The Love Poems.San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1960 Stock Code: 144589
First edition thus, first printing, 1 of 300 "Gift Edition" copies bound in cloth, of the Beat poet Kenneth Patchen's small selection of love poems. The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen, number 13 in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Pocket Poets Series, is uncommon in the deluxe binding.
This collection includes poems selected from nine of Patchen's books published between 1939 and 1954, and the "new" poem "When all that changes is the World".
Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) "had been heavily involved with the jazz/poetry movement since its conception, one facet of his own move towards interdisciplinarity, of which jazz/poetry was just a part. He notably associated with the jazz bassist Charlie Mingus (1922-1979) in the late March 1959 to bring jazz music into the poetry arena, to make it both accessible and 'hip' at the same time" (Farrington).
Quarto. Publisher's deluxe binding in pink cloth, title sin blue to spine and front board.
Title printed in red and black.
The binding firm and bright, internally crisp; a fine copy.
Cook pp. 39-41; Holly Farrington, "I improvised behind him …ahead of time": Charles Mingus, Kenneth Patchen and Jazz/Poetry Fusion Art, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2007.
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