Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1973. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine stamped in yellow, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The tragic poems of my childhood / disappear like ice under summer sun" (from "Little Poem In Search of the Past"). Signed first edition of this collection by acclaimed New York School poet Anne Waldman, member of the Outrider experimental poetry community, friend to the Beats, "spiritual wife" of Allen Ginsberg (his words). "Throughout Life Notes, Waldman confronts underlying fears and structures of everyday life in the early 70s, making visible the problems — in a particularly post-structural move — in order to critique them. In fact, the book revels in its post-structural/postmodern imaginary with its unrelenting critiques of everyday American life and culture in that Waldman evokes images of soldiers, missiles, apocalyptic industrialization, gender problems, all to critique the rapidly changing world stuck in a modernist mindset" (Jared James O'Connor, "Cold War New York: Postmodernism, Lyricism, And Queer Aesthetics In 1970s New York Poetry"). Cover art and several illustrations by writer and artist Joe Brainard, with additional illustrations by George Schneeman and Waldman herself, as well as one poem in Waldman's facsimile handwriting. Signed by Waldman on the title-page. Some chipping and tears to spine-ends and flap folds of unclipped dust jacket, with small chip to spine panel and upper flap fold. Very good overall. Item #2214