10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga. Gerard Malanga.
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga
10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga

10 Poems for 10 Poets, with: Original Silkscreened Leaf by Gerard Malanga

Los Angeles, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1970. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed & Numbered (Twice) by Gerard Malanga. "Eight of the ten poems were selected from my most recent work-in-progress, 'The Notebooks.' Through numerous revisions I have given the individual poems by this time a perfection of which I was obviously incapable earlier. For through the process of revision I have learned to differentiate what's false to my poetry from what is essential by extending the content of the poem with the combination of certain fragmentariness both in the alternate use of verse and prose, and in the exclusive use of the interchange through past and present tenses. As still another esthetic complement, the use of photographic motifs to illustrate and emphasize certain lines and the citing of last names are other aspects to give the poems complete authenticity. These poems, and others not included in this volume, are an outgrowth of an esthetic obsession with the theme of the aura of the poet, framing the inspiration received from the subject matter in such a way as to identify with and pay homage to each poet whose own life and work have made an impression on my own." (from the literary-critical author note preceding the volume, "NOTES BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION" by Gerard Malanga). "10 Poems for 10 Poets" is a highly collectible concept-compilation of mature early work by poet-photographer Gerard Malanga, charter member of Andy Warhol's "factory" (and the larger New York scene) during the height of the 1960s counterculture. As the book's title intimates, the work contained herein is dedicated to ten Titans of Poetry (notably including celebrated Canadian songsmith, Leonard Cohen, and key mentor of Malanga's, Charles Henri Ford). In addition to the aforementioned pieces on Cohen & Ford, Malanga's subject list expands to include poet Robert Creeley; Italian poet-&-filmmaker, Piero Heliczer; Italian novelist Elsa Morante; the Godzilla of Gloucester, Charles Olson; doomed poet (and former professor/mentor to Lou Reed), Delmore Schwartz; Parker Tyler [Charles Henri Ford's partner-in-literary-crime for the path-breaking classic of Gay Literature, "The Young and the Evil"]; Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo (who Malanga himself later translated--See TMB Item #3348] & concluding with his friend-&-fellow New Yorker, stately poetess Anne Waldman. With cover photograph of Malanga by Francesco Scavullo, & photos of the subject poets preceding each poem. One of 26 lettered presentation copies signed by the poet & hand-bound in boards with white leather spine, this is Copy "B." Additionally includes an original signed & numbered silkscreen by Malanga (Silkscreen #2/26, accordingly). The silkscreen--bound as an actual page in the book, the left-facing leaf that precedes the title page--is somewhat evocative of Warhol's "Gold Marilyn Monroe." As scholars of Mid-Century American Art & Literature may remember, it was Malanga who taught Warhol to silkscreen "for real," -- assisting in the actual process of silk-screening "Gold Marilyn," making Malanga the invisible 'guiding hand' behind the famed artwork as completed. This super-deluxe edition of "10 Poems for 10 Poets" not only delivers from a literary perspective, but the inclusion of a signed silkscreened sheet invariably situates the item an art-historical context--one considerate of (and referential to) Warhol's transformative influence on American aesthetics and culture. In fine condition with only minor-to-pronounced shelf-wear & a few instances of light chipping to fine-edges of front, back covers & spine; minute-to-moderate exhibits of rubbing, & a few mild nicks-scuffs to same; varied, diffuse spotting to same; modest, age-typical toning & spotting to text block. Silkscreened leaf by Malanga in pristine condition, tucked safely away in the book's opening pages and thus protected/preserved. Fine. [Item #4847]

Price: $325.00