Skip to main content
Search for more books
Title:Wichita Vortex Sutra
Price:GBP£50.00 (about USD$68.30)
Item ID:B009-4624
Publisher:Coyote (distributed by City Lights Books), San Francisco, USA, 1966
Binding:Softcover (Saddle-stapled)
Coyote (distributed by City Lights Books), 1966, Softcover (Saddle-stapled), Book Condition: Good, First

First Edition; (500 copies); First Printing; covers printed in red & blue with 'coyote' paw-print to rear. The poem originated as a voice recording that Ginsberg made with a tape recorder while traveling across the Midwest. He composed it spontaneously, dictating the words into the recorder as they came to him. In transcribing the poem, Ginsberg arranged the lines by the natural pauses and dictation in his recordings, according to the "organic space-timing" that they provided. Throughout the poem, Ginsberg contrasts images of the Midwest (and, in particular, the Kansan landscape) with snippets of news reports about the war, and links the violence there with the political conservatism of the Heartland, decrying Carrie Nation's work in Wichita, Kansas as beginning "a vortex of hatred that defoliated the Mekong Delta. The poem also uses images focusing on the sensuality and intimacy of the human body to humanize the violence of the war. The title reflects Ginsberg's interest in Eastern religions. First impression of the First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 15 pages. browning/foxing to edges especially covers. no Dust Jacket as published.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Poetry; Beat Poets; Beat Generation; American Poetry; United States; 1960s; New Age & Alternative. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 4624.
To see the Shipping Fee please change the following as required:

Shipping Destination State/Province okay

Display prices in