MIND BREATHS: Poems 1972-1977

San Francisco: City Lights, (1977). First Edition. Wraps. 16mo. Original wraps. A few spots of soil to covers. Touches of shelfwear. Else clean and sound. Solidly very good or better. INSCRIBED by Ginsberg in year of publication to Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley on inside front cover and front endpaper: " December / 27 / 1977 // For Ted & Alice / Berrigan & / Family / Xmas Neighbors 1977 / with gratitude for yr eyes / which actually have / read thru the text / ~Allen Ginsberg~ / —AH—." Very good. Item #22085

First edition of this Pocket Poet's collection from the Beat legend, inscribed to New York School giants Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley. Berrigan and Ginsberg were friends dating back almost to Berrigan's arrival in NYC in the early 1960s (Ginsberg considered him "the last of the beatniks"). They taught together at Naropa, wrote poems about and dedicated poems to each other — and as this inscription attests, read each other's work closely. The year of this inscription, Berrigan had been working for Ginsberg, helping Peter Orlovsky ready his collection CLEAN ASSHOLE POEMS for publication with City Lights (another fact possibly being alluded to in the inscription). A significant association. While we've seen more than a few Ginsberg-Berrigan associations over the years (including several currently on the market — Ginsberg was by no means an unprolific signer, and Berrigan by no means an unprolific seller), this inscription is uncommonly warm and lengthy. And we've never seen one signed to both him and Notley, who was close to Ginsberg in her own right (she too taught at Naropa) and also worked for him in the mid 1980s. "I don't think of the Beat Era as having ended. It hasn't ended in my mind and it hasn't ended in the minds of a lot of people who never knew the Beats, or else why these endless new movies starring the youngest people in the world? The Beats were replete with talent, had large interesting souls, and lived lives that are almost incomprehensible alongside the tiny ones current writers seem to lead" (Notley, from a 2014 interview in the AMPERSAND REVIEW). [Morgan A37.a2.1]. [Cook p. 87-8].

Price: $1,800.00

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