New York: CUZ Editions, 1999. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's stapled black stiff paper top sheets, original illustrated dust jacket, illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and reproductions.
Limited edition of poet, art critic and downtown tastemaker Ricard's collection of witty and self-lacerating love poems, illustrated by self-taught artist Hawkins, and signed by Ricard in the year of publication. "Hard to believe/Someone can tell you they love you/w/ conviction, make love undreamed of...and/Then steal, by now 5 typewriters and/Countless watches, when my money runs out/For even an hour...." Ricard was a fixture at Warhol's Factory, a regular and influential contributor to ArtForum magazine, a prolific poet and painter (frequently text-based), and was revered and feared for his remorseless aperçus: "he was our Catullus, writing elegant and obscene poems of love and hate with brevity and dispatch. But maybe it was best to avoid him?" (Raymond Foye, Brooklyn Rail). Hawkins's work has appeared in numerous group and solo shows, at Club 57, the Mudd Club, the Kitchen, Grace Mansion Gallery, and elsewhere. The present volume, published by Richard Hell's CUZ Editions, was issued in an edition of 547 copies, of which 26 were designated to be signed by Ricard and Hawkins. This copy, not one of the 26, is nonetheless signed by Ricard in pencil beneath the final poem, and dated "1999." Rear wrap detached at one staple, but holding; unclipped dust jacket with small nicks to spine-ends and some edgewear. Very good, scarce. Item #601