Circle Magazine

Circle Magazine was published from 1944 to 1948 by George Leite, initially with poet Bern Porter. Produced at Leite’s Berkeley, California bookstore, daliel’s, the 10 issues featured poetry, prose, criticism and art from many of those whose creative works and their successors would later come to be called the San Francisco Renaissance. In addition to the magazine, Circle Editions published contemporary authors such as Albert Cossery and Henry Miller (a personal friend of Leite’s).


Circle, No. 1, 1944
mags_circle01Contributors:
Henry Miller – Open Letter to Small Magazines
Philip Lamantia – Two Poems
Bern Porter – You’re No Dope: Let Me Save You
Jeanne McGahey – Street With People
Rosalie Moore – Poem In 2 Scenes
George Elliott – The Red Battery
George Leite – Toward A Technique Of Rule
Josephine Miles – Four Poems
Joseph Van Auker – Pirandello In Chains
Lawrence Hart – The Map Of The Country

Circle, No. 2, 1944
mags_circle02Contributors:
Henry Miller – To Anaïs Nin
Glen Coffield – Two Poems
William Everson – Two War Elegies
Robert Barlow – Four Poems
Bern Porter – Letter To Gabene
W. Edwin Ver Becke – Four Line Prints
C.F. MacIntyre – Rilke And The Lost God
Dean Jeffries – Three Poems
William Carlos Williams – To The Dean
George Leite – To Henry Miller
Philip Lamantia – Two Poems
Shaemus Keilty – Quinquin

Circle, No. 3, 1944
mags_circle03Contributors:
Harry Hershkowitz – The Bulbul Birds
Kenneth Patchen – Four Poems
W. Edwin Ver Becke – The Father
Yvan Goll – Histoire De Parmenia L’Havanaise
Thomas Parkinson – Morning Passage
George Elliott – Two Poems
Douglas MacAgy – Palimpsest
Pvt. Leonard Wolf – Two Poems
Hamilton Tyler – Mr. Eliot And Mr. Milton
Jackson Burke – Poem
Pvt. J.C. Crews – Poem
M. Wheelan Grote – First Impression Of College
Lt (jg) Hubert Creekmore – Two Poems
Marie Wells – Two Poems
Lawrence Hart – About Marie Wells
Robert Lottick – Poem
Wendel Anderson – Poem
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 4, 1944
mags_circle04Contributors:
Anaïs Nin – The All-Seeing
Theodore Schroeder – Where Is Obscenity?
Arthur Ginzel – Four
Walter Fowlie – The Two Creators
George Leite – Low Darkened Shelter
Henry Miller – Varda: The Master Builder
Lee Ver Duft – Poems
Herbert Cahoon – Marley And The Gemini
Lt. Joseph Stanley Pennell – Two Poems
Bern Porter – All Over The Place
James Franklin Lewis – To John Wheelwright
Forrest Anderson – Sea Poems
Warren d’Azevedo – Deep Six For Danny
Lt. Robert L. Dark – Two poems
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 5, 1945
mags_circle05Contributors:
Weldon Kees – The Purcells
E.E. Cummings – Five Poems
Dane Rudhyar – Neptune, Evocator Extraordinary
Jess Cloud – Three Portraits
Henri Hell – Max Jacob
Douglas MacAgy – Clay Spohn’s War Machines
Henry Miller – Preface For The Power Within Us
Aline Musyl – Four Little Poems
Albert Clements – Rain
Alfred Young Fisher – Voltas For Fugues
George Leite & Bern Porter – Photo-poems
Frederic Ramsey, Jr. – Artist’s Life
Nicholas Moore – A Poem & A Story
Marguerite Martin – First Pity
Paul Radin – Journey Of The Soul
Max Harris – Two Poems

Circle, No. 6, 1945
mags_circle06Contributors:
Lawrence Hart – Some Elements Of Active Poetry
Rosalie Moore – Letter To Camp Orford, Poem In Two Scenes
Robert Barlow – Framed Portent, Table Set For Sea Slime
Marie Wells – Death At Noon, Monody In One
Jeanne McGahey – Road To Chicago
Alfred Morang – Darling Sister And The Pound Of Liver
Haldeen Brady -Whirl
Henry Miller – Knud Merrild: A Holiday In Paint
Robert Barlow – Tepuzteca, Tepehua
James Laughlin – Poem In 38 Lines
Thomas Parkinson – John Works On A Figure Of Virginia, Carving It
Harry Roskolenko – Return, The Expert
Eugene Gramm – A Gallery Of Americans
Maude Phelps Hutchins – Soliloquy At Dinner
Alex Comfort – The Soldiers
William Pillin – My Reply As A Jew
Leonora Carrington – Flannel Night Shirt
Richard O. Moore – Villanelle 1, Villanelle 2
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 7-8, 1946
mags_circle07Contributors:
Robert Duncan – The Years As Catches
Ian Hugo – Two Block Prints
Anaïs Nin – Hedja
Hamilton Tyler – Finnegan Epic
Bern Porter – Map Of Joyce’s Life
Lindley Williams Hubbell Jacques Vache
Kenneth Patchen – Sleepers Awake
Thomas Hughes Ingle – Tattooed Sailor
Kenneth O. Hanson – Falstaff And The Chinese Poet
Douglas MacAgy – Without Horizon
James McCray – Four Paintings
Yvan Goll – The Magic Circle
Brewster Ghiselin – Concert In Dorse
Charlotte Marletto – Oblique Epitome
A.M. Klein – In Memoriam
Thomas Parkinson – Letter To A Young Lady
Howard O’Hagan – The Colony
Edmund de Coligny – The Poem Of The Two Oscars
Robert Barlow – Angel Hernandez, Artist
George Leite & Bern Porter – Two Photo-poems
Edwin Ver Becke – A Line Drawing And A Story, The Tryst
Gil Orovitz – Flamenco
Shaun FitzSimon – Easter Bells
Roger Pryor Dodge – A Non-esthetic Basis For The Dance
Alex Austin – Civilization
Oscar Williams – The Lemmings
Paul Radin – Three Conversions
Osmond Beckwith – Fire Sale
Warren D’ Azevedo – Blue Peter
Darius Milhaud – French Music Between Two Wars
George Barrows – Creative Photography
W.S. Graham – Three Poems
Eithene Wilkins – Two Poems
Jack Jones – A Story, A Poem
Samuel Holmes – The Death Of An Innocent
James Steel Smith – Murder And Complacency
Georges Henein – There Are No Pointless Jests
Martin H. Mack – It All Depends On How You Want It
David Cornel DeJong – Three Poems
Henry Miller – Three Books Tangent To Circle

Circle, No. 9, 1946
mags_circle09Contributors:
Lawrence Durrell – Eight Aspects Of Melissa
Gerald Burke – Essay On Children
Richard O. Moore – A History Primer
Jim Fitzsimmons – Four Experimental Nudes
David Stuart – The Inflammable Angel Kezia
C.F. MacIntyre – The Ars Poetica Of Paul Valery
William Everson – The Release
A. Seixas – Ellwood Graham
George Leite – The Wing: The Mirror
Alexis Comfort – Taras And The Snowfield
Walker Winslow – NP Ward
Hilaire Hiler – Manifesto Of Psychromatic Design
Harold Norse – Three Poems
Robert Wosniak – The Man In The Cape
Robert Stock – Triumphal Arch
Ericka Braun – Oath Of The Tennis Court
Max Harris (poet) – Revolutionary Poem
Mary Fabilli – The Memorable Hosptial
Will Gibson – Poem For Three
Selwyn Schwartz – Four Poems
Ernst Kaiser – The Development From Surrealism
Richard Lyons (writer) – A Note To Kenneth Patchen
Byron Vazakas – Two Poems
Henry Miller – Rimbaud Opus (Part Two)
Harry Roskolenko – PR, The Portable Review

Circle, No. 10, 1948
mags_circle10Contributors:
John Whitney & James Whitney – Audio-Visual Music
Joseph Stanley Pennell – Logistics
Mary Fabilli – The Boss
Giuseppe Ungaretti – Eight Poems
Antony Borrow – The Great Refusal
Douglas MacAgy – A Margin Of Chaos
Charles Howard – The Bride
Harry Partch – Show-horses In The Concert Ring
Robert Barlow – The Malinche Of Acacingo
Alex Comfort – Two Enemies Of Society
D. Rentis – Forward
Attile Joseph – Two Poems
Clarisse Blazek – Poet In Hungary
George Elliott – Story
Luis J. Trinkaus – Eight Inches Of Snow
Kendrick Smithyman – Legends Of The Gunner And His Girl
Warren D’Azevedo – Shuttle
Robert Duncan – Toward An African Elegy
Jody Scott & George Leite- Admission of Fission


Further reading
Circle Magazine 
Jean Varda site