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Douglas Blazek: Books and Broadsides

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Section A: 
This index includes books and broadsides published during Blazek’s “prolific early period”.

1. ALL GODS MUST LEARN TO KILL
Demarest: Analecta Press, 1968
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 9″, 78 pages, 1000 copies. Preface by Brown Miller. Illustrations and cover by R. Crumb, frontispiece Jeff Nuttall, and photo collages by d.a. levy. Blazek’s first solo book of poetry. (DenBoer A2)

2. HOMAGE TO THE SQUARE, THE BLACKS, IAN HAMILTON FINLEY & MARSHALL MCLUHAN
San Francisco: Cold Mountain Publishing, 1968
First edition, single sheet folded once to make four pages, 7” x 5.5”, 449 copies . A concrete poem. Interior image silkscreen printed by Tom Kryss. (DenBoer A3)

3. LIFE IN A COMMON GUN
Madison: Quixote, 1968
First edition, stapled wrappers (some early copies comb-bound), 7” x 9”, 72 pages. A collection of letters from Blazek to Cauble, Pete Larouche, Willie, and Brown Miller. Illustrations and cover by Blazek. (DenBoer A4)

4. STING & DIE
Eugene: Toad Press, 1968
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5″ x 7.5″, 16 pages. (DenBoer A5)

5. BATTLEFIELD SYRUP
San Francisco: Lone Ranger Biology Press, 1969
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Published as Meatball #3. (DenBoer A7)

6. BAPTISMAL CORRUPTION IN THE SUNFLOWER PATCH. Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1969
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 32 pages. Introduction by Don Cauble. Illustrated By Thorne. (DenBoer A8)

7. BROKEN KNUCKLE POEMS.
Cleveland, Black Rabbit Press, 1969
First edition, stapled silkscreened wrappers, 60 pages, 8.5” x 11”, 500 copies. Introduction by T.L. Kryss. Illustrations by Aaron Pori, silkscreened by Kryss. (DenBoer A9)

8. FUCK OFF, UNLESS YOU TAKE OFF THAT MASK
Milwaukee: Gunrunner Press, 1969
First edition, stapled pictorial wrappers, 28 pages, 7″ x 8.5″, 350 copies. (DenBoer A11)

9. I ADVANCE WITH A LOADED ROSE
San Francisco: Two Windows Press, 1969
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 10″, 650 copies. Cover art by T. L. Kryss. (DenBoer A12)

10. CLIMBING BLIND
Cardiff: Second Aeon, 1970
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 16 pages, 5″ x 8″, 200 copies. Illustrated by Hapt Schwiiz. (DenBoer A13)

11. FLUX & REFLUX: JOURNIES IN A MAGICAL FLUID
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
First edition, paperback, 57 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 1000 copies. Illustrated by Michael Myers and designed and printed by Clifford Burke at the Cranium Press. (DenBoer A14)

12. GROWTH IS A KANGAROO COURT
New York: Atom Mind Publications, 1970
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″. (DenBoer A15)

13. MAGICAL ASSASSINATION
Minneapolis [San Francisco]: Andabata Press, 1964 [1970]
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 200 copies. Cover drawing by Blazek’s son, Nathan. Published under the pseudonym Jack Meoff. [There was no Andabata Press, the book was self-published in San Francisco in 1970.] (DenBoer A16)

14. WE CAN BE GENTLE AND UNDECEIVED BOTH
Minneapolis [San Francisco]: Andabata Press, 1964 [1970]
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 200 copies. Cover drawing by Blazek’s son, Aaron. Published under the pseudonym Peter Wellinher. [There was no Andabata Press, the book was self-published in San Francisco in 1970.] (DenBoer A17)

15. SKULL JUICES
San Francisco: Twowindows Press, 1970
First edition, paperback, 80 pages, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 1000 copies with 50 copies in separate bindings signed by the author. Introduction by Charles Bukowski. (DenBoer A18)

16. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED, ISN’T IT?
Watertown: Augtwofive, 1970
First edition, stapled wrappers, 44 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 1000 copies with 26 lettered and signed by the author. Illustrated with collages by Blazek. (DenBoer A19)

17. WHY MAN GOES TO THE MOON
Milwaukee: Morgan Press, 1970
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 16 pages, 6″ x 9″, 300 copies. Illustrated by Vickie Burton. Published as Hey Lady Supplement No. 5. (DenBoer A21)

18. ZANY TYPHOONS
Sacramento: Open Skull Press, 1970
First edition, perfect bound illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 200 copies. Illustrated by Robert Crumb. (DenBoer A22)

19. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE FAMOUS
Cardiff: Second Aeon, 1971
First edition, stapled wrappers, 8 pages, 8.25″ x 11.5″, 100 copies. (DenBoer A23)

20.  INNER MARATHONS
London: Killaly Press, 1973
First edition, stapled wrappers, 22 pages, 7.25″ x 8.75″, 100 copies. Published as Killaly Chapbook No. 3. (DenBoer A25)

21. LETHAL PAPER
Norwich: The Stone Press, 1975.
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 28 pages, 5.25″ x 7″. Published as Stone Chapbooks No. 3. (DenBoer A28)

22. I AM A WEAPON
Marshall: Ox Head Press, 1975.
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 24 pages, 4.25″ x 6.5″, 400 copies. Published as Ox Head No. 13. (DenBoer A29)

23.  EXERCISES IN MEMORIZING MYSELF
Berkeley: Twowindows Press, 1976
First edition, stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 500 copies. (DenBoer A31)

24. MY DEFINITION OF POETRY
Berkeley: Twowindows Press, 1976
First edition, broadside, 4.5” x 11.5”. Issued as a promotional broadside for Blazek’s collection EXERCISES IN MEMORIZING MYSELF. (DenBoer A32)

25. EDIBLE FIRE
Milwaukee: Morgan Press, 1978
First edition, paperback, 7.5″ x 11″, 500 copies. Published as Hey Lady Supplement No. 26. (DenBoer A33)

Douglas Blazek

One of the instigators of the “Mimeo Revolution“, poet and editor Douglas Blazek is considered a force in the American poetry “underground” of the 1960s. Early in his career, Blazek published hundreds of poems in dozens of books, chapbooks, and little magazines that, in Blazek’s words, “contributed to the ferment of the Sixties.” Blazek also founded and edited the magazine Ole and the small press Open Skull. As an editor, Blazek published work by Charles Bukowski, Robert Crumb, d.a. levy, and other non-establishment writers.

As described in the introduction to James DenBoer’s A Bibliography of the Published Works of Douglas Blazek: 1961-2001 (Glass Eye Books, 2003), Blazek is noteworthy for his prolific early period (1964-1978), followed by an extended hiatus. Between 1978 and 2009, Blazek published only one book, but this was also a time of intense creativity, as the poet focused on rewriting all his previously published work. The first book-length results of this labor, Aperture Mirror and Gutting Cats in Search of Fiddles, were published in 2012 by Edition Muta with more titles forthcoming.

The following indexes examine work during Blazek’s “prolific early period”.


A. Books and Broadsides

B. Contributions to Books & Other Publications

C. Contributions to Periodicals

D. Publications Edited and Published

E. Periodicals Edited and Published


References consulted:

Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980
New York: New York Public Library / Granary Books, 1998

DenBoer, James. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PUBLISHED WORK OF DOUGLAS BLAZEK, 1961-2001
Florence: Glass Eye Books, 2003

Dorbin, Sanford. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969

Fox, Hugh. THE LIVING UNDERGROUND: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry
East Lansing: Ghost Dance Press, 1969

Krumhansl, Aaron. A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRIMARY PUBLICATIONS OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999

Taylor, Kent  and Alan Horvath. LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 1 [1963-1966]
Vancouver: Kirpan Press, 2006

Taylor, Kent  and Alan Horvath. LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 2 [1967-1968]
Vancouver: Kirpan Press, 2008

Douglas Blazek: Periodicals Edited and Published

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Section E: 
This index includes periodicals edited and published during Blazek’s “prolific early period”.

OLE

1. OLE, No. 1, edited by Douglas Blazek
DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE OF MAKING POETRY DANGEROUS

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, 1964
first edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 400 numbered copies, mimeograph. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Judson Crews, Ron Offen, Marvin Malone, Kirby Congdon. (DenBoer C2)

2. OLE, No. 2, edited by Douglas Blazek
A MAGAZINE FOR ALL THOSE UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATORS OF THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE REALLY UNACKNOWLEDGED

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, March 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, mimeograph. Contributors include: d.a. levy, Charles Bukowski, William Wantling, Walter Lowenfels, Gil Orlovitz, Harold Norse, Clarence Major, Key Johnson, Marcus J. Grapes, Al Purdy, Kent Taylor, Steve Richmond. (DenBoer C3)

3. OLE, No. 3, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE ORIGINAL CONSCIOUSNESS-EXPANSION MAGAZINE

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, November 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 400 numbered copies, mimeograph. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski,Judson Crews, Ron Offen, Marvin Malone, Kirby Congdon. (DenBoer C4)

4. OLE, No. 4, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE POETFOOD FOR CHAMPIONS

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, May 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, William Wantling, Steve Richmond, Clarence Major, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Lee Harwood, Jack Anderson, Neeli Cheery. (DenBoer C5)

5. OLE, No.5, edited by Douglas Blazek
HAROLD NORSE SPECIAL ISSUE

Bensenville: Open Skull Press, 1966
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Harold Norse, James Baldwin, Anais Nin, William S. Burroughs, William Carlos Williams, Paul Carroll, Jack Hirschman. (DenBoer C6)

6. OLE, No. 6, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE WEIRD HARVEST SPECIAL. THE ALL POETRY JAB-EYE REFLEX EXPLOSION ISSUE

Bensenville: Open Skull Press, July 1966
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include Charles Bukowski, Al Purdy, William Wantling, Harold Norse, D.r. Wagner, Larry Eigner, Steve Richmond, Jack Grapes, Jeff Nutall. (DenBoer C7)

7. OLE, No. 8, edited by Douglas Blazek
Wood Dale: Open Skull Press, April 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Charles Plymell, William Wantling, D.r. Wagner, Steve Richmond, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Jeff Nutall, T.L. Kryss, Terry Stokes, Clive Matson. [note: issue 8 was published before issue 7] (DenBoer C8)

8. OLE, No.7, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE GODZILLA REVIEW ISSUE OF SMALL PRESS PUBLICATIONS COMPREHENSIVELY ENCOMPASSING BOOKS PUBLISHED OVER THE LAST HALF-DECADE

San Francisco: Open Skull Press, May 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Charles Plymell. Contributors include: d.a. levy, Charles Bukowski, Charles Plymell, William Wantling, D.r. Wagner, Steve Richmond, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Jeff Nutall, T.L. Kryss, Terry Stokes, Clive Matson. (DenBoer C9)


OPEN SKULL

OPEN SKULL, No. 1, edited by Douglas Blazek
San Francisco: Open Skull Press, 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, 34 pages. Illustrated by Blazek. Letters from Plymell, Wantling, Norse, Purdy, Kryss, Cauble, and two letters to Bukowski. A “one-shot” periodical.