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Catalogue 43 Art And Photography #10201/1

Beiles (Sinclair)


Poems by Sinclair Beiles. Original woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes. Produced by Bernard Sachs. Foreword by Stephen Gray.

Published: Johannesburg, 1972

Stock Number: #10201/1

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46 pages, 6 coloured woodcuts, slightly soiled pictorial cream wrappers (paperback), contents bright, a good copy

Sinclair Beiles (b. Kampala, Uganda, 1930 - 2000, Johannesburg) was a South African beat poet and editor for Maurice Girodias at the Olympia Press in Paris. He developed along with William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin the cut-up technique of writing poetry and literature. In later life he returned to South Africa and was associated with the Johannesburg-based Gallery III group of poets, writers, composers and performance artists and lived in the central and artistic district of Yeoville. He and the South African columnist and playwright Ian Fraser formed a friendship which lasted many years. The poet had a burst of writing activity from 1991 to 2000, publishing a large number of poetry collections, including A South African Abroad (Lapis Press, 1991). He died in relative poverty.A collection of writings about Sinclair Beiles called Who was Sinclair Beiles? was published by Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg, in 2009, co-edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska.