[Item #5858] The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950. Robert Duncan.
The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950
The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950
The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950
The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950

The First Decade: Selected Poems 1940-1950

London, England: Fulcrum Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. "In making this selection from the first decade of my work I have sought not only to include certain poems which have been particularly admired by those who admire my poetry at all, but, more important, to provide those texts which at this time I see as essential for a serious reading of evolving themes and forms; and, back of those formal preoccupations I have had as an artist, I have had in mind too in my choice presenting the typology of a life-work emerging. I sought and still seek a consonance with what is happening, a co-operation with experience itself, with the peculiar experience that arises in the process of a poem between the universe immediate to the evocation of language and the actual universe immediate in the body of the man who now, in writing, inspired, begins to speak as a poet. My intent here centers upon the process of poetry, the making or creation of a third world, and not upon audience or the possibilities of merit according to whatever consensus of literary taste or sensibility." (from front flap) A collection of early poems by Robert Duncan (1919-1988), the great American poet of the Black Mountain-San Francisco Renaissance-&-Beyond. Duncan's 1944 essay, "The Homosexual in Society," was an early landmark of LGBT advocacy & openness. Hardcover in clipped dust jacket, first trade edition, one of 3000 copies published during February 1969 (copyrighted 1968) with all points in Bertholf, A30(a), pgs. 95-96. From the collection of Kevin Ring, editor-publisher of & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here), & our good friend in the UK, where this volume was published by the venerable Fulcrum Press. A cornerstone collectible in the rich & vast Duncan canon, in its rarest original trade form & with distinguished provenance. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of wear to edges & corners of brown-cloth front, back covers & spine (gilt lettering at latter completely bright & intact); mild rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only a hint of browning mostly to blank margins/edges of page leaves. Dust jacket relatively very fine with only a bit of rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; very light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same incl. several very short, mostly closed corner tears with miniscule loss of paper, surface paper. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #5858]

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