13 jun. 2005

I picked up this WCW issue of "Intrepid" at a library book sale for twenty-five cents. It is called "Bill Williams & Flossie's Special" and was edited in 1980 by Allen DeLoach. It has contributions by Levertov, Corman, Creeley, McClure, Ginsberg, Economou, Rakosi, Whalen, and a few others. Also an interview of Flossie by Ignatow and quite a few black-and-white pictures. It's in beautiful shape except for the black BOOK SALE stamp. I don't know about the monetary value of such an item, but it's got to be more than two bits, and the sentimantal value to me of such ephemera is inestimable to me. The Whalen texts are wonderful because they are drawn/written in his own hand.

3 comentarios:

anders dijo...

I read somewhere once that Floss actually wrote a response to WCW's famous fridge poem about the plums or whatever it was. I think I actually read it once, but I can't remember where. My favorite WCW book is the original "Wedge" and original "Spring and All" with the funky interludes and prose thingies. Plus his very late poems when he was suffering with strokes, they are incredibly touching. I also love Paul Blackburn's poem "Phone call to Rutherford" I think it's called, about Paul calling WCW right before he died.

anders dijo...

Also -- my big rarity book is, I got a cheesy 1950s "illustrated Leaves of Grass" with photos of farms, happy faces, etc., facing excerpts of Whitman... the introduction is by WCW! and it's an amazing piece of WCW's late poetics on "variable foot." Also WCW charmingly calls Whitman hetero !

Jonathan dijo...

I believe that response is in the new Collected Poems (vol. 1), back in the notes. I don't have it here with me now.