, pg. 5) A collection of short stories & prose-poems by Larry Eigner (1927-1996), a major poet of the Black Mountain School who was closely associated with Roberts Creeley & Duncan, & who triumphed in his works against severe disabilities. Edited by Barrett Watten, with an introduction by the noted American author Douglas Woolf (1922-1992, quoted above), & "Afterword- a note" by Eigner. Trade-format softcover, from a total edition of 1000 copies including 200 hardcover & 26 lettered/signed copies per colophon. From the collection of Erin Black Matson, the late artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégés & colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al. A most intriguing & rewarding Eigner collectible with distinguished provenance. In relatively altogether good condition considering its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the very end: Mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; several very small, non-penetrating dimples at blank (except for price) black back cover near upper left edge; mild rubbing, browning & slight, light staining to edges of text block. Interior good with significant browning to blank inner covers, first & last few page leaves incl. small areas of staining at latter; tiny chips with very slight loss of paper to blank lower right edge of last printed leaf; tiny bumps at corners of some of same. Good. [Item #4805]

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