A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA: THE COLLECTED POETRY OF PIERO HELICZER edited by Gerard Malanga and Anselm Hollo
A Purchase in the White Botanica offers the first col- lected poetry of Piero Heliczer. It includes poems from his college days at Harvard as well as his pub- lished books among which are & I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra (1959) and The First Battle of the Marne (1962), both printed and pub- lished by his own press, the dead language, and The Soap Opera (Trigram, 1967). A Purchase in the White Botanica is supplemented with an extensive illustrated biographical interview with Heliczer’s half-sister Marisabina Russo-Stark, conducted by Gerard Malanga and a foreword by Anselm Hollo.
PIERO HELICZER was born in Rome, Italy in 1937 and died in Preaux du Perche, France in 1993. A talented actor (he was a child star in Il Piccolo Tucci and Bengasi), he had a role in Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures. Also a filmmaker, he made such underground movies as Satisfaction, Venus in Furs, Joan of Arc (in which Andy Warhol had a role) and the unfinished three-hour epic Dirt. Heliczer was a semi- nal figure in sixties underground culture in New York City, London, Amsterdam and Paris. “ H E L I C Z E R I S A P R I M E c o n s t i t u e n t o f N Y C ’ s m a g i c u n d e r g r o u n d o f t h e h i p 6 0 s . . . h e e x e m p l i f i e d t h e v i s i o n a r y a v a n t - g a r d e a r t i s t . A t o n c e i n t e r - d i s c i p l i n a r y b u t a l w a y s , a n d f o r e v e r , t h e p o e t . ”
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-57-1 • $15.95 PB • 6" x 8" • 120 pp