signed first edition Hardcover with dust jacket
1998 · Port Townsend, WA
by Harrison, Jim
9,200 copies printed (Orr, A32.b). Hardcover with dust jacket, maroon cloth over black cloth spine with bronze spine titles, a facsimile of Harrison's signature in bronze on the upper board above a blind-stamped caricature of the author, 15.5 by 23.3 cm, xii 463  pp. Very good with light foxing on the edges of the textblock and a light scratch on the fore-edge of the textblock; the jacket has light edge wear with light foxing on the verso of the jacket only. Signed by Harrison on the half-title page. A wonderful collection of poetry. From the front flap: "Eschewing the current fashions of formalism and self-justifying confessionalism, Jim Harrison's voice—impassioned, natural, and wisely self-deprecating—is unique in poetry. With influences that include ancient Zen literary traditions, Russian Modernism, and poets as diverse as Whitman, Rilke, García Lorca, and Wordsworth, he has redefined and invigorated American letters while establishing himself as a major writer. In the early 1960s, Harrison was an unknown poet from rural Michigan when Denise Levertov discovered his work and helped publish his debut volume, Plain Song. From these early, nature-based lyrics he began working in longer suites and sequences, writing a type of poetry that stalked its subject rather than merely presenting it. With each successive volume, Harrison has exercised distinctly different forms—from energetic ghazals to the astonishing prose poem 'correspondence' with Serge Yesenin, a Russian poet who committed suicide in the 1920s. While writing Letters to Yesenin Harrison himself contemplated suicide. When asked years later whether his poetry helped him survive, he responded, 'it's about the only thing that does.' The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems
provides a sweeping review, including Harrison's out-of-print work from eight previous books, together with a major suite of new poems, confirming his rightful place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today."
(Inventory #: 3399)