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Jack Grapes


Aphrodisia Press, 1969 124pp

A very rare book by Jack Grapes written under the name Marcus J. Grapes. Poems written between April and December 1968. The limited edition was 750 copies.

The Author

Jack Grapes
is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor and teacher, recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. He's the author of 13 books of poetry, and also wrote and starred in Circle of Will, which ran for several years in Hollywood and won drama critic awards for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor.


Grapes speaks for the extraordinary in the ordinary, for the life in old shoes, the overcoat you didn't hang up, the doilies on the end of the sofa, for whatever life, whatever humanity, for whatever possibility that can come from chaos. In his work and in his presentation of himself, a surface geniality frequently masks something dark and bloody. This flip-flop from genial buffoonery to commandant of the dark side seems to be paradigmatic of Grapes's approach to poetry.

Nancy Shiffrin, Los Angeles Times