Berkeley: Blue Wind Press, 1980. First Edition. Late but substantial collection of poems by Berrigan, gathering work spanning three decades, including some rare, early work, as well as previously ubpublished material. A superb copy, inscribed by Berrigan to Eileen Myles; at the time, Myles was at the beginning of her career, and Berrigan was less than three years away from an untimely death due to cirrhosis of the liver. Myles had moved to New York from Boston in 1974, then in her mid-20's and not yet out as a lesbian, when she encountered the Poetry Project at St. Mark's, where she was taught by Berrigan and Alice Notley. By 1980 she had published her first two books - The Irony of the Leash and Polar Odes - and seen many of her poems included in various little magazines. A terrific association copy, connecting two generations of New York School poets. Fischer, p.55. Item #4876
Wrappered Issue. Octavo (22.75cm); pictorial card wrappers; xvii,403,pp; illus. Eileen Myles's copy, inscribed to her by Berrigan across the half-title page: "For Eileen, with pleasure / only to find you too late! (but not too late, thank god!) / love, + real admiration for you, Ted (Berrigan) / 28 Sept 81 / NYC." Light wear to extremities, faint vertical crease at mid-spine, with some faint creasing and tiny stains to rear wrapper, and a few tiny stains to right edge of textblock; Very Good+.