[Item #6329] Broadside: "Allen Ginsberg Dying" Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg.
Broadside: "Allen Ginsberg Dying"

Broadside: "Allen Ginsberg Dying"

Kathmandu, Nepal: Shivastan Publishing/ Shiv Mirabito, 2005. Limited First Printing. Single Sheet. Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & publisher Shiv Mirabito. "Allen Ginsberg is dying/ It's all in the papers/ It's on the evening news/ A great poet is dying/ But his voice/ won't die/ His voice is on the land/ In Lower Manhattan/ in his own bed/ he is dying/ there is nothing/ to do about it/ He is dying the death that everyone dies/ he is dying the death of the poet/ he has a telephone in his hand/ and he calls everyone/ from his bed in Lower Manhattan/ All around the world/ late at night" (first lines) A heartfelt, most evocative poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), the great Beat-&-Beyond poet, publisher & bookseller, in tribute to Allen Ginsbeg (1926-1997), the iconic Founding Father of the Beat Generation, composed as Ginsberg laid on his deathbed during March-April 1997. The lives & works of these two canonical literary figures were famously intertwined from the time that Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl" was published in Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books Pocket Poets series during 1956. Offered here is the scarcest, most profoundly collectible version of this deeply emotional masterpiece: A large broadside (appx. 18" x 25"), with letterpress-printed poem illustrated by red images of the moon, sun & a human skeleton standing atop black-lined roiling clouds. Above his printed name at the end of the poem, Ferlinghetti has hand-written his signature (last name only as most-usual) in bold black ink. A production of Shiv Mirabito's Shivastan Publishing imprint, "printed in Nepal Summer Solstice 2005" per colophon on handmade paper, one of 333 hand-numbered copies, this is No. 169/333. Below his printed name near lower edge, Mirabito has hand-written his signature & date in blue ink: "(signed) Shiv Mirabito 2006." Mirabito, who lives & works in Woodstock, NY & Kathmandu, Nepal, was inspired by the legendary publications of Ira Cohen et al. in the 1970s to found & conduct his own Shivastan imprint beginning in 1997, acclaimed in its own right by collectors & institutions with over 70 productions as of this writing. A glorious Ginsberg-Ferlinghetti collectible, the only privately available copy we're aware of, greatly enriched by Ferlinghetti's & Mirabito's signatures. In relatively quite very fine condition with faint creasing, mild crinkling & very slightly irregular edges, corners all as issued on this exquisitely thin & fragile type of paper; one very small hole at blank upper left margin. As to the latter point, we believe it is all-but-certainly as issued rather than the result of post-printing damage, having obtained (& long-since sold, sorry) some exemplary Ira Cohen broadside & book productions which utilized the same paper, & that had similar flaws at margins/edges of sheets or page leaves. This item is (especially) too delicate to be rolled & must be shipped flat to assure no damage, therefore extra shipping costs will be required. Very Fine. [Item #6329]

Price: $450.00