4. CHICAGO. Bolinas, CA: Angel Hair Books, 1969. 7½x10¼" 12 pages. (P)
Letterpress, pamphlet-sewn chapbook. Collaboration with Tom Clark. 200 copies printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem of San Francisco of which abcd are hors commerce.
“I moved to Bolinas in October 1969 and stayed with Tom and Angelica Clark, and their baby Juliet, in their house on the mesa. I lived with them for about two weeks and Tom and I embarked on a number of collaborations, including a novel which never got off the ground. We wrote Chicago all in one night in Tom’s small workroom, which is also where I slept. I had just come from New York, with extended stops in Ann Arbor and Iowa City. We were both in synch during the writing—each of us vying for more time at the typewriter. The five poems are dedicated to Eldridge Cleaver, John Giorno, Anselm Hollo, John Ashbery, and Andrei Codrescu. There were very few revisions—for the moment, it was all kind of perfect, and the poem has been reprinted in several anthologies down through the years. The whole suite of poems is dedicated to Edwin Denby. The book was beautifully printed and designed by Andrew Hoyem in San Francisco, who later printed a broadside of a poem by James Schuyler, ‘Verge,’ and a great edition of Robert Creeley’s poem, ‘In London,’ for Angel Hair Books.” (LW)