1962 Robert Bly, William Duffy LION'S TAIL & EYES 1st WARMLY SIGNED & INSCRIBED by Both Bly and Duffy
THE LION'S TAIL AND EYES, by JAMES WRIGHT, WILLIAM DUFFY, and ROBERT BLY. The chapbook is HAND SIGNED and WARMLY INSCRIBED by both WILLIAM DUFFY and ROBERT BLY, and also has a POSTCARD SIGNED by ROBERT BLY laid in. WILLIAM DUFFY Signed and Inscribed on the half title page: "For Gordon / Our wonderful friend / Please, always, always come to Marilyn and me. / Yours / Marilyn and Bill Duffy". ROBERT BLY Signed and Inscribed all over the title page: "For Celia and Greg and Patrick / "I am doing nothing, so I read old books!" / The poems still look good to me / "Again the wild boar of the forest is in me" Bill / Duffy says I wish we had someone like (?) running for President / Yours / Robert Bly / Feb 12, 92". (The first quote in the inscription "I am doing nothing, so I read old books!" is a play of words on one of Bly's translations in the book that reads "I am doing nothing, so I read old poems." I suppose Bly is referring to the fact that he is rereading his old book The Lion's Tail and Eyes. The second quote in the inscription is Robert Bly quoting one of the lines from a Bill Duffy poem in the book.) There is also a laid in postcard SIGNED by ROBERT BLY and with the return address label of Robert Bly. The postcard is addressed to Greg Ross, presumably the Greg in Bly's inscription on the title page. Wrappers / Softcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches, 45 pages. Published by the Sixties Press, Odin House, Madison, Minnesota. This poetry chapbook contains 10 poems each by Robert Bly, James Wright and William Duffy. It contains the first published poem by Robert Bly, and the William Duffy poem Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy's Farm. GOOD MINUS condition, the covers have some foxing and soiling, sunning and creasing to the spine, and some corner and edge wear; the front flap is clipped at its bottom corner, there is a sticker ghost on the half title page; the top page corners are lightly creased; otherwise still tight, bright, clean and clear. The postcard has a 1992 postmark. It is in Near Fine condition. One of the more wonderfully inscribed copies of this influential chapbook that I have seen, with a nice signed postcard from Bly to boot.