Fair. Very readable, clean copy! Pages are pristine and unmarked. Covers are mostly intact, but front cover has a large vertical slit on the side nearest the spine, as if apparently sliced by a box cutter. Cover remains attached, despite being cut through, and could easily be repaired with tape. Otherwise, covers have medium wear at edges, a few wrinkles, and light scuffing. Binding is tight and flat, with no damage or creasing. A good reading copy, but the cover is significantly damaged.
88 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. POETRY. "Rika Lesser, through these somberly glowing meditations, has brought a whole world&emdash; its gods, artifacts, plunderers&emdash; to language and to life."&emdash; James Merrill "We discover the dire, fastidious significance of Rika Lesser's poems, which are of course a meditation on what happens to the open secret of her life, what becomes of now; we discover, in so many Etruscan things taken out of their Etruscan places, that the past pollutes AND saves."&emdash; Richard Howard RIKA LESSER is the author of three earlier collections of poetry, Etruscan Things (1983), All We Need of Hell (1995), and Growing Back (1997). She has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Translation Prize of the Swedish Academy. (Key Words: Poetry, Rika Kesser).
Good in good dust jacket. CE4-A tight, clean, sound copy with minor overall shelf wear with tape staining on the outside surfaces of the front and back boards from where the dust jacket endflaps were taped to the boards plus there are the usual library stamps on the top outside paper edges and the title page plus there is a closed tear (about 0.5") at the bottom edge of the front hinge from a binding error plus there is some light label staining on the front free endpaper plus there is a patch of glue staining and surface damage on the back free endpaper from a library pocket. The dust jacket shows minor overall shelf wear with some very light fading on the spine plus there is scattered very light surface chipping on the front, back, and spine plus there is a closed tear (about 1") on the back bottom edge plus there is some light staining along the top edge of the back endflap lus it is still in the original library mylar sleeve. This is a title in the publisher's Braziller Series of Poetry. Illustrated with black and white drawings and with a note by Richard Howard. A collection of poetry by a noted American translator of Swedish and German poetry. The author is a winner of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 87p.
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