While roaming in a bookshop if I come across a Grey Fox title, I always pick it up and more often than not take it away with me, such as my copy of Gary Snyder's Passage Through India that I bought at the Chicken Barn outside of Ellsworth. The orange covers have faded to yellow, no doubt by the Gay Sunshine, the interview conducted by Allen Young with Allen Ginsberg, that I also picked up at a used bookstore years ago. Composed on the Tongue. The Good Blonde. Old Angel Midnight. All used bookshop purchases; all found through browsing and happy chance. I never set out to find a Grey Fox, but I am always filled with wonder when I see one lurking in the stacks or hiding in a box.
The day I bought Passage Through India I also bought T.S. Eliot's On Poetry and Poets, in the 1957 Farrar hardcover edition, which sat on the same shelf of the Grey Fox title in the literary essay section. On Poetry and Poets contains Eliot's essay What is Minor Poetry? The backlist for Grey Fox Press provides an answer to that question in terms of New American Poetry rather than Eliot's New Criticism. I am always pleased by the juxtapositions and associations that I find in my stack of books picked up after a day of hitting the used bookstores. Much more satisfying than downloading What Is Minor Poetry? off of JSTOR for $44. A simultaneously richer and cheaper experience to be sure.