New Orleans: Faust Publishing, 1986. 4to. [xii], 20 pp. FIRST EDITION (no. 45 of 50 copies). With photographic frontispiece. Morocco-backed purple cloth with author’s name in gilt on cover; author’s signature in purple ink on half-title, colophon listing limitation notes (this is number 45 out of 50 deluxe copies). Item #14618
First and only edition. Sometimes comedic, sometimes dark and brooding, this brief collection of poems offers fascinating insight into a woman who experienced great personal upheaval before becoming a writer. By the time she received her big break with the publication of The land of dreamy dreams (1981), Gilchrist had already been married and divorced four times (twice to the same man). Her poems are strongly personal, perhaps even auto-biographical, using the language of memory, regret, and hope to communicate with her audience.
Gilchrist (b. 1935) is an American writer and poet. She was awarded the American National Book Award for Fiction in 1984 for a collection of short stories entitled Victory over Japan. She currently teaches at the University of Arkansas.