Morning Passage. Janine Pommy Vega.
Morning Passage
Morning Passage
Morning Passage
Morning Passage
Morning Passage

Morning Passage

New York, NY: Telephone Books, 1976. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Dim grey blizzard twilight, clouds / just waiting to let loose again. / Thrown back on simple faith, the / little things one needs to survive are given. / Miraculously the soul is closer / to the bone, and the heart is grateful." So reads an excerpt from "Song in a Snowstorm," the 13th poem in "Morning Passage" -- the worthy 1976 collection from Beat-associated American poet, Janine Pommy Vega (1942-2010). Readers of Ms. Vega know well the 'compositional' prowess & seemingly effortless naturality that remain acknowledged hallmarks of her work. Make no mistake, such verse-crafting confidence is the fruit of many years of conceptual consideration & studious practice. Chapbook in stapled wrappers; an exemplary mid-70s small press production: "...set in 11 pt. Press Roman type in an edition of 750 copies. Twenty-six copies are lettered A to Z and signed by the poet and artist," as noted at colophon. This copy is among the trade edition of 724 unsigned copies (factoring in / subtracting the aforementioned lettered edition). A reputation-enhancing assemblage from the respected female Beat Poet. 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. Book in Very Good-Near Fine condition with moderate-to-pronounced rubbing to front, back covers & spine; some age-typical toning, browning & spotting to front & back covers; minor-to-pronounced rusting, bleeding to staples at interior & exterior; speck-like black ink spat to bottom left-hand corner of front cover near bottom-most staple of same; a select few additional exhibits of staining visible near fine-edges of same. Very Good-Near Fine. [Item #4888]

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