Granary Books, 1999. Item #GB_66
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., 20 pp., paper over boards.
The manuscript of Spicer’s Golem poems was discovered by Fran Herndon and Kevin Killian in 1997 in a “dog-eared manila folder. The first poem in this series saw print—in the ‘Spicer issue’ of Manroot—only because Lew Ellingham had copied it onto a brown paper bag after Spicer posted it on the wall of Gino & Carlo’s bar. That it had any successors few guessed or knew.”
The seven images accompanying the six poems are from Herndon’s “Sports Collages,” her “painterly re-working of pop images cut from the pages of Sports Illustrated and other mass-market magazines...Spicer and Herndon draw on [the] complex legend [of the golem] to animate their conception of the athlete-and-poet as hero and monster, corpse, and avenger. For these artists, the corruption of innocence under the nexus of capital is as simple as, and as confounding as, a ‘fix.’ ”
Golem was designed and printed letterpress by Philip Gallo at The Hermetic Press. The images are beautifully reproduced in full color, laser printed with a Canon 1000. Bound at the Campbell-Logan Bindery. This is from an edition of 150 copies, of which 50 are hors commerce and 100 are for sale; each signed by Herndon. As new.
ABOUT FRAN HERNDON
ABOUT JACK SPICER
Pictured: cover; pp. 2–3; 10–11; and 12–13.