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"Whereas the Animal I Cannot Help but Be"

Author: Dunn, Stephen
Price: $650.00
Publisher Location: n.p.
Publisher: unpublished
Year Published: 2013
Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition
Corrected drafts of a poem on eight 8 1/2 x 11 in. sheets with a brief signed accompanying cover letter to Dan Halpern. Photocopies of typed poems with ink corrections. Poet/editor Halpern asked fellow poets to send him drafts of a poem for an auction to support the National Poetry Series (Halpern is the Founder/Director of the series). The poem originally entitled "In The Dark" without stanzas, later "Deceptions", becomes a six stanza poem in the final version. Some of the images from the initial version remain and the central idea of "needed to be found out" remains to the end, but the poem is thoroughly reworked. An excellent and rare glimpse of a major poet at work. The poem was eventually published in the Feb., 9, 2015 issue of The New Yorker in the "final version". A few pages with creasing, one with stains, but still very good.