william wantling • forty years on • 40th anniversary edition
A LIMITED EDITION CHAPBOOK PUBLISHED ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POET'S DEATH.
Available from 21st April to May 2nd 2014 only.
Three short poems selected from:
The Source (Dust Books, 1966)
Sick Fly (Second Aeon Publications, 1970)
At 7 o'clock on the evening of May 2nd all unsold copies were burnt
and the ashes scattered into the River Wandle at the rear of the workshop.
100 Numbered copies
£10 inc shipping
8 pages. Format approx. 4"/100mm wide x 175mm/7" tall. Handsewn at the Sick Tangerine workshop. Recycled 350gsm Cairn almond stiff card covers; front cover artwork embossed in olive green. Heritage book white text paper; Canson Mi-Tientes lavender endpapers.
SOLD OUT / BURNT OUT
No copies were sent out for review.
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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