London, United Kingdom
Letterpress type, woodblocks & circular saw blades
edition size of 100
35cm x 28cm (closed)
35cm x 56cm (open)
Bomb was written by Gregory Corso in 1958 whilst residing at the infamous ‘Beat Hotel’ at 9 Rue Git-le-Coeur in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Later that year this controversial poem was published by City Lights Books in San Francisco. It was originally designed as a ‘concrete’ poem and typeset in the shape of an exploding mushroom cloud. It has been described as an iconoclastic love song dedicated to the destructive power of a weapon of mass destruction, a heart-felt homage to the terror of the H-Bomb.
The Kamikaze Press has reproduced this epic poem to mark the ﬁftieth year anniversary of its ﬁrst publication. Over these years metaphors of fear have shifted and images of prevailing carnage have become increasingly distorted and sinister. However the sentiment behind Gregory Corso’s ironic message remains remarkably pertinent half a century later. The book concludes with Corso’s self- penned epitaph.