A Found Life. Elio Schneeman. Telephone Books. 2000.

A Found Life.

Telephone Books, 2000. Item #2763

Perfect-bound wrappers. Cover art by George Schneeman, designed by Pamela Lawton and Elio Schneeman, with frontispiece drawing by Lawton. Printed at The Print Center, Inc., with partial assistance from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc.

The book contains poems, prose poems, and very short stories. Elio Schneeman was the son of artist George Schneeman, whose first book was published by Ted Berrigan (his poetry teacher at St. Mark’s Church) and C Press. A Found Life is a posthumous collection; Elio passed away in 1997 at the age of 35. Vincent Katz (from back cover) describes the poems as “a realm apart from daily life,” and “difficult poetry to categorize,” which derives its strength from both dreamlike states and minute observations. Others have remarked on the minimalistic power of Schneeman’s poetry, and its close alignment with other streams of New York School poetry.

This is from an edition of 500 copies, of which 26 are lettered A to Z with original cover drawing by George Schneeman. This is from the regular edition, and is fine.

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