1974 · N. Y.
by LEVINE, Philip
N. Y.: Atheneum, 1974. First edition, a paperback original (no hardcover issue). Presentation copy to the poet Mark Strand, with a lengthy inscription (original poem?) on the front fly leaf from Levine: "Dear Mark, Here in Fresno the rains / Stream down but the grass / Does not grow since / You went away / With your beloved / To the town of dark towers. / The dawn comes / like a grey smear / Since you went away / And sent back only a kiss / A sigh of gas / Out of your great heart beating / As mine beats now / Above the kisses & the gasses / Stirring where I think of you, / Oh lonely wandering half Jewish / Poet in your city of dark towers / & gas rising like my / gas. Love, Alka Seltzer." Also signed by Levine on the title-page, on which the poet has scratched out the "PH" of his name & replaced it with an "F" (also done on the page of previous books by the author). Slight split between pages 66 & 67, head of spine a little worn, otherwise a fine copy. Tall 8vo, glossy wrappers. Slight split between pages 66 & 67, head of spine a little worn, otherwise a fine copy. (Inventory #: 18124)