Poetry. The manuscript of Spicer's GOLEM poems was discovered by Fran Herndon and Kevin Killian in 1997 in a "dog-eared manila folder. The first poem in this series saw print—in the 'Spicer issue' of Manroot—only because Lew Ellingham had copied it onto a brown paper bag after Spicer posted it on the wall of Gino & Carlo's bar. That it had any successors few guessed or knew." The seven images accompanying the six poems are from Herndon's "Sports Collages," her "painterly re-working of pop images cut from the pages of Sports Illustrated and other mass-market magazines.... Spicer and Herndon draw on [the] complex legend [of the golem] to animate their conception of the athlete-and-poet as hero and monster, corpse, and avenger. For these artists, the corruption of innocence under the nexus of capital is as simple as, and as confounding as, a 'fix.'" GOLEM was designed and printed letterpress by Philip Gallo at the Hermetic Press. The images are beautifully reproduced in full color, laser printed with a Canon 1000. The edition consists of 150 copies signed by Fran Herndon and bound at the Campbell Logan Bindery in paper over boards.
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