Typed Letter Signed
John Clellon Holmes, 1975. First Edition. Unknown. Used - Very Good. Item #620202
Typed Letter Signed by noted Beat author John Clellon Holmes, June 5, 1975, 25 lines, signed 'John'. Written during Holmes' brief stint teach at Bowling Green University, basis for both a personal and creative renewal and Holmes' 1977 book 'The Bowling Green Poems', this letter to an advanced writing student is vintage Holmes at his best. 'Anent THE NO-BOMBING OF LOS ANGELES: send it to Esquire immediately, or Playboy. That is, I think it's done. I think it's good. Perfect tonal-control, seems to me. Funny & true. At last, your comma-paragraph-break thing is working for the story, instead of against it. I think of this, in a way, as one long sentence. Terrific cohesion. I urge you to start it on the ardous journey towards publication. It's an exemplary piece of work, one of the very best, and most successful things I've read since I've been here...' In the introduction to Holmes' 'Bowling Green Poems', he writes 'This sequence of poems was written in Bowling Green, Ohio, in April and May of 1975. It constitutes the only record I kept of a time during which I re-discovered Pound and Williams as sources that held out hope for a self-silenced poet, and was involved as a teacher with a gifted group of young writers... all of whom helped to renew a tired and baffled man.'.