Black Mountain, NC: Black Mountain College [printed in Palma de Mallorca by Mossén Alcover], 1954. 8vo. 64 pages. 8 black-and-white photographs illustrating Charles Olson's piece on Mayan heads. Original printed wrappers reproducing a design by Katsué Kitasono. Provenance: Hadney Oakley (name in ink on p. 50). Light soiling to wrappers, small loss to upper spine, internally clean and fresh. Item #406040
The second issue of Robert Creeley's seminal journal from Black Mountain College. Among the important contributions to this issue are Paul Blackburn's 'The Dissolving Fabric' and 'The Continuity', and Robert Creeley's 'The Happy Man' and 'A Character for Love.' The central essay is Charles Olson's 'Mayan Heads,' with superb photographs by Diana Woelffer of Mayan pottery, introducing this collection (it is not reprinted elsewhere). Blackburn's contributions include the title-poem to his 1955 collection published by Creeley's Divers Press, 'The Dissolving Fabric,' and is therefore one of Blackburn's earliest appearances in print (following earlier appearances in a New Directions annual and Origin). Also includes poems by Irving Layton; fiction by Douglas Woolf, Kizu Toyotaro and Ronald Mason; and essays by Kenneth Rexroth (on Antonin Artaud) and Charles Olson ("Mayan Heads," with eight reproductions).