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THE CHESTNUT RAIN

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Author: Heyen, William
Price: $50.00
Publisher Location: New York
Publisher: Available Press/Ballantine Books
Year Published: 1986
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition
Cloth (issued without a dust jacket); 8vo. 98 pp. No. 50 of 50 copies specially bound by the poet and signed by him on what amounts to a hand-written colophon page; primary issue in paperback. Originally published in four separate limited editions by a small press (Ewert), some of the poems were revised. Available Press was a short-lived imprint at Ballantine, a division of Random House, which published literary works in small runs, theoretically when printer time was most available (hence the name) and at its cheapest. One of his most important works, one could say in homage to fellow NYer Walt Whitman and certainly with echoes of that great poet. Fine (no DJ as published).