Aphrodisia Press, 1967 76pp
Another extremely rare book by Marcus J. (AKA Jack) Grapes, editor of ONTHEBUS. Poems written between September 1965 and August 1966. The few remaining from the second printing of 500 copies.
His example has everything to do with the survival of poetry as a human rather than bogus art form. No gamesmaship. No politics. The healthy part is that Grapes manages to experiment while retaining his own focus, yet will not immerse himself in an alien bag for profit or recognition, is actually reaching without falling into. If you don't think that's rare in an era of instant-image poets, well, just think about it for a while. If you're not acquainted with Grapes, you ought to be. If you already are, take heart; he's still growing. Hope we can say the same for you.
Rich Mangelsdorff, Vagabond Journal