Pommy-Vega, Janine

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Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: City Lights Books
Date Published: 1968
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 2417


First Printing, one of 3,000 copies. 12mo. (15.75cm); illustrated wrappers; 60, [4]pp. Signed by the author on the title page, dated 8.69. Barest hint of sunning to spine, else fresh and Fine, without a trace of the usual wear.


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. An attractive copy with the author's contemporary signature. Cook 66.

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