The Heart in Naked Hunger
  • The Heart in Naked Hunger

    Judson Crews.


    No publisher, no date, likely self-published, circa 1970s. Octavo. Spiral-bound in white with bonded peach paper boards, titling printed in silver, trace soiling. Unpaginated. Includes a small print of the poem "The Sand Out Beyond Phoenix" by Crews printed on a lime green square of paper. Near fine.  


    Crews was a poet, printer, bookseller, teacher, and mimeo revolutionary. Like Pessoa, he wrote and published under a number of pseudonyms, including Cerise Farallon, Willard Emory Betis, Trumbull Drachler, Tobi Macadams, Charley John Greasybear, and likely "Mason Jordan Mason"—a widely published and anthologized African American poet of the 1950s and 60s, recognized by the likes of Amiri Baraka and Langston Hughes. A long-time proponent of the work of his friend Henry Miller, who he lived with for a spell in the Big Sur days, Crews was a lifelong activist against censorship in publishing. A series of erotic photographs accompany the text. Due to the lack of bibliographic information, the OCLC listings are a mess, with over 5 entires likely referencing this one volume. What is clear is that this title is both institutionally collected and rare.


    ". . . Grow large

    with the fullness of the night."