Pink Instrument


Pink Instrument: Poems and Photographs


Max Blagg, with photographs by Ralph Gibson


ISBN 1-57129-054-0 1998 paper $17.95A witty, smart, utterly modern collection of poems by New Yorker Max Blagg, complemented with the bold photographs of Ralph Gibson, who early in his career assisted Dorothea Lange, Pink Instrument is a book that is sexy and strong, precise and evocative. With full-bleed duotones interspersed between poems, the result is an edgy work that is not sentimental or confessional. Here are lost chances, redheaded beauties on city streets—this book throbs with the pulse of New York. Everywhere there are signs of urban life, urban angst, the inherent humor one must adopt to live in a city that is constantly abuzz and often abrupt. This oversized compilation book cuts straight through genre poetry. The result is a book that is certain to arouse, entertain, and affect.


About the Author: Max Blagg is the author of several books including, Licking the Fun Up and Diving for Blondes. His work has been highly anthologized, most recently in Crimes of the Beats. He has been published in Elle, Mirabella, Details, Bomb, the Village Voice, Interview, and many other publications. Born in England, Max Blagg moved to New York City in 1971.


About the Photographer:Ralph Gibson has had many volumes of his photography published.  His work is on permanent display at MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Whitney, the Fogg Art Museum, and numerous other galleries and museums worldwide.

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