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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
About this title
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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