Boulder: Shambala, 1978-79. 1st Edition. 2 vols., octavo, publisher's multi-color stiff paper wraps lettered in white.
"I was one of those who became interested in questioning the link between poetry and writing, who spoke in terms of a return to the 'oral bases' of poetry, so that poetry was not to be defined principally as a form of writing. Poetry is a process of language and mind, and ultimately, in an age of writing, writing is one of the ways in which poetry manifests itself" (Jerome Rothenberg). Two-volume collection of essays based on lectures about writing and creative work given at Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in the 1970s. Formed under the guidance of Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Diane di Prima, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, the school's mission was to encourage a disciplined practice of writing while cultivating a historical and cultural awareness of literary studies. Includes material by several Beat and New York Poetry School luminaries such as Ted Berrigan, William S. Burroughs, Clark Coolidge, Ed Sanders, and more, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white author photos and reproductions; with an appendix and biographical notes. Light creasing to spines and general overall wear. Very good. Item #2492