Angelica: Fragment from an Autobiography by James Laughlin
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New York. The Grenfell Press. 1992. First Edition, Ed. of 200. Signed. Softcover with softly textured paper jacket. Book Condition: Like New. Jacket Condition: Fine. 82pp. (ill. in b&w).
Laughlin's Angelica is both a personal record and urgent intimation of longing, with all the poetry, artistry, and mythic energy that comes with it. For Laughlin, his encounter with this "Angelica" from the depths of the NYPL rings true as both confessional narrative and metaphor. Swept up in the rush of this infatuation–this someone to talk to about your attachments and ideas and be your true self–this book illustrates the ungovernable experience of such connection. He textures his talk with poems, illustrations, and reproductions of places and artwork, as though words stop being enough. The limit of self-expression, and the way such people, places, and ineffable things can bear those more-than-words moments, is a subtext to their affair––with each other, and with the beauty sights and stories and poetry that underly what they want each other to be.
Signed by the author on the back edition notice page. Inscribed by the author on flyleaf.