[Item #4973] The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings. Lew Welch.
The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings
The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings
The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings
The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings

The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings

Berkeley, CA: Sand Dollar, 1970. Second Edition. Stapled Wrappers. “Centuries and hordes of us / from every quarter of the Earth / now piling up / and each wave going back to get some more” (excerpted from title poem, pg. 1). Originally published in 1969, this is the Second Edition of ‘The Song Mt. Tamalpais Sings,’ printed in Berkeley, CA by Jack Shoemaker in a limited run of 1,000 copies in December of 1970. This collection of poetry is rife with Zen Buddhist-like koans (riddles) and mantras that Lew Welch (1926-1971) uses in an exploration of nature and perhaps as an introspective odyssey. Welch, the great American poet who haunts the Beat Generation, departed from his friend & colleague Gary Snyder's California mountain home with his rifle in tow during May of 1971, leaving a suicide note before disappearing. His body has never been found. This book is a boon to any fan of poetry, and anyone interested in the Beat writers. This particular copy is 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-morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends & protégé-collaborators in a circle that included Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. Chapbook in stapled wrappers: the Second Edition, with reference to previous edition at the copyright page; the First (and only) Printing of the Sand Dollar / Shoemaker edition. Book in Very Good-Near Fine condition with moderate-to-pronounced rubbing to front cover; minute chipping to bottom right-hand corner of same; minor sunning at interior; slight staining near topmost fine-edge of back cover. Very Good-Near Fine. [Item #4973]

Price: $20.00

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