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FUNNIEST MAN ON CAMPUS

ONE IN THREE MILLION

LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH...

PICTURE YOURSELF ON A ROCK, BY A BONSAI...

EVERYWHERE A MOLIÈRE

FISH STORY

READING UNDER THE LINES

DEPT. OF DISTINCTIONS

IT STARTED WITH

THINKING ABOUT IT

JOEGOLDSTEIN, THE ASTEROID


JEAN HOSMER


PUBLIC HOUSE


STUDIO 204


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One in three million

One in three million


When James Baldwin came to dinner
at Leonard and Lisa Baskin’s house in the early ’80s, Baldwin had seen and been greatly moved by Baskin’s images of Othello. They decided then that Baldwin would do a book with Baskin’s Gehenna Press, and that Baskin would create a portfolio of etchings for the book based on photos from different periods of Baldwin’s life. On its completion, two years after Baldwin’s death in 1987, Gypsy & Other Poems became a memorial volume.

     In December, at what Lisa Baskin, the artist’s widow, calls a “sweet dedication ceremony,” the W.E.B. Du Bois Library celebrated the acquisition of the book as its three millionth volume.

     Gypsy & Other Poems is a lovely object, the covers a repeating design in blacks and grays that resembles rows of winged creatures. The pages are a heavy, cream-colored, untrimmed paper, with the poems in an elegant, readable type. At the back, printed on papers of differing colors, are the Baskin portraits of Baldwin through the years – innocent, laughing, intense, tragic.

     Two lines from “For Earl,” a poem to Baldwin’s younger brother, express the poet’s – or anyone’s – regret at an early death:

I wish I had known more
Than love ever knows, in time.

 
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