Jack Spicer’s Lament for the Maker new in our Collectible catalogue:
Jack Spicer – Lament for the Maker (Aloes Books, London, 1971)
American poet Jack Spicer was born in 1925 in Los Angeles and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1942 and studied at the University of Redlands from 1943 and 1945. After having worked as a movie extra and private investigator, Spicer moved to Berkeley, where he attended the University of California and started writing and publishing poetry. Together with his friends Robert Duncan and Robin Blaser, Spicer set out to create a new kind of poetry, drawing inspiration from earlier gay writers such as Lorca and Rimbaud and tapping into his studies of contemporary linguistics. Spicer co-founded the Six Gallery in San Francisco, where in 1955 the Beat Generation made their first major public appearance, and started work on his groundbreaking After Lorca the next year. Spicer often compared poets to radio receivers sensitive to messages from the spirit world and his view of poetry as being dictated from the beyond first took shape in this compilation of Lorca translations and poems dedicated to Lorca. Spicer’s uncompromising attitude towards the commercial side of publishing combined with many years of heavy alcohol abuse, led to an untimely death at the age of 40 in the poverty ward of San Francisco General Hospital in 1965.
Jack Spicer’s Lament for the Maker was published by White Rabbit Press, San Francisco in 1963 and in WORK No 1, Detroit in 1964-65. In 1971 Jim Pennington’s Aloes Books from London re-published the compilation from London as a handsome mimeographed edition. This particular copy of the Aloes Books edition is in very good condition with a slightly discoloured spine and slightly bumped corner.
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New hand made Sea Urchin chapbook, already sold out:
Johannes Baader – Revelation / Enthüllung
Johannes Baader’s text Enthüllung was published in 1919 in his Handbuch des Oberdada aka as Buch des Weltfriedens, a reaction to the Treaty of Versailles of that same year. In the text Baader assesses the position of psychiatrists in the grave political situation of the period by eloquently comparing them to the guardians of enchanted castles in fairy tales. The text was translated into English as Revelation and published in a bilingual edition of 7 hand made copies. Artwork and translation: Ben Schot.
New in our Slowscan catalogue:
Slowscan Vol. 58 is a collection of 10 recordings of varying length released on cassette in a hand made and silkscreened box. Produced in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Fluxus the box not only holds a treasure of recordings of leading Fluxus artists but is also a fine piece of work itself. Apart from the 10 cassettes the box contains four inserts, one of which is a detailed tracklist, another a Fluxus composition. Available via Sea Urchin are the last copies of this loving tribute to Fluxus on Jan van Toorn’s excellent label from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
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New in our Moloko Plus catalogue:
American writer and editor James Grauerholz is best known as the bibliographer and literary executor of the late William S. Burroughs. Grauerholz was born in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1953 and briefly attented the University of Kansas before dropping out in the early 1970s. Already fascinated by the Beat Generation when he left Kansas for New York City, Grauerholz befriended Allen Ginsberg, who recommended him as an assistant to Burroughs. Over the years Grauerholz developed into a close friend of Burroughs’s and on and off functioned as his manager until the latter’s death in 1997. Grauerholz helped edit several of Buroughs’s books and wrote biographical sketches and an article on Burroughs’s notorious killing of Joan Vollmer Burroughs, which was published in 2002 by the American Studies Department of the University of Kansas.
Grauerholz’s study The Death of Joan Vollmer Burroughs: What really happened? has now appeared in print from Ralf Friel’s Moloko Plus press from Schönebeck, Germany. Beautifully designed by Robert Schalinski, this detailed account of an event that haunted Burroughs and marred his reputation for the rest of his life, is another fine publication in Moloko’s excellent series of Burroughs studies.
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Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) was an American poet associated with the second generation of the avantgardist New York School. He served in the US army for three years before taking a B.A. in English at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1959. Berrigan, who considered himself a late Beat poet, was active in Chicago for a number of years before he relocated to New York City in the early 1960s. There he published and edited various books and his C Magazine, collaborated with other poets and artists and experimented with the traditional sonnet as a mold for his expressionist and innovative poetry. Berrigan’s notorious diet of Pepsis, amphetamines and Chesterfield cigarettes combined with his relentless literary activities took a heavy toll on his health and led to an untimely death at the age of 48.
Berrigan’s long poem Train Ride was published in a first letterpress edition of 1500 copies by A. Levitt’s Vehicle Press in 1971. The full title of poem is Train Ride (February 18th, 1971) and is dedicated to Berrigan’s friend Joe Brainard, who provided the cover art of the edition. In the poem, written during a train ride between New York and Providence, Berrigan addresses Brainard while freely musing on sex, money, mutual friends, pills and their friendship. The condition of this copy of the Berrigan classic is very good, except for the smoke stained cover.
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