An Astonished Eye Looks Out of the Air

Waldport, Oregon: Untide Press, 1945.

Price: $7,500.00

Softcover. First edition, first impression. Wrappers with applied title piece. Some tape shadows to the wrappers, staples pulled through, else a very good copy. The first printing of 1800 copies was rendered unfit for release through a printer's error. All were destroyed except for about 70 copies, which were distributed with the second impression, with no known differentiation. Eventually 23 copies of the 70 copies of the first impression came into Patchen's hand, and he created a limited edition of 11 copies, with a hand-lettered limitation page (where Patchen relates this sequence of events). This is copy number 2 of the 11, and is Signed by the author. Additionally Inscribed by the author: "for Arthur, a good human being whose friend I am proud to be. Kenneth. June 21, 1946." The recipient was Arthur Sturcke, a now little-remembered painter and pacifist who exhibited in the 1930s and 1940s, and who did much to help and support Patchen. Patchen mentions him in his book *Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer* in a dialogue discussing art and artists: "And what about DeNiro? There is a serious young painter. All right what about Kamrowski? – Or Lee Bell? Or Jackson Pollock? – Or Arthur Sturcke?" Beautifully printed small collection of poems printed in a conscientious objectors' camp. Rare.

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An Astonished Eye Looks Out of the Air. Kenneth PATCHEN.

Kenneth Patchen
birth name: Kenneth Patchen
born: 12/13/1911
died: 1/8/1972

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American experimental poet, novelist, painter, and grapihc designer. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

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