Carl Morse Collection

Carl Morse was a poet, playwright, activist, and editor of Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, a groundbreaking anthology of poems by gay and lesbians, which included work by Auden, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara and many more. This small collection features Morse’s own book, The Curse of the Future Fairy as well as two broadsides and a typescript laid into that work. An intriguing figure in the 1970s and 1980s underground, he is well-known for his activism and championing of gay rights.


The Curse of the Future Fairy

By Carl Morse

New York: Fairy Books, 1982. Square 8vo. Stapled in cardboard wraps, with paste-on illustrated paper to cardboard wraps, though it is coming detached from front and back board. Fair, due to age and fragility of cover, though interior is still in very good condition. Signed by Carl Morse and with numerous handwritten corrections. This copy is #65 of 100 copies.

Handmade book containing poems on the subject of gay life, activism, and liberation. Including the long poem Curse of the Future Fairy as well as Dream of the Art Fairy, for the D of C., and Straight Fairy.


Gay Pride 86’ Two [poems] For D.C. 

By Carl Morse

Two illustrated broadsides of poems from Morse’s book the Curse of the Future Fairy. The broadsides have been stapled together, verso to verso, making this, essentially a doublesided broadsheet. With slight hand coloring in red pen.


Gay Pride 86’

By Carlo Morse

8.5 x 14 in. Some edgewear, yellowing, small closed tears, otherwise good.

An illustrated broadside featuring the eponymous poem from Morse’s book the Curse of the Future Fairy, which was also printed in the Boston periodical Fag Rag, #40. With a hand drawn and colored illustration.


Carl Morse’s Kinderscenen, a poem

Typescript. 8.5 x 11. 2 stapled sheets. Some yellowing along the edges, otherwise good. Has been folded horizontally during storage.

A typescript of the poem Kinderscenen, by the poet and playwright Carl Morse. Dedicated to his sister; an agonizing poem dealing with an unjust culture; “What’s so odd about letting me near your kids?” reads the entirety of one section. “Fairies are taken into the world/ the way children are take from women…” reads the first line. Some sections reads more conversationally, but as always with Morse, there exists more formal experiments in rhyme and verse, such as in the following section: “Night after night I set out to undress/the men I walk home on the silver screen/and one by one I tried to compress/ his own big love between my legs,/like marriage in a magazine.”

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