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Of Being Numerous
  • Of Being Numerous


    George Oppen.


    New York: New Directions, 1968. Octavo. Red cloth over grey boards in pictorial dust wrapper, some rippling on the back due to moisture damage, not affecting the book itself. 64 pages. First edition. Very good. 


    The book that won Oppen the Pulitzer in 1969. Notoriously afflicted by production defects, this is a handsome and tight copy of a typically shoddy title. 


    "To dream of that beach

    For the sake of an instant in the eyes,

    The absolute singular

    The unearthly bonds   

    Of the singular

    Which is the bright light of shipwreck"

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