William Wantling -- The Fix
The Selected Poetry 1964-74: Volume Two. Following on from Only in the Sun, The Fix is the second and final volume celebrating 'the best poet of his age' (Walter Lowenfels). Some 70 poems selected from: Head First; Down, Off & Out; From the Jungle's Edge; Sick Fly; 10,000r.p.m & Digging It, Yeah!; San Quentin's Starnger; 7 on Style and others. Also, Wantling's 1965 miniature masterpiece, Heroin Haikus, is reproduced in its entirety. Like Only in the Sun, there are a number of previously uncollected poems from seminal small magazines like Wormwood Review, Entrails, Iconolatre, Input and John and Lou Webb's mighty The Outsider. The prose piece this time round is Wantling's remarkable study of Kafka's The Castle, entitled The World-Order is Based on a Lie. TanRandomExtras are once again sprinkled liberally amongst all versions... With a foreword by Professor Kevin Jones (see Only in the Sun) and new introduction from Len Fulton, one of Wantling's original publishers and the man behind Dustbooks.
112 pages. Approx. dimensions 160mm wide, 215mm tall. Handbound at Tangerine Press using heavy duty acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; Colorado Ruhr Milk Chocolate cloth; distinctive Tangerine logo stamped onto the front cover in black ink. 100 numbered and 26 lettered copies for sale. The letters T,H,E and F,I,X are slipcased. Text set in Baskerville Old Face. ISBN: 978-0-9553402-2-2
Numbered copies: 160gsm Canson Mi-Teintes Bruised Violet endpapers; 100gsm Natural White acid-free text paper; colour title page.
Lettered, lettered/slipcased copies: 160gsm Canson Mi-Teintes Poppy Red endpapers; 100gsm Natural White acid-free text paper; colour title page with a different design to numbered copies; The Wantling letter broadside is printed on Honey 160gsm paper and dates from late 1973--reproduced with kind permission from Trevor Reeves. Poetry broadside for all lettered, lettered/slipcased editions is printed on Aquamarine 160gsm paper.
"When a publisher puts that much care into the presentation of the poems then poetry has
a chance of being considered as something more than an emphemeral rant. God, if only
Bill could be alive to see what justice you did to his work!"
--Douglas Blazek, poet, publisher, small press legend.