New York: Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1979. 1st Edition thus. 12mo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in gold.
First mass market paperback edition of this collection of poems and song lyrics. "[Smith's] sensibility is one that borrows and embraces Gnostic-tinged, heterodoxical ideas and feelings that have appeared in the cosmogony of William Blake, the ritualism and paranoia of Baudelaire, the illuminations of Rimbaud, the menacing sexual fantasies of Lautréamont, Bataille and Genet....it is hard to separate Smith's poetry and recordings from her public persona, for she has been producing – as Susan Sontag has said of Artaud – not so much a literary and musical body of work as a 'self'" (New York Times). Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos, drawings and reproductions by Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lynn Goldsmith and others. Originally published in hardcover and trade paperback in 1978. Lightest edgewear. Near fine. Item #501