Granary Books, 2000. Item #GB_76SGN
8 x 10 in, 48 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
Bomb is a meditation on a book of photographs that document the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos. The 30-page poem begins with epigraphs by Democritus, Gregory Corso, and André Breton/Paul Éluard before embarking upon its own project of lucid investigation via an elliptical glancing narration: “Put the bomb in a glass vase/add dust and forget.” Bomb is sharp, stark, rhythmic; Coolidge tangles with the dreamlike oddness of the photographs in fits and starts of language with an explosive beauty. Waldrop’s series of collages are literal reworkings of the original pictures: deep blacks and bright whites excavated from the book, remade here in the image of the poem.
Printed offset with two-color cover. Designed by Emily Y. Ho. This is from an edition of 26 copies lettered and signed by the poet and artist from a total edition of 1500 in wrappers. As new.
Pictured: cover; pp. 17–18; 21–22; and 25–26.