Bibleland. John BRENT.


n.p.: John Mitchell, 1960.

Item #SKB-16586

Long, folding broadside tipped into illustrated covers. First edition of this poem "as read at the Gaslight Cafe." A long, scathingly humorous poem spoofing religion, modern culture, and consumer society. Done in the style of an amusement park advertisement, but instead of promoting Disneyland, here it's Bibleland where "You'll thrill as The Arc Angel Lucifer is cast from a Cloud Tower above the audience straight down into a flaming six-foot-in-diameter Hell Hole (and he screams all the way down!)!!!" John Brent and Hugh Romney (a.k.a. Wavy Gravy) were poetry directors at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village where this poem was first read. Brent went on to become a member of the Second City comedy troupe and later The Committee, but he is probably best known for "How to Speak Hip," the comedic, hipster-lingo LP he did with Del Close. Brent was a highly respected comedian's comedian---he was once on an elevator when John Belushi boarded and Belushi knelt and kissed his feet. This is Brent's first publication dating from his beatnik days in the Village. Covers somewhat age-darkened with minor wear, discrete one-word ink name to back cover, broadside slightly toned with minor foxing to verso---overall covers very good minus, broadside solid very good. Scarce, early Beat/Greenwich Village item with interesting typography. Only the second copy we've encountered.

Price: $90.00

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