Pittsburgh: Caliban Book Shop, First edition, 2018. One of 50 numbered and signed copies, blue string-bound wraps, 10 pp, with wraparound bellyband, with three-paragraph note on this book by Gerald Stern, in printed envelope. (7.5 x 5.25 inches). Technically, this is Stern's first book, preceeding The Naming of Beasts by 20 years. He explains in his note that he and his former wife Patricia were living in Paris in 1953, that he wrote the poem and she did the drawings (except for one), then they put it into one of their suitcases and forgot it "for fifty years or so" until it was rediscovered. "Donna is a wise little girl, or more appropriately an owl--the bird of wisdom--disguised as a little girl, and leading two lives, one as a judge among the animals--at night--and one as a good and obedient daughter with her (human) family." Stern places this on a continuum with Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, where it is a wise young female hero who is at the center of the story involving adventure, knowledge and wisdom. Now in his 93rd year, Stern seems incapable of ceasing to publish amazing work; we hope to publish other poems by Stern, but this is in its way his first and possibly last signed limited edition. Fine.