[Item #5685] T.V. Baby Poems. Allen Ginsberg.
T.V. Baby Poems
T.V. Baby Poems
T.V. Baby Poems
T.V. Baby Poems

T.V. Baby Poems

New York, NY; London, England: Grossman Publishers Inc. / Cape Goliard, 1968. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. Inscribed and signed by Anne Waldman and Lewis Warsh to Kenward Elmslie. "Switch on lights yellow as the sun/ in the bedroom.../ the gaudy poet dead Frank O'Hara's bones/ under grass/ An emptiness at 8 PM in the Cedar Bar/ Throngs of drunken/ guys talking about paint/ & lofts, and Pennsylvania youth./ Klein attacked by his heart & chattering Frank/ stopped forever-" ("City Midnight Junk Strains (for Frank O'Hara)," first lines, unpaginated) A brilliant, wildly underrated collection from the Founding Father of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997). The above-quoted poem in tribute to Ginsberg's friend & contemporary New York School poet Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) is dated July 29, 1966- just days after O'Hara's untimely, accidental death on July 25 of that year. This collection is most famous for its title poem, the full name of which is "Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward that Death Chamber." Interestingly, the first draft of the poem was written in New York City in February of 1961- but the first live reading of the work took place on March 15, 1958 at California State University, Sacramento. Acquired from a recent sale from the library of Kenward Elmslie (1929-2022), the legendary American poet, novelist, playwright, and polymath of the New York School of Poets (see TMB items #2833, #2837, #2831 et al). Laid in to this copy is a folded sheet of blue tissue paper, somewhat faded, inscribed “Merry Christmas Kenward Much Love Anne [Waldman] & Lewis [Warsh].” Anne Waldman (b. 1945) and Lewis Warsh (1940-2020) are writers of the second generation of the New York School of Poets and were married for a short time in the '60s (see TMB items #2292, #2306, et al). Large-format softcover in sewn binding, a joint USA/UK publication of Grossman Publishers Inc. in NYC & Cape Golliard Press in London. Second Impression, one of 1750 softcover copies from a total edition of 2500 per colophon. Dowden, Section A: Addenda, pg. 26; Morgan, A10(a)5, pg. 18.A beautiful production; a classic Ginsberg collectible in one of its rarest, increasingly scarce original forms with significant literary connections and provenance. In strong near fine condition with only mild rubbing, faint scratching, a few scattered, light exhibits of staining & tiny bumps & creases at edges & corners of same; some (age-typical) light rubbing/browning to edges of text block, else pristine. Near Fine. [Item #5685]

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