[Item #4892] This Will Kill That. Gerard Malanga.
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That
This Will Kill That

This Will Kill That

Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1983. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. True-to-form, the epigraphs in "This Will Kill That" were carefully chosen by Gerard Malanga--the venerable poet, photographer & key associate of Andy Warhol at the “Factory” during the 1960s. Their function is always to wink at his major themes, at the landscape of sentiment in which the poet’s own verse developed (& from which it emerges). Malanga, a decorated swordsman in his time, remains unapologetic about the sultry heroizing found throughout his respected verse and prose. A veritable bevy of bombshells whose acquaintance he sought (& whose supine company he enjoyed) from his adventure-seeking, star-studded youth among the New York Scene, up through the year of TWKT’s publication -- pulse in the poetic vignettes nested here. The first of two epigraphs is taken from the "Foreword" to the autobiography of William Carlos Williams--acknowledged mentor & vital developmental influence on Mid-Century American Literature & The Beat Generation as a whole. Williams writes: "I do not intend to tell the particulars of the women I have been to bed with, or anything about them. Don't look for it...I am extremely sexual in my desires: I carry them everywhere and at all times. I think that from them arises the drive which empowers us all. Given that drive, a man does with it what his mind directs. In the manner in which he directs that power lies his secret." As Williams' blurb unwittingly attests to, Malanga's ‘relationship poems’ are indeed more worshipful than sexual. "This Will Kill That" unfolds over 4 sections, three of poetry and one of autobiographical prose. The first, titled "Age of Pericles," spans 18 pages; the second, spanning a considerably enlarged 48 pages, is titled: "Bringing Up Baby." For the third section, we have "dal vero" (loosely translated as "for real"), a suite of verse spanning 38 pages. Concluding the potent assemblage is a prose selection which doubles as the publication's title: "This Will Kill That," billed by Malanga as "...an experiment in autobiography." Hardcover in publisher's protective jacket: the Limited, Lettered First Edition, without reference to previous editions at copyright page; First Printing, as stated beneath copyright notice thereon. One of 26 lettered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, signed by the poet at colophon & with original unpublished manuscript poem by Malanga included in envelope attached to interior pastedown of front board. Signature at colophon in thin, black fountain pen ink reads: "Gerard Malanga." This is copy "I" (#9/26). An exemplary Black Sparrow Press production, & a most desirable Malanga collectible in its rarest form. Accompanying original manuscript (attached inside the brown envelope housed at interior pastedown of front cover) consists of a legal size-sheet of paper folded into sixths; the poem preserved thereon was likely composed on the poet's personal typewriter; corrections, revisions & insertions (in pencil, as well as thin blue pen ink) flutter about, around, & beneath the margins--a scholarly delight! [ISBN: 0-87685-496-X]. In very fine condition with only very light rubbing, edgewear to publisher’s clear jacket. Book in very fine condition with only age-typical toning/spotting to text block (esp. to topmost fine-edge of front cover); otherwise virtually as issued by publisher. Handwritten original manuscript in very fine condition; seemingly untouched by time after insertion into envelope attached to interior pastedown, as issued (see pictures). Very Fine. [Item #4892]

Price: $325.00