The Last Question
In May 1929, the final issue appeared of the seminal art and literary magazine,The Little Review. It was devoted to the results of a questionnaire that the editors--Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson--had distributed to (as stated) "more than fifty of the foremost men in the arts." As a historical document, it is particularly fascinating, and on several levels. Not only do we get the actual questionnaire and the actual responses, we get photographs of the respondents, and we get an overall picture of some of the feelings, ideas and beliefs of many modernists.
Recently I discovered that a copy of
one of my early poetry chapbooks is available for sale through a
couple of online rare/out-of-print bookselling sites. It's listed
variously as a "signed first edition" and as "collectible."
At first I was highly amused to see my work classified in such ways,
but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the
descriptions are accurate. The bookiscollectible; it is not
available in brick-and-mortar stores or even on my website.