Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Received in the mail

Cid Corman: Word for Word: Essays on the Arts of Language, Vol. 1. Printed January 1977 in Santa Barbara and Ann Arbor for the Black Sparrow Press by MacIntosh and Young & Edwards Brothers Inc. Design by Barbara Martin. This edition is published in paper wrappers; there are 500 hardcover trade copies; 200 hardcover copies are numbered & signed by the author; & 500 numbered copies have been handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each containing an original holograph poem by Cid Corman. Photo of Cid Corman at back, by John Levy. 169 pages.

My copy is paper bound with the pencilled notation: "LC -- 5/98 -- 14.00" on the page before the title, listing Cid's published works. I found the book on Ebay, for $3.00. It arrived shrink-wrapped, and in perfect condition.

PABLO NERUDA: Selected Poems. A Bilingual edition, in Spanish and English. Edited and with a foreword by Nathanial Tarn. Introduction by Alastair Reid. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan, W. S. Merwin, Alastair Reid and Nathanial Tarn. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1990), 508 pages. Bought on Ebay, for 99 cents.

Farm Visit by Bob Arnold. A poem in 28 pages, with illustrations. Guilford, Vermont: Longhouse Publishers, 2010. A gift from Bob and Susan Arnold, beautifully executed and artfully assembled, by hand. Merci une mille fois for this lovely little gift.

Although in the poem Bob's referring to cows taking a "skinny path to the pasture", the line following that one describes what I intend to do mentally, i.e., "Late in the day I will walk that path with them back home". Vermont is still home, though I only lived there briefly. The words of this poem bring that all back to me--"a place of coolness", an "aisle of light" (quoting the second and last lines in the poem).

A summer with poets, arriving to visit, one packaged group of words at a time; joining others on the shelves, to become permanent guests. How great is that!!!

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