The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees. Edited by Donald Justice.

Iowa City, Iowa: The Stone Wall Press, 1960.

Price: $1,000.00

About the item

First Edition, no. 59 of 180 copies printed on Rives Light by Kimber Merker and Raeburn Miller, out of a total edition of. 140pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. Publisher's quarter morocco and paper over boards. Fine. Berger 8.

Item #346760

Collects the three volumes of poetry Kees published before his disappearance in 1955: The Last Man, The Fall of the Magicians, and Poems 1947-1954.

Donald Justice had sent a letter to Kees, including both his youthful admiration and a sestina, a form which Kees – always something of a formalist – was fond of employing, along with the villanelle and the sonnet. The letter was only fielded posthumously by Kees' father, who let the young poet edit this collection, which was released as a trade paperback later in the year, establishing Kees' fame and influence with a younger generation.