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Bed of Sphinxes (signed)

Lamantia, Philip

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ISBN 10: 0872863204 / ISBN 13: 9780872863200
Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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This copy is signed by Philip Lamantia and scarce thus. index of titles and first lines, Patterned end papers. In color illustrated stiff wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 000943

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Title: Bed of Sphinxes (signed)

Publisher: City Lights Books, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Bed of Sphinxes offers a selection of poems from Philip Lamantia’s books and from recent work, representing five decades of impressive poetic achievement, from his early years of association with Surrealists-in-exile through the Beat Generation era to the present. The poems range from visionary apocalypse to a lyrical fusion with nature.

By turns nightmarish, erotic, hermetic, they create an astonishing world charged by Lamantia’s energy and imagination.

Review:

Allen Ginsberg wrote that Philip Lamantia was one of his poetic teachers, an American soothsayer on the level of Edgar Allen Poe, and I don't know how much more encouragement you'd need to check out this stunning collection. "The Owl" ("the dark steps I climb are lit up / by his Eye magnetic to the moon") is brilliant and evocative, and fairly typical of the level of writing to be found here. Visionary, lyrical, and hypnotic.

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