[Item #6086] Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956. Robert Duncan.
Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956
Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956
Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956
Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956

Derivations: Selected Poems 1950-1956

London, England: Fulcrum Press, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. An exciting offering for the Duncan-curious, and surely one lusted after by the poet’s collectors & fans, “Derivations” collects what the poet felt to be his most representative verse over six years, beginning in 1950. 1950 was a key year in the development arc of what today we call “Mid-Century American Poetry,” and particularly MC-AP’s “Black Mountain” variant (referring, of course, to the legendary American art school in rural North Carolina where Charles Olson, the pioneering poet & author of the transformative, epochal essay “Projective Verse” held court & taught). Yet the lovably circumlocutional art of Literature’s Wellesian Maximus does not occasion our convening, here. Instead, the American poet-magus here curatorially foregrounded is the great Robert Duncan. An author-eminence of clear and obvious magnitude, Duncan proved a most nutritive mentor “in literature-&-lifestyle" (to use TMB’s Founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum’s sustainable ascription) to a panoply of writers affiliated with the “San Francisco Renaissance” and “Beat” labels. He was thought similarly regal by a brood of admirers who either attended or were influenced by work done by the poets-&-artists of Black Mountain College during its twenty-three year existence (where Duncan himself briefly taught in 1956 — the vaunted art school’s decrepit though triumphant final year). The collection brings together pieces from the following eight Duncan works: [1] “An Essay at War”; [2] Imitations of Gertrude Stein 1951-1952”; [3] “Writing Writing”; [4] “Fragments of a Disordered Devotion”; [5] “A Little Poetics”; [6] “Imitations of Gertrude Stein, 1953-1955”; [7] “Letters”; & [8] “Prose Poems from Caesar’s Gate 1955.” A predictably sterling collection on all counts: a can’t miss opportunity to understand exactly why and how Robert Duncan became Robert Duncan. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First Edition, although not explicated as such on copyright page. In strong fine condition with only light-to-moderate shelf-wear, bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge, otherwise clean. Dust-jacket in strong near-fine condition with only moderate-to-enunciated shelf-wear, bumping & bump-creasing to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; small closed tear at upper left-hand corner of front cover; lone spot at back-cover at rightmost fine-edge near center-middle, & some age-toning throughout; else pristine. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6086]

Price: $60.00