Poisoned Wheat. Michael McClure.

Poisoned Wheat

San Francisco: No publisher stated, 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Small Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches; 200 x 145 mm), [16] pages in stapled illustrated wrappers. INSCRIBED by Michael McClure on the title page: "For Rick--Black Oaks -- Michael / McClure." Poems opposing the war in Vietnam, along with riffs on overpopulation and consumerism. The cover features a crossed-out portrait of William H. Bonney, better known as the outlaw and murderer Billy the Kid. This edition is the true first edition and shouldn't be confused with a later version issued by Coyote and City Lights Books. Michael McClure, who was instrumental in launching the Beat movement, died on May 4, 2020, at age 87. McClure took part in a legendary poetry reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955. Other readers were Allen Ginsberg (who read an early version of Howl), Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen, with Kenneth Rexroth acting as master of ceremonies. Scarce signed. Item #2239

CONDITION: Soiling and edge wear to wrappers, large crease to lower wrapper, and smaller creases to a few pages toward the rear. Internally, clean and unmarked. Overall, a Very Good copy.

Price: $75.00

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