Granary Books / Unarmed Journal, 2021. Item #2978 9 x 5 7/8 x 2 in. This book comprises twenty-one full-color folios (printed both sides), featuring artwork and poetry by Guy Beining. The folios are housed within publisher's cardstock box.
In the Contemporary Authors Autobiography series, Guy Beining (b. 1938 in London) notes: “my literary pulse is not an easy one to take, and it is getting more entangled as I go along” (vol. 30, p. 63). Writing since the 1960s, and creating visual art since the 1970s, Beining’s work is situated within the verbal/visual/borderblur avant-garde and the ephemeral world of little magazines and small presses. He has published with Z Press, Runaway Spoon, Potes and Poets, Leave Books, Red Ozier, and Industrial Sabotage, among many others and his first poetry chapbook was published by Sun & Moon in 1976.
Beining writes: "the oddity of being born exactly fifty years after T. S. Eliot shovels no great debris onto my beginnings, but being born in the Chelsea section of London gets me closer to the fly ointment.” His family moved to New York City 1940 to escape the war.
After a stint in the Army following classes at the University of Indiana and the University of Florida, Beining settled into a Park Slope brownstone and wrote a novel in 1965, which remains unpublished. This sustained encounter with language evolved into his deep relationship with poetry.
Working a day-job at a local bank, Beining met his wife, Anna, around 1978. This encounter coincided with his emerging collage practice and the start of one of his long pieces, Stoma. By 1979, Beining had incorporated art more fully into his poetic practice, and he continued to publish and show artworks throughout the 1980s. In 2005–2006, Beining was the winner of the PIP Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry in English.
This is from the trade edition of 80 copies published by Unarmed Journal in Saint Paul, Minnesota. There is also a limited edition published by Granary Books in New York City. As new.
9 x 5 7/8 x 2 in. This book comprises twenty-one full-color folios (printed both sides), featuring artwork and poetry by Guy Beining. The folios are housed within publisher's cardstock box.