Unpag. (20 pp.) pamphlet of provocative short poetry on topics including religion, sex, and race, with evocative figural illustrations from Walker. 8vo. Illustrated stapled cardstock wrpps., some very minor yellowing, small crease to lower right corner of front cover. Toronto (Ontario College of Art Press) 1982. Hand-written inscription on title page from Grube to Dennis Findley, a "courageous and effective fighter for gay rights", dated June 1982.
John Grube was a painter, poet, political activist, professor of creative writing at the OCA, founding member of the experimental JAC Agitprop Art Collective, and co-founder of the Foolscap Gay Oral History Project, a 1980s gay history initiative. This collection of poetry was initiated and edited by its illustrator, George Walker, who at the time was a student of Grube's at the Ontario College of Art. Walker hand-printed and bound 25 copies on handmade paper in boards, after which Grube decided to produce a limited 'facsimile' edition for close friends. Grube personally inscribed this copy to Dennis Findlay, one of the foremost protesters against the famous Toronto bath house raids on February 5, 1981, which resulted in 340 people getting arrested. The raids and subsequent protests are considered a turning point in Canadian gay history, and led to John Grube himself coming out. Very scarce; as of October 2018, WorldCat locates only a single holding of this title in the United States and five in Canada, at least three of which are the earlier deluxe handmade edition. (Our thanks to Nick Drumbolis for his assistance in cataloging this volume.). Book ID: 48963