N.p: circa 1995-99. Broadside (9 x 6 inches). 38-line poem printed on recto only in green ink, the sheet edged in gold. Soft crease in upper left corner, generally fine. Item #402917
A SCARCE CHRISTMAS CARD BROADSIDE, SIGNED by the poet's mother, Hellen Ingram Merrill Plummer, in red ink "Hellen" with a heart. Written in 1995 while Merrill knew he was dying, this shaped-poem here forms a full Christmas tree – it was originally printed justified on the left, so appearing as only half a tree. Merrill composed a number of concrete poems, though not perhaps as poignant as this reflection of his dying: "... And in the shadow behind me, a primitive IV / To keep the show going. Yes, yes, what lay ahead / Was clear: the stripping, the cold street, my chemicals / Plowerd back into the Earth for lives to come..." Merrill's mother signed and sent this to family friend Charles Crawford.