New York: Angel Hair Books, 1973. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"At a time, in the early seventies, when I slept a lot, I kept track of my dreams, writing a book distilling some of them...That prose-poetic experiment ended when I entered Jungian therapy and presented my dreams for interpretation. They all made abundant sense, which was entertaining but not terribly helpful. My problem was not a lack of connection with the collective unconscious. I was a fucking poet. My problem was getting out of bed in the morning" (from Peter Schjeldahl's New Yorker essay "The Art of Dying"). First edition of American art critic and poet Peter Schjeldahl's oneiric collection. Published under noteworthy downtown poets Anne Waldman and Lewis Marsh's Angel Hair imprint, Schjeldahl's playfully ironic hommage to his dream life partakes seamlessly of the second generation New York School's innovative and self-aware aesthetic. Cover illustration by pop artist James Rosenquist, who features in the poem "Art Sale," gathered here: "I am visiting Jim Rosenquist at his place in the country, where / he has just completed a vast, wonderful painting. Various art / world celebrities view it. They like it but agree that it's much / too big to be saleable. Jim is depressed..." One of 950 unsigned copies, from a total edition of 1000. Some surface rubbing to wraps. Very good or better. Item #2253