Twenty-Four Haiku After the Japanese. Tom Weigel. Telephone Books. 1982.

Twenty-Four Haiku After the Japanese.

Telephone Books, 1982. Item #2802

Side-stapled wrappers. “A Telephone Book, Summer 1982 Series.” The title page notes that the cover drawings and drawings throughout are by Weigel, originally produced in ink on Strathmore paper. Also note: “A bow of thanks to the St. Mark’s Poetry Project for the use of the famous Gestetner.”


Within, haikus are titled after revered Japanese masters of the form. Brush-stroke ink illustrations evoke Zen practices and further cement the Japanese orientation indicated by the title. At the time, Weigel was also publishing his Tangerine Magazine, which ran from 1981–1986, and the Full Deck Anthology (whose wrappers also feature his ink drawings). The colophon notes that this book was held in the Franklin Furnace collections (henceforth acquired as an archive by the Museum of Modern Art), an instrumental organization (a la Printed Matter) in making legible the importance of artist’s multiples and artist’s books from the 1970s onward. 


From the colophon:

“The text of this edition of 300 copies has been reprinted from an unpublished artist text with drawings by the author originally reproduced in 22 gift copies numbered & signed by the poet. A new series of drawings was created by the author for the present work. Three copies of the original artist text are part of the Franklin Furnace in-house & travelling exhibitions of book-like printed works by artists. Twenty-six copies of this edition have been lettered A to Z & signed by the poet.”

Regular editon, with shelfwear to covers and rust at staples, very good plus (please contact for photographs; item pictured may be a different copy).

Price: $25.00

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