[Item #6011] Highgrade. Philip Whalen.
Highgrade
Highgrade

Highgrade

San Francisco, CA: Coyote's Journal, 1966. First Edition. "I write everything with a fountain pen that must be coaxed and warmed before it will work properly. The following pages were written more for the pen's benefit and instruction than they were for mine or for that of the public. A few of these sheets have appeared in magazines and elsewhere. When Coyote Books offered to print a whole book of them, I felt dubious about the project, but I was too vain to refuse."--Philip Whalen, From preface of Highgrade. Philip Whalen (1923-2002), the great primary poet of the original Beat Generation & the San Francisco Renaissance, later a Zen Buddhist monk (having taken it much further than his colleagues Ginsberg, Kerouac et al.), is often thought of as one of the finest poets America has produced. "Highgrade" is an amalgamation of poems, sketches, and often times a manic blend of the two, that encapsulates Whalen's apolitical, whimsical, and often experimental style. Softcover. First & presumably only edition. Book is in very fine condition with minimal wear to fine edges, otherwise substantially mint! Very Fine. [Item #6011]

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