Granary Books, 2001. Item #GB_106
6 x 8 in., 120 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
A Purchase in the White Botanica offers the first collected poetry of Piero Heliczer. It includes poems from his college days at Harvard as well as his published books among which are & I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra (1959) and The First Battle of the Marne (1962), both of which were printed and published by his own press, the dead language, and The Soap Opera (Trigram, 1967). Heliczer was featured 20 years ago in Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar, no. 9, a 200 page festschrift compiled by Gerard Malanga, long out-of-print.
Heliczer’s lyrical works incorporate classical notions of poetry combined with radical breaks in structure. The pieces explore the page itself, recreating spelling and placement of words to create “sheer visual clarity” in meaning and form. Heliczer blends abstract or “atmospheric” images to create an almost religious notion of poetry and life (Heliczer chose not to separate the two). The works move easily from throughout Europe, England and the United States, mirroring Heliczer’s own roaming nature.
A Purchase in the White Botanica is supplemented with an extensive illustrated biographical interview with Heliczer’s half-sister Marisabina Russo-Stark, conducted by Gerard Malanga, and a foreword by Anselm Hollo. Cover design by Naomi Yang; cover photograph by Gerard Malanga, 1970; text design by Neko Buildings. As new.
ABOUT PIERO HELICZER
ABOUT ANSELM HOLLO
ABOUT GERARD MALANGA
Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Michael Scharf and Jeff Zaleski in Publisher's Weekly, Winston Wheeler Dixon in Praire Schooner, Larry Sawyer in Jacket Magazine, and Edwin Pouncey in The Wire.