by Lewis Warsh
Lewis Warsh's newly written text accompanies a group of black and white photographs taken in 1968 during and after the time he and Anne Waldman visited Ted and Sandy Berrigan and family at the summer home of Lee Crabtree at Bustin's Island, off the coast of Maine. The guileless, innocent character which sparkles in the late 60s photographs stands in stark relief to the darkness-shrouded over-the-shoulder glance in a portrait at the end of the text. This is a remarkably lucid portrait of a time and place, and the price paid for admission into the realm of experience. Poets Anne Waldman, Ted Berrigan, Lewis Warsh, Joanne Kyger, and Tom Clark are here glimpsed up close.
Bustin's Island '68 was originally composed and produced by Warsh as a private manuscript book, a single copy, in 1992. The Granary Books edition is based on the original, which is now housed in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. Printed letterpress by Joe Elliot at Soho Letterpress, signed by the author, with 21 black and white photographs hand-mounted by Jill Jevne. 20 hors commerce, 50 for sale.