The Figures, 1978. Item #2826
Sewn in wrappers. The poet's first book, with blurbs by Ron Silliman and David Bromige on the back cover. This particular copy is inscribed to Bromige.
In an interview with Ben Lerner, Armantrout reflects on this first publication: "If you live long enough, it’s hard not to repeat yourself. But anyway, I do think that my work has gone through phases. Maybe they’re subtle, but, like the seasons in California, they exist. In my first book, Extremities, there are quite a few short and even very short poems. 'Anti-Short Story' is three lines long. 'View' is four. I had been a bit influenced by Zen koans, like everyone my age, as well as by Williams." (BOMB Magazine, Jan. 1, 2011)
This is from an edition of 300 copies of which 26 are lettered and signed. This is one of the regular copies. Very good with light shelf wear.