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Ark

“ARK II, MOBY I, is the successor to THE ARK, a collection of verse, drawings, and articles published in San Francisco in 1947. This was probably the first coherent expression of a new aesthetic and social freedom, which as the years have gone by is now seen to be the characteristic approach of the post war II generation.

“This new gathering has concentrated on poetry and drawings because we feel that the social message has long since been taken for granted by those likely to be interested.”

-From the introduction to ARK II, MOBY I


THE ARK
San Francisco, Spring 1947
First edition, stapled sheets glued into printed wrappers, 72 pages including Contents and Notes on Contributors, letterpress printed, artwork by Ronald Bladen.

Contributors:
Patchen, Kenneth. Excerpt from SLEEPERS AWAKE. page 5
Boodson, Alison. Three Poems. page 12
Rexroth, Kenneth. Advent 1946. page 14
Laughlin IV, James. Now Love Speaks. page 15
Eberhart, Richard. At the End of War. page 16
Woodcock, George. What is Anarchism? page 19
Duncan, Robert. Four Poems. page 23
Goodman, Paul. The “Horace” of Corneille. page 32
Everson, William. If I Hide My Hand. page 38
Cummings, E. E. Four Poems. page 40
Hennacy, Ammon A. Christian Anarchism. page 42
Russell, Sanders. Six Poems. page 48
Lamantia, Philip. Another Autumn Coming. page 51
Stock, Robert. Poem on Holy Saturday. page 52
Rambo, Christopher. Peace To the Doomed Idol. page 54
Williams, William Carlos. Inquest. page 55
Russell, Sanders. E. E. Cummings and the Idea of Actuality. page 59
Duncan, Robert. Reviewing View, an Attack. page 62
Parkinson, Thomas. September Elegy. page 68
Moore, Richard. A Mediation. page 72 


ARK II, MOBY I
San Francisco, 1956-1957
First edition, stapled wrappers, 46 pages including Notes on Contributors and advertisements for The Pocket Poets Series, Jargon, and Black Mountain Review, edited by Michael McClure and James Harmon, letterpress printed at the Press of Villiers Publications, artwork by Ronald Bladen..

Contributors:
Levertov, Denise. Central Park, Winter, After Sunset. Page 1
Levertov, Denise. A Song. Page 1
Levertov, Denise. The Springtime. Page 2
Levertov, Denise. The Third Dimension. Page 3
Levertov, Denise. Laying the Dust. Page 4
McClure, Michael. Canoe: Explication. Page 4
McClure, Michael. Logos: Knout. Page 5
Zukofsky, Louis. Michtam. Page 6
Zukofsky, Louis. George Washington. Page 7
Rexroth, Kenneth. 140 Syllables. Page 8
Russell, Sanders. Two Poems. Page 8
Duncan, Robert. The Law I Love is Major Mover. Page 10
Olson, Charles. As the Dead Prey Upon Us. Page 12
Kerouac, Jack. 230th Chorus from MEXICO CITY BLUES. Page 19
Ginsberg, Allen. The Trembling of the Veil. Page 20
Snyder, Gary. Groves, 12 fromMYTHS & TEXTS. Page27
Williams, Jonathan. The Switch Blade (or, John’s Other Wife). Page 27
Williams, Jonathan. Catullus: Carmen XVI. Page 28
Williams, Jonathan. Greque Musique d’Ameublement (Bar-Fixtures Dept.). Page 28
Perkoff, Stuart. The Recluses. Page 29
Creeley, Robert. Ballad of the Despairing Husband. Page 30
Dorn, Edward. The Revival. Page 32
Dorn, Edward. Lines from a Sitting Position. Page 32
Dorn, Edward. The Common Site. Page 33
Patchen, Kenneth. Another Hamlet is Heard From. Page 34
Patchen, Kenneth. The Most Hen. Page 35
Cox, Paul. Reclame. Page 35
Collins, Jess & Christian Morgenstern. Gallowbrother’s Song to Sophie; The Hangman’s Maiden. Page 36
Collins, Jess & Christian Morgenstern. Moonmatters. Page 36
Collins, Jess & Christian Morgenstern. Goat and Stalker. Page 37
Collins, Jess & Christian Morgenstern. How the Gallowschild Remembers the Names of the Months. Page 37
Whalen, Philip. Martyrdom of Two Pagans. Page 38
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. Untitled: “Constantly risking absurdity…”. Page 39
Eberhart, Richard. Clocks. Page 40
Eberhart, Richard. Snow. Page 40
Hawthorne, Clive. Four Poems and Notes. Page 40
Harmon, James. Silver Fox Island. Page 42
Harmon, James. Hawk Inlet. Page 42
Harmon, James. The Wind on Market Street. Page 43
Harmon, James. For H. H. Page 44
Turnbull, Gael. A Self-Portrait. Page 44
Turnbull, Gael. Why Don’t You Answer? Page 45


ARK III
San Francisco, Winter 1957
First edition, stapled wrappers, 48 pages including Notes on Contributors and advertisements for New Directions, and City Lights Books, edited by James Harmon, letterpress printed at the Press of Villiers Publications, artwork by Ronald Bladen.

Contributors:
Zukofsky, Louis. Barely and Widely. Page 3
Parkinson, Thomas. Two Vineyards. Page 4
Rexroth, Kenneth. Untitled: “I am fifty-two years old…”. Page 6
Hawthorne, Clive. Greeting, Sweets, The Dog. Page 7
Hawthorne, Clive. Art Blakey. Page 7
Hawthorne, Clive. Love Song. Page 8
Hawthorne, Clive. Night. Page 8
Hawthorne, Clive. Poem. Page 8
Fall, Donald. Caprice. Page 9
Fall, Donald. Eddy Street, San Francisco, 10.30 A.M. Page 9
Fall, Donald. To H. L. Page 10
Fall, Donald. A Respectful Statement on Sex in Unsettled Times. Page 10
Fall, Donald. Postcard. Page 10
Fall, Donald. Abstract Celebration. Page 11
Roskolenko, Harry. Images of Disorder. Page 11
Roskolenko, Harry. My Father’s Profession. Page 12
Roskolenko, Harry. The Streets of Home. Page 12
Roskolenko, Harry. Charlie. Page 13
Boyd, Bruce. Nocturne for the West. Page 13
Perkoff, Stuart Z. Utter Fascinations. Page 14
Sanzenbach, Nicole. Consider Children in the Street. Page 16
Sanzenbach, Nicole. To Allen. Page 16
Whalen, Philip. A Dim View of Berkeley in the Spring. Page 17
Snyder, Gary. What I Think About When I Meditate. Page 18.
Ginsberg, Allen. An Atypical Affair. Page 19
Ginsberg, Allen. A Typical Affair. Page 20
Ginsberg, Allen. How Come He Got Canned at the Ribbon Factory. Page 21
Kerouac, Jack. San Francisco Blues (two excerpts). Page 21
Margolis, William J. Use Your Imagination (no one else does). Page 22
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. Frame This Picture. Page 23
Wallick, Philip. My Apartment is a Pastoral Apartment. Page 25
Maclaine, Christopher. Three. Page 26
DeJong, David Cornel. Hour of Damnation. Page 27
DeJong, David Cornel. White Collar Class. Page 27
Orlovitz, Gil. The Beggar. Page 28
Lifton, Mitchell. Song. Page 28
Galler, David. Thoughts in the Ward. Page 30
Wernham, Guy. Nature Loves to Hide Herself. Page 32
Wernham, Guy. L’Homme Arraignee. Page 32
Larsen, Carl. The Work of Hands. Page 34
Eberhart, Richard. Hockey. Page 35
Eberhart, Richard. Dogs. Page 35
Uronivitz, Laura. How St George Met The Dragon. Page 36
Gilbert, Jack. Who Cried Love. Page 37
Romero, Idell Tarlow. Message on a Tree Trunk. Page 37
Romero, Idell Tarlow. Written on a Curbstone. Page 38
Corman, Cid. Agamemnon. Page 38
Turnbull, Gael. October. Page 39
Turnbull, Gael. The War. Page 40
Lipton, Lawrence. End of The Nile. Page 41

White Rabbit Press

IMG_3062From 1957-1968, the White Rabbit Press published sixty-three books and ten broadsides. It was the primary publisher of the work of Spicer, Robin Blaser, and Robert Duncan—the three central figures of the literary movement first known as the Berkeley Renaissance, and later as the San Francisco Renaissance. 

Founded by Joe Dunn in 1957 to print the poetry of the Jack Spicer Circle, the first ten books were printed surreptitiously on a multilith at the Greyhound Bus offices on 7th street in San Francisco. These early books were illustrated by Jess, Robert Duncan, and Kenn Davis.

After a four-year hiatus, the imprint was revived in 1962 by Graham Mackintosh with Spicer’s LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS, which was published in a small edition of less than 100 copies and illustrated by Mackintosh.


1. Jonas, Steve. LOVE, THE POEM, THE SEA AND OTHER PIECES EXAMINED
jonas_loveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November 1957
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover illustration by Jess. (Johnston A1)


2. Spicer, Jack. AFTER LORCA
spicer_lorcaSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November & December 1957
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 500 copies (26 lettered and signed). Jack Spicer’s first book. Cover illustration by Jess. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca. (Johnston A2)

3. Levertov, Denise. FIVE POEMS
levertov_fiveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). Cover illustration by Jess. (Johnston A3)


4. Borregaard, Ebbe. THE WAPITIS
borregaard_wapitisSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). Ebbe Borregaard’s first book. Cover illustration by Robert Duncan. (Johnston A4)

5. Stanley, George. THE LOVE ROOT
stanley_loveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). George Stanley’s first book. Cover illustration by Robert Duncan. (Johnston A5)

6. Duncan, Robert. FAUST FOUTU ACT 1
duncan_faustSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, March 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, 300 copies. (Johnston A6)




7. Dull, Harold. THE BIRD POEMS
dull_birdSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, May 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 200 copies. Harold Dull’s first book. Cover illustration by Nugent. (Johnston A7)



8. Brautigan, Richard. THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER
brautigan_galileeSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, May 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, 200 copies. Cover illustration by Kenn Davis. (Johnston A8)



9. Adam, Helen. THE QUEEN O’CROW CASTLE
adam_queenSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, (200 copies). Cover illustration by Jess. (Johnston A9)



10. Olson, Charles. O’RYAN 2 4 6 8 10
olson_oryanSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, September 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 300 copies. Cover illustration by Jess. (Johnston A10)


11. Spicer, Jack. LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
spicer_lamentOakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 16 pages, 125 copies. Cover illustration by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A11)



12. Andrews, Jr., Lyman. FUGUTIVE VISIONS
andrews_fugitiveOakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
First edition, sewn sheets bound into printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 24 pages. Illustrations by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A12)



13. Dull, Harold. THE WOOD CLIMB DOWN OUT OF
dull_woodSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 12 pages. (Johnston A13)




14. Primack, Ronnie. FOR THE LATE MAJOR HORACE BELL OF THE LOS ANGELES RANGERS
primack_lateSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 32 pages. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A14)



15. Stanley, George. TETE ROUGE / PONY EXPRESS RIDERS
stanley_teteSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, sheets laid into printed unbound wrappers, 6″ x 8.25″, 54 pages. Illustrated by Paul Alexander.
(Johnston A15)


16. Kearney, Lawrence. FIFTEEN POEMS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
(Johnston A16)

17. Thorman, Janet. THE TAROT SUITE
thorman_tarotSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheet in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. According to Johnston, “A supplement to OPEN SPACE magazine”.
(Johnston A17)


18. Spicer, Jack and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. DEAR FERLINGHETTI
spicer_ferlingSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, single 8.5″ x 14″ sheet folded once, letterpress.
(Johnston A19)


19. Spicer, Jack. THE HOLY GRAIL
spicer_holySan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets glued into printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages. (Johnston A19)



20. Duncan, Robert. AS TESTIMONY
duncan_testimonySan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 24 pages, letterpress.
Second printing in 1965
(Johnston A20, A31)


21. Blaser, Robin. THE MOTH POEM
San Francisco: Open Space, 1964
second printing in 1965
(Johnston A21, A23)

22. Dull, Harold. THE DOOR
dull_doorSan Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, side-stapled sheets with printed cover sheet, 8.5″ x 11″, 58 pages.
(Johnston A22)



23. Duerden, Richard. THE FORK
duerden_forkSan Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets glued into printed french-fold wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.5″, 92 pages, 500 copies, errata sheet tipped in, letterpress.
(Johnston A24)

24. Alexander, James. ETERNATURE
alexander_eturnatureSan Francisco: Oannes-Open Space, 1965
First edition, side stapled sheets glued into printed french-fold wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.25″, 104 pages, 250 copies. Illustrated by Paul Alexander.
(Johnston A25)


25. Olson, Charles. O’RYAN 1-10
olson_oryan02San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, saddle stapled printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, 1026 copies (26 lettered copies in boards), letterpress. Illustrated by Jess.
(Johnston A26)


26. Blaser, Robin. LES CHIMERES
San Francisco: Open Space, 1965
(Johnston A27)

27. Stanley, George. FLOWERS
stanley_flowersSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 32 pages, 500 copies (26 lettered and signed in boards), letterpress.
(Johnston A28)


28. Dull, Harold. THE NIGHT OF THE PERSEIDS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
(Johnston A29)

29. Spicer, Jack. LANGUAGE
spicer_languageSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages. (Johnston A30)




30. Duncan, Robert. THE SWEETNESS AND GREATNESS OF DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY
San Francisco: Open Space, 1965
(Johnston A32)

31. Spicer, Jack. BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE
spicer_magazineSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress.
(Johnston A33)



32. Ryan, John Allen. RUT
(San Francisco): Graham Mackintosh, 1966
(Johnston A34)

33. Alexander, James. THE JACK RABBIT POEM
alexander_jackSan Francisco: White Rabbit-Open Space, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 9″, 20 pages, 750 copies (26 numbered and signed in boards), letterpress.
(Johnston A35)


34. Perksy, Stan. LIVES OF THE FRENCH SYMBOLIST POETS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
(Johnston A36)

35. Showers, J. Anthony. THE ALIENS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
(Johnston A37)

36. Miles, Josephine. SAVING THE BAY
San Francisco: Open Space, 1967
(Johnston A38)

37. Dull, Harold. THE STAR YEAR
dull_starSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 48 pages, 500 copies, letterpress. Cover illustration by Fran Herndon.
(Johnston A39)


38. Duncan, Robert. THE CAT AND THE BLACKBIRD
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
(Johnston A40)

39. Dunn, Joe. BETTER DREAM HOUSE
dunn_betterSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1968
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.75″ x 9.25″, 32 pages, 1000 copies. Collages by Jess.
(Johnston A41)

 

40. Stanley, George. BEYOND LOVE
(Johnston A42)

41. Brautigan, Richard. PLEASE PLANT THIS BOOK
(Johnston A43)

42. Thibeau, John. AN OPEN LETTER TO CHE GUEVARA
(Johnston A44)

 


References consulted:

Alastair Johnston. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WHITE RABBIT PRESS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press in association with Anacapa Books, 1985