The Performing Word | by Frederick W. Reid |

The Performing Word | by Frederick W. Reid |


Selected Poems by Frederick W. Reid
Edited by Glenn Todd
And with a foreword by Andrew Hoyem

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Reid was a printer and typographer, and active in the Bay Area literary scene, associating with such figures as William Everson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reid broke with the past, experimented, and eventually came around to an assimilation of styles historic and contemporary. The reader, he warns, “will find open and closed forms given equal status, borrowed or invented for the occasion according to whim and dictate, in the spirit of both tradition and revolution”. This selection, edited by Glenn Todd, presents only a small portion of the poetry he wrote, a body of work in excess of three thousand pages.

Production Details 

  • Edition of 500 copies for sale

  • Octavo, 6 by 9 inches, 108 pages

  • With frontispiece portrait of the poet

  • Softcover binding in gray paper

  • Arion Press publication #66, 2003 

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