[Item #5629] Against Heaven. Kemi Alabi.
Against Heaven
Against Heaven

Against Heaven

ISBN: 9781644450826
Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2022. First Edition. Softcover. "She was born for the fifth time in 1990/ from pork fat and church-boy jazz.// Says she was built by sun-backed backs/ in a city lost inside its own mouth.// The Midwest taught her all about heartbreak:/ the speed paint color fades,// how beauty abandoned is beauty begrudged,/ refuses to pose again." ("Depression Proposes to Me Again," first four stanzas, pg. 51) A debut collection of poems & prose-poems in various imaginative configurations by Kemi Alabi (b. 1990), a most promising & talented young American poet. Winner of the prestigious Academy of American Poets First Book Award. Large-format softcover original, an exemplary production by the venerable Graywolf Press. First edition, "First Graywolf Printing, 2022" as stated on copyright page & as indicated by number sequence thereon. From the collection of Allen Tobias, assistant to Allen Ginsberg beginning in the 1960s, author, critic, scholar & our esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). Here, Tobias has checked off several of the poems at Contents leaf (including the above-quoted); & has underlined the sixth, fifth & fourth lines from bottom (or portions thereof) of the poem "A Wedding, or What We Unlearned from Descartes" on page 68; both in blue ink. The foundational collectible of this award-winning poet, in its rarest original form & with distinguished provenance. In fine condition with only a touch of rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one very small, light spot-stain at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves; checks & underlinings noted above which in this case we consider informative marginalia by a most qualified reader. Fine. [Item #5629]

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