Mao & Matisse
Brooklyn: Hanging Loose Press, 1995. 1st Edition. Octavo, glossy illustrated wraps.
First printing from this poet of whom Edward Sanders wrote, "You can count on Ed Friedman ... to take you on a fine ride." Soon after Friedman moved to New York City in 1971, he enrolled in one of Bernadette Mayer's workshops at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery. From this came the magazine Unnatural Acts, with collaborative contents presented anonymously, which Mayer and Friedman issued together from 1972 to 1973. Friedman oversaw the Project's Monday night readings series from 1974 to 1976, and from that time is sometimes credited with inventing performance poetry. He became the longest running Artistic Director of the Poetry Project, serving from 1987 until 2003. Among the venues where he has read and performed are the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, and the Public Theater. Endorsements on rear cover from Alice Notley, Jim Carroll and Ron Padgett. Inscribed by the poet on the title: "Dec. 6, 1995 / For David Nolan, / In friendship and with my best wishes. / Ed Fried." Fine. Item #6161