Saturday, September 14, 2013


"Browned, corners and edges slightly bumped outside, edges slightly bent outward from smoking household, clean inside and no registrations or marks!"

(description from seller on Abebooks of the copy of Schuyler's The Crystal Lithium I've just ordered for a pittance. Postage is double the cost of the item. Of course I have the text in the Collected but I want to see how the poems appeared on the page in the original collection. I'm guessing, but somehow "browned" and the "bent edges" and "smoking household" would appeal to Schulyer's wry sense of humour? "Clean inside", too, no doubt).

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It seems my crystal ball was not so grubby ... ... resisting the temptation to say "told you so".