Clark Coolidge
On the Nameways, Volumes One & Two
(inscribed to Steve Lacy & Irene Aebi)

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Clark Coolidge
On the Nameways, Volumes One & Two
(inscribed to Steve Lacy & Irene Aebi)

100.00

Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2000.

128 & 128 pp., 8vo. Perfect-bound in printed wrappers. Volume Two published a year after the first. Both volumes inscribed at the time of publication to Steve Lacy and Irene Aebi. A touch of sunning to the spine of Volume Two, otherwise as new.

“For Coolidge, the figure of the improvising jazz soloist becomes a model for the poet in the moment of writing,” as nicely put by Michael Leddy, in one of the blurbs for Volume Two. Coolidge and Lacy are in that select company of practicioners working in the place where jazz and poetry meet; in fact, while on a panel together at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics of Naropa University in 1991, Lacy demonstrated how he might begin to set a poem of Coolidge’s. (The recording of that panel, which also included Robert Creeley and Nathaniel Mackey, is easily found online.)

A meaningful association, and nice to have both volumes together.

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