• Flame People


    Gregory Hall.


    Santa Cruz: Green Horse Press, 1977. Yellow perfect-bound paper wraps. One of 750 copies designed by Tom Maderos and Hollis Stephens, with drawings by the author. Unpaginated. Fine.


    Introduction by Robert Bly, who writes "In Gregory Hall, 'surrealism' is not a doctrine, but an admission of grief beyond his control." Influenced by Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, Stéphane Mallarmé, Miles Davis, and Hank Williams. After making a name for himself in Santa Cruz, Hall moved to San Jose, lived alone in sparsely furnished apartments, doing clerical jobs in hospitals and psychiatric wards and writing poetry that he either shared with friends or destroyed. 


    "It is the morning of those out of luck;

    the penniless drunk in the dawn taxi,

    the thin boy in the short-sleeve shirt

    coughing in the bus depot,

    the thick sweat under the cannery worker's breasts

    and the cigarette broken in her pocketbook . . ."


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