Harry Crosby – Prophet of the Sun

I’m reposting this in honor of Harry’s Birthday this year. ~G

Harry Crosby, Prophet of the Sun

A collection of poems by Harry Crosby. Limited to 100 copies. Complied and designed by Gregg A. Newsom II. Edited by Sara Sowers. In 1991, when traveling through Austin, an associate of mine gave me a tattered sheet that held 3 nearly unreadable Crosby poems. They transfixed me. I traveled the country copying poems from libraries and rare bookstores and eventually moved to Carbondale, IL. to gain access to the Caresse Crosby papers at Southern Illinois University. I created this online edition to commemorate the 2011 anniversary of Harry Crosby’s death. The project gave me a chance to look at Crosby with fresh eyes. I’ve always cringed at Harry’s contradictions and train-wreck levels of drama. His misanthropy, worship/objectification of women and perception of non-Europeans as savage are considerable blocks to the potential of his inspired ‘life as art/politic’ rebellion against the wealthy Boston Brahmins and his creative quest for spiritual liberation. ~Gregg, Detroit Evolution