A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA
by Piero Heliczer

Author's Bio

PIERO HELICZER was born in Rome, Italy in 1937 and died in Preaux du Perche, France in 1993. He was the author of several books including & I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra and The First Battle of the Marne, both of which were printed and published by his own press, the dead language. The Soap Opera, a collection with illustrations by Andy Warhol, Wallace Berman, Jack Smith and others, was published in London by Trigram Press in 1967. A talented actor (he was a child star in Il Piccolo Tucci and Bengasi) Heliczer had a role in Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures. Also a filmmaker, he made such underground movies as Satisfaction, Venus in Furs, Joan of Arc (in which Andy Warhol had a role) and the unfinished three-hour epic Dirt. Heliczer was a seminal figure in sixties underground culture in NYC, London, Amsterdam and Paris. A Purchase in the White Botanica, edited by longtime friends and collaborators Gerard Malanga and Anslem Hollo, brings back into print all of his published poetry and is supplemented w ith an extensive illustrated biographical interview with Heliczer's half-sister Marisabina Russo-Stark, conducted by Malanga.

 

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