New York: Dot Books, 1973. First Edition. Wraps. 12mo. Original stiff pictorial wraps. Near fine with only the barest touches of wear at edges. Tight and sharp overall. 32pp. Near fine. Item #23461
Hell's first book of verse (and second overall), and a very early collaboration with Verlaine, predating their work with Television. A collection of 17 poems written pseudonymously by the pair, then known as Richard Meyers and Tom Miller. As the half-title explains: "'Wanna Go Out' is a question often asked on the streets around the cheaper bars in New York and Hoboken." Stern was the pair's fictional creation, purported to be a young prostitute, the only hint to the book's true authorship being Stern's cover "portrait" (a composite image of Verlaine and Hell's faces) and the "other books from the Blank Generation" section in the rear, a reference to what would become one of Hell's best-known songs. The book would be an important event for the then Meyers, marking an early experiment in the use of stage personae that would shortly culminate in "Richard Hell." A rare and important document, linking punk to its under-appreciated literary roots.