San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1976. 1st Edition. Large slim octavo, publisher's stapled stiff paper wraps printed in black.
"My statement is this: that poetry, to go forward, in my view, has to begin a voyage into the description of historical reality." First edition of singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and longtime member of the Fugs (phew!) Ed Sanders's manifesto on "investigative poetry," prepared as a lecture delivered at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, one year prior. Sanders's seminal contribution to poetry theory exhorts his fellow poets to merge lyrical beauty with political and historical lessons while furnishing techniques for how to "interrogate the abyss" in order to achieve this tenuous yet revolutionary balance. Sanders has since gone on to teach several courses on investigative poetry and has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Published by fellow poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books. With a bibliography. Upper wrap with sticker residue and slight abrasion to bottom edge, light general soiling. Very good. Item #1962