Angus Maclise - Straight Farthest Blood Towards, 1959

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Angus Maclise - Straight Farthest Blood Towards, 1959

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Straight Farthest Blood Towards

By Angus Maclise

Paris: the dead language, [1959]. 6.25’’ x 5.5,’’ eight panels folded from a single leaf. 6 pp. Hand colored cover. Slight stain with rubbing and shelfwear to covers, and some staining to text. Nevertheless, a good copy of a very rare work. Printed by Angus Maclise in Paris. Also includes the facsimile edition printed in 2010 for Boo-hooray on letterpress by John Beacham/ The Brother in Elysium in an edition of 81, of which this is number 12.

The second publication of Angus Maclise on the Dead Language Press (The first be “Imprimatur m.cc.lxxx.i the Completed Poems”) Straight Farthest Blood Towards is noticeably absent of the more explicit post-beat psychedelia of Maclise’s later poems, and indeed stylistically is probably the work most akin to Heliczer’s own poetry. Printed on the Dead Language Press in 1959, it is a dense work of jarring nonsequiters, and its entirety of 6 pages is lacking in punctuation, though it is broken into paragraph long sections. One of Maclise’s masterpieces.

 

Angus Maclise (1938-1979) was one of the great subterranean heroes of the 1960s counterculture. A member of La Monte Young’s Theatre of Eternal music, he was brought into the Velvet Underground by his roommate John Cale in 1965, though famously absconded (either truly or apocryphally) due to restrictions on his creativity. “Nobody was going to tell Angus when he could stop or start playing” said John Cale. In the late 1960s Maclise moved to Kathmandu and began The Bardo Matrix Press with his friend Ira Cohen. A gifted calligrapher in the school of Brion Gysin and Henri Michaux, Maclise also created many one of a kind artist books, some of which are now held in the Columbia University Archives. In 2011 he was subject to a career retrospective at the Boo-Hooray gallery, as well as the publication Dreamweapon: The art and life of Angus Maclise, a book of collected his works, poems, letters, and ephemera. Maclise was a childhood friend of Heliczer and active in the early days of Dead Language Press as an author and collaborator. Along with Straight Farthest Blood Towards Dead Language published Maclise’s famed calendar poem Year in 1962.

 

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