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Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata; Karle, Alice; Szerlit, Barbara; Tinker, Carol & Rexroth, Kenneth. FOUR YOUNG WOMEN: POEMS. New York City, NY: McGraw Hill, 1973. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 148 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Pioneering and landmark collection of poems. The first and only edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The book is now rare. Edited with an illuminating Appreciation/Introduction by the great literary critic and poet Kenneth Rexroth. Features the work of four women poets: Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn, Alice Karle, Barbara Szerlip, and Carol Tinker. Except for Hagedorn, the others remain accomplished poets with a cult rather than mainstream following. Hagedorn succeeded in making the transition to writing novels and attained enormous national and international acclaim as a result. But her beginnings (and great love) as a writer remain poetry, which she continues to write. "The majority of students who write poetry are women and usually they write better than the men. These four women, each in her individual manner, write in a wholly contemporary idiom. Translated into any language, their poems would be readily negotiable" (Kenneth Rexroth). A "must-have" title for collectors of contemporary poetry. This title is very prominently and beautifully signed in glossy pink marker on the title page by Jessica Hagedorn. The signature glows beautifully against the light. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time, is now very difficult to find, and highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. A rare signed copy thus. Nominated for the National Book Award and voted the Best Book of the Year by the Before Columbus Foundation. One of the most accomplished living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0070738440. $80.00

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