Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems. Gerard Malanga.
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems
Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems

Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems

Los Angeles, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1977. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed Twice by Poet-&-Photographer, Gerard Malanga. "Ten Years After: The Selected Benedetta Poems" is a 1977 concept-compilation by Gerard Malanga--the venerable poet, photographer & key associate of Andy Warhol at the “Factory” during the 1960s. The work is a sort-of ‘history in verse' orbiting around his relationship with Italian actress-&-model, Benedetta Barzini--perhaps the woman Malanga wrote most lovingly of & prolifically on. "Ten Years After" thus unfolds over seven subtitled sections, chronologically embarking (as intimated by the book's moment-immortalizing epigraph) before the poems that comprise it even start. Malanga uses the space to credit the unwitting 'matchmaker' responsible for their first fateful meeting: none other than the legendary, epoch-defining art gallerist, Leo Castelli. The first of the work's seven sections reprints Malanga's short chapbook of 1967, "3 Poems for Benedetta Barzini." Part II presents selections from "A Handbook of Love Poems," published a year earlier in 1966. Section III presents compositions from both 1966-&-67, all gathered under the heading "Virtu private e vizi pubblici," or "Private Virtues and Public Vices." Part IV contains a single, 9-page poem titled "Vibrations," and Part V contains the first poetic coda of the series, "The Last Benedetta Poems," in its entirety (composed in 1967 but published two years later, in 1969). Part VI, "Rome: 1967-68" spans seven pages & features five additional selections, composed, as its subheading suggests, in that great Italian city of antiquity. This is followed only by the "Fugitive Poems" of Part VII & an Afterword, titled: "The Future Now." Unforced, diaristic reflections on romance-&-life breezily populate Malanga's verse & prose. That "portraiture of spirit" -- found throughout his oeuvre -- reached its apex upon meeting Barzini. For Gerard, Barzini was more than a fleshly vector of 'easy-on-the-loins,' cinematic beauty: the sculptured facts of physiology were suffused with grace. Another dazzling addition to the string of highly collectible concept-compilations from the 'multi-medial' Malanga. The specimen offered here is the ultra-rare Limited First Edition, ballooned in rarity by the presence of a tipped-in original photograph by the noted photographer-&-poet. One of 26 lettered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, signed by the poet at colophon & with original signed photograph by Malanga attached to FFEP at interior. Signature at colophon in thin, black fountain pen ink reads: "Gerard Malanga." This is copy "J" (#10/26). Signature in lower right-hand margin of photograph reads: "Gerard Malanga." [ISBN: 0-87685-287-8]. In very fine condition with only moderate rubbing, edgewear to publisher’s clear jacket; moderate-to-pronounced shelf-wear to fine-edges; age-typical toning, spotting to text block, esp. nearest topmost fine-edge; interior very fine, substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #4877]

Price: $325.00