William Wantling -- Only in the Sun
The Selected Poetry 1964-74. William Wantling was one of the most original and exciting US poets to emerge from the 1960s small press scene. During his lifetime, he had contact with the likes of Robert Bly, Norman Mailer, Walter Lowenfels, Edward Lucie-Smith, Alan Swallow, Steve Richmond, Douglas Blazek and Charles Bukowski.
Only in the Sun includes over 100 poems taken from all his publications: Search; Machine and Destiny; Five Poem Songs; Head First; Heroin Haikus; Down, Off & Out; From the Jungle's Edge; The Source; The Awakening; Sick Fly; Obscene & Other Poems; 10,000r.p.m & Digging It, Yeah!; San Quentin's Stranger; 7 on Style; also a prose extract from Young and Tender, his only completed novel, published 1969. There are a number of previously uncollected poems from seminal small magazines like Wormwood Review, Poetmeat and Dust.
All lettered and lettered/slipcased copies include a tipped in pamphlet with a poem by Ruthie Wantling, as well as a broadside of an unpublished Wm. Wantling letter. There are an unspecified number of poetry broadsides of varying sizes and designs tipped randomly in numbered and lettered editions--maybe you will be lucky. With an introduction by Professor Kevin Jones, author of Finding Jewels in the Awkward Mud: A Reconsideration of the Life and Works of William Wantling.
"The book is a beautiful production. It makes me think of the wonderful books John Martin
published at Black Sparrow Press. I am sure it will be much sought after by collectors
in years to come and, more importantly, it will stand as a record of a man's life and work,
for readers to discover long after we are all dead and gone, which is really the most
magical thing about writing and publishing, I think."
--Howard Sounes, author of the highly acclaimed Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life.