- Shapiro, Harvey
Alan Swallow, Denver, Colorado, 1953, Paper-covered Boards, , , Very Good /Good
44 pp. Jacket is 95% complete with tears, price-clipped. Jacket is detached along spine with two missing pieces. In a mylar protective jacket. Book is rubbed and bumped at top and bottom of spine, pages are are rippled, but don't seem to have been dampstained. The poet's first book. Also by Shapiro: The Sights Along the Harbor: New and Collected Poems (2006); Poets of World War II (editor) (2003); How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems (2001); Selected Poems (1997); National Cold Storage Company: New and Selected Poems (1988); The Light Holds (1984); This World (1971); Battle Report: Selected Poems (1966). Contents: Song; The Dark Wood; Another Old Song; Child Dancing; Around One Cellini Saltcellar; Seascape; The Heart; Power in America; Margaret; Landscape and Figure-piece; December Song; Spartan Boy; Alice and the Looking Glass; Petrushka; Nijinsky's Everlasting Dance; The Last Romantics; Excavation; Murdered City; Song; The Winter's Night of an Aging Suicide; Death of a Grandmother; On Writing; For Langland; Toys, Girls, and Boys; The Seeing Eye; A Mythology of Vision; The Eye, the Pulse; On a Line by Lawrence; Enters Light; and Psalm. ''It was necessity that made her dream / Beyond those flat and painted clowns, / Melting like sighs along the glass, / A world of avalanche and myth / Where scepter, crown, and royal bird / Blaze in the brilliance of the word. // The step she took to breach her dream / Carried carried her through the windless doors, / Dark Alice, silently amazed, / Down the unremembered halls, / Past all consent of wave or flame / To wander the enchanted plain. // She moved beneath heraldic skies / Like some gold priestess in her dance. / And from the trees such divinations / She coaxed into her hand / That her cry, though all dreams pass, / Broke in whispers down the glass.''--''Alice and the Looking Glass'' from The Eye.