33 POEMS, by Robert Lax; Thomas Kellein (ed) - 1988 [1st Ed]$120.00
by Robert Lax
edited by Thomas Kellein
The American poet Robert Lax belongs to the generation of William Burroughs, John Cage and the Abstract Expressionist painters. In the past twenty-five years he has become known as an Abstract poet to an ever-widening circle of writers and artists in America and abroad. Lax gained his own position through a constant questioning of the universe and our ideas of it. 33 Poems presents the first quintessential gathering of Lax's work. 199 pages with bibliography. 6.25" by 9.25".
First Edition published by Hansjorg Mayer. Stuttgart, Germany. 1988.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition with a VERY GOOD DJ.
- Blue cloth covers are mildly darkened along the edges though overall remain free of major signs of age or wear.
- Corners are sharp.
- Spine is square with firm ends and features bold silver lettering.
- Binding is firm.
- Interior is free of signs of age or wear.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Text block edges exhibiting foxing.
- DJ exhibits light wear such as a closed tear to front bottom edge, open tears to the rear top edge, soiling to front, rear and returns and light wear to the corners including a closed tear to the front bottom right corner.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
After graduating in 1938, Lax worked on the staff of The New Yorker, was poetry editor of Time magazine, wrote screenplays in Hollywood, and taught at both the University of North Carolina and Connecticut College for Women. Lax converted from Judaism to Catholicism in 1943, five years after his friend Thomas Merton, and Rice was godfather to both men. But Lax desired a simple life, so he wandered, working in circuses as an expert juggler. He traveled with the Cristiani Brothers circus in 1949, which enabled him to generate material for his collection Circus of the Sun. Lax helped Rice start Jubilee, a lay Catholic magazine, in 1952 and became its roving editor. By 1962, he found his way to the Greek islands, where he was to spend the next 35 years, most recently on Patmos. The correspondence of Lax and Merton, written in a kind of comic argot, was published in 1978. Lax moved back to Olean in 2000, where shortly after, on September 26, 2000, he died in his sleep at age 84.
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