Leaflets is Adrienne Rich's fifth book of poems. It contains twenty-eight new poems, five adaptations of Dutch, Yiddish, and Russian poets, and a sequence of seventeen poems loosely based on the ghazal, a common form in Middle Eastern poetic tradition; these ghazals comprise a kind of notebook of a month in the summer of 1968.Leaflets is Adrienne Rich's fifth book of poems. It contains twenty-eight new poems, five adaptations of Dutch, Yiddish, and Russian poets, and a sequence of seventeen poems loosely based on the ghazal, a common form in Middle Eastern poetic tradition; these ghazals comprise a kind of notebook of a month in the summer of 1968.Read Less
Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper to Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and their only child Harriet: "For Elizabeth + Cal + Harriet-/with always more love-/Adrienne." Lowell appropriated the book and the margins are filled with his ticks and slashes and a few words, especially in the section "Ghazals, Homage to Ghalib, " a series of meditations on contemporary life modeled on Ghalib; the similarity to the poems Lowell was then working on for NOTEBOOKS and HISTORY is remarkable as is the association value of this copy. Three years later Lowell would publish THE DOLPHIN which Rich called ¿a cruel and shallow book" and ¿one of the most vindictive and mean-spirited acts in the history of poetry. ¿ Writing in AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, she said: ¿what does one say about a poet who, having left his wife and daughter for another marriage, then titles a book with their names [FOR LIZZIE AND HARRIET] and goes on to appropriate his ex-wife's letters written under the stress and pain of desertion, into a book of poems nominally addressed to the new wife? ¿
Faint dampstaining along the bottom and fore edges of the back cover, else a very good copy in wrappers. The framed illustration is fine. First Edition. The simultaneous issue in wrappers. An exceptional association copy, INSCRIBED by Rich to John Berryman: "For John, in love & gratitude / Adrienne." With five pencil emendations to the text in an unknown hand, the page numbers of which are noted on the rear pastedown. Also included with the book, and likely given to Berryman at the same time, is a small framed illustration [likely] from Mirza Ghahib's Ghazal XVIII. On the rear of the frame, Rich has written out her 10 line translation of the Ghazal, and INSCRIBED it: "For John, 25 October 1968 / in love and celebration / from Adrienne / [ten line transcription in her hand] / translated from the Urdu by Aijaz Ahmad & Adrienne Rich." A section of translated Ghazals appears at the rear of this volume, but Rich's personal translation for Berryman is not among them.
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