Lot 707: American poet (1917–1977) considered an important part of the confessional poetry movement. Handwritten manuscript, one page, 8.25 x 11.5, no date. Lowell's heavily edited draft for the poem 'Unwanted.' In part: "I was sure once perhaps / and had flashes and when I first found / a humor for myself in images / a neutral voice tone that made / evasion a revelation." In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold. A lengthy and insightful autobiographical poem, 'Unwanted' was published in 1977 in Part II of Lowell's final book of poetry, Day by Day, which beautifully wove together reflections on his mortality and past relationships. A rare and important manuscript offering a glimpse into one of modern poetry's strongest voices.
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Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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