Subverse

Earnest Hooton

Finisterre Press, Paris | 1961

Softcover. 79 pp. 7.75” x 5”. FINE condition. Heavy card-stock wrappers, in French flaps. Very light staining on front cover along spine. Corners are slightly bumped. Deckle-edged pages, appear to have been cut with paper-knife. No edition stated. Pages are clean and unmarked. Pages are of heavy cotton quality, with watermarks. Earnest Hooton was a controversial physical anthropologist; this collection of poetry is odd and quirky, yet elegantly produced. Protected in plastic.

The oaks have dirty beards of moss; / The palms resemble mops; / The mangy turf incurs the loss of rotting citrus crops. / Putrescent waters lave the feet / Of scabrous jungle growths. / Thus Nature vents her most discreet / Obscene but tacit oaths, / Implying nothing could be horrider / Than senile visitors to Florida.

$40

 

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