Trip Diary, 1965-1968. Ira Cohen.

Trip Diary, 1965-1968

New York: Self Published, c. 1968. 12mo (4 ¼ x 7 in.). Unique work. Good condition. Item #4035

Ira Cohen was an American poet, filmmaker, author, photographer and artist working in New York City in the 1960s. He was associated with artists such as William S. Burroughs, Jack Smith, Angus MacLise, and many others, including the experimental theater group The Living Theater.

This item is a collaged day planner for the year of 1965, date changed to 1968 in cover page, presumably because Cohen had used it that year. “Harvey Cohen” is written on inside front cover (Harvey was Ira’s middle name), but believed to be Ira Cohen’s trip diary, used for documenting thoughts and experiences while taking LSD. Writings, drawings, watercolor paintings, collages, etc. fill the pages of this planner. While the majority of the planner is filled with writings and visuals associated to Cohen’s trips, the back of the planner holds some regular contact information, appointments, etc. one would normally find in such an appointment book, (address of Robert Wilson, Allen Ginsberg, Don Snyder) and some providing context to his work. This includes a tour schedule with the Living Theater. Original art and writings all by Ira Cohen, previously never seen, included several poems, fragments, and jotting down of day to day thoughts. Provide an incredible insight to the artists’ process and work at the time, including the circle of artists he frequently collaborated with.


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