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A Passage Through Stone
  • A Passage Through Stone


    Bruce Owens.


    Davenport: Davenport Gallery, 1975. 12mo. Pictorial light blue staple-bound paper wraps, soiled and stained, pages tight and clean aside from a brown dampstain on the lower right corner, by no means pristine but nonetheless structurally sound and crisp. 33 pages. First edition, inscribed by the poet to William Everson, additionally signed by Everson, on the title page. Good.


    This small book of poems is truly one of a kind. OCLC identifies 6 copies of the book subsequently self-published by the author in 1977. This preceding edition features different artwork and is paginated, noting the publisher, a gallery not far from where William Everson lived, a place he called "Kingfisher Flat," just outside of Santa Cruz. This book was inscribed by Owens to Everson and was additionally signed by Everson (as he often did) on the title page. An important association copy, also a bibliographical unknown, appearing before the institutionally collected edition. 


     "What remains?

    The screeching graffitti of stars?

    The withering white hand of a nun holding a skull?


    What remains?"

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