Portland, Oregon: Graphic Arts Workshop, 1958. Limited Edition. No binding. No. 32 of 50 copies, quarto size, ten loose sheets, signed by Kenneth Hanson on the colophon sheet, with typescript showing hand-written edits. Very good. Item #16020574
The poetry of Kenneth O. Hanson (1922-2003) has been celebrated for its frankness and raw approach to the real, to the collected experiences of the everyday; Hanson received the Theodore Roethke Award, a Fulbright Grant, and two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for his work, and in addition to poetry, he translated classical Chinese poetry into English. These eight poems are some of Hanson's earlier work, before the publication of his first book in 1966; the poems are loosely held in a paper folio, offering an immediate intimacy and simplicity that befits the gentle language.
Included also are six pages of typescript of the poems in this set; the poem "On a Dead Cat in Mexico" has hand-written corrections in blue pen, presumably by the poet, as the corrected text is in the printed version of the poem.
___DESCRIPTION: Ten loose sheets inside a cream paper folio, with title printed inside brown and black shapes on the front panel, one flap inside holding the sheets, nine sheets of poems with text printed in black, and one colophon sheet printed on cream paper similar to the folio; Caslon Old Style type, quarto size (12" by 8.75"), ten loose sheets, one of 50 copies, this number 32, signed by Kenneth Hanson on the colophon sheet. Also loosely laid in are six loose typescript sheets with corrections in pen at the bottom of the first sheet, as mentioned above.
___CONDITION: Very good overall; the folio being good only, overall light soiling and edgewear, some light toning around the edges, and the folds beginning to split, but is still intact; the loose sheets are clean overall, the paper is bright, each sheet with the slightest wear to the corners, and the page with the poem "Statistic" has some spots of what appears to be wax on the lower and right margins; both folio and loose sheets are without prior owner markings. The typed manuscript sheets are near fine, clean and without wear, with two horizontal creases.
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