Granary Books & Pressed Wafer, 2000. Item #GB_75
5 x 7 1/2 in., 109 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
“The Blind See Only This World honors the work of the poet John Wieners. It takes its title from the last poem in his sequence Pressed Wafer. In the autobiographical note Wieners wrote for Donald Allen’s anthology The New American Poetry he remembered, ‘I first met Charles Olson on the night of Hurricane Hazel, September 11, 1954, when I ‘accidentally’ heard him read his verse at the Charles St. Meeting House (Boston). They passed out complimentary copies of the Black Mountain Review #1, and I ain’t been able to forget.’ Many of those in this volume, whether they encountered Wieners first in his Hotel Wentley Poems (1959) or 25 years later in the two volumes of selected Wieners poems Raymond Foye edited for Black Sparrow Press, can say that they too ain’t been able to forget. Wieners has lived for the past thirty years in Joy Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill.”
Contributors to the anthology are: John Ashbery, Paul Auster, Amiri Baraka, Ed Barrett, Jim Behrle, Dodie Bellamy, Bill Berkson, Daniel Bouchard, John Clarke, Clark Coolidge, William Corbett, Robert Creeley, Tim Davis, Diane di Prima, Edward Dorn, Robert Duncan, Jim Dunn, Kenward Elmslie, Elaine Equi, Larry Fagin, Michael Franco, Benjamin Friedlander, Michael Friedman, Merrill Gilfillan, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Gizzi, Peter Gizzi, Robert Gluck, John Godfrey, Barbara Guest, Thom Gunn, Jim Harrison, Lee Harwood, Stratis Haviaris, Fanny Howe, Susan Howe, Kenneth Irby, Stephen Jonas, Robert Kelly, Kevin Killian, Ann Kim, August Kleinzahler, Joanne Kyger, Gerrit Lansing, Frank Lima, Nathaniel Mackey, Bernadette Mayer, Gail Mazur, Duncan McNaughton, Askold Melnyczuk, Charles North, Jawn P, Ron Padgett, Michael Palmer, Jack Powers, Michael Rumaker, Andrew Schelling, Charley Shively, Aaron Shurin, Cedar Sigo, Charles Simic, James Tate, Joseph Torra, Paul Violi, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh, Carol Weston, Dara Wier, Elizabeth Willis, John Yau, Geoffrey Young, and John Wieners.
Co-published with Pressed Wafer. Designed by Amber Phillips. Cover photograph of John Wieners by Allen Ginsberg. Printed offset, this is from an edition of 1000 copies in wrappers. As new.