San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1968. First Edition. First book by the New Jersey poet and intimate of Beat generation luminaries. At the age of 16, inspired by Kerouac's On the Road, Pommy traveled to New York to become involved in the Beat scene there; she met Gregory Corso in Greenwich Village, and through him, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, whom she moved in with shortly after graduating high school. She married Peruvian painter Fernando Vega and moved with him to Europe in 1962; during a visit to Ibiza, Vega died suddenly of a heroin overdose, prompting Pommy-Vega's return to the U.S. Her first book, a collection of poems dedicated to her late husband, was published in a single, small printing by City Lights Books, reproducing a self-portrait of Fernando Vega on the front wrapper. Cook 66. Item #4639
First Printing, one of 3,000 copies. 12mo. (15.75cm); illustrated wrappers; 60,pp. Lengthily inscribed shortly after publication to Gregory Corso on the title page: "7-68. To you Gregory / down on city hall steps with the diggers reading poems to the city beepers on their lunch hour / watching the circus - like Isaiah exhorting the people / read yr poems of St. Francis - power + the visions in Greece - shouting out over them out to them COME ALIVE + some heard it - all love + blessings on yr head - Kay Johnson sends love - + Dan Moore has made a cosmic opera - a holy thing / Love to you / Janine." Light wear to extremities, gentle sunning to spine, with a few faint spots of soil to front wrapper, right edge of textblock, and to lower margins; Very Good+.