Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In the tradition of William Blake, the 18th century English poet whose Illuminated Poems became a literary classic, quintessential Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and illustrator Eric Drooker have joined forces to create a book of 50 poems which span Ginsberg's creative period from 1948 to the present, enchanced by full color and black-and-white illustrations. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: Street-smart, hip urban graphics accompany a collection of some fifty poems that span the poet's creative evolution from 1948 to the present, including the complete text of "Howl," as well as four never-before-anthologized works. Simultaneous. IP.
Introduction:Drooker's Illuminations by Allen Ginsberg
I first glimpsed Eric Drooker's odd name on posters pasted on fire-alarm sides, construction walls checkered with advertisements, & lamppost junction boxes in the vortex of Lower East Side Avenues leading to Tompkins Square Park, where radical social dislocation mixed homeless plastic tents with Wigstock transvestite dress-up anniversaries, Rastas sitting on benches sharing spliff, kids with purple Mohawks, rings in their noses ears eyebrows and bellybuttons, adorable or nasty skinheads, wives with dogs & husbands with children strolling past jobless outcasts, garbage, and a bandshell used weekly for folk-grunge concerts, anti-war rallies, squatters' rights protests, shelter for blanket-wrapped junkies & winos and political thunder music by Missing Foundation, commune-rockers whose logo, an overturned champagne glass with slogan "The Party's Over," was spray-painted on sidewalks, apartments, brownstone and brick walled streets.
Eric Drooker's numerous block-print-like posters announced much local action, especially squatters' struggles and various mayoral-police attempts to destroy the bandshell & close the Park at night, driving the homeless into notoriously violence-corrupted city shelters. Tompkins Park had a long history of political protest going back before Civil War anti-draft mob violence, memorialized as ". . . a mixed surf of muffled sound, the atheist roar of riot," in Herman Melville's The Housetop: A Night Piece (July 1863).
I began collecting Drooker's posters soon after overcoming shock, seeing in contemporary images the same dangerous class conflict I'd remembered from childhood, pre-Hitler block print wordless novels by Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward. Ward's images of the solitary artist dwarfed by the canyons of a Wall Street Megalopolis lay shadowed behind my own vision of Moloch. What "shocked" me in Drooker's scratchboard prints was his graphic illustration of economic crisis similar to Weimar-American 1930's Depressions.
In our own era, as one Wall Street stockbroker noted, "Reagan put the nation in hock to the military," with resulting collapse of human values & social stability. Drooker illuminated the widely-noted impoverishment of underclass, "diminishing expectations" of middleclass city dwellers, and transfer of disproportionate shares of common wealth to those already rich. This economic information, including facts of multi-billion savings & loan bankruptcies paid for by federal funds, was reported in neutral tones by newspapers of record but Drooker illustrated the city's infrastructural stress, housing decay, homelessness, garbage-hunger and bitter suffering of marginalized families, Blacks and youth, with such vivid detail that the authoritarian reality horror of our contemporary dog-eat-dog Malthusian technoeconomic class-war became immediately visible.
". . . It is a question of genuine values, human worth, trustworthiness," Thomas Mann commented, introducing Frans Masereel's novel in woodcuts Passionate Journey. Drooker spent his childhood on East 14th Street & Avenue B, exploring the city early, observing "shopping bag ladies, stretch-cadillacs, screaming unshaven men, junkies nodding, Third Avenue prostitutes looking at themselves in rearview mirrors of parked cars." His maternal grandparents were 1930's socialists, his mother taught in the neighborhood's PS 19, on 11th Street & First Avenue, his father, white-collar computer programmer, tripped him to art museums all over city.
1970's he attended Henry Street Settlement art classes, graduated from Cooper Union, moved permanently to East 10th Street close to Tompkins Park. Following family tradition he organized rent strikes, supported local squats and tenant organizing against police brutality. By 1980's working as freelance artist for many leftist groups, with reputation as radical street art-provocateur, he was arrested and thrown in District of Columbia jail for postering. In "denial" of economic crisis, city bureaucrats cracked down on Punk and political postering as a "public nuisance." Xeroxed flyers were considered "illegal graffiti."
By 1990's observant Op-ed editors at The New York Times invited him to contribute art for their pages, as did The Nation, Village Voice and Newsweek. Under a new post-modern regime at The New Yorker, he published many illustrations, even covers, including a celebrated image of two bums huddled round a bright garbage-can fire as big snowflakes fell under the Brooklyn Bridge. His novel in pictures, Flood!, with its fantastic social dreams, won an American Book Award.
Our collaboration volume began as byproduct of an illustration of my poem The Lion For Real for his St. Mark's Poetry Project New Year's Day 1993 Benefit poster.
As I'd followed his work over a decade, I was flattered that so radical an artist of later generations found the body of my poetry still relevant, even inspiring. Our paths crossed often, we took part in various political rallies and poetical-musical entertainments, the idea of a sizable volume of illustrated poem-pictures rose. Eric Drooker himself did all the work choosing texts (thankfully including many odd lesser-known scriblings) and labored several years to complete these Illuminated Poems.
- Allen Ginsberg, Lower East Side, Manhattan, 12/28/95
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Descrizione libro Running Press, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. The cover image and date may vary. Possible defects such as light shelving wear may exist. May have minor creasing, writing, stickers and/or residue. COAS Books, A Bookstore for Everyone. Ships Within 24 Hours - Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Codice libro della libreria mon0001036028
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G1568580703I5N00
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G1568580703I3N00
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Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. isbn matches very clean softcover. clean text. solid binding. very light wear. Fast service with confirmation, no international or priority orders over 4lbs. Codice libro della libreria mon0000096885
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Drooker, Eric (illustratore). 1st. 141 pp., illus.; 26 cm. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Cocked spine/skewed, corner creasing on wraps. First paperback edition. With paintings and drawings by Eric Drooker. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice libro della libreria 072065
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG1568580703
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. No Jacket. Drooker, Eric (illustratore). Codice libro della libreria 33965
Descrizione libro Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Near Fine. No Jacket. Drooker, Eric (illustratore). 2nd printing. Codice libro della libreria 16241
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97815685807084.0