[Item #6036] The American Theatre for Poets: One-Act Plays by American Poets. Kenward Elmsie, Camille Gordon, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, Alan Marlowe, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, David Walker, Arthur Williams.
The American Theatre for Poets: One-Act Plays by American Poets
The American Theatre for Poets: One-Act Plays by American Poets
The American Theatre for Poets: One-Act Plays by American Poets

The American Theatre for Poets: One-Act Plays by American Poets

New York, NY: American Theatre for Poets, 1965. First Printing. Folded Single Sheets. During the course of our bibliographic research on this item, — and prior to arriving at the state of curatorial surety in which you, the interested party or prospective buyer find it in, one among those upturned rocks would yield a way to date it. Attached to this curation is a scanned photograph of a clipping from the February 25th, 1965, issue of The Village Voice whose contents we’ll sample or perhaps capsulize briefly. It reads: “THE AMERICAN THEATRE FOR POETS PRESENTS / FRIDAYS SATURDAYS SUNDAYS AT 9:00 / FEBRUARY 14 THROUGH MARCH 8 / ONE ACT PLAYS BY AMERICAN POETS” before it begins to list off all the plays listed in the pamphlet offered here. The same place we found this clip we found more on this title — a review, to be specific — which we’ll take pains here, to quote at length: It begins, “The American Theatre for Poets, which has been coming and going in various off-Broadway theatres for some years, is valuably devoted to producing plays by American poets. No one else is doing this. The latest program, however, which begins the group’s new season at the East End Theatre, does nothing but damage to the concept and intention. The evening consists of one play, Barbara Guest’s “Port,” and two short operas, by David Walker and John Herbert McDowell. Miss Guest’s play has been directed by Alan S. Marlowe, program director of the producing organization, with boundless incompetence.” The review (see link, here: http://tinyurl.com/bddhpwzz) continues hilariously apace and further explicates precisely these sentiments. It is a relic of time and place, and, though its web of relation is largely comprised of individuals lesser known than the “Marquee” or “Billboard” Beats (e.g., Allen Ginsberg), when it comes to this particular sheet [where Allen incredibly, for once, is neither named nor featured, Diane Di Prima would, by contemporary critical valuation, come second on the Fame Index for this particular sheet). At any rate, we are very glad to have found the particular time, place and year from which this item originated, and now as is our duty , From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop: robustly enriching the provenance in total. Eichele’s ownership inscription, — in thin, blue pen ink at top right-hand corner of the collection’s first page, — reads: “Robin Eichele.” Pamphlet in folded, single sheets: the first (& only) printing of this uniquely sumptuous Mim-Rev. rarity. In strong near fine condition with moderate-to-significant shelf-wear to fine-edges, corners, & spine-edge of front, back covers; [generally mild] bumping to same; moderate-to-pronounced age-typical yellowing-browning, toning & mild staining to front, back cover; extant small exhibits of nonuniform rubbing and a few horizontal creases & page-curling throughout, otherwise durably and desirably clean. Near Fine. [Item #6036]

Price: $125.00