Six poetry titles by Howard Hart (1927-2002), all inscribed to Nathan May, the editor and publisher of Beatitude #32, the San Francisco magazine of Beat poetry.
Hart wrote poetry and plays and was an accomplished jazz pianist and drummer. In the late 1950s, Hart, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia, and David Amram gave jazz poetry readings in New York. From 1959-61, Hart wrote theatre and book reviews for the Village Voice. He also spent many years in San Francisco and was part of the poetry scene there.
The six books are:
--Fountain Square. New York: Pennyeach Press, 1954. Octavo, unpaginated, in wrappers. One of 200 copies. Soling and foxing to wrappers. About Very Good.
--The Sky of Orange Whispers. New York: Gallery: Gertrude Stein, 1964. Octavo, 55, (1] pages, in wrappers. Wrappers stained and soiled. Good.
--The Apple Bites Back. Mill Valley, California: Klook Press, 1974. Octavo, 66 pages, in wrappers. Some soiling to wrappers. Very Good.
--Selected Poems: Six Sets, 1951-1983. Berkeley: City Miner Books, 1984. Octavo, 88 pages, in wrappers. Wrappers stained and rubbed, offsetting to verso of upper wrapper from a newspaper article. Very Good.
--Charmelle and the White Smoke. San Francisco: Despair Press, 1980. Quarto, unpaginated, in stapled wrappers. Some soiling to wrappers, lower wrapper a bit loose from staples. Very Good.
--Django. Alexandria, Virginia: Deep Forest, 1989. Octavo, unpaginated, in wrappers. One of 100 copies. Some soiling to wrappers. Very Good.
Hart's books were often published in small editions, so signed or inscribed copies are even more elusive. All six of these books are inscribed to Nathan May. Item #2325