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Locus Solus

“L’écriteau bref qui s’offre à l’oeil apitoyé”
– Roussel

The first generation of New York School poets took their first shot at editing their own magazine in Locus Solus, a title that marks a private space both in its meaning (solitary place) and its derivation. It alludes to a 1914 novel of the same title by Raymond Roussel, the obscure French author whose work provided a secret meeting ground for the New York School poets. The idea for the magazine originated with Harry Mathews and John Ashbery, both living in France at the time. Mathews was able to provide funding through a recent inheritance, but otherwise his interest in the magazine was principally devoted to seeing installments of his novel The Conversions published in the first three issues, though the final issue (No. 5, 1962) also contains his poem “The Ring” and his translation of a portion of Roussel’s Locus Solus. Ashbery provided editorial leadership by assembling a “Double Issue of New Poetry” (numbers 3-4, winter 1962) and recruiting James Schuyler and Kenneth Koch to edit other issues. Koch’s “Special Collaborations Issue” (No. 2, summer 1961) remains a significant reference point for the practice that has become a defining feature of New York School poetry. Schuyler’s issues, the first and last (No. 1, winter 1961; No. 5, 1962), are miscellaneous but nevertheless formed by a deliberate intention to represent a group identity as Schuyler conceived it. In soliciting a contribution from his longtime friend Chester Kallman (1921–75), whose work appeared in the final issue, Schuyler explained that “part of the unstated objective” of Locus Solus was to offer “a riposte at The New American Poetry [1960], which has so thoroughly misrepresented so many of us” (it did not represent Kallman at all).

As a correction or supplement to The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, the most important contributions of Locus Solus are the re-introduction of Edwin Denby (represented in the first issue by nine sonnets from Mediterranean Cities [1956]) and the forecasting of Ashbery’s “experimental” turn in poems later collected in The Tennis Court Oath (1962; “The New Realism,” Locus Solus, Nos. 3–4) and Rivers and Mountains (1966; “Into the Dusk-Charged Air,” Locus Solus, No. 5). The poets’ work in prose is also represented in Schuyler’s “Current Events” (Locus Solus, No. 1); an early installment of the collaborative novel by Schuyler and Ashbery, A Nest of Ninnies (Locus Solus, No. 2); and Denby’s memoir “The Thirties” (Locus Solus, No. 5). The representation of the first-generation New York School poets in Locus Solus is completed with work by Kenward Elmslie, Barbara Guest, Koch, and Frank O’hara. The second generation begins to emerge with names that were to become prominent (Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Joseph Ceravolo, John Perreault) and some others who had connected with Koch and O’Hara through their workshops at the New School (Jean Boudin, Allan Kaplan, Ruth Krauss). Another workshop student, Michael Benedikt (1935-2007), though not usually associated with the New York School, made his closest connection in the context of Locus Solus, assuming the title of managing editor for the final issue.

Although handsomely printed on fine paper, Locus Solus was not illustrated. It included writing by various authors with ties to the visual arts that were so important to New York School poetry. Fairfield Porter (and his wife, Anne), Robert Dash (a painter friend of the Porters), Musa McKim (the wife of Philip Guston), Larry Rivers, and Harold Rosenberg all contributed poems. Rudolph Burckhardt published Love in Three Acts: A Swiss Play (Locus Solus, No. 1). Using the form of a play, Jane Freilicher and Koch assigned lines to various parts of “The Car” (Locus Solus, No. 2) in a demonstration of collaboration on several levels. In the final issue, poems by Gerard Malanga and Piero Heliczer (1937-1993) signal the Andy Warhol circle that would expand throughout the coming decade to take in many New York School poets.

–Diggory, Terence. “Locus Solus” Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. 2009

1. LOCUS SOLUS, No. 1, edited by James Schuyler
Lans-en-Vercors: Locus Solus, Winter 1960-1961

First edition, sewn-signatures bound into printed wrappers, 5” x 7”, 168 pages. There were 100 special copies printed in a limited numbered issue. Printed by Imprenta Graficas Miramar, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

  • Contents:
    1. Kenneth Koch – “On the Go”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Circus”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Railway Stationery”
      Barbara Guest – “Afternoons I: The Location of Things”
      Barbara Guest – “Afternoons II: Windy Afternoon”
      Barbara Guest – “Afternoons III: Russians at the Beach”
      Barbara Guest – “Melisande”
      Barbara Guest – “River Side”
      Barbara Guest – “Palm Trees”
      Barbara Guest – “All Grey-Haired My Sisters”
      James Schuyler – “Current Events”
      Anne Porter – “The First of May”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “Other stories of the beauty wapiti”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “wapiti 3”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “from Sprach””
      John Ashbery – “Idaho”
      John Ashbery – “Spring Twilight”
      John Ashbery – “Thoughts of a Young Girl”
      John Ashbery – “The Passive Preacher”
      John Ashbery – “Winter”
      John Ashbery – “A White Paper”
      Harry Mathews – “The Conversions (I)”
      Frank O’Hara – “Poem” [“To be idiomatic in a vacuum…”]
      Frank O’Hara – “Overlooking the River”
      Frank O’Hara – “East River”
      Frank O’Hara – “Ducal Days”
      Frank O’Hara – “Locarno, to James Schuyler”
      Frank O’Hara – “The Opera”
      Frank O’Hara – “House”
      Frank O’Hara – “Failures of Spring”
      Frank O’Hara – “Adieu to Norman, Bonjour to Joan and Jean-Paul”
      Frank O’Hara – “Far from the Porte des Lilas and the Rue Pergolese, to Joan Mitchell”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Trastevere A Dedication”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Venice”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Villa D’este”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Olévano Romano”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Sant’ Angelo D’ischia”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Positano”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Delos”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Mykonos”
      Edwin Denby – “from Mediterranean Cities: Ciampino Envoi”
      Robin Blaser – “Cups”
      George Montgomery – “The Painters”
      George Montgomery – “The Poet”
      George Montgomery – “Rocks under me are hard”
      George Montgomery – “D.W.”
      Rudy Burckhardt – “Love in Three Acts: a Swiss Play”
      Fairfield Porter – “The Mountain”
      Fairfield Porter – “To Laurence”
      Fairfield Porter – “At the End of Summer”
      Fairfield Porter – “When the morning train…”

Lans-en-Vercors: Locus Solus, Summer 1961

First edition, sewn-signatures bound into printed wrappers, 5” x 7.25”, 208 pages. There were 50 special copies printed in a limited numbered issue. Printed by Atar S.A., Geneva.

  • Contents:
    1. John Ashbery – “To a Waterfowl”
      Five Chinese Poets – “A Garland of Roses” (translated by Donald Keene)
      Sei Shonagon and The Empress Sadako – “Poem about Saisho” (translated by Arthur Waley)
      Basho, Bonsho, Fumikuni and Kyorai – “The Kite’s Feathers” (translated by The Nippon Gkujutsu Shinkokai)
      Kakei, Basho – “November” (translated by Donald Keene)
      Basho, Ichiei, Sora and Sensui – “Gather Seawards” (translated by Donald Keene)
      Sogi, Shohaku and Socno – “Three Poets at Minase” (translated by Donald Keene)
      Blacatz and Vidal – “Tenso” (translated by Paul Blackburn)
      Vidal and Lanza – “Tenso” (translated by Paul Blackburn)
      Aragon, Salvatge, Foix and Auriac – “Coblas” (translated by Paul Blackburn)
      John Fletcher and William Shakespeare – “Song”
      John Donne and Henry Goodyere – “A Letter”
      Abraham Cowley and Richard Crashaw – “On Hope”
      John Suckling and Edmund Waller – “In Answer of Sir John Suckling’s Verses”
      Thomas Chatterton – “Onn Oure Ladies Chyrche”
      Thomas Chatterton – “The Account of W. Canynges Feast”
      Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey – “Two Passages from ‘Joan of Arc'”
      Marinetti, Cangiullo – “Public Garden: A Play” (translated by Kenneth Koch)
      André Breton and Paul Eluard – “from The Immaculate Conception” (translated by John Ashbery)
      Paul Eluard and Benjamin Peret – “Surrealist Proverbs” (translated by Kenneth Koch)
      André Breton and Yves Tanguy – “Question and Answer Game” (translated by Kenneth Koch)
      Paul Eluard and Others – “Cadavres Exquis” (translated by Kenneth Koch)
      René Char and Paul Eluard – “New” (translated by John Ashbery)
      René Char and Paul Eluard – “Landings” (translated by John Ashbery)
      James McAuley and Harold Stewart – “Boult to Marina”
      James McAuley and Harold Stewart – “Sybilline”
      John Ashbery and James Schuyler – “A Nest of Ninnies”
      Frank O’Hara – “Choses Passageres”
      Joseph Ceravolo and John Perreault – “Milk”
      Daniel Krakauer – “The Jack Who Yawned”
      Michael Benedikt and Milton Gilman – “Under the Stones, Where it is Shy”
      Jane Freilicher and Kenneth Koch – “The Car”
      Bill Berkson and Kenward Elmslie – “Armagnac or The Visitor”
      William Burroughs and Gregory Corso – “Everywhere March Your Head”
      William Burroughs and Gregory Corso – “Sons of Your In”
      Gregory Corso – “Cut Up”
      Ruth Krauss – “News”
      Ruth Krauss – [untitled] “compare thee…”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “The Young Collectors”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “Crone Rhapsody”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “The Inferno”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “Gottlieb’s Rainbow”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “New Year’s Eve”
      John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch – “A Servant to Servants”
      Harry Mathews – “The Conversions (II)”
      Kenneth Koch – “A Note on this Issue”

3. LOCUS SOLUS, Nos. 3-4, NEW POETRY, edited by John Ashbery
Lans-en-Vercors: Locus Solus, Winter 1961-1962

First edition, sewn-signatures bound into printed wrappers, 5” x 7.25”, 296 pages. Printed by Atar S.A., Geneva.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael Benedikt – “Victoria Falls”
      Michael Benedikt – “The Estate”
      Michael Benedikt – “In the Park”
      Michael Benedikt – “Traditions of Farming”
      Leroi Jones – “A Long Poem for Myself”
      Leroi Jones – “Style”
      Leroi Jones – “The End of Man is His Beauty”
      Leroi Jones – “A Poem for Myself, the Fool”
      Daniel Krakauer – “Selestina”
      Daniel Krakauer – “Prince Valiant’s Childhood”
      Bill Berkson – “Four Great Songs”
      Bill Berkson – “Warnings”
      Bill Berkson – “A Hot Day”
      Bill Berkson – “Poem, to Joe Lesueur”
      Bill Berkson – “Breath”
      Bill Berkson – “All You Want”
      Bill Berkson – “Pollyanna”
      Welton Smith – “If I Could Hold You for Light”
      Welton Smith – “This Sojourn in the Middle of Summer”
      Larry Rivers – “The Song of Polish Night”
      Larry Rivers – “1953”
      Larry Rivers – “The Month”
      Larry Rivers – “An Ape is in the Bedroom”
      Larry Rivers – “Only God Can Make a Tree”
      Larry Rivers – “Benjamin F”
      Robin Blaser – “The Park”
      Diane Di Prima – “Moon Mattress”
      Dennis Quinn – “from Life Shapes, Clock and Vein”
      Dennis Quinn – “from Life Shapes, Candles”
      Dennis Quinn – “from Life Shapes, You”
      Dennis Quinn – “from Life Shapes, Wish”
      Dennis Quinn – “Question”
      Dennis Quinn – “Off Guam”
      Dennis Quinn – “High”
      Dennis Quinn – “In Tangier”
      Alan Ansen – “Moonling”
      Alan Ansen – “Prohibition”
      Alan Ansen – “On and On and On”
      Robert Lax – [untitled] “the port…”
      Robert Lax – [untitled] “shadows…”
      Robert Lax – [untitled] “mystery of water…”
      Robert Lax – [untitled] “to the center…”
      Jean Boudin – “Second Story Brownstone”
      Jean Boudin – “Of the Nile”
      Frank O’Hara – “How to Get There”
      Frank O’Hara – “Favorite Painting in the Metropolitan”
      Frank O’Hara – “Wind”
      Frank O’Hara and Bill Berkson – “from The Memorandums of Angelicus Fobb”
      Frank O’Hara and Bill Berkson – “FYI 6/26/61 (The Picnic Hour)”
      George Stanley – “The Death of Orpheus”
      George Stanley – “Moonlight”
      Paul Carroll – “Postcard for Joseph Cornell”
      Denis Roche – [untitled] “As a matter of fact…” (translate by John Ashbery)
      Marcelin Pleynet – “of coal” (translated by John Ashbery)
      Marcelin Pleynet – “the new republic” (translated by John Ashbery)
      Marcelin Pleynet – “Black” (translated by John Ashbery)
      Pierre Martory – “Evenings in Rochefort” (translated by John Ashbery)
      Pierre Martory – “Tchat”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “A Great Sadness”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “The Climb”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “The Forest”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “Different Fragments of 2 Different Negro Poems”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “Water: How Weather Feels the Cotton Hotels”
      Musa McKim – “The News from Here”
      Musa McKim – “A Theory”
      Musa McKim – “The Train”
      Allan Kaplan – “Memory in France”
      Allan Kaplan – “Soliloquy of a Boat”
      Allan Kaplan – “Traffic Signals…”
      Hugh Amory – “from The Federalists”
      Daisy Aldan – “Zina”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Shirley Temple Surrounded by Lions”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Solar Rebus”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Ghandi”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Experts at Veneers”
      James Schuyler – “December”
      Gerard Malanga – “Psyche”
      James Koller – [untitled] “crouched in mothers musk…”
      James Merrill – “Letter from Egypt”
      David Ball – “A Recent Conversation”
      John Ashbery – “The New Realism”
      Furman Stout – “Prose Poem for Clara”
      Landis Everson – “from The Little Ghosts I Played With”
      John Perreault – “Circles”
      John Perreault – “O Whatta Beautiful Polish City So Shiny Aluminum”
      John Perreault – “Paris”
      Barbara Guest – “Dardanella”
      Barbara Guest – “His Jungle”
      Barbara Guest and Sa’Di Koylan – “Turkish”
      Anselm Hollo – “Text 9.iii. 1961”
      Kenneth Koch – “Ma Provence”
      Kenneth Koch – “Rialto”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Steam Bath”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Coat License”
      Kenneth Koch – “How Fair”
      Kenneth Koch – “Bon Dieu”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Echo”
      Jack Foss – “The Categorical Avoidance”
      Robert Magowan – “Summer of 1958”
      Robert Magowan – “Myra”
      Thomas Jackrell – “Grandma”
      Thomas Jackrell – “A Plan”
      Thomas Jackrell – “Art Finally Safe”
      Thomas Jackrell – “The River”
      Thomas Jackrell – “from Green Book: Cactuscope”
      Thomas Jackrell – “from Green Book”
      Thomas Jackrell – “The South Central States of America”
      Harry Mathews – “The Conversions (III)”

5. LOCUS SOLUS, No. 5, edited by James Schuyler
Lans-en-Vercors: Locus Solus, 1962

First edition, sewn-signatures bound into printed wrappers, 5” x 7.25”, 184 pages. Printed by Atar S.A., Geneva.

  • Contents:
    1. Gerard Malanga – “Ode to Turchetti”
      Gerard Malanga – “The Girl Stands Under the Mobile at the Museum”
      Gerard Malanga – “Amour, Amour, Amour”
      Harold Rosenberg – “Ballad of Moral Beauty”
      Chester Kallman – “Wanderer”
      Chester Kallman – “Weighty Questions”
      Edwin Denby – “The Thirties”
      Frank O’Hara – “Mary Desti’s Ass”
      Frank O’Hara – “Madrid”
      Frank O’Hara – “Poem” (“Twin spheres full of fur and noise…”
      Frank O’Hara – “Blue Territory, to Helen Frankenthaler”
      Frank O’Hara – “Lebanon”
      Ted Berrigan – “Poem in the Traditional Manner”
      Carl Morse – “First Snow: Yorkville and Elsewhere”
      Carl Morse – “The Crisis: Tompkins Park and After”
      Carl Morse – “Anchor Demolition: East 82nd Street”
      Musa Guston – “On Your Birthday”
      Musa Guston – “Brooklyns”
      Piero Heliczer – “The Beautiful Ambush”
      Piero Heliczer – “The Diving Bell”
      Anselm Hollo – “A Letter, Both Intimate and Didactic”
      Thomas Anhava – “Elegy for Night” (translated by Anselm Hollo)
      Frank Lissauer – “Repercussion”
      Frank Lissauer – “Towards Silence”
      Frank Lissauer – “A Proposition”
      John Ashbery – “Into the Dusk-Charged Air”
      Harold Rosenberg – “Liberalism and Conservatism–and Literature”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Cave in”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Marbled Chuckle in the Savannahs”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Circus Nerves and Worries”
      Barbara Guest – “Candies”
      Donna Kerness – “Insomnia VI”
      John Wieners – “The Acts of Youth”
      John Wieners – “The Mermaid’s Song”
      John Wieners – “An Anniversary of Death”
      Richard Elliott – “9 Elaborations for 26 Characters”
      Harry Mathews – “The Ring”
      Jean Boudin – “Politics”
      Robert Harson – “Lacrimae”
      John N. Morris – “Reno”
      Daisy Aldan – “Facility phrases”
      Edwin Denby – “Snoring in New York: an elegy”
      Raymond Roussel – “Locus Solus (I)” (translated by Harry Mathews)
      Michael Cain – “Lovepoetry”
      Robert Dash – “Mémoires d’autres”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Islands”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Departure from Hydra”
      Tony Whedon – “Sounds”
      Charles Edward Eaton – “Chimera”
      Charles Edward Eaton – “Unlikely Legend”
      David Beckwith – “Point”
      David Beckwith – “Abendslied”
      Michael Benedikt – “Sunlight on the Terrace”
      Michael Benedikt – “With Love”
      Michael Benedikt – “Island Life”
      James Schuyler – “April and its Forsythia”
      James Schuyler – “Grand Duo”
      James Schuyler – “Looking Forward to See Jane Real Soon”
      Mary Caroline Richards – “Holy Poems: Prayers”

Online Resources:

· Reality Studio – Locus Solus
· Georgia Tech: Curating the New York School – Locus Solus

Adventures in Poetry

Cover of Adventures in Poetry, No. 8, 1971. Photo by Rudy Burckhardt.

Published between 1968 and 1975, Adventures in Poetry was edited by poet Larry Fagin and printed and assembled at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.

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Adventures in Poetry

Published between 1968 and 1975, Adventures in Poetry was edited by poet Larry Fagin and printed and assembled at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. Featured in its pages is writing by many poets associated with the first and second generation of the New York School. Surreal and often playful, the work provides a valuable access point into a vibrant and social community of writers who overlapped both in life and on the page.

Alongside poetry and art, Adventures in Poetry also includes a number of journal, diary, and travelogue entries.

1. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 1, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, March 1968

First edition, side-stapled in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 70 pages. Cover by Ron Padgett. Illustrations by George Schneeman and Joe Brainard

  • Contents:
    1. Joe Ceravolo – “Night Ocean”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Night Swim”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Consolation”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Panorama”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Separation”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Forgive Me”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Holiday Dinner”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Fog”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Sleep”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Jungle Love”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Nothing”
      James Schuyler – “Amy Lowell Thoughts”
      James Schuyler – “Milk”
      Ted Berrigan – “For Tom Veitch”
      Dick Gallup – “The Boot-Blacks, A Play in Three Acts”
      Anne Waldman – “Economy”
      Anne Waldman – “Getting Light”
      Ron Padgett – “8 Ball”
      Johnny Stanton – “from Mangled Hands”
      Tom Clark – “Bijous”
      John Giorno – “Flavor Grabber”
      Ted Berrigan – “from Clear the Range”
      Guillaume Apollinaire – “Julie or The Rose” (trans. Christine Grodzicki and George Tysh)
      Dick Gallup – “La Boheme”

2. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 2, edited by Larry Fagin
San Francisco: Adventures in Poetry, July 1968

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 90 pages. Cover by Joe Brainard. Illustrations by Leon, George Schneeman, Ron Padgett, and Bob Jenney.

  • Contents:
    1. Edwin Denby – “from Scream In A Cave”
      Beaumont & Beaumont – “from Furtive Days”
      Joe Brainard – “Jamaica Diary”
      Lewis Warsh – “New York Diary”
      Tom Clark – “from Riot the Garrick Theatre”
      Dick Gallup – “Life of Tom Veitch”
      Tom Veitch – “from The Transfigured”
      Johnny Stanton – “from The Jissom Trail”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Peaches Littlejohn”
      Anne Waldman – “from The Egypt Journal”
      Ron Padgett & Tom Veitch – “from Star Gut”
      Jim Carroll – “from a diary”
      Ron Padgett – “The New Plagiarism”
      Bill Berkson – “In the American Rain”
      Larry Fagin – “Two Dog Stories”
      John Ashbery & James Schuyler – “from Nest of Ninnies”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Breach Baby”
      Michael Brownstein – “Kites”
      Francis Picabia – “5 Minute Intermission”
      Tom Disch – “Sinking Into Trouble”
      Johnny Stanton – “In the Moonlight”
      Pierre Reiter – “Craze Man Whiliiker”

3. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 3, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, January 1969

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 58 pages, mimeograph printed by Don Santina at the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Program. Cover by Gordon Baldwin.

  • Contents:
    1. Clark Coolidge – “Amount”
      Francis Picabia – “Drawings by the Girl without a Mother” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Tom Veitch – “from The Luis Armed Story”
      Aram Saroyan – “Electric Poetry”

4. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 4, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, Summer 1969

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 56 pages. Cover by Ed Ruscha. Illustration by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “Thirty-five is gone…”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “Bobbie, when I punch you…”
      Ted Berrigan – “Entrance”
      Ted Berrigan – “El Greco”
      Ted Berrigan – “It’s Important”
      Ted Berrigan – “Grey Morning”
      Ted Berrigan – “Hash for Breakfast”
      Ted Berrigan – “Dial-A-Poem”
      Ted Berrigan – “Cock of the Walk”
      Ted Berrigan – “Anne’s Birthday: April 2nd 1968”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Waking Up”
      John Giorno – “Cunt”
      Lewis Warsh – “Questions of Travel”
      Lewis Warsh – [untitled] “The woodchuck waddles away…”
      Lewis Warsh – “Hatred”
      Lewis Warsh – “Two People”
      Lewis Warsh – “Drops”
      Dick Gallup – “Eskimoes Again”
      Dick Gallup – “Nite Light”
      Dick Gallup – “Add Water to this Urn”
      Dick Gallup – “The Sharpest Knives in the World”
      Dick Gallup – “Life Says OK”
      Dick Gallup – “Dive Bomber”
      Dick Gallup – “Chicken Wire”
      Michael Brownstein – “The Fledgling”
      Michael Brownstein – “The Booklets”
      Michael Brownstein – “In and Out of Paris”
      Michael Brownstein – “In Search of the Miraculous, for Dick Gallup”
      Michael Brownstein – “Sonnet”
      Ted Berrigan – “Babe Rainbow”

5. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 5, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, January 1970

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 124 pages. Cover by George Schneeman. Illustrations by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Tony Towle – “The Insects”
      Tony Towle – “Snow”
      Tony Towle – “We Plunged into the Western Hemisphere”
      Tony Towle – “Poem, the Dramatic Monologue”
      Tony Towle – “Ballade”
      Tony Towle – “Barbarossa”
      Tony Towle – [untitled] “A skylight of wire…”
      Tony Towle – [untitled] “Necessities are lacking…”
      Tony Towle – “Sunday”
      Tony Towle – “Ode”
      Tony Towle – “Yeats”
      Tony Towle – “On Water Island”
      Tony Towle – “Lines”
      Tony Towle – “Scenes from the Life of Christ”
      Ron Padgett – “Reading Proust”
      Frank O’HAra – “To the Poem”
      Frank O’HAra – “Lisztiana”
      Frank O’HAra – “To Edwin Denby”
      Frank O’HAra – [untitled] “There’s nothing worse…”
      Frank O’HAra – “The Arboretum”
      Frank O’HAra – “A Homage”
      Frank O’HAra – “Spleen”
      Frank O’HAra – [untitled] “The stars are tighter…”
      Frank O’HAra – “A Quiet Poem”
      Bill Berkson – “From a Childhood, for Joe Brainard”
      Bill Berkson – “Dangerous Enemies”
      Bill Berkson – “Tastes”
      Anne Waldman – “Brinks of Fame”
      Ron Padgett – “Wax Museum”
      Aram Saroyan – “Introduction”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “Everybody loves…”
      Aram Saroyan – “Gailyn”
      Ted Berrigan – “Tough Brown Coat, for Jim Carroll”
      Ted Berrigan – “To Anne”
      Ted Berrigan – “Like Poem, to Joan Fagin”
      Ted Berrigan – “In Bed”
      Ted Berrigan – “Life in the Future, for Donna”
      Ted Berrigan – “Prose & Poetry, to Alice”
      Ted Berrigan – “Hall of Mirrors, for Kristin Lems”
      Ted Berrigan – “To Southhampton”
      Ted Berrigan – “Ann Arbor Song”
      Joe Brainard – “The Banana Book”
      Ron Padgett – “A Whiff of Mint”
      Richard Fields – “The Yellow-Breasted Bird”
      John Godfrey – [untitled] “The gravity of our situation…”
      John Godfrey – “Rolling April”
      John Godfrey – “First Taste”
      John Godfrey – “Year Out”
      John Godfrey – “A Woman More Graced”
      John Godfrey – “Touch”
      John Godfrey – “Rain Waste”
      Anne Waldman – “Under the Influence of”
      Anne Waldman – “Up Here, as in India”
      Aram Saroyan – “Pool of Fluff”
      Aram Saroyan – “A Cartoon of Energy”
      Aram Saroyan – “Aunt & Uncle”
      Aram Saroyan – “My Orchestra is Ready”
      Aram Saroyan – “A Joint open Hearing”
      Harris Schiff – “Cross Country”
      Ron Padgett – “The Story of St-Pol Roux”
      Ted Berrigan – “London Air”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Chinese Creep”
      Clark Coolidge – [untitled] “one bow who…”
      Clark Coolidge – [untitled] “for set via…”
      Charles North – “After Vaughan”
      John Ashbery – “100 Multiple-Choice Questions”
      Jim Brodey – “Graveside”
      Jim Brodey – “God Help Us”
      Jim Brodey – “Red Lilac”
      Jim Brodey – “Heart-Send”
      Jim Brodey – “Heartfield, to Ron Cooper”
      Jim Brodey – “Thought-Cycle”
      Jim Brodey – “Imitation Brodey”
      Ted Greenwald – “Chat”
      Ted Greenwald – “The Such Thing”
      Ted Greenwald – “Tropical Dispatch, for Peter S.”
      Ted Greenwald – “Having a Wonderful Time”
      Ron Padgett – “Obscure Destinies”

6. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 6, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, June 1970

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 64 pages. Cover by Jim Dine.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael Brownstein – “Something for Everybody
      James Schuyler – “Buildings”
      James Schuyler – “Sometimes”
      James Schuyler – “Alice Faye at Ruby Foo’s”
      James Schuyler – “An East Window on Elizabeth Street, for Bob Dash”
      James Schuyler – “Spring”
      James Schuyler – “Scarlet Tanager”
      James Schuyler – [untitled] “Gulls loudly insist…”
      James Schuyler – [untitled] “Swimming in the memorial park pond…”
      James Schuyler – “Closed Gentian Distances”
      James Schuyler – “A Sun Cab”
      Scott Cohen – “Car”
      Scott Cohen – “Jane”
      Scott Cohen – “Bill Monroe’s Instrumentds”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Night Again”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Girl”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Night Letter”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “God”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “M”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “For the Night Riders”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “To Speak is to Lie”
      Tom Clark – “A Sailor’s Life”
      Hiton Obenzinger – “Motto over a Dorr”
      Hiton Obenzinger – “From a Fork”
      Michel Brownstein – “Footprints on the Moon”
      Frank Lima – “Underground with the Oriole, for Joe & Rosemary”
      Frank Lima – “Salad Exit”
      Frank Lima – “February ’68”
      Frank Lima – “Demitasse, for Patsy Southgate”
      Frank Lima – “Prospero”
      Frank Lima – “Harbor”
      Trevor Winkfield – Robinson Crusoe”
      Blaise Cendrars – “Roof Garden” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “On the Hudson” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Amphitryon” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Office” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Girl” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Young Man” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Work” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Trestle Work” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “The Thousand Islands” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Blaise Cendrars – “Laboratory” (trans. Ron Padgett)
      Tom Veitch – “Cooked Zeros”

7. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 7, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, February 1971

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 62 pages. Cover by Aram Saroyan.

  • Contents:
    1. Aram Saroyan – “from The Letter Book”
      John Giorno – “from The American Book of the Dead”
      Clark Coolidge – [untitled] “ace act ado”
      Clark Coolidge – [untitled] “gee get gib”
      Clark Coolidge – [untitled] “pro pea pee”
      Joe Brainard – “Muy Malo”
      Joe Brainard – “At Day’s End”
      Joe Brainard – “Short Story”
      Joe Brainard – “1970”
      Joe Brainard – “Real Life”
      Joe Brainard – “Art”
      Joe Brainard – “Henry”
      Joe Brainard – “Rim of the Desert”
      Joe Brainard – “Life”
      Joe Brainard – “How to Be Alone Again”
      Joe Brainard – “Friday, Nov. 27, 1970”
      Joe Brainard – “Thursday, December 8, 1970”
      Vincent Katz – “Pro Football”
      Bernadette Mayer – “from Moving”
      Byrd Hoffman – [untitled] “And now in saying something…”

8. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 8, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, Summer 1971

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 60 pages. Cover by Rudy Burckhardt.

  • Contents:
    1. Dick Gallup – “Charged Particles”
      Lewis Warsh – “True Colors”
      Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard – “Cherry”
      Steve Malmude – “To Portland”
      Andrei Codrescu – “Unchosen Things”
      Andrei Codrescu – “Thru a Grill”
      Andrei Codrescu – “Comedia dell’Arte”
      Andrei Codrescu – “To your Father”
      Andrei Codrescu – “Cossey at the Bots”
      Andrei Codrescu – “Debts”
      Richard Kolmar – “Voluntary”
      Richard Kolmar – “Part of an Elegy”
      Glen Baxter – “Symbar”
      Glen Baxter – “From the Barge”
      Glen Baxter – “Apponitmantes”
      Glen Baxter – “Ack-acks”
      Glen Baxter – “Utopia Parkway”
      Philip Whalen – “Scenes of Life at the Capital”

9. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 9, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, Spring 1972

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 125 pages. Cover art by John Giorno.

  • Contents:
    1. Jennifer Bartlett – “from Jennifer Losch: A Biography”
      Glen Baxter – “Morbihan”
      Glen Baxter – “Chauderon”
      Joe Brainard – “Poem” (“Kaleidoscopic umbrellas…”)
      Rebecca Brown – “The Day I Crossed Traffic against Traffic”
      Rebecca Brown – “Dissatisfaction”
      Michael Brownstein – “What America’s Thinking”
      William Burroughs – “Distant Heels”
      Clark Coolidge – “Basil Rathbone’s Bathrobe”
      Edwin Denby – “Army Songs”
      Jim Dine – “The Short History of New York”
      Joe Brainard – “A True Story”
      Louis Eilshemius – “An Unusual Inventor”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Eventual Bruises”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Ground Hog Day Pensee”
      Mary Ferrari – “The Blue and Yellow”
      Gilbert and George – “We are only Human Sculptors”
      Allen Ginsberg – “New England in hte Fall: Autumn Gold”
      John Godfrey – “Idiots”
      John Godfrey – “Sympathetic Fallacy”
      Joe Brainard – “No Story”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “shut down…”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “our faces…”
      Ted Greenwald – “Comb”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “poems pile up…”
      Alice Hedges – “The Door”
      John Koethe – “Some”
      Valery Larbaud – “La Neige”
      Glen Baxter – “Glove Soup”
      Steve Malmude – “Companion Poems”
      Steve Malmude – “Stove & Lamp”
      Harry Mathews – “The Dream-Work”
      Bernadette Mayer – “3 X’s”
      Pat Nolan – “Vision”
      Pat Nolan – “A Controlled Habit”
      Joe Brainard – “What’s Cooking”
      Charles North – “To The Book”
      Charles North – “Elizabethan and Nova Scotian Music”
      Charles North – “Naming Colors”
      Hilton Obenzinger – “The Brunt”
      Peter Orlovsky – [untitled] “A Year and 1/2 Ago”
      Maureen Owen – “Digging Sassafras in July”
      Maureen Owen – “O Propitious Constellation!”
      Ron Padgett – “Gentlemen Prefer Carrots”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “Vacuum”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “The Bullring”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “Popcorn”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “Coffee Service”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “Heh-Heh”
      Jonathan Rosenstein – “Charm”
      Harris Schiff – [untitled] “twilight…”
      Harris Schiff – [untitled] “the battery…”
      Harris Schiff – “Memorial for Paul Blackburn Oct 31 1971”
      Harris Schiff – “Too, for Bernadette Mayer”
      Joe Brainard – “Grandmother”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Theater”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Great Poet”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Trepanation”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Russian Escape”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Dynamite”
      James Schuyler – “A Vermont Diary”
      Richard Snow – “Philo Vance”
      George Stanley – “Pitchfork”
      Tony Towle – “On Spring Street”
      Anne Waldman – “Little Poem in Search of the Past”
      Anne Waldman – [untitled] “if you do this…”
      Lewis Warsh – “Single File”
      Joseph White – [untitled] “turn the day over…”
      Joseph White – [untitled] “while tearing up the platform…”
      Joseph White – [untitled] “out to the corner…”
      Joseph White – [untitled] “the back of a drawing…”
      B. Wilkie – “Notes on My Work, 1971”
      Joe Brainard – “Poem” (“Roses are red…”)

10. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 10, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1973

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 94 pages. Cover taken from a “Tijuana Bible”.

  • Contents:
    1. This is the anonymous issue published without author, editor, publication and publisher names.

11. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 11, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, Spring 1974

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 121 pages. Cover art by Rory McEwen.

  • Contents:
    1. Anne Waldman – “Fast Speaking Woman”
      Michael McClure – “from Fleas”
      Fielding Dawson – “from Oz – with an X”
      Clark Coolidge – “Coda to The Maintains”
      Bruce Boyd – “Introduction”
      Ron Padgett – “Wilson ’57”
      John Wieners – “A Superficial Estimation”
      Tony Towle – “Autobiography”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Water Over Stones”
      James Schuyler – “A Treasury of Birthday Thoughts”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “October Seventh Poem”
      Guillaume Apollinaire – “Zone” (trans. Ron Padgett)

12. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 12, edited by Larry Fagin
New York: Adventures in Poetry, Summer 1975

First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 94 pages. Cover art unattributed.

  • Contents:
    1. Gregory Corso – “Verse”
      Ron Padgett – “Excerpt from a Work in Progress” (“And they’re off…”)
      Alverna Brodecky – “Letter”
      Frank O’Hara – “To Norman, En Voyage”
      Joseph LeSueur – “A Note on the Preceding Poem”
      Jack Spicer – “Babel 3”
      Jack Spicer – “Dardenella”
      Jack Spicer – “Lives of the Philosophers: Diogenes”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Lack of oxygen…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Invisible zombies…”
      Jack Spicer – “Spider Song”
      John Wieners – “There are Very Important Minutes”
      John Wieners – “I’ve Lived Here Longer than Anybody Else…”
      John Wieners – “Greer”
      John Wieners – “Home Surgery at Merchant Marine”
      Bobbie Louise Hawkins – “Phone Call”
      Bobbie Louise Hawkins – “Conversation between Five Women”
      Charles North – “Two Pathetic Songs”
      Steve Malmude – “Dedication”
      Steve Malmude – “Duchess”
      John Ashbury – “Once Upon a Time”
      Stanley Kunitz – “A Blessing of Women”
      David Meltzer – “from Harps”
      Mary Ferrari – “Fiery Easter, 1972”
      Mary Ferrari – “The Earth Within”
      Mary Ferrari – “The Lamp”
      Kenneth Koch – “The Apes of Banzona”
      Red Grooms – [untitled] “House painted…”
      Red Grooms – [untitled] “Cloud look down…”
      Bill Zavatsky – “Tonight”
      Bill Zavatsky – “Announcement”
      Bill Zavatsky – “The New Capitalism”
      Bill Zavatsky – “The Influence of Flowers”
      Helen Adam – “Cheerless Junkie’s Song”
      Allen Ginsberg – “End Vietnam War”
      Ted Greenwald – “The Coast”
      Tony Towle – “Quotes”
      Alfred Starr Hamilton – “Tenement”
      Alfred Starr Hamilton – “The Flag”
      Alfred Starr Hamilton – “Pink Ants”
      Alfred Starr Hamilton – “Lime Honey”
      Alfred Starr Hamilton – “Night”
      Lewis MacAdams – “Ohio Blue Tip”
      Ed Sanders – “The Critic”
      Ed Sanders – “The 34th Year”
      John Godfrey – “Morning Poem”
      John Godfrey – “Evening Song”
      Valery Larbaud – “Private Devotions” (tans. Ron Padgett and Bill Zavatsky)
      Ron Padgett and Bill Zavatsky – “Notes”
      Michael Palmer – “Without Music, 2”
      Dale Herd – “My Old Man”
      Dale Herd – “Blood”
      Dale Herd – “Welfare”
      Simon Schuchat – “Poem” (“the leaves are turning…”)
      Carter Ratcliff – “Arrivederci, Modernismo”
      Son House – “Dry Spell Blues”

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