(New York): (J. Yuder), [circa 1965]. 4to. Typescript, brad-bound in brown Accoflex binder. Moderate edgewear to flexible covers; moderate to heavy toning to pages. Author's name, address, and telephone number neatly written in pencil to title page. Occasional corrections, edits, and proofreader's marks in pencil throughout; text not obscured. Small closed tear to final leaf. Very good overall. [100pp.] printed rectos only. Very good. Item #23771

Unpublished manuscript of a sweeping religico-political epic poem, prefaced by epigraphs from the Book of Revelations and the Book of Jonah and beginning with BIRTH, first of the "Four Regressions" ("Once I met a mad fool who lived in a Forest! there lived in this forest a great Wolf whose name was MOGATOR, who was a very strange and ferocious beast...") A single illustration, tittled DIAGRAM OF EROM, draws a geometric relationship betwen the senses, death, ressurrection, birth, and pre-existence.

Biblical diction and motifs segue into a more or less recognizable 20th century political catalogue: "And there was Courtney (And the Terrible Westward Pegley and Robert Welsh / And William Buckley and Dr. Becher and His 'Drang Nach Osten' Propganda. / And Gehlin and the Right Reverent & Notorious Winrod / And Sokolsky and Professor Oliver and the Defenders of the Christian Faith and Peter Maurin and Lyle Munsen / And George Deathrage & Schmidtz and Robert Edmundson / And McCarthy the Terrible..."

Overt references to '60s radicalism appear, interwoven with personal mythology -- "There was (Aronowitz) and M'Slavio (Savio) and Kupferberg / The terrible, and they were brave men / All and Small Grassner (Krasner) and Jinsburg and all / His gang of objectors reating and / Ever more Reacting against the King" -- as does an apparent identification of the narrator with a "Jacob, emerging out of the person and resurrection of Lucifer...1965, 66, 67..." The author may be speculatively identified with a Jacob Yuder whose poetry appeared in the 1959 Beat issue of Staten Island's Wagner College literary magazine; no other publications under the name J[acob] Yuder or references to this poem were located in OCLC or in trade. Rare.

Price: $450.00