New York: Viking Penguin, 1992. First Edition. Black boards with 1/4 black cloth on spine and red metallic print on spine. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by the original Beats, SIGNED "Allen Ginsberg / Naropa 7/8/93", INSCRIBED "Michael McClure / Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination / for Keith Naropa '94", SIGNED "Gary Snyder",SIGNED "Frank O'Hara" all on Title Page and INSCRIBED "Ed Sanders w/ Salute / for Keith" beneath the dedication poem. 5" x 7.75" pp. [vi] xxxvi 1-642 . Owner's name also on title page, "Keith Abbot's copy / Naropa". Previous bookseller pencil erasure on FFE. Clean, tight collector's copy.
Not only does this book contain some of the best and most complete Beat poetry and prose (Kerouac, Welch, Burroughs, Bukowski, Dylan, Cassady, Corso, et. al.), it is signed by five of the most prolific. Fine / as new. Item #279
SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE BEATNIK
"It is most important now to change the smell of the beatnik. Instead of using, for example, the word 'shit' so often in their poems, I suggest that they tactfully substitute the word 'roses' wherever the word occurs. This is a small adjustment." (p 169).