O My Life! Anne Waldman. Angel Hair Books. 1969.

O My Life!

Angel Hair Books, 1969. Item #839

Side-stapled wrappers with blue endpapers. Cover by George Schneeman. 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. photograph of the cover of The World, no. 10 "Valentine Issue" (Feb. 1968) with image of a loving couple collaged to title page. This is copy “A” from an edition of six copies hors commerce, lettered A– F, signed by author and artist with “a special surprise from the author.” There were also 20 copies numbered 1–20 and signed by author and artist, and 474 copies in the trade edition. Inscribed on f.f.e. to Larry and Joan [Fagin] on the occasion of their marriage, May 1969. Larry Fagin, poet, editor, and publisher of Adventures in Poetry magazine and books was a longtime friend of Waldman. "O My Life! with cover (based on a risqué Polaroid of the author) by George Schneeman is a fast little book with journalesque pieces composed at 33 St. Mark's Place. The poems seem influenced in part by Philip Whalen, Joe Brainard, and Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book." (The Angel Hair Anthology, p. 605) The vulnerable red rear cover is remarkably unfaded with small chips to upper and lower right corners. Trace of rust to staples. Sharp corners, very clean covers and interior. Near fine to fine.