Dionysus & The Beat
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1977. White staple-bound paper wraps, very light crease running for a couple inches over the center, some minor toning and soiling, else fine. Unpaginated. First edition. Very good.
Four letters on the archetype. Correspondence with his bio-bibliographer Lee Bartlett relating to Everson's piece on the Dionysian tradition and the Beat Generation originally published in Fresco in 1959 and later anthologized in Earth Poetry. Includes a series of lists and diagrams elucidating Everson's position. A woefully under-appreciated Black Sparrow title, especially for those of us walking the Dionysian path who agree that "The poet is prophet."
"His basic contention in that essay, and in our discussion, was that the frontal attack of the Beats on Modernist poets and New Critics was a re-enactment of the archetypal conflict between the Dionysian impulse toward the primitive, the ecstatic, the unconscious, and the Apollonian tendency toward culture, education, and the ego. In poems like 'Howl,' Everson saw the re-emergence of the Dionysian attitude in American poetry."