8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Signed in full by author Barbara Guest on half title ("from Barbara Guest"). Exceptionally nice copy of the first edition, first printing, of this landmark colection by the Winner of thr Frost Prize. Jacket fine, book has only the faintest traces of shelfwear to corners. Seller Inventory # 00542481
Synopsis: A collection of the poets works spanning her forty year career demonstrates how the writer has evolved to incorporate poetic trends and movements of the times
From Publishers Weekly:
When first published in the 1960s, Guest was associated with the New York poets, a group, including John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, that was influenced by the art world's abstract impressionist movement. But, as this important selection demonstrates, in the 30 years since then Guest has evolved a style of her own, combining meta-poetical, impressionistic word painting with philosophical musings evocative of symbolists like Mallarme. With rich language and refracted line-breaks and stanzas, she achieves a distinct tapestry-like quality, an effect complemented by a poetic landscape often populated by medieval icons and royal figures. Earlier poems like "Sand" and "A Handbook of Surfing" offer language as a sensual experience; in selections from her most recent collections, Fair Realism (1989) and Defensive Rapture (1993), her interest in visual aesthetics (Guest regularly contributes to Art News) seems translated into poetry: "I/ created a planned randomness in which color/ behaved like a star" ("The Screen of Distance"). Very like beautiful abstract paintings, Guest's poetry defies literal interpretation, its language setting the "tone values" of subjects ranging from the color black to the loss of memory.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Title: Selected Poems of Barbara Guest
Publisher: Sun & Moon Press
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Slight foxing on topedge else fine in a fine dustwrapper. Signed by the author. Seller Inventory # 433242
Book Description Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First American Edition. This is a fine hardcover copy with a near fine dust jacket with almost no wear. Signed in ink, by Barbara Guest, on the half title-page, just under the title. Not inscribed to anyone just signed, and dated "April 23, 1999 the Frost Award'. Not signed in the year of publication, but at the ceremony in April 1999 when Barbara Guest was given the Frost Award. Otherwise completely clean. Stated first American edition. 9" high X 7" wide, 197 pages. This book will be securely wrapped and packed in a sturdy box and shipped with tracking. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 013983