Causal Mythology (Featuring Lecture Delivered by Charles Olson at the Legendary Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965) with: Ephemera. Charles Olson, Robert Duncan.
Causal Mythology (Featuring Lecture Delivered by Charles Olson at the Legendary Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965) with: Ephemera
Causal Mythology (Featuring Lecture Delivered by Charles Olson at the Legendary Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965) with: Ephemera
Causal Mythology (Featuring Lecture Delivered by Charles Olson at the Legendary Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965) with: Ephemera

Causal Mythology (Featuring Lecture Delivered by Charles Olson at the Legendary Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965) with: Ephemera

San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969. First Edition. Softcover. "Causal Mythology," if Third Mind Books would have been in charge of assigning a title to the book, would read exactly the way our listing title shows it. At the very least, it would provide some reference to the fact that it holds within its covers a significant lecture delivered by the great-&-powerful Charles Olson (1910-1970). The second thing to know is that it's not just a "lecture," but a "Lecture + Dialogue," one that features insightful commentary-responses from San Francisco Renaissance giant Robert Duncan and Bobbie Louise-Hawkins (then Bobbie Creeley, wife of Robert) tastefully peppered throughout. The third thing to know is that THIS IS NOT JUST ANY OLD LECTURE: "Causal Mythology “was delivered in the rarefied air of the Berkeley Poetry Conference of 1965, a conference which Allen Ginsberg himself recognized as a one of the epoch-defining moments in Mid-Century American Poetry. [See TMB Item #4589 -- if it's even still available by the time you see this listing -- to glimpse an unbelievably rare piece of ephemera from that very conference]. As is typical with Olson, the publication did not only require the focused participation of Editor-Publisher Don Allen (of "New American Poetry" fame). It required the work of Brian Fawcett and Albert Glover, who had likewise attempted a transcription of Olson's "Causal Mythology" lecture and compared notes with Allen after the fact. It also required reference-work consultations with the Olson-friendly SFR poet Robin Blaser, not to mention the input of Olson scholar-&-literary executor, George Butterick. On the front cover appears Olson: pictured, perhaps, moments after realizing you have no idea what the hell he's talking about. Luckily, his disciples are here to help: the above-mentioned disciple-associates helped Allen footnote the codex of source material Olson references during the talk. Typically, we would quote (at length) a section of the work--providing the curious customer with an appetizer-sampling of the contents within. This time, we opt to withhold that experience of epiphany and delirium which comes with confronting the Godzilla of Gloucester...saving that plunge inside this ponderous tract for the item's eventual buyer. 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-protégés (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. The condition befits its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the very end. Included, as well, is a delightful piece of period-specific ephemera torn out of a New York City newspaper by Erin c. 1979. It lists, on one side, an ad for the "Butterfly Restaurant: a unique village restaurant serving a variety of interesting dishes..." on 125 Seventh Ave. So. at Tenth Street." On the other side we find a schedule of gigs at an unlisted venue on "256 W. 23rd St." One such gig was hosted by late 1970s by James White, a key figure in the development of New York's "No Wave" movement. The music of one of White's more successful groups, James White and the Blacks, can be heard in the excellent documentary on Jean Michel Basquiat (and the on-the-brink New York in which his star rose), "Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat." The gig, possibly a "Battle of the Bands," featured "...a celebrity panel of judges," including Blondie's Debbie Harry and writer-musician-cult hero Richard Hell, notably featured in the posthumous (and very last) "Lower East Side" episode of Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown." We take pains to illustrate the importance of this tattered piece of ephemera...showing once again how Erin remained "hip to" the cultural happenings of The Greatest City on Earth from those gritty moonlight sojourns with Clive & Huncke, onwards. Book in near fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges; similarly moderate age-typical toning, rubbing, and scattered nicks/chipping to front, back covers; a few (tiny) True Beat coffee stains to top left-hand cover of front cover, bottom left corner of text block; scattered spotting to same. The ephemera has understandably yellowed the pages in which it sat undisturbed (pgs. 8-9); age-typically toned by the yellowed newsprint on which it was printed, esp. nearest topmost fine-edge. Near Fine. [Item #4808]

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