Kora in Hell: Improvisations | by William Carlos Williams | Mel Kendrick

Kora in Hell: Improvisations | by William Carlos Williams | Mel Kendrick

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Prose poems by William Carlos Williams
With an introduction by Lawrence Kart
And twenty-one prints by Mel Kendrick

With optional woodblock scrolls

Signed by the artist

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Williams wrote this collection of prose poems in 1917, reflecting on daily events over the course of a year. The critic Lawrence Kart claims that the great poetry Williams achieved “would not have been possible without the eruptive prose of Kora in Hell.”

To accompany the poems, Mel Kendrick created twenty-one images from three series of woodblock prints, each involving seven separate blocks, and printed them as three long vertical sheets that can be rolled up like scrolls. For the text, these images have been separated; each occupies the recto page of a leaf in the book, with pages of text in between.  

Production Details

  • Edition of 300 numbered copies for sale

  • Square, 10 inches, 106 pages

  • Bound in black leather with laser cut wood veneer

  • Arion Press publication #56, 1998

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Additional Prints

Three long woodblock prints in their original scroll format are available for purchase with the book.

“Sperm”: 91-1/2 by 20 inches, $3,200.00

"Helmet": 93 x 19-1/2 inches, $3,200.00

"Coupling": 98-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches, $4,800.00

  • Each print in an edition of 20, numbered and signed

  • Black ink on Kozo natural Japanese paper

  • Presented in tubes covered in oak veneer with a black goatskin cap

  • Only sold with a copy of Kora in Hell