The Book of Persephone. Robert Kelly.
The Book of Persephone
The Book of Persephone
The Book of Persephone
The Book of Persephone
The Book of Persephone

The Book of Persephone

New Paltz, NY: Treacle Press, 1978. First Edition. Softcover. "I am one of those heretics glad in rain, / love fog, wind, all business of the lower air / whose caresses / keep the mindsphere turbulent / over the cities & the periwinkle." (Excerpted from "1," the first poem in the present collection). "The Book of Persephone" is a mystifying-though-rewarding mosaic of poems by Robert Kelly (1935-2021), the great American poet first associated with the Black Mountain & Deep Image schools who went on to forge a truly distinctive body of work...an oeuvre many Beat-&-Beyonders feel is ripe for poets-&-scholars (of the present and future) to survey. As Kelly himself acknowledges in the informal, 'prefatory note' which precedes the poems in this volume, "One section of this poem, the 'Fourth Ode to Persephone' appeared in the magazine Bezoar, edited by Paul Kahn (b. 1949; Founding Editor of the literary journals "Bezoar" & "Alcheringa")." Kelly also lists one "Paul Buck" (No relation to Joe, for the Midnight Cowboy fans out there), Founding Editor of English literary magazine 'Curtains.' Kelly takes pains to note that Buck "...arranged the first public reading of this text in England...and so gave the text the realest unity it can possess, happening to people." Cryptic though such descriptions might seem, the poems in the volume happily (and unambiguously) speak for themselves...Kelly's work "...a texture, like the crystals in the ground," (to quote an unrelated, favorite documentary of this author, Your Devoted Assistant Curator). A worthwhile addition to any Kelly-inclusive collection or library. Small-format trade softcover from the First Edition of 1000 copies; printed at Open Studio Print Shop in April, 1978. From the collection of 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 as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégés & colleagues (in lifestyle as well as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al. The condition of this copy reflects its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: in near fine condition with moderate-to-pronounced shelf-wear to fine-edges of front, back covers & spine; minor-to-moderate rubbing, equally minor-to-moderate nicks-scuffs, select exhibits of spotting to same; mild, tiny bumps of varying impact & visibility at corners of same. Near Fine. [Item #4851]

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