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Poets as Playwrights

Many poets have tried their hands at playwriting, often to harsh criticism regarding poor character development and lack of conflict or dramatic action. However, several poets have enjoyed some success.

Jane Bowles

Feminine Wiles. Introduction by Tennessee Williams. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Black Sparrow Press, 1976.

Gertrude Stein

Lucretia Borgia: a Play. New York: Albondocani Press, 1968.

First edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. This copy is number 89.

Robert Duncan

Faust Foutu: a Comic Masque. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1985.

Michael McClure

The Beard. San Francisco: J. Koller; distributed by City Lights Books, 1967.

This edition is limited to 5000 copies of which 40 are specially bound and signed.

Michael McClure

The Blossom, or, Billy the Kid: a Play. Milwaukee, Wis.: Great Lakes Books, [1967].

This book was edited by Morgan Gibson and limited to 525 copies. Five hundred copies are numbered, beginning with 11 to 510. This is copy 449.

Michael McClure

The Grabbing of the Fairy: a Masque. With photographs by Stewart Brand. St. Paul, Minn. : Truck Press, 1978.

This edition included 1026 copies, 100 of which are casebound, numbered and signed by the author. There are in addition to the regular run, a special 26 copies which are lettered and signed and which are also accompanied by a small drawing done for this edition by McClure.

Naked Minds Festival

Announcement Viracocha (San Francisco), 2010.

Among the highlights of the 2010 Naked Minds Festival were three one-act plays by Bay area authors Ed Bowers, Alan Kaufman, and Charlie Getter.

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