GINSBERG, Allen. Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980.

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GINSBERG, Allen Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980 San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1982.

Small 4to., publisher's grey, red, white and black wraps; pp. [x], 11-111, [i]; internally near-fine, some dark marks and scratches to the covers.
First paperback edition, this copy inscribed by Ginsberg to Terry Arouran, dated 6/28/96 at Boulder. This copy additionally signed by Philip Glass, who wrote his Symphony No. 6 based on this poem. Partly sung by the soprano soloist, the symphony is in three movements, following the structure of the original. It was commissioned by Carnegie Hall in honor of Glass' 65th birthday and as a vehicle for the talents of soprano Lauren Flanigan, premiering on February 2, 2002, at Carnegie Hall with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the American Composers Orchestra.
First edition. The final volume in the pocket poet series, which was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the first volume of which had appeared in 1955. A photograph to p. [x] shows Ginsberg with his partner Orlovsky and friends of Rocky Flats truth force meditating on R.R. train tracks outside of Rockwell Corporation's Nuclear Facility's Plutonium bomb trigger factory in Colorado. The protest halted a trainload of waste fissile materials on the day that the title poem was completed, July 14th 1978.

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