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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #34701, Mermaids in the Basement and Harping On Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, 1984, 1996. Two poetry collections by Kizer, each inscribed by Kizer to fellow poet and friend Denise Levertov. The earlier inscription reads, under the subtitle "Poems for Women": "especially for Denise, with love from Carolyn/ Berkeley/ Nov. '84." The later inscription reads: "for beloved Denise, the best woman I know, Love, Carolyn/ Christmas 1996." Kizer has actually written "the best" twice, and crossed one out. Laid into this copy is a photocopied typescript draft of one of her included poems, "On a Line from Valery (The Gulf War)," which bears marked differences from the poem as published, including a change in title. Mermaids in the Basement is the simultaneous softcover issue; Harping On is also softcover, but preceded the hardcover by a few months. Each is fine in wrappers. A small glimpse of the long friendship between the two contemporaries and colleagues. [#034701] $300
click for a larger image of item #14851, Mermaids in the Basement Port Townsend, Copper Canyon, 1984. The uncommon uncorrected proof copy of these "poems for women." Stapled sheets with a black tape spine. A low-tech production, suggesting very few were done. Kizer won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, for her collection Yin. Fine, with publisher's promotional sheet laid in. [#014851] $95
Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1971. Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#703974] $20