On the eve of Bern Porter’s Centennial, his classic text, Found Poems, comes roaring back into print in a handsome new edition featuring two essays contextualizing his remarkable life and work. As Dick Higgins said, “Porter’s Found Poems have the same seminal position as Duchamp’s objets trouvées.” This book collects Porter’s strongest “Founds,” his combinations of mass-media images and text that he used to reflect American culture as in a funny-house mirror: twisted but true.
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BERN PORTER (1911–2004), studied physics at Colby and Brown, worked on the Manhattan Project, but embraced pacifism after the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. He published Henry Miller and ran a gallery in Northern California before returning to his native Maine, where he ran for governor (unsuccessfully), started a think tank for drop-outs, and created his classic series of “Founds,” collected in more than a dozen books. JOEL A. LIPMAN, artist and writer, is a professor at the University of Toledo. MARK MELNICOVE worked with Porter from 1979–1996 on performance and publication projects. He lives in Falmouth, Maine.Review:
“Here is the hidden literature of the 20th century. Hidden in plain sight.” (David Byrne)
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Book Description Something Else Press, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. INSCRIBED by Bern Porter. Jacket price clipped. Front and rear boards have stray black marks visible in photo. Interior fine. One of 976 copies issued in cloth. Heavy book that will require $55 postage on international orders. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 19
Book Description Millertown, NY, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, cloth issue. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket with a hint of shelf wear. Unusual illustrated poems, poems in the style of ads or thought experiments-- fun stuff!. Bookseller Inventory # 170618004
Book Description [Millerton, NY]: Something Else Press, ., 1972. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. 4to. pp. . cloth. dw. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # ARTunPOR25