Published by Verlag Gachnang & Springer
It’s Like A White Onion-Fleshed Pumpkin, 1985
Copper Diver, 1985
Pig Erases Statue in Passing, 1985
Ghost Gait, Ghost Gait, 1985
Bromboline Frenzy, 1985
Night Nitrate, 1985
Red Cloud Monkey, 1985
Rolled Roots Gnarled Like Rakers, 1985/6
Whalebone Farmhouse, 1986
Check Bif, 1986
Carp Catcher, 1986
Garden Lion, 1986
With Twinkling Lights and Green Sashes, 1986
Crepe and Black Lamps, 1986
Sea Wig, 1986
Candle Powered Rodeo Ghosts, 1986
My Human Gets Me Blues
Orange Claw Hammer
The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back
Old Fart At Play
Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee
Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Coat
Skeleton Makes Good
A Tin Peened Reindeer
The Tired Plain
Three Months In The Mirror
Seam Crooked Sam
Overview by Graham Johnston
This is a wonderful selection of some of my favourites of Don’s paintings and poems, beautifully put together in a slender but substantial paperback. The reproductions of the paintings are simply glorious – they may be small in size, but the detail and colours are exceptional, putting the vastly inferior scans on this web-site to shame.
A small note near the back of the book states: ‘The poems have been assembled by Don Van Vliet especially for this edition’. It is probably fair to assume that these are Don’s favourite poems, and I certainly wouldn’t disagree with him.
The book features a poetic introduction from A.R.Penck entitled To Don Van Vliet, fortunately a different piece from his alarmingly self-indulgent For Don Van Vliet that appeared in Stand Up To Be Discontinued. Also included is a charcoal sketch by Don, what looks like a lino cut of Don by A. R. Penck, and a black and white snap of Don on the phone in 1985.
Difficult to find a copy of this as the book is now long out of print.