By: Judith Minty
A Collection of Works by Judith Minty, All Signed. This collection includes signed first editions of eight of Judith Minty’s books, and six other publications in which she was featured. Born in Detroit, Minty earned degrees from Ithaca College and Western Michigan University, and has maintained a Michigan home for most of her life, living on the shores of Lake Michigan and on the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula. Her first book of poetry won the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum and she has gone on to publish several full-length books of poetry and chapbooks, and her essays, prose and poetry has appeared in over fifty anthologies and journals. Along the way she has been awarded the Villa Montalvo Award for Excellence in Poetry and the Eunice Tiestiens Award from Poetry magazine, among other honors. Minty has taught at several universities, including the University of California, University of Alaska, Grand Valley State, and a decade-long stint as director of the Creative Writing Program at Humboldt State University. While throughout Minty’s work there is a strong sense of place, leaning heavily on the North Woods of Michigan, the Great Lakes, and California, it is Judith’s depiction of the reality of truth that has moved her well beyond the confines of a “regional poet” to the mantel of “Great Poet.” All the books included in this collection are SIGNED by Minty and all are free from writing or other marks. Included are: Counting the Losses. Aptos, California: Jazz Press, 1986. Staple-bound, card wraps. Near fine with light sun fading along spine; Dancing the Fault. Orlando: University of Central Florida Press, Contemporary Poetry Series, 1991, first printing. Hardcover with gilt spine and cover titles, no jacket as issued. Fine; In the Presence of Mothers. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1981, first printing. Hardcover with dust jacket. Hardcover is fine, jacket has two small closed tears on the top edge of the front panel; Killing the Bear. Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2011, number 72 of a limited edition of 110 – “bound in boards with a dark brown Asahi bookcloth and brick Hahnemühle Burga paper” (an additional ten copies were bound in goat). Fine. Signed by Minty on the half-title page and the limitation page. Also signed by Chad Pastotnik , the printer/binder proprietor of Deep Wood Press, and Glenn Wolff who provided eight wood engravings. A beautifully produced volume. Not poetry, more of a dreamscape – “This came to me as if in a dream,” writes Minty in the preface, “ and I wrote it as I received it. It entered my consciousness like an aura, like a guide or protector, and its violence was shattering at the same time it enthralled me.” Foreword by Annie-Marie Oomen; Letters to My Daughters. Ann Arbor: Mayapple Press, 1980, first printing, limited edition of 700 copies. Staple-bound, card wraps. Fine; Lake Songs and Other Fears. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1974. Hardcover with dust jacket. The book would be near fine if the half-title page hadn’t been removed; the jacket has light rubbing, a couple of small nicks, and a 5cm slice on the front panel near the crease of the flap. Judith’s first book and winner of the 1973 United States Award of the International Poetry Forum; The Mad Painter Poems. Greensboro, North Carolina: March Street Press, 1996, first printing. Staple-bound, card wraps. Fine; Walking with the Bear. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000, first printing. Wraps, errata slip. Fine. “Walking with the Bear is an extraordinary collection,” writes Jim Harrison, “I was especially drawn to the new poems which seem to lift Judith into the very front rank of American Poetry.”; Dallman, Elaine, editor-in-chief. Woman Poet Volume Three: The Midwest. Reno, Nevada: Women-in-Literature, Inc., 1985, first printing. Hardcover with illustrated boards, no jacket as issued. Minor edge wear with a small scuff at the upper corner of the front cover. A scarce volume, including over forty poets and featuring “Dancing the Fault: The Poetry of Judith Minty” by Shirley Clay Scott, “Interview with Judith Minty” by Karen Carlton, “Judith Minty: Biographical Notes” by Helen Collier, and ten poems by Minty; Swan, Alison. Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2006, first printing. Wraps. Fine. Includes the essay “HOMES: Living with Lake Michigan” by Minty; Currents, Winter 1973. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, Winter 1973. Staple-bound, card wraps. Very good with light yellowing and edge wear. Three early poems by Minty, all of which made it into her first book, Lake Songs and Other Fears – one with minor changes. Inscribed; Poetry, March 1974. Chicago: Modern Poetry Association, March 1974, Volume 123, Number 6. Wraps. Light cover wear and sun fading on the spine. Includes five poems by Minty; Poetry, November 1974. Chicago: Modern Poetry Association, November 1974, Volume 125, Number 2. Wraps. Light cover wear and sun fading on the spine. Contains the 1974 prize announcements, including Minty receiving the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize for her poems in the March 1974 issue; Red Cedar Review, May 1975. East Lansing: Red Cedar Review/Michigan State University, May 1975, Volume 9, Number 3. Staple-bound, card wraps. Near fine. The “Women Write” issue, includes four poems by Minty. We ship our books in boxes or cardboard wraps, never in bags. Bay Leaf Books (Member ABAA, ILAB, IOBA) is an open shop dedicated to offering fine books for discriminating readers. First Edition.
Title: Counting the Losses; Dancing the Fault; In the Presence of Mothers; Killing the Bear; Letters to My Daughters; Lake Songs and Other Fears; The Mad Painter Poems; Walking with the Bear; Woman Poet Volume Three: The Midwest; Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes; Currents, Winter 1973; Poetry, March 1974. Poetry, November 1974; Red Cedar Review, May 1975 – ALL SIGNED
Book Condition: Near Fine
Seller ID: 1009
Keywords: Michigan, California