090 (Aya Tarlow) Idell
Poems for Selected People

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090 (Aya Tarlow) Idell
Poems for Selected People

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“Contact in a World of Animation”

Berkeley: Kether Press, 1961
(23) pp., 16mo. Saddle-stapled into illustrated card covers, in an edition of two hundred copies. Photographs by Warner Jepson. Internally fine; light soiling and edgewear to wrappers, and one faint stain to lower corner of front cover.

A stalwart on the Bay Area Beat scene in the late fifties and sixties, Aya (born Idell Rose Tarlow) was a multifaceted figure, who began as a poet and visual artist, later expanding into photography and filmmaking, and ultimately deeply involved in social and spiritual activism (through her feminist magazine Matrix, for example, and later work in ritual traditions).

Close to David Meltzer, George Herms, Baza (Bob Alexander), and Wallace Berman, her work appeared in three issues of  Semina, and Baza published her third book, Marks of Asha, in 1963. (Warner Jepson, whose photographs of a dandelion, and of the author, appear on the covers, though noted primarily as an early electronic composer and one of the first members of the SF Tape Music Center, was also an active participant in the Semina circle.) 

This scarce self-published volume appears to be her first book of poems; OCLC locates just four copies.

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