Angel Hair Books, 1969. Item #813
Side-stapled wrappers. Cover by Alex Katz. This is from an edition of 500 copies: 10 copies lettered A–J, signed by the author and artist, with an additional work by the author; 26 copies numbered 1–26 and signed by the author and artist; 464 copies in a trade edition. This is from the trade edition and is nicely inscribed by the poet to Larry and Joan Fagin in 1969. Poet, editor, and publisher of Adventures in Poetry magazine and books was a close friend of Berkson for 50 years. An important association copy. "The poems in Shining Leaves I wrote entirely at Yaddo, the wondrous, disastrous summer of 1968. Two months or so in a room 'haunted' for writing: I could do nothing else; every time I began to read or just look out the window, poem fiends would start up." (The Angel Hair Anthology, p. 575.) A near fine copy with a small bump at the crown of the spine and a little tear on the back cover near the spine. Clean, sharp.