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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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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.


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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