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Four for Trane
  • Four for Trane


    Nathaniel Mackey.


    Los Angeles: Golemics, 1978. Staple-bound textured brown wraps. Light bump to the upper right corner and a small chip at the bottom of the rear wrap, else fine. 16 unnumbered pages. First edition, one of 250 copies. Near fine. 


    Nathaniel Mackey's first book. A poet, literary critic, writer of fiction, journal editor, and radio host, he's gone on to win the Ruth Lilly, the Bollingen, and the National Book Award. Photograph on the title page of John Coltrane. A suite of four poems serving as a tribute to the late jazz musician. OCLC identifies 16 copies held by institutions. As uncommon as it gets: no other copies on the market. A gem.


    "                    Took 

    between my lips

        Her cusp of


         foretaste of

    Heaven          (Heaven)"

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