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Piero Heliczer

Piero Giorgio Heliczer (June 20, 1937 in Rome, Italy – July 22, 1993 in Préaux-du-Perche, France) ph_foldingchairwas an Italian-American writer, screenwriter, poet, actor, publisher and underground filmmaker. Heliczer moved to Paris in 1957, where he established his imprint The Dead Language press, publishing his own poetry and later, work by authors Anselm Hollo, Gregory Corso, Jack Smith, and others. In the 1960s, Heliczer moved from Paris to London to New York, and, during that time, made his first film and soon fell in with the crowd that was buzzing around Andy Warhol’s Factory… (more)

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Piero Heliczer

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Piero Giorgio Heliczer (June 20, 1937 in Rome, Italy – July 22, 1993 in Préaux-du-Perche, France) was an Italian-American writer, screenwriter, poet, actor, publisher and underground filmmaker.

Heliczer moved to Paris in 1957, where he established his imprint The Dead Language press, publishing his own poetry and later, work by authors Anselm Hollo, Gregory Corso, Jack Smith, and others.

In the 1960s, Heliczer moved from Paris to London to New York, and, during that time, made his first film in collaboration with fledgling British filmmaker Jeff Keen (The Autumn Feast [1961]). Back in New York in 1962, Heliczer fell in with the crowd that was buzzing around Andy Warhol’s Factory, appearing as an actor in Jack ph_flyer_presSmith’s Flaming Creatures and in several of Warhol’s films. Heliczer had obtained his own camera by 1964 and began to make films in standard 8 mm, the smallest and least expensive of home-movie gauges. Although he sometimes blew his films up to 16 mm, Heliczer was one of only a few underground filmmakers in New York at the time to work with so-called “regular 8” as his primary tool. His films are similar to Smith’s in their inspired lunacy, primitive technical quality, heavy doses of anti-Catholic sentiment, and alternative sexuality. Heliczer’s film Satisfaction so enraged one moviegoer at the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque in 1965 that he knocked the projector over and attacked a couple of his fellow patrons. 

Heliczer usually shot his films silent and added sound on tape; in fact, his “screen adaptation” of William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch in 1968 is “a film for tape recorder, no projector needed.” But, in some instances, Heliczer used live musicians to provide a soundtrack to his films, and ph_flyer_firstrushesone ad hoc group playing behind the screen at a Heliczer installation entitled The Launching of the Dream Weapon in early 1965 changed its name later that year to the Velvet Underground. In November, Heliczer had the Velvet Underground perform on the set of his film Venus in Furs and this shooting was filmed by a CBS News crew for an episode of Walter Cronkite Presents entitled “The Making of an Underground Film,” which was, in part, a profile of Piero Heliczer and turned out to be the only network television exposure for both the band and the filmmaker.

Heliczer made about 17 films which are now either lost or held in a variety of places, and no more than a third of them are in circulation. His publications are equally rare; for some pamphlets, there are no known extant copies. In 2001, poet Gerard Malanga was able to assemble what was retrievable of Heliczer’s literary works into a handsome volume entitled A Purchase in the White Botanica (Granary Books). Hopefully, a similar treatment of his films will not be far behind.


A. Books and Broadsides

1. GIRL BODY
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 24″ folded twice to 5″ x 6″, white ink letterpress printed on black paper. Heliczer poem: GIRL BODY.

2. IN WHICH THE POET WALKS FROM 945 PARK AVENUE
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Paris: Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6″ x 11″ folded twice to 6″ x 3.75″, letterpress printed on cream laid paper. Heliczer poem: IN WHICH THE POET WALKS FROM 945 PARK AVENUE TO HIS HOME AT 420 WEST 46TH STREET OUT OF WHICH HE IS TO BE EVACUATED AS A SQUATTER AND FINALLY TO BATTERY PARK AT NOON.

3. YOU COUL HEAR THE SNOW MELTING…
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Paris: Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 6.75″, 24 pages, letterpress, AVANT PROPOS by Robert Graves, original photo of Heliczer by Harold Chapman mounted to verso of last leaf. Heliczer poems: FUGA XIII • ORNITHOLOGY FOR LOVE CYCLOPS • ENGLAND •ENGLISH GIRLS • PARIS A SCENARIO FOR A SILENT MOVIE • AMERICA.

4. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
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New York: Dead Language, (1962)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 7″, (28 pages), letterpress, with an afterword by Anselm Hollo. Heliczer poems: POEM NUMBER ONE • MANTIS • WM BYRD • BIRD BURGEONING SKY • BUCKINGHAM PALACE • CARILLON BOOTY.

Notes: POEM NUMBER ONE appeared in LA LUNE EN RODAGE 1, Basel; MANTIS appeared in a French version in SENS PLASTIQUE, Paris; WM BYRD appeared in NEW DEPARTURES 2/3, Oxford & London; BUCKINGHAM PALACE appeared in OUTBURST 2, London.

5. & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA
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Brighton: Dead Language & London: Matrix Press, 1959 (1963)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, cover photo by Ph Mechanicus, Amsterdam, 4.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, letterpress. Heliczer poem: & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA.

Notes: & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA is “a poem in eleven takes”.

“An earlier edition was dittoed by Anselm Hollo… My earlier inspiration little frogs and clay dams in the sound of leaves theres no need to worry about fulfilling a sign as signs necessarily fulfull themselves just as every thing has a pot dimension ie that emittor sends pot signals to pot man it is not necessary to the manifestatino whether the emittor is under the influence.”

6. THE SOAP OPERA
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London, Trigram Press, 1967
First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket, 9″ x 10″, 36 pages, 500 copies (36 numbered and signed), illustrations by Paul Vaughan, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Wallace Berman, and others, letterpress. Heliczer poems: A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA • THE DEATH OF STEPHEN WARD • WYATT: ELEGY & DIFERENCIAS • VICTORIAN ERA • THE PASSION OF JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH • THE AUTUMN FEAST.

Notes: THE AUTUMN FEAST was made into a movie, Jeffrey Keen did the photography and cutting, Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad made the soundtrack.

7. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: THE TOMB OF HENRY JAMES • DIFERENCIAS I-IV.

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

8. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: WYATT • THE PECAN TREE • CHACONNE IN G MINOR.

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

9. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: HARUNOBU • THE BLUE CENTAUR • BESSIE SMITH.

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

10. ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL
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Heerlen, Holland: Uitgeverij 261, 1981
First edition, perfect bound wrappers, 5.25″ x 8.25″, 48 pages, printed in English and Dutch, published as part of The Amsterdam School/Poetry Series. Heliczer poems: IN COENA DOMINI • LEADBELLY (A D 1882 TO 1949) • CHINATOWN • NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO BE REALLY THERE • AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK • ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL.

11. AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK
Bayonne, N.J. : Beehive Press, 1991
ph_afraidFirst edition, comb bound, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 7 leaves printed recto only, includes a flyer for Heliczer’s reading at Saint Marks bound in with a brief biography. Heliczer poem: AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK.



B. Periodicals with Contributions by Heliczer

1. ACCENT, Vol. 18, No. 2, edited by Kerker Quinn, et al. 
mags_accent1802Urbana: Accent, Spring 1958.
Perfect bound printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 144 pages, letterpress printed. Heliczer play: THE TOMB OF HENRY JAMES (ii).



2. PATTERNS, Vol. 2, No. 4, edited by Gladys LaFlamme and J.R. Brownfield
mags_patterns0204Burlington and Chicago: Patterns, Fall 1958
Stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 28 pages, letterpress printed. Heliczer poems: BETROTHALS • MY BODY.




3. NEW DEPARTURES, No. 1, edited by Michael Horovitz
mags_newdepartures1Oxford: New Departures, 1959
Perfect-bound printed wrappers, 95 pages. Contributors include: John McGrath, J.B. Spink, Charles Hamblett, William Burroughs, David Sladen, Michael Horovitz, Stevie Smith, Kurt Schwitters, Stefan Themerson, John Fuller, Bernard Kops, Cornelius Cardew, Patrick Bowles, Votor Pasmore, Alan Brownjohn, Dennis Keene, Peter Ferguson, Samuel Beckett, Philip O’Conner. Heliczer poem: PARIS

4. AUDIENCE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE & THE ARTS, Vol. 7, No. 1, edited by Firman Houghton. 
Cambridge: The Audience Press, Winter 1960.
Stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9″. Contributors include: Marianna Pineda, Edwin Honig, Piero Heliczer, Carolyn Stoloff, Jan Wahl, John O’Connor, others.

5. TOMORROW, No. 3, edited by Ian Hamilton. 
Keble College, Oxford: Tomorrow, February – March 1960.
Stapled Wrappers. Contributors include: A. Alvarez, Valerie Benton, Steve Cox, Ronald Duncan, Michael Finch, John Fuller, Piero Heliczer, Francis Hope, Michael Horowitz, Elizabeth Jennings, Bernard Kops, Anna Lovell, Oscar Mellor, Christopher Middleton, Victor Musgrave, D.L. Pendlebury, Christopher Salvesen, Judith Spink, Peter Wollen.

6. OUTBURST, No. 1, edited by Tom Raworth.
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London: Outburst, 1961.
Stapled illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 8″, 52 pages with errata slip laid in, letterpress. Contributors include: Gary Snyder, Gael Turnbull, Fielding Dawson, Edward Dorn, Robert Creeley, Anselm Hollo, Piero Heliczer, Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Angus Maclise. Heliczer poem: FROM WYATT A PLAY.

7. RHINOZEROS, No. 5, edited by Klaus-Peter Dienst & Rolf-Gunter Dienst. 
mags_rhino5Hamburg, GERMANY: Langer Peter Verlag, 1961.
Stapled illustrated Wrappers. Contributors include David Ball, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, Larry Eigner, Theodore Enslin, Allen Ginsberg, Piero Heliczer, Anselm Hollo, Michael Horovitz, Dell Hymes, Robert Kelly, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Peter Orlovsky, Marc D. Schleifer, Gary Snyder, Gael Turnbull, and Philip Whalen. The Ginsberg, Orlovsky and Whalen. Heliczer poems: BATEAU • SHUFFLE.

8. MICA, No. 6, edited by Helmut Bonheim and Raymond Federman
mags_mica6Santa Barbara: Mica, June 1962
Stapled illustrated wrappers, mimeograph. Contributors include Theodore Enslin, Larry Eigner, J.H. Prynne, Susy Barrymore, Jack Hirschman, Frederick Tristan, Larry Eigner, Curtis Zahn, John J. Crowell, Anselm Hollo, David Ball, Hanna Schwarz Smith, Mathew Mead, Clayton Eshlemen, Judson Crews, Robert Peterson. Heliczer poem: BATEAU

9. AUDIENCE A QUARTERLY OF LITERATURE & THE ARTS, Vol. 8, No. 4, Issue 50, edited by Firman Houghton
Cambridge: The Audience Press, 1963.
Stapled wrappers. Special Poetry Issue. Contributors include: Dolores Stewart, Richard Eberhart, Sandra Hochman, Piero Heliczer, Ruth Whitman, Firman Houghton, I. L. Solomon, Hayden Carruth, Edsel Ford, John Logan, Marcia Stubbs, Alexandros Matsas, Miltos Sachtouris, Carlo Betochi, others.

10. OUTBURST, No. 2, edited by Tom Raworth
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London: Outburst, 1963
Stapled illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 8″, 44 pages, letterpress. Contributors include: Douglas Woolf, Paul Klee, Paul Blackburn, Edward Steichen, David Ball, Pentti Saarikoski, Philip Whalen, Leroi Jones, Fielding Dawson, Barry Hall, Allen Ginsberg, Chao Tze-Chiang, Edward Dorn, David Meltzer, Larry Eigner, Irving Penn, Ruth Weiss, Gregory Corso, Carol Berge, Alan Sillitoe, Anselm Hollo. Heliczer poem: BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

11. NIAGARA FRONTIER REVIEW, No. 1, edited by Charles Olson.
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New York: Frontier Press, Summer 1964.
Perfect bound illustrated wrappers, 8″ x 8″, 70 pages, offset. Contributors include: Charles Olson, LeRoi Jones, Robert Creeley, Piero Heliczer, David Posner. Heliczer poem: LLANTO POR LUCAS CARNACH.

12. THE GREAT SOCIETY, No. 1, edited by Robert J. Rickin.
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New York: Tompkins Square Books, 1966.
Side stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 41 pages, mimeograph and offset. Contributors include: Allen Ginsberg, Ray Bremser, Real Anonymous Spade, Piero Heliczer. Heliczer poem: THE DEATH OF STEPHEN WARD.

13. THE GREAT SOCIETY, No. 2, edited by Robert J. Rickin and Ira Cohen. 
mags_greatsociety2np: np, 1967.
Perfect bound illustrated wrappers with a cover by Jack Smith, 7″ x 9.5″, 87 pages, offset. Contributors include: Paul Bowles, Ray Bremser, Jack Smith, John Weiners, Harold Norse, William S. Burroughs, Piero Heliczer, Mohammed Mrabet. Heliczer poem: TATTOO.

14. GROWING HAND, edited by Vincent J. Cresciman. 
mags_growinghandSan Francisco: Growing Hand, 1967.
Perfect bound illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 8.75″, 61 pages, offset. Contributors include: Irving Rosenthal, Ira Cohen, Harold Norse, Piero Heliczer, Maya Andrews. Heliczer poem: HARUNOBU.

15. THE PARIS MAGAZINE, Number One, edited by George Whitman.
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Paris: Shakespeare & Co., October 1967.
Stapled printed wrappers, 8.5 ” x 11 “, 31 pages, offset. Contributors include: Lawrence Durrell, Edward Lucie Smith, J.P. Sartre, Allen Ginsberg, Piero Heliczer, Pablo Neruda. Heliczer poem: BEDTIME STORY.

16. MISTLETOE. 
mags_mistletoenp: Mephistopheles Publications, 1969.
Stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 37 pages, offset. Contributors include: Aleister Crowley, Piero Heliczer, Charlie Olson. Heliczer poem: [untitled] “it is said that a magician…”.


17. EXTENSIONS, Number 2, edited by Suzanne Zavrian and Joachim Neugroschel. 
mags_extensions2New York: Extensions, 1969.
Stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 95 pages, offset. Contributors include: Andre Breton, Diane Di Prima, Charles Henri Ford, Piero Heliczer, Gerard Malanga, Emmett Williams. Heliczer poem: CHINATOWN (for wm burroughs who got into the trolley didnt pay no fare going to chinatown).

18. ROOTS FORMING, Number One, edited by Jeff Woodward.
mags_roots1Monroe, MI: Roots Forming, Summer 1969.
Stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 32 pages, mimeograph. Contributors include: Bill Berkson, Clark Coolidge, Richar Morris, Anne Waldman, Gerard Malanga, Piero Heliczer. Heliczer poem: NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO BE REALLY THERE (for irene).

19. EXTENSIONS, Number 4, edited by Suzanne Zavrian and Joachim Neugroschel. 
mags_extensions4New York: Extensions, 1970.
Stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 95 pages, offset. Contributors include: John Ashbery, Clark Coolidge, Barbara Guest, Piero Heliczer, Gerard Malanga. Heliczer story: AMERICA.

20. TELEPHONE 8, edited by Maureen Owen. 
Telephone, 1973. Stapled wrappers. Contributors include: Lorenzo Thomas, Charles Plymell, Charlie Vermont, Rebecca Wright, Piero Heliczer. Cover and back cover illustration by Charles Plymell.


C. Film by Heliczer

1. THE AUTUMN FEAST (1961)
16mm, 14 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape
Original soundtrack by Angus Maclise. Based on the poem of the same title by Piero Heliczer, as printed in THE SOAP OPERA (London: Trigram Press, 1967).

Notes: “A grown up fantasy based on Guy Fawkes Day, the great children’s holiday of England, which is a combination of Halloween and the Fourth of July.” – Piero Heliczer.

2. THE SOAP OPERA
16mm, 13 minutes, silent

Notes: “Also known as THE HOME OPERA and THE PANIC OPERA. At home in a small loft in the early days of the Golden Age of the Lower East Side. With Piero Heliczer, Angus Maclise, Jack Smith, LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

3. DIRT (1965)
16mm, 12 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “Two nuns take a bath, then meet a sailor on the Staten Island Ferry. With Irene Nolan, Gretl Learned, Angus Maclise, Mario Montez and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

4. SATISFACTION
16mm, 10 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “A nun goes to Heaven and arrives there at the same time as Flash Gordon. With Sally Kirkland (as the Nun), Irene Nolan (as the School Girl), Frances Stillman and Barbara Rubin (as Nuns), Gerard Malanga (as Flash Gordon, Jack Smith (as God), Jack Martin, Angus Maclise, Mario Montez, and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

5. VENUS IN FURS (1965)
16mm, 16 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape (soundtrack by The Velvet Underground)

Notes: “This companion film to SATISFACTION is set at the opposite solstice and recapitulates part of DIRT. With Julie Garfield and Barbara Rubin (as Nuns), Chas Stanley (as Death), Margaret Boyce Cam (as the Nurse), Lou Reed, John Cale, Angus Maclise and others. A chess game under the bridge becomes a party in Hell. A must for lepidopterists.” – Piero Heliczer.

6. JOAN OF ARC
16mm, 11.5 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “The story of Joan of Arc as applied to the present revolution in arts and mores. The Gothic is applied to the War in Vietnam. The film is experimental in the sense that in it the visual becomes tactile. With Arnold Rockwood (as the Policeman), Jack Smith (as LBJ), Rene Richard, Ira Cohen, Wm. de Vore, Gerard Malanga, Tuli Kupferberg (as Bonnie Prince Charlie), Jose Rodriguez-Soltero (as the Priest), Chas. Henri Ford, Jane Waldren, Wendy Norins and many others.” – Piero Heliczer.

7. THE STONE AGE
16mm, 24 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “With Tom Raworth, Mary & Gudmundur Gudmunsson Erro, Agneta Freiberg, Joan Fagin, Michael Malce, Francois le Coeur, Jackie Curtis, Viva, Michel Auder, Wm. Terry Ork, Mario Anniballi, Jud & Jeni Talkut, Marion Brown, Mossa Bildner, Dexter Kelly, Betsy Greenstein, George Whitman, Alfredo Leonardi, Patti-Lee Chenis, Cornelia Wessels, Joseph Arak, Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, Rolando Pena, Susanne de Maria, Lohr Wilson, Jerry Benjamin, Jack Smith (as Casanova), Michael Snow (as Aristotle), Gerard Malanga (as Orfeo) and many others.” – Piero Heliczer.

8. HARUNOBU
Std. 8mm, 5 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “the action takes place in a pissoir in june/1958 the weather is very good every now and then it/ rains very hard at night there is lightning in/ the day time bright sun without rain bows the / day is bright as urine/ some of the action takes place on the outer/ surface of the pissoir shell/ harunobu wears a white noh mask and/ reddish black wig her japanese dress is white/ lack and red like a st raphael advertisement/ jean sebastien bach/ gregory shaxper/ with antoine perich and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

9. BESSIE SMITH
16mm, 6 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “photographed by gerard malanga in the subways of new york (actually the set of the blue centaur left over from the economy cutbacks at mgm and paramount/ joseph smith; patti lee chenis/ barrabas son to joseph smith: bill iwata/ captain john smith/ captain smiths band white masks mustaches armored round quattrocento helmets/ angel black face wears a checkered ginham dress/ band of angels/ johann sebastian back wears a wig in blackface looks a lot like george washington two fingers of his left hand are missing/ bessie smith: lily ocasio/ joseph smith and barabbas smith are played by one man preferably buster keaton/ angel and bach are played by one man preferably django reinhardt/ captain smiths band is played by the band of angels.” – Piero Heliczer.

10. THE NAKED LUNCH (1968)
1/4″ magnetic tape, 30 minutes

Notes: “a film for tape recorder no projector needed/ sound by wm burroughs.” – Piero Heliczer.

11. ST. THERESE DE L’ENFANT JESUS
16mm, 40 minutes, B&W, silent

12. ROBIN HOOD
16mm, 39.5 minutes, B&W, silent


D. Edited, Printed, and Published by Heliczer

1. A PULP MAGAZINE FOR THE DEAD GENERATION
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Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, three unboud folded sheets laid into printed wrappers, letterpress printed. Contributors: Om Keukemeidsgedichten, Henk Marsman, Gregory Corso.

2. STRAIGHT (OPENING SECTION), by Angus Maclise
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Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, single sheet folded three times to make six printed pages and a cover, block print illustration presumably by Heliczer.


3. WEDNESDAY PAPER
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
Contributors: Gregory Corso, Cyclops, Anselm Hollo, Gustav Schiele.




4. YEAR, A WEDNESDAY PAPER SUPPLEMENT, by Angus Maclise
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
First edition, multiple sheets tape-bound to make a single acordian fold: once face for each of the twelve months and an entry for each day, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.


5. THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK, by Jack Smith
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1962 [reissued by Granary Books in 2001]
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, nineteen hand-tipped black-and-white contact prints by Jack Smith, 200 copies, cover art by Marian Zazeela.

 

6. LOVER MAN, by Anselm Hollo
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New York: The Dead Language Press, n.d.
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, cover art by Rene Magritte, signed by Heliczer.





E. Ephemera

1. APRIL FOOLS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films at the Kenmore Square Cinema (Boston?).






2. CHRISTMAS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films THE AUTUMN FEAST, DIRT, JOAN OF ARC, VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION at the Elgin Cinema.





3. THE DEAD LANGUAGE DIXHUIT RUE DESCARTES PARIS
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Flyer printed on both sides, lists numerous Dead Language Press items printed up to 1959.






4. EASTER SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Stan Brakhage’s film MOTH LIGHT, Heliczer’s films ROBIN HOOD (avant premiere), VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION, JOAN OF ARC, THE STONE AGE, THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER (avant premiere) benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative at the Bleecker Street Cinema.


5. FOLDING CHAIR OF THE PRINTING MASTER
ph_foldingchairCatalog of items printed by the Dead Language Press listing 7 items: GIRL BODY, A PULP MAGAZINE…, YOU COULD HEAR THE SNOW MELTING…, STRAIGHT (OPENING SECTION), WEDNESDAY PAPER, & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS…, YEAR. Single sheet stapled into printed wrappers, letterpress printed, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley,


6. NEW YEAR SHOW
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Flyer for showing of the world premier of Heliczer’s film THE STONE AGE, Warhol’s COUCH, and Tony Conrad’s THE FLICKER at the Bleecker Street Cinema benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative.



F. Bibliographical

1. FILMMAKERS NEWSLETTER, Volume 4, Number 4, edited by Suni Mallow, et al.
New York: Filmmakers Newsletter, 1971
mags_filmmakers0404First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 66 pages, offset. Article (presumably by Heliczer) titled THE DEAD LANGUAGE describes the philosophy, work and performances of Heliczer’s ‘press’.


2. LE PETIT SPHINX, Volume 1, Number 5, edited by Jeff Woodward
Los Angeles: Le Petit Sphinx, nd
mags_lepetitFirst edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 50 pages, offset. Article by Heliczer titled PARIS F-M COOP describing The Paris Filmmakers Cooperative started by him, Barbara Rubin, and Pamela Badyk and their showings.




Resources

FILM
UBU

RECORDINGS
Tom Raworth

BIOGRAPHY/BIBLIOGRAPHY
Obituary
Piero Heliczer Web Page