RING SONG: Poems.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a collection of poems written between 1936 and 1952, nominated for the National Book Award. George Oppen wrote of her in 1981: Naomi Replansky must be counted among the most brilliant American poets. That she has not received adequate praise is one of the major mysteries of the world of poetry." (However, considering that she did not publish another book until 1988, it is perhaps not such a mystery) Her "Collected Poems" (2012) won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award. Perhaps this very brief, untitled poem will give a hint of the austerity and vividness of her writing: "My spoon was lifted when the bomb came down / That left no face, no hand, no spoon to hold. / Two hundred thousand died in my home town. / This came to pass before my soup was cold." INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "For Annette Rubinstein, in poetry and friendship." 57 pp
Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (offsetting to the endpapers, sunning to spine of dj, toning to back cover, several small chips at top edge).