San Quentin's Stranger
Cardiff/Dunedin, Second Aeon/Caveman, 1973. The dedication copy of this collection of poems, inscribed by Wantling to fellow poet Walter Lowenfels in January, 1974: "For Walter, like it is p. 9...Love, Bill." The printed dedication, on page 9, reads, "Hang on in Walter Lowenfels. What are we gonna do when you're gone? How we gonna handle that mess?" (Ironically Wantling died several months later, at age 40; Lowenfels died in 1976 at age 89.) Wantling spent five years in San Quentin for forgery and possession of narcotics before graduating from and then teaching at Illinois State University. Faint foxing to rear cover; near fine in wrappers. [#032918] SOLD
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