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1 Doubiago, Sharon. Hard Country. Inscribed to poet Robert Duncan with a 2 p., T.l.s. to Duncan, 1986; also a 2 p. copy of a section from the draft for a lecture on H. D. delivered at the Napa Poetry Conference.
Minneapolis: West End Press, 1982. First Edition, Inscribed by the author to Robert Duncan, "the first poet I saw read 1966 . . .". Top of spine bumped; minor crease to rear top corner. Near fine condition. 
264 pp.; 4to; photo-pictorial red wrappers.

In the letter to Robert Duncan, a full two pages, Doubiago writes: "Mainly, to tell you about me and you and H. D. and Wallace Berman." With much personal detail she elaborates on this connection, and Duncan's privileged place among her earliest influences. "Last night I was finally able to purchase the biography of you as a young homosexual in society . . . I looked up H. D. in the contents, read those passages. I had not known before that H. D. was your first poet. Ha! / She was mine too." In the fifth full paragraph she relates that Duncan was the first poet that she ever heard read, and goes on to detail the fledgling effort of a mother of two to go to a reading at Claremont Colleges: "So I managed to get a babysitter, make my timid, terribly shy way over to that elite/elitist place that so frowned on the likes of a creature like me . . . In my high heals [sic], my high ratted hair, my red lipstick, my black mascara. You reading poetry." The rest of the letter including the whole second page elaborates on the autobiography of her development and pivotal influences along the way in the two decades since that reading [she thinks it must have been 1966], including three years of inspiration in Topanga Canyon with Wallace Berman. "Enclosed is my book Hard Country. (Which by the way was originally dedicate to Wallace Berman) . . . The poem, "Visions Of A Daughter Of Albion" page 83, was that first poem I wrote that weekend I kept seeing the car wreck. The 7th section I quote you, from your Pindar poem. This is simply to thank you. Sharon Doubiago." (The car wreck is mentioned earlier in the letter as a recurring vision when Hard Country was first begun, Valentine's weekend, 1976, before the death of Wallace Berman in an automobile crash with a drunken driver February 18, 1976).. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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