• City Lights Journal


    Arthur Rimbaud, Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Gary Snyder, Guillaume Apollinaire, Neal Cassady, Alexander Trocchi, Lenore Kandel, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, et. al. 


    San Francisco: City Lights, 1965. Octavo. Pictorial paper wraps, lightly worn along the edges, minor soiling, scuffed along on the spine folds, tiny tear at the top of the rear wrap, else uncommonly tight and crisp. 280 pages. First edition. Very good.


    The second installment of the San Francisco bookstore's journal bringing together Beats, French surrealists, and a motley crew of dissidents and artistic revolutionaries. Lead story deals with the arrest of Olympia Press publisher Maurice Girodias. Cover photo of Ezra Pound in Venice. 


    "What is to be seized has no physical dimensions nor relevant temporal color . . .  Finally, it is all these things too, of course, all that there is, but only by the way, and inevitably. What is to be seized . . . is ourselves. What must occur, now, today, tomorrow, in those widely dispersed but vital centres of experience, is a revelation . . . We, the creative ones everywhere, must discard this paralytic posture and seize control of the human process by assuming control of ourselves. We must reject the conventional fiction of 'unchanging human nature.' There is in fact no such permanence anywhere. There is only becoming."


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