Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. First Edition Thus. Deluxe issue of this poem cycle by Mudd, first published in 1981 as an elaborate fine press edition by Arabesque Books (150 copies). "...The Plain of Smokes is an ode to the Los Angeles that shaped both the artist and the poet. The process, which began in 1978, of conceptualizing, developing, and creating The Plain of Smokes, has been described by many, including its author, as the true definition of the word "collaboration." Mudd and Price continually motivated revision in each other's work, resulting in a thought-provoking visualization of the dialogue between two artists. Arabesque Books asked Gary Lichtenstein of SOMA Fine Art Press in San Francisco to print Price's multilayered paintings featuring pencil, gouache, watercolor, and india ink for the book" (Mana Contemporary exhibit). The third of Mudd's four books of poetry, short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Prize. The deluxe issue, when found, is nearly always lacking the signed print. Item #3873
Deluxe Issue, one of 26 lettered copies specially bound and signed by the poet, this being copy 'M'. Octavo (23cm); illustrated paper-covered boards and patterned cloth backstrip, with title label applied to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; 90,pp; with black and white illustrations throughout by Ken Price. Fine in a lightly-rubbed, Near Fine dustjacket. Offered together with an original three-color serigraph print ("Tiki Motel"), signed and dated by Price at lower right corner, numbered 13/26 (Letter 'M'). as called for in the colophon; professionally hinged into the publisher's original folding matte; print measures 12.25" x 14.75", matted to an overall size of 15" x 17.5". Fine.