william wantling • the fix • selected poems vol. 2 • kevin jones • len fulton
Following on from Only in the Sun, The Fix is the second and final volume celebrating 'the best poet of his age' (Walter Lowenfels). Some 70 poems selected from: Head First; Down, Off & Out; From the Jungle's Edge; Sick Fly; 10,000r.p.m & Digging It, Yeah!; San Quentin's Stranger; 7 on Style and others. Also, Wantling's 1965 miniature masterpiece, Heroin Haikus, is reproduced in its entirety. Like Only in the Sun, there are a number of previously uncollected poems from seminal small magazines like Wormwood Review, Entrails, Iconolatre, Input and John and Lou Webb's iconic The Outsider. The prose piece this time round is Wantling's remarkable study of Kafka's The Castle, entitled 'The World-Order is Based on a Lie'. TanRandomExtras are once again sprinkled liberally amongst all versions...
with an introduction by Len Fulton
A specially commissioned introduction from one of Wantling's original publishers and the man behind Dustbooks.
& a foreword by Professor Kevin Jones
(see Only in the Sun)
100 Numbered copies
£30 plus shipping
112 pages. Approx. dimensions 160mm wide, 215mm tall. Handbound at Tangerine Press using heavy duty acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; milk chocolate cloth; acid-free text paper; front cover artwork embossed in black. Text set in Baskerville Old Face. ISBN: 978-0-9553402-2-2
Canson Mi-Teintes violet endpapers; natural white acid-free text paper; colour title page.
26 Lettered/signed copies, inc. variant edition
£*** plus shipping
112 pages. Approx. dimensions 160mm wide, 215mm tall. Handbound at Tangerine Press using heavy duty acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; milk chocolate cloth; front cover artwork embossed in black; colour title page with a different design to numbered copies. Text set in Baskerville Old Face. ISBN: 978-0-9553402-2-2
Poetry broadside for all lettered, lettered/slipcased editions is printed on acid-free 'aquamarine' paper.
20 Lettered copies
Fully bound in milk chocolate cloth; Canson Mi-Teintes poppy red endpapers; natural white acid-free text paper; colour title page with a different design to numbered copies. Includes poetry broadside.
6 Lettered/slipcased copies
Fully bound in milk chocolate cloth; Canson Mi-Teintes poppy red endpapers; natural white acid-free text paper; colour title page with a different design to numbered copies. Custom slipcase bound in milk chocolate cloth. Includes poetry broadside.
The Wantling letter broadside is printed on acid-free 'honey' paper and dates from late 1973 and is reproduced with kind permission from Trevor Reeves.
The letters T,H,E and F,I,X are slipcased.
"When a publisher puts that much care into the presentation of the poems then poetry has a chance of being considered as something more than an ephemeral rant. God, if only Bill could be alive to see what justice you did to his work!"
— Douglas Blazek
William Wantling (1933-74) was a veteran of the Korean War and a heroin addict who spent five and a half years in San Quentin Prison, where he first taught himself to write. Upon his release in 1963, under the G.I.Bill, he entered higher education, obtaining a BA and MA in English Literature. A contemporary of Charles Bukowski – with whom he had an unusual and ultimately destructive friendship – Wantling was widely published in the vibrant US poetry scene of the 1960s and 70s, including an appearance in the twelfth edition of the prestigious Penguin Modern Poets series. Whilst maintaining a high profile in the independent press scene, important literary figures such as Edward Lucie-Smith, Walter Lowenfels and Cyril Connolly regularly supported and promoted his work. Christopher Logue, writing in the Times Literary Supplement in December 1967, declared Wantling’s collection The Awakening his recommended book of the year. Wantling was a university lecturer when he died of heart failure on May 2nd 1974, aged 40 years.
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