Clocked Stone [SIGNED WITH ORIGINAL COLLOTYPES OF INK WASHES]
Ashland, Mass. Origin Press, 1959. Hidetaka Ohno. First limited edition. Hardcover. Signed Cid Corman twice, once in Japanese, and hand-numbered 170/210 on colophon. Folio. Unpaginated. Brown burlap cloth with black felt lettering attached to cover and spine, protected by modern mylar. Frontispiece collotype of ink wash with tissue guard. Title page printed in umber. Dedicated to Tetsuo Yamada. Poetry by Sid Corman accompanied by ten full page ink washes by Hidetaka Ohno, rendered here in collotype. The book has been handset in Garamond and Century Old Italics. The Collotype plates were printed by the Kuroyama Photo-Engraving Co. in Kyoto, Japan. Very good+ condition. Item #49609
Sid (Sidney) Corman (1924–2004) was an American poet and editor. In 1951 he founded the poetry magazine Origin, providing a platform for the work of poets like Charles Olson, Robert Creely, Theodore Enslin and others. His change in name form Sidney to Cid signaled his becoming a poet for the common man. His experiments with oral poetry later influenced the "talk-poems" of David Antin, a key moment in the emergence of performance poetry. In his capacity as an editor and publisher Corman was associated with the Beats as well as the Black Mountain poets.