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Piero Heliczer – Books and Broadsides

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and broadsides


1. GIRL BODY
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 24″ folded twice to 5″ x 6″, white ink letterpress printed on black paper. Contents: “Girl Body” [poem]



2. IN WHICH THE POET WALKS FROM 945 PARK AVENUE
Paris: Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6″ x 11″ folded twice to 6″ x 3.75″, letterpress printed on cream laid paper. Contents: “In Which The Poet Walks from 945 Park Avenue to His Home at 420 West 46th Street out of Which He is to be Evacuated as a Squatter and Finally to Battery Park at Noon” [poem]

3. YOU COUL HEAR THE SNOW DRIPPING…
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 6.75″, 24 pages, letterpress, AVANT PROPOS by Robert Graves, original photo of Heliczer by Harold Chapman mounted to verso of last leaf. Heliczer’s first book. Contents: “Fuga XIII” [poem], “Ornithology For Love Cyclops” [poem], “England” [poem], “English Girls” [poem], “Paris A Scenario For A Silent Movie” [poem], “America” [poem]

4. THE LION KEEPER
Paris: The Dead Language, 1960
First edition, postcard, 4″ x 6″. Contents: “The Lion Keeper”.

5. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
New York: Dead Language, (1962)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 7″, (28 pages), letterpress printed, with an afterword by Anselm Hollo. Variant in orange wrappers (priority unknown). Contents: “Poem Number One” [poem], “Mantis” [poem], “Wm Byrd” [poem], “Bird Burgeoning Sky” [poem], “Buckingham Palace” [poem], “Carillon Booty” [poem]

Notes: “Poem Number One” appeared in LA LUNE EN RODAGE 1, (Basel); “Mantis” appeared in a French version in SENS PLASTIQUE, (Paris); “Wm Byrd” appeared in NEW DEPARTURES 2/3, (Oxford & London); “Buckingham Palace” appeared in OUTBURST 2, (London).

6. & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA
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Brighton: Dead Language & London: Matrix Press, 1959 (1963)
First edition thus, stapled illustrated wrappers, cover photo by Ph Mechanicus, Amsterdam, 4.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, letterpress. Contents: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” [poem]

Notes: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” is “a poem in eleven takes”.

“An earlier edition was dittoed by Anselm Hollo… My earlier inspiration little frogs and clay dams in the sound of leaves there’s no need to worry about fulfilling a sign as signs necessarily fulfill themselves just as every thing has a pot dimension ie that emitter sends pot signals to pot man it is not necessary to the manifestation whether the emitter is under the influence.”

7. THE SOAP OPERA
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London, Trigram Press, 1967
First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket, 9″ x 10″, 36 pages, 500 copies (36 numbered and signed), illustrations by Paul Vaughan, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Wallace Berman, and others, letterpress printed. Contents: “A Purchase in The White Botanica” [poem], “The Death Of Stephen Ward” [poem], “Wyatt: Elegy & Diferencias” [poem], “Victorian Era” [poem], “The Passion Of Johann Sebastian Bach” [poem], “The Autumn Feast” [poem]

Notes: “The Autumn Feast” was made into a movie, Jeffrey Keen did the photography and cutting, Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad made the soundtrack.

8. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “The Tomb Of Henry James” [play], “Diferencias I-IV” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

9. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “Wyatt” [play], “The Pecan Tree” [play], “Chaconne in G Minor” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

10. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: “Harunobu” [play], “The Blue Centaur” [play], “Bessie Smith” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

11. THE HANDSOME POLICEMAN
New York City : Moon Dragon Press, 1976
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17″. Contents: “The Handsome Policeman”.

12. ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL
Heerlen, Holland: Uitgeverij 261, 1981
First edition, perfect bound wrappers, 5.25″ x 8.25″, 48 pages, printed in English and Dutch, published as part of The Amsterdam School/Poetry Series. Contents: “In Coena Domini” [poem], “Leadbelly (A D 1882 To 1949)” [poem], “Chinatown” [poem], “None of This is Going to Be Really There” [poem], “And I Am Not Afraid Of The Dark” [poem], “Abdication Of The Throne Of Hell” [poem]

13. THE PERFECT DETECTIVE
Amsterdam: Soyo Productions, 1989
First edition, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages.

14. AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK
ph_afraidBayonne, N.J. : Beehive Press, 1991
First edition, comb bound, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 7 leaves printed recto only, includes a flyer for Heliczer’s reading at Saint Marks bound in with a brief biography. Contents: “And I Am Not Afraid of The Dark” [poem]

15. A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA
New York: Granary Books, 2001
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 150 pages. Edited by Gerard Malanga and Anselm Hollo, with a foreword by Hollo and a 19pp. biographical interview with Heliczer’s half-sister, Marisabena Russo, conducted by Malanga.