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Seven Is a Frozen Number

Jack Grapes


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.

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.


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