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Yugen

YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen.

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.”

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Yugen

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.” Cohen, later Hettie Jones, had worked at the Partisan Review and brought with her a background in little-magazine design that gave Yugen an air of respectability and professionalism. The contents represented a new and untraditional approach to poetry. Jones and Cohen also founded Totem Press, which published important early books by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, and many others. Like Yugen, Totem Press books typically feature calligraphic covers that mix American abstract expressionism and Japanese Zen painting.


1. YUGEN, No. 1, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg with calligraphy by Rachel Spitzer. Illustrations by Hector Stewart, Peter Schwartzburg, Tomi Ungerer, and Allen Ginsberg. Titles and composition by Rachel Spitzer and Michael Aleshire

  • Contents:
    1. Philip Whalen – “Further Notice”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 4:II:58”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 15:IV:57”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Mother, be soft and unremembered…”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Hawks will cry…”
      Judson Crews – “Potaphor in a Wretched Wind”
      Judson Crews – “When We Were Young”
      Tom Postell – “Gertrude Stein Rides The Town Down El to New York City”
      Tom Postell – “I Want a Solid Piece of Sunlight and a Yardstick to Measure it with”
      Allen Polite – “Beg Him to Help”
      Allen Polite – “Touching Air”
      Stephen Tropp – “Early Poem for 2 People”
      Bobb Hamilton- “Judgement Day”
      LeRoi Jones – “Slice of Life”
      LeRoi Jones – “Lines to Garcia Lorca”
      Diane Di Prima – “Poem”
      Diane Di Prima – “For Pound, Cocteau & Picasso”
      Ernest Kean – “The Glass is Shattered”
      Jack Micheline – “Steps”
      Allen Ginsberg – [untitled] “We rode on a lonely bus…”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Hitch-Hiking Key West”
      Allen Ginsberg – “In a Red Bar”
      Allen Ginsberg – “On Burroughs’ Work”

2. YUGEN, No. 2, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art and titles by Tomi Ungerer. Illustrations by Peter Schwarzburg.

  • Contents:
    1. Gregory Corso – “A Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian”
      Tuli Kupferberg – “4 Haiku”
      Thomas Postell – “Harmony”
      LeRoi Jones – “Suppose Sorrow was a Time Machine”
      Barbara Ellen Moraff – “Poem for Theo”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Colossus of Havana”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Trucks”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Lovers”
      Oliver Pitcher – “Tango”
      James Boyer May – “The Back of Mind”
      Harold Briggs – “Being”
      Bobb Hamilton – “A Sentence”
      Gary Snyder – “Chion-in”
      Ben Spellman – “Fool”
      George Stade – “To a Candidate for the Ph.D in Seventeenth Century Literature”

3. YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg. Illustrations by Stanley Fisher.

  • Contents:
    1. Gary Snyder – “Praise for Sick Women”
      Gary Snyder – “Another for the Same”
      William S. Burroughs – “Have You Seen Pantapon Rose?”
      Charles Farber – “Morning Highway”
      Barbara Moraff – “Poem for Tamara”
      Barbara Moraff – “In a Hospital Room from a Halfclosed Lid”
      Barbara Moraff – “Wednesday Understands That”
      C. Jack Stamm – “Now When I Hear”
      Philip Whalen – “Soufflé”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Darkness Surrounds Us”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A New Cottage in Berkeley”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “The Curse of Ham”
      Diane Di Prima – “Lullaby”
      George Stade – “To the White Goddess”
      George Stade – “Advice to the Lovelorn”
      Peter Orlovsky – “First Poem”
      Fivos Delfis – ”A Bird” (trans. Charles Guenther)
      Ray Bremser – “Part III (Poems of the City Madness)”
      Robin Blaser – “Quitting a Job”
      Thomas Jackrell – “Got Them”

4. YUGEN, No. 4, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Cover art by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. Charles Olson – “The Librarian”
      Peter Orlovsky – “Second Poem”
      Frank O’Hara – “To Hell with It”
      Frank O’Hara – “Music”
      Max Finstein – “The Deception”
      Max Finstein – “Savonarola’s Tune”
      Fielding Dawson – “My Old Buddy, for Leonard”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A Crazy Spiritual”
      Ray Bremser – “Penal Madness (Part 1)”
      Edward Marshall – “Jonah at Danbury”
      Edward Marshall – “At Tudor City”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “In the Clutch, for M.F.”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Fugue”
      Judson Crews – “White Hollyhocks”
      Michael McClure – “The Chamber”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “7.20.58 – for Sue”
      Gary Snyder – “from Myths & Texts”
      Jack Kerouac – “2 Blues and 4 Haikus”
      John Wieners – “Spring 1956”
      Robert Creeley – “New Year’s”
      Robert Creeley – “Saturday Afternoon”
      Gregory Corso – “Away One Year”
      LeRoi Jones – “Parthenos”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “A Fixture”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “Yes Yes Yes”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain”

5. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. William Carlos Williams, – “A Formal Design”
      Allen Ginsberg – “from Kaddish”
      Barbara Guest – “Sunday Evening”
      Barbara Guest – “The Crisis”
      David Meltzer – “15th Raga / for Bela Lugosi”
      David Meltzer – “from Night Before Morning / Book One”
      Max Finstein – “A Blue Whale’s Heart”
      Paul Blackburn – “Ramas, Divendres, Diumenga”
      Paul Blackburn – “A Purity Defined”
      Philip Whalen – “I Return to San Francisco”
      Diane Di Prima – “Earthsong”
      John Wieners – “A Poem for Virgins (excerpt)”
      Walter Lowenfels – “The Nightingale, for D.H. Lawrence”
      Michael McClure – “Rant Block”
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Fragment” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Voices” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Frank O’Hara – “Ode on Causality”
      César Vallejo – “Black Stone on a White Stone” (trans. Lillian Lowenfels)
      Bruce Fearing – “Scenic Viewpoint”
      Jack Kerouac – “Sitting Under Tree Number Two”
      Barbara Moraff – [untitled] “Like a bowlegged woman…”
      Gregory Corso – “Food”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “No-one here…”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “The Issue at Hand”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – letter to the editor

6. YUGEN, No. 6, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages. Cover art by Basil King.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael McClure – “The Column”
      Charles Olson – “As of Bozeman”
      Charles Olson – “The Distances”
      Charles Olson – “Letter, May 2, 1959”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees / 6”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Etude, with Chair”
      Philip Lamantia – “Blank Poem for Poe”
      Paul Blackburn – “Song of the Wires”
      Robin Blaser – “Out to Dinner”
      Hubert Selby, Jr. – “Episode from Landsend”
      David Meltzer – “4th Raga / for John Kelly Reed”
      Ray Bremser – “Backyards & Deviations”
      Ed Dorn – “The 6th”
      Ed Dorn – “The 7th”
      Rochelle Owens – “Groshl Monkeys Horses”
      Paul Carroll – “By Its Familiar Accent We Recognize The Ghost”
      Robert Creeley – “The Joke”
      Robert Creeley – “Letter”
      Robert Creeley – “What’s for Dinner”
      Tristan Tzara – “Wheat” (trans. Daisy Aldan)
      Gary Snyder – “A Walk”
      Gary Snyder – “Wild Horses”
      Gary Snyder – “After Work”
      Gary Snyder – “On Vulture Peak”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “We as scoffers undercut the sea…”
      LeRoi Jones – “Node”
      LeRoi Jones – “The A, B, C’s”
      Jack Kerouac – “Rimbaud”
      David Wang – “II. Invocation”
      Kenneth Koch – “From a Book of Poetry”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “Night. Everything falls flat…”
      Edward Dahlberg – “On Passions and Asceticism”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personal Poem”

7. YUGEN, No. 7, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 65 pages. Cover art by Norman Bluhm.

  • Contents:
    1. LeRoi Jones – “Putdown of the Whore of Babylon”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “2 Book Reviews”
      Bruce Boyd – “Summer Nightmusic”
      Bruce Boyd – “This is How the Wind Sings…”
      Bruce Boyd – “A Quarrel of Minstrels”
      Bruce Boyd – “Water”
      Bruce Boyd – “Song”
      Bruce Boyd – “Poem”
      Robert Creeley – “The New World”
      Kenneth  Koch – “Guinevere, or The Death of the Kangaroo”
      George Stanley – “Parallels”
      George Stanley – “Winter”
      George Stanley – “Shapes”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personism: A Manifesto”
      Gregory Corso – “On Chessman’s Crime”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain-2”
      B. Smith  – “Empty Bed Blues”
      Stuart Z Perkoff, – “To Orpheus”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Poem”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Pithecanthropus Erectus”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Some Notes…”
      John Ashbery – “From a Comic Book”
      John Ashbery – “Leaving the Atocha Station”
      Philip Whalen  – “Literary Life in the Golden West”
      Philip Whalen – “Sincerity Shot, 23:III:58”
      Philip Whalen – “A Manuscript in Several Hands 3:III:60”
      Larry Eigner – “K in the USA”
      Larry Eigner – letter to the editor
      Max Finstein – “For Fair Eleanor”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Morning Song”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Jungle”
      Charles Olson – “Theory of Society”
      Edward Marshall – “Sept. 1957”
      Joel Oppenheimer – letter to the editor
      Allen Ginsberg – “The End”
      LeRoi Jones – “Public Notice”
      Norman Bluhm – untitled drawing
      Frank O’Hara – “Denouement”

8. YUGEN, No. 8, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen-Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1962
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 66 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Aaron Roseman.

  • Contents:
    1. George Stanley – “The Message Held up to the Speeding Train on a Willow Hoop”
      George Stanley – “Punishment”
      George Stanley – “The Meteor”
      George Stanley – “The Implicit Acknowledgements”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “The larks…”
      George Stanley – “Valentine”
      George Stanley – “A False Start”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – book reviews of Duncan and Spicer
      Steve Jonas – “No. IV Orgasms”
      Steve Jonas – “Tensone with Relent”
      Steve Jonas – “Discourse”
      Steve Jonas – “To a Strayed Cat”
      Steve Jonas – “A Long Poem for Jack Spicer”
      William Burroughs – “The Cut Up Method of Brion Gysin”
      Speckled Red – “Red’s Dozens”
      George Stanley – book reviews of Finstein and Sorrentino
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Meeting”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Memory”
      Edward Dorn – “Notes about Working and Waiting Around”
      Robert Creeley – “Some Notes on Olson’s Maximus”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “One writes when…”
      Edward Marshall – “Memory as Memorial in the Last”
      LeRoi Jones – “The Largest Ocean in the World”
      Charles Olson – “Place; & Names”
      Charles Olson – “Book ii, Chapter 37”

Online Resources:

· From a Secret Location – Yugen

· Reality Studio – Yugen

 

CALL IT BIG TABLE

BIG TABLE, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal and Paul Carrol.

Big Table was launched in Spring 1959 following the suppression of the Winter 1958 issue of The Chicago Review. An exposé in the Chicago Daily News revealed editors Irving Rosenthal’s and Paul Carroll’s plans to publish work by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other Beat writers, and the administration quashed the magazine…”

— from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side

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Big Table

Big Table was launched in Spring 1959 following the suppression of the Winter 1958 issue of The Chicago Review. An exposé in the Chicago Daily News revealed editors Irving Rosenthal’s and Paul Carroll’s plans to publish work by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other Beat writers, and the administration quashed the magazine.

Rosenthal and Carroll, along with other Chicago Review editors, resigned and with the suppressed material started Big Table. The first issue was edited by Rosenthal and Carroll, though Carroll had to withdraw his name in order to avoid being fired by Loyola University where he was employed. This issue contained work by Jack Kerouac (who named the magazine in a telegram: “CALL IT BIG TABLE”), Edward Dahlberg, and Burroughs (a section from Naked Lunch), and was summarily impounded by the US Post Office.

The lawsuit was unsuccessful and Big Table continued through 1960 and five issues. Rosenthal left the magazine after the first issue and Carroll stayed on as editor for the duration, publishing such writers and artists as Paul Bowles, Antonin Artaud, Leon Golub, John Logan, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Robert Fulton, Harry Callahan, Douglas Woolf, Aaron Siskind, Paul Blackburn, Franz Kline, Diane di Prima, and Gregory Corso.”

— from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side


1. BIG TABLE, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal and Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 158 pages, printed by The Profile Press of New York.

  • Contents:
    1. Irving Rosenthal – “Editorial”
      Jack Kerouac – “Old Angel Midnight”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Further Sorrow of Priapus”
      Edward Dahlberg – “The Garment of Ra”
      William S. Burroughs – “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch
      Gregory Corso – “Power, for Allen Ginsberg”
      Gregory Corso – “Army”
      Gregory Corso – “Police”

2. BIG TABLE, No. 2, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Summer 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 124 pages. Cover art by Leon Golub.

  • Contents:
    1. John D. Keefauver – “The Daring Old Maid on the Flying Trapeze”
      Serge Essenin – “The Tramp’s Confession”
      Lawrence Alloway – “Heroes & Monsters & Mothers”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Horseman”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Burnt Man”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Kaddish”
      John Logan – “Fire”
      Antonin Artaud – Three Exhortations”
      Alan Ansen – “Anyone Who Can Pick Up a Frying Pan Owns Death”
      Paul Bowles – “Burroughs in Tangier”
      William S. Burroughs – “In Quest of Yage”
      Gael Turnbull – “The Priests of Paris”
      Brother Antoninus – “Zone of Death”
      Andre Breton – “Despair”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Birth VII”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Orestes”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I Was Flesh”
      Paul Blackburn – “The Signals”
      Margarita Liberaki – “Wedding”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Abraham Lincoln”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Columnar Head”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “The Great Chinese Dragon”

3. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 120 pages. Cover photograph by Aaron Siskind.

  • Contents:
    1. Allen Ginsberg – “Kaddish”
      John Rechy – “The Fabulous Wedding of Miss Destiny”
      Robert Duncan – “Evocation”
      John Ashbery – “How much longer will I be able to inhabit the Divine Sepulcher”
      John Ashbery – “April Fool’s Day”
      Aaron Siskin – “Terrors & Pleasures of Levitation: four plates”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I was Flesh”
      Robert Creeley – “The Way”
      James Wright – “A Whisper to the Ghost who woke Me”
      Paul Carroll – “Father”
      Norman Mailer – “Quick & Expensive Comment on the Talent in the Room”
      Paul Blackburn – “Banyalbufar”
      Edward Dorn – “The Air of June Sings”
      Renee Riese Hubert – “Sizes”
      Peter Orlovsky – “First Poem”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “Her”
      Jean Genet – “The Beggars of Barcelona”

4. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1960
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 144 pages. Cover art by Robert Fulton.

  • Contents:
    1. William S. Burroughs – “But is all Back Seat of Dreaming”
      Richard G. Stern – “Two Talking”
      John Ashbery – “Europe”
      Douglas Woolf – “Wall to Wall”
      Franz Kline – “Plate: Mister”
      John Logan – “from Monologues of The Son of Saul”
      Robert Creeley – “The Awakening, for Charles Olson”
      Robert Creeley – “The Wife”
      Robert Creeley – “The Memory”
    2. Robert Creeley – “The Snow”
      Harold Norse – “I Am in the Hub of the Fiery Force”
      Harold Norse – “The Fire Sermon”
      James Wright – “Snow Storm in the Mid-West”
      James Wright – “A Young One in a Garden”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “New York – Albany”
      Paul Blackburn – “The Idiot”
      Paul Blackburn – “Homage to the Spirit”
      Frank O’Hara – “Les Luths”
      Frank O’Hara – “Joe’s Jacket”
      Robert Duncan – “Four Pictures of the Real Universe”
      Denise Levertov – “The Rainwalkers”
      Gregory Corso – “Rembrandt – Self Portrait”
      Gregory Corso – “Emily Dickenson”
      Gregory Corso – “Walk”
      Kenneth Koch – “Lunch”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Message”
      William Hunt – Song from the End of the Earth”
      Michael McClure – “Two Poems from a Small Secret Book”
      Bill Berkson – “Poem”
      Paul Carroll – “34′-23′-35′”
      Diane Di Prima – [untitled] “I am a woman and my poems…”
      Philip Lamantia – “Still Poem 8”
      Philip Lamantia – “Cool Apocalypse”
      David Meltzer – “from Notes for a History”
      Gary Snyder – “The Manichaeans”
      Leroi Jones – “For Hettie in her Fifth Month”
      Charles Olson – “Maximus, to Gloucester, Sunday, July 19”
      Robert Creeley – “Olson & Others”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Notes on Young Poets”
      Paul Blackburn – “Writing for the Ear”
      Paul Carroll – “Five Poets in their Skins”

5. BIG TABLE, Vol. 2, No. 5, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, 1960
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 128 pages. Cover art by Harry Callahan.

  • Contents:
    1. Douglas Woolf – “Stand Still”
      Frank O’Hara – “Naptha”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I was Flesh”
      Frederick Tristan – “The Bread Tree”
      Frederick Tristan – “The Whole Sea is yet to Come”
      Robert Duncan – “Apprehensions”
      Paul Bowles – “He of the Assembly”
      Kenneth Koch – “Farms’ Thoughts”
      John Rechy – “Between two Lions”
      Bill Berkson – “Poem for Frank O’Hara”
      Pablo Neruda – “Lone Gentleman” (trans. Clayton Eshleman)
      Pablo Neruda – “Death” (trans. Clayton Eshleman)
      John Updike – “Archangel”
      John Ashbery – “Night”
    2. John Ashbery – “A Last Word”
      Harold Rosenberg – “from Arshile Gorky”
      David Meltzer – “Rain Poem”
      David Meltzer – “Heroes: Zap, the Zen Monk”
      Alain Robbe-Grillet – “Scene”
      John Schultz – “Witness”

Online Resources:

From a Secret Location – Big Table

Reality Studio – Big Table

References Consulted:

Maynard, Joe and Barry Miles. William S. Burroughs: A Bibliography, 1953-73
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978

The White Dove Review

While working at the Lewis Meyer bookstore on 37th and Peoria in 1959, Ron Padgett had an idea. Taken with the work of the era’s literary giants and New York-based “little mags” like the Evergreen Review, Padgett, barely 17 and still a junior at Central High School, decided that he would start his own avant-garde lit journal. He and his best friend Dick Gallup would be co-editors.

By high school, they were hanging out at Lewis Meyer Bookstore so often that Meyer offered Padgett a job. In addition to introducing the boys to a slew of edgy, contemporary authors, the store owner gave Padgett his first glimpse of what would lay the foundation for his concept: those avant-garde journals like Evergreen, Yugen, and Semina that contained short-form work from the same Beat and Black Mountain writers he was then devouring.

With two enthusiastic editors, the ambitious concept was becoming a reality. The next step was to recruit art editors. Padgett recruited classmate Joe Brainard as the journal’s art editor. They then invited Michael Marsh, a classical pianist who introduced the growing team to the work of Debussy and Capote, to be Brainard’s co-editor.

They called their magazine the White Dove Review, an homage to Evergreen, which featured on the cover of its sixth issue a striking black and white photograph of a young Asian woman holding a white dove. To fund its publication, they enlisted the help of Padgett’s mother, who donated $20 of the first issue’s $90 production cost. To typeset the journal, they borrowed the state-of-the-art IBM Presidential from their good friend and fellow classmate George Kaiser, who, Padgett said, “provided moral support for the magazine.”

They had their own poems, their own artwork, their own typewriter, and their own start-up funds. But then the White Dove editorial board took a bold step. Padgett and Gallup decided to fill the White Dove’s pages with the work they solicited from their heroes.

“Dick and I made a list of the living writers we were excited by,” Padgett explained. “Kerouac, Ginsberg, e.e. cummings, Malcolm Cowley, Paul Blackburn, etc. Then we wrote to them, care of their publishers, asking—begging, really—them for material. Our letter was rather immature, but in it we did confess to being in high school.”

According to Padgett, “a surprising number of writers responded” to the solicitations, and with the submitted work he and Gallup were able to choose what best fit their vision. The crown jewel of the premiere issue is Jack Kerouac’s “The Thrashing Doves,” a poem submitted by the Beat godfather as a knowing salute to the Review’s avian imagery:

“The thrashing doves in the dark, white fear,
my eyes reflect that liquidly
and I no understand Buddha-fear?
awakener’s fear? So I give warnings
‘bout midnight round about midnight

“And tell all the children the little otay
story of magic, multiple madness, maya
otay, magic trees- sitters and little girl
bitters, and littlest lil brothers
in crib made of clay (blue in the moon).

“For the doves.”

[excerpted from Joshua Kline’s essay on The White Dove Review]


1. THE WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh
Tulsa: White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages.

  • Contents:
    1. Clarence Major – “In”
      Clarence Major – “A Protest Against the Wooden Average Man”
      Ron Padgett – “Bartok in Autumn”
      Paul Blackburn – “Winter Solstice”
      Vernon Scannell – “Killing Flies”
      John Kennedy – “Portrait of Barbara”
      Joe Brainard – “Portrait”
      Michael Marsh – “Opel Thorpe”
      Bob Martholic – “Portrait”
      Jack Kerouac – “The Thrashing Doves”
      Simon Perchik – “Cape Canaveral”
      Kitasono Katue – “A Black Chapel”

2. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages. Cover design by Michael Marsh.

  • Contents:
    1. Ron Loewinsohn – “The Scent of the Rose”
      LeRoi Jones – “For Hettie”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “Seven thousand feet over…”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “One green schoolboy…”
      Marsha Meredith – “Street Light in the Snow”
      Wes Whittlesey – “Notes from the Village”
      Stephen Stepanchev – “Dinner for Two”
      Stephen Stepanchev – “Tenement Fire”
      William A. King – “Blackbird”
      Nyla Joe – “Boy and the Grasshopper”
      John Kennedy – “Flower”
      Paul England – “Nude”
      Simon Perchik – “Children Picking Clams”
      Martin Tucker – “Graffiti Station”
      Martin Tucker – “Private Domain”
      Paul Blackburn – “Redhead”
      Fielding Dawson – “Manhatten Crackup 2”
      Clarence Major – “The Act of Love”

3. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 20 pages. Cover photograph of Chrissie Bartholic by John Kennedy.

  • Contents:
    1. Allen Ginsberg – “My Sad Self”
      David Meltzer – “1: from The Desciple”
      David Meltzer – “I Believe”
      David Meltzer – “Satori”
      David Meltzer – “Look Down & Watch”
      David Meltzer – “For the Poet: VII”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/1”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/2”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/3”
      Judson Crews – “An Unspecial Mirth”
      Judson Crews – “Spots of Lone West”
      Peter Orlovsky – [untitled] “A death scream…”
      Peter Orlovsky – [untitled] “A cherry splits…”
      Jack Kerouac – “To Allen Ginsberg”
      Jack Kerouac – [untitled] “Jazz killed itself…”
      O.W. Crane – “Synthesis”
      Johnny Arthur – “Drawings”
      O.W. Crane – “Silver Birds”
      Carl Larsen – “Crap and Cauliflower”
      Idell Romero – “Mash Note”
      Idell Romero – “My Sullen Art”
      David Winegar – “Haiku”
      Charles Shaw – “Conversation Piece”
      Charles Shaw – “Invisible Spectator”
      Clarence Major – “Poem for William Carlos Williams”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem for Chrissie”

4. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 4, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages. Cover design by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. David Omer Bearden – “Walking at Evening”
      David Omer Bearden – “Poem for Martin Edward Cochran”
      David Rafael Wang – “Drinking Song (for William Carlos William)”
      Rozana Webb – “Home Town”
      Sue Abbott Boyd – “Of Related Themes”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Memorial Day (for Elsene)”
      Jean Arsenault – “Singing Cool”
      Ron Padgett – “One Will Forget (for Carolyn)”
      Ron Padgett – “Before I Said (for Carolyn)”
      Jack E Lorts – “Poem for Her”
      Harold Briggs – “Tell me Mr. Teller”
      Paul England – “Graphics”
      Fielding Dawson – “Massachusetts Breakdown 1”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Wish”
      Ted Berrigan – “For Teresa Mitchell”

5. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 5, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 24 pages. Cover by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ted Berrigan – “Song”
      Jack Anderson – “The Gift”
      David Omer Bearden – “The Most Ancient Law”
      David Omer Bearden – “Another has come to the Silver Mirror”
      Richard Dokey – “Baptism”
      Richard Gallup – [untitled] “Lonliness is red…”
      Joe Brainard – untitled drawings
      Carl Larsen – “An Age of Winter”
      C. Cleburne Culin – “Lambeth Field”
      LeRoi Jones – “Ostriches & Grandmothers”
      Dan Teis – untitled illustrations
      Dan Teis – “Art as Expression”
      Dan Teis – “Art as Communion”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Hello Again”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “Song for April”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “White on White”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “August 1958”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “Joy for a Pumpkin”
      Robert Creeley – “A Token”
      Ron Padgett – “Another Poem for P.”
      Ron Padgett – “A Pansy Told Me that Poetry Is”
      Ron Padgett – “The Pastel Pansy of Her Wide Eyes”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem for P.”
      Ron Padgett – “6th Street Noon”

Online Resources:

Granary Books – The White Dove Review 

The White Dove Review

White Dove Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh. Tulsa, 1959

While working at the Lewis Meyer bookstore on 37th and Peoria in 1959, Ron Padgett had an idea. Taken with the work of the era’s literary giants and New York-based “little mags” like the Evergreen Review, Padgett, barely 17 and still a junior at Central High School, decided that he would start his own avant-garde lit journal. He and his best friend Dick Gallup would be co-editors…

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David Meltzer – Contributions to Books and Other Publications

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SECTION B:
This index includes contributions to books and other publications; all contributions are poems unless otherwise noted.


1. Meltzer, David and Donald Schenker. POEMS
San Francisco: Donald & Alice Schenker, 1957

Note: see also A1.

2. Meltzer, David. TWO POEMS FOR JOSEPH MATTHEW LOEWINSOHN…, and Fred Cogswell. APRIL
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Two Poems for Joseph Matthew Loewinsohn…” [collected in Ragas]

Note: published as Penny Poems, No. 35.

3. BEATITUDE ANTHOLOGY, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
San Francisco: City Lights, 1960

Meltzer contribution: “18th Raga/ Fall” [uncollected], “Prayerwheel/ 2 – for John Wieners” [uncollected], “After Hours” [uncollected]

4. THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY, edited by Donald Allen
New York: Grove Press, 1960

Meltzer contribution: “Revelation” [collected in Ragas], “12th Raga / for John Wieners” [collected in Ragas], “15th Raga / for Bela Lugosi” [collected in Ragas], “Prayerwheel/ 2” [uncollected]

5. JUNGE AMERIKANISCHE LYRIK, edited by Gregory Corso and Walter Hollerer
Munich: Carl Hanser, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “15th Raga”, “Prayerwheel/ 2”

Note: text in English and German.

6. THE REAL BOHEMIA, edited by Francis J. Rigney and L. Douglas Smith
New York: Basic Books, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “23rd Raga/ for Tina” [collected in Ragas], “14th Raga/ for Donald Schenker” [collected in Ragas], “30th/ June: 59” [collected in Ragas]

7. Meltzer, David. FROM TWO POEMS TO DO MEDITATIONS ON, and Ron Padgett. PATRICIA
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “From Two Poems to do Meditations on” [uncollected]

Note: published as Penny Poem No. 143.

8. THE OUTSIDERS
Fort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1962

Meltzer contribution: “Introduction” [prose]

Note: published as Roman Books Catalogue, No. 3

9. THE AUERHAHN PRESS CATALOG, edited by Dave Haselwood
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962

Meltzer contribution: “Self-Portrait” [collected in The Process]

Note: used to advertise the forthcoming title We All Have Something to Say…

10. SANTA MAYA: A SEASONAL GREETING, edited by Clifford Burke
Mill Valley: Maya, December 1968

Meltzer contribution: “The Beginning of Machinery, The Start of Language”

11. MAYA 1969, edited by Clifford Burke
San Francisco: Cranium Press, April 1969

Meltzer contribution: “A Poem for My Wife”

Note: printed on the occasion of the Santa Barbara Poetry Festival; includes work by Gary Snyder, David Meltzer, Jack Shoemaker.

12. NEW YEAR, FIRST YEAR, NEW DECADE
San Francisco: Maya, 1970

Meltzer contribution: “Dusk, my friends. Bach…”

Note: printed as a new year greeting; includes work by David Meltzer, Jack Shoemaker, Clifford Burke.

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WALLACE BERMAN RETROSPECTIVE
Los Angeles: Fellows of Contemporary Art, 1978

David Meltzer – Contributions to Periodicals

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SECTION C:
This index includes contributions to periodicals; all contributions are poems unless otherwise noted, and sequence within years is approximate


1956

1. PENINSULA, No. 1, edited by Lee Stewart
Gainesville: University of Florida, January 1956

Meltzer contribution: “4 July” 

Note: contributes as “Lionel Meltzer”


2. SEMINA, No. 1, edited by Wallace Berman
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1956

Meltzer contribution: “An Unpublished Letter to Some Lost Relatives” 

Note: see also A1.


1957

3. DAZZLE, edited by Walter Hale
San Francisco: Playgirl Publishing, 1957

Meltzer contribution: “Kick Me Deadly” [short story]

4. SEMINA, No. 2, edited by Wallace Berman
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1957

Meltzer contribution: “Upon a Time” 





1959

5. SEMINA, No. 4, edited by Wallace Berman
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Sampson Agonistes” 

Note: see also A8.


6. SPREE, Vol. 1, No. 7, edited by John Hurley
Los Angeles: New Publishing Company, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Judgement Day” [short story]

7. BEATITUDE, No. 5, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: John Kelly, June 1959

Meltzer contribution: “It comes to this…”

8. BEATITUDE, No. 8, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread & Wine Mission, August 1959

Meltzer contribution: “18th Raga / Fall”, “Prayerwheel / 2 – for John Wieners”

9. BEATITUDE, No. 9, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread & Wine Mission, September 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Songs for Mother & Child: 2”

10. BEATITUDE, No. 10, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread & Wine Mission, October 1959

Meltzer contribution: “After Hours”, “Songs for Mother & Child: 1”, “From: Notes for a History / Morning”

11. BEATITUDE, No. 11, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread & Wine Mission, November 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Poem / The Faerie God Mother…”, “From: Notes for a History / Van Gogh’s blackbirds…”

12. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Ron Padgett
Tulsa: White Dove Press, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “From: The Disciple”, “I Believe”, “Satori”, “Look Down & Watch”, “For the Poet: VII” 


13. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen 
mags_yugen5New York: Yugen, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “15th Raga for Bela Lugosi” [collected in Ragas],  “from Night Before Morning / Book One” 


14. SEMINA, No. 5, edited by Wallace Berman
Larkspur: Wallace Berman, 1959

Meltzer contribution: “Todos Santos. Villa” 

Note: see also A9.


15. BEATITUDE, No. 12, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread & Wine Mission, December 1959

Meltzer contribution: “From: Notes for a History / Photo: by Man Ray…”


1960

16. BEATITUDE, No. 13, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread and Wine Mission, February 1960

Meltzer contribution: “Bunko / Letter II”

17. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Paul Carroll
mags_bigtable14Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1960

Meltzer contribution: “Notes for a History” 




18. BEATITUDE, No. 14, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: Bread and Wine Mission, May 1960

Meltzer contribution: “Words / October 7th”

19. YUGEN, No. 6, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen 
mags_yugen6New York: Yugen, 1960

Meltzer contribution: “4th Raga for John Kelly Reed” 



20. THE GALLEY SAIL REVIEW, No. 7, edited by Stanley McNail
San Francisco: Galley Sail Publications, 1960

Meltzer contribution: “from The Prickbook of Rosy Thorne, “Poem”

21. BEATITUDE, No. 17, edited by John Kelly
San Francisco: City Lights Books, November 1960

Meltzer contribution: “Ride”


1961

22. RENAISSANCE, No. 1, edited by John Bryan
San Francisco: Renaissance Publications, July 1961

Meltzer contribution: “How It’s Done”

23. RHINOZEROS, No. 5, edited by Rolf-Gunter Dienst
Hamburg: Rhinozeros, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “Song”

24. SHOWCASE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Henry Vaughan
North Hollywood: American Art Agency, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “And all that Jazz” [short story], photograph

25. JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, and David Meltzer
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1961

Meltzer contribution: “Journal of the Birth” [essay]


1962

26. RENAISSANCE, No. 2, edited by John Bryan
San Francisco: Renaissance Publications, 1962

Meltzer contribution: “Beautiful beautiful beautiful…”

27. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 18, edited by Diane di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, February 1962

Meltzer contribution: “Poem to H.P. Lovecraft”, “The Struggle/ Poems for Muse”, “Heroes: 7 / The Comics”


1963

28. THE YALE LITERARY MAGAZINE, Vol. 131, Nos. 3-4, edited by Michael S. Gill
New Haven : Yale Literary Society, April 1963

Meltzer contribution: “Song of Death Singing”

29. SIGNAL: A QUARTERLY REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Bret Rohmer and Diane di Prima
New York: The Brownstone Press, Fall 1963

Meltzer contribution: “Moon Poem”


1964

30. NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, No. 1, edited by John Bryan
San Francisco: Underground Press, 1964

Meltzer contribution: “Love Poem” [collected in Ragas]

31. POETRY REVIEW, No. 3, edited by Duane Locke
Tampa: University of Tampa, 1964

Meltzer contribution: “Youth Ritual Movie” [collected in The Process], “Rain Poems” [collected in The Process], “Ride Out: 1956” [collected in The Process]

32. COYOTE’S JOURNAL, No. 1, edited by James Koller, Edward van Aelstyn, and William Wroth
Eugene, 1964

Meltzer contribution: “Earthquake” [collected in The Process], “Station” [collected in The Process]


1965

33. KULCHUR, No. 17, edited by Lita Hornick
New York: Kulchur Press, Spring 1965

Meltzer contribution: two book reviews


1968

34. ALDEBARAN REVIEW, No. 2, edited by John Oliver Simon
Berkeley: Noh Directions Press, 1968

Meltzer contribution: “I am reeling…”, “The dog barks somewhere…”, “Yehuda he…”

35. THE OUTSIDER, Nos. 4-5, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb
Tucson: Loujon Press, Winter 1968-69

Meltzer: “On Kenneth Patchen” [essay], “This Is a Nation of Keepers Who Had No Time to Become Gods”


1970+

36. ALDEBARAN REVIEW, No. 9, edited by John Oliver Simon
Berkeley: Noh Directions Press, August 1970

Meltzer contribution: “Where is she…”

37. INTREPID, No. 20, edited by Allen Deloach
Buffalo: Intrepid Press, 1971

Meltzer contribution: “Song / I rest…”

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

Meltzer contribution: “Free Jazz”, “Harps of Bolinas”

39. INTREPID, No. 25-35, edited by Allen Deloach
Buffalo: Intrepid Press, 1976

Meltzer contribution: “Amulet”, “Aur Rite”, “from Asaph”, “from Blue Rags”

40. SECOND COMING, Vol. 4, Nos. 1-2, edited by A.D. Winans
San Francisco: Second Coming Press, 1976

Meltzer contribution: “Mira”

David Meltzer – Books and Broadsides

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, pamphlets, and broadsides; all contents are poems unless otherwise noted.


1. Meltzer. David. AN UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO SOME LOST RELATIVES
First edition:
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1956
Broadside, 3.5″ x  6″, letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Laid into Semina, No. 1.

Contents: “An Unpublished Letter to Some Lost Relatives” [uncollected]

Note: see also C2.

2. Meltzer, David. POEMS 
First edition:
San Francisco: Donald and Alice Shenker, [1957]
Side-stapled sheets in printed and illustrated wrappers with library tape binding, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, 25 copies, offprint of David Meltzer / Donald Shenker book comprising only the Meltzer section. Cover art by Tina Meltzer.

Contents: “Poem”, “Journey”, “Now for instance the Idiot”, “Oration at the Funeral of a Chinese Youth”, “Erratum: A Poem for Idell”, “On a Popular Song for Namiko”, “The Approach to Her Body”, “I Have Taken You out of the Wind’s Sound”, Highsung Song for Baza”, “Prophecy: Requiem Blues”, “Less of a More Greatness fo W. & S. & T. Berman”, “Poem”, “All in Pure Death”, “For Wallace Berman, Poet-Maker”, “Tired of Being Tired”, “Today was so Large to Live in”, “Love Story”

Note: See also B1.

3. Meltzer, David. 24TH RAGA / FOR TINA *
First edition:
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. Published as Penny Poems, No. 27

Contents: “24th Raga/ For Tina” [collected in Ragas]

4. Meltzer, David. THE PROPHET
First edition:
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
Broadside, 7″ x 10″, offset printed. Published as Penny Poems, No. 54

Contents: “The Prophet” [collected in Ragas]

5. Meltzer, David. FROM: THE CLOWN, BOOK II/ AIR & INTERIM
First edition:
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
Broadside, 7″ x 10″, offset printed. Published as Penny Poems, No. 69

Contents: “From: The Clown, Book II/ Air & Interim” [collected in Ragas]

6. Meltzer, David. MORNING POEM
First edition:
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
Broadside, 7″ x 10″, offset printed. Published as Penny Poems, No. 83

Contents: “Morning Poem” [uncollected]

7. Meltzer, David. RAGAS 
First edition:
San Francisco: Discovery Books, 1959
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 52 pages, (1500 copies), printed at the Troubador Press. Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

Contents: “30th/ June:59”, “Vision”, “Mexico”, “2nd Raga: The Woods”, “Revelation”, “from: The Hollywood Poem”, “Love Poem”, “from: Night Before Morning”, “from: The Clown / Book II”, “Two Poems for Joey Loewinsohn…”, “12th Raga / for John Wieners”, “14th Raga / for Donald Schenker”, “15th Raga / for Bela Lugosi”, “23rd Raga / for Tina”, “24th Raga / The Birds”, “The Dance”, “The Mechanikons”, “Poem for Tuolumne’s First & Last Artist Investigator of Truth”, “Home Life of the Gods”, “6th Raga / for Bob Alexander”, The Prophet”, “Ward Poem”, “Filbert Street”, “The Last Word”

8. Meltzer, David. SAMPSON AGONISTES
First edition:
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959
Broadside, 3.5″ x 5.5″, letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Laid into Semina, No. 4.

Contents: “Sampson Agonistes” [uncollected]

Note: see also C5.

9. Meltzer, David. TODOS SANTOS. VILLA
First edition:
Larkspur: Wallace Berman, 1959
Broadside, 3.5″ x 5.5″, letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Laid into Semina, No. 5.

Contents: “Todos Santos. Villa” [uncollected]

Note: see also C10.

10. Meltzer, David. THE CLOWN
First edition:
Larkspur: Semina, 1960
Printed sheets laid into printed folder, 335 copies, letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Published as Semina, No. 6.

Contents: “The Clown” [uncollected]

11. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Published as Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2.  (Auerhahn 19)

Contents: “Patchen” [essay], “Summa”, “A Recognition”, “So good to know…”, “I went to the shore…”

12. Meltzer, David. BAZASCOPE MOTHER
First edition:
Los Angeles: Drekfesser Press, [1964]
Single sheet folded once to make four pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 250 copies (approximately 150 copies were supposedly destroyed). Cover collage by I.E. Alexander, rear photograph by Zack Walsh.

Contents: “BazaScope”

13. Meltzer, David. STATION *
First edition:
San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Festival Commission, 1964
Broadside, 13″ x 20″, 300 copies, printed by East Wind Printers. Illustrated by Peter Bailey. Laid into portfolio entitled A Poetry Folio 1964.

Contents: “Station” [uncollected]

14. Meltzer, David. THE BLACKEST ROSE
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17.5″, 350 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Published as Oyez 6.

Contents: “The Blackest Rose” [uncollected]

15. Meltzer, David. THE PROCESS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled illustrated french-fold wrappers, 44 pages, 500 copies, printed by Graham Mackintosh, designed by Dave Haselwood. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc. This is the first Oyez book.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with illustrated dust jacket, 44 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, printed by Graham Mackintosh, designed by Dave Haselwood. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc. This is the first Oyez book.

16. Meltzer, David. OYEZ! *
First edition:
[Berkeley]: Oyez Press, [1965]
Single sheet folded once to make four pages, 6″ x 9″, 250 copies. Cover illustration by Meltzer.

Contents: “In Hope I Offer A Fire-wheel”

17. Meltzer, David. THE DARK CONTINENT *
a. First edition,  regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Perfect-bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 94 pages, 1000 copies, printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

b. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards without dust jacket as issued, 94 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies, printed by Graham Mackintosh.

18. Meltzer, David. NATURE POEM *
First edition:
Santa Barbara: Unicorn Book Shop, 1967
Broadside, 13″ x 18.25″, 200 copies printed by Noel Young. Illustrated with an engraving by Janeen Vanden Berg.

Contents: “Nature Poem” [uncollected]

Note: published on the occasion of David Meltzer’s reading at the Unicorn Bookshop, Nov. 18, 1967

19. Meltzer, David. JOURNAL OF THE BIRTH *
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 9″, 24 pages, 1000 copies.

Contents: “Journal of the Birth” [prose] [previously published in Journal for the Protection of All Beings, No. 1 (City Lights, 1961)]

20. Meltzer, David. ORF *
Hollywood: Essex House, 1968

21. Meltzer, David. THE AGENT *
Hollywood: Essex House, 1968

22. Meltzer, David. HOW MANY BLOCKS IN THE PILE? *
Hollywood: Essex House, 1968

23. Meltzer, David. ROUND THE POEM BOX *
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 5.5″, 32 pages, 300 copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in paper-bound boards and cloth backstrip with printed paper label in acetate dust jacket, 32 pages, 125 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in leather-bound boards in acetate dust jacket, 32 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60c)

24. Meltzer, David. YESOD *
a. First edition, regular copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 61 pages. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Hardcover in gilt-stamped cloth-bound boards in acetate dust jacket, 61 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

25. Meltzer, David. LOVELY *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969

26. Meltzer, David. HEALER *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969

27. Meltzer, David. THE MARTYR *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969

28. Meltzer, David. GLUE FACTORY *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969

29. Meltzer, David. OUT *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969

30. Meltzer, David. FROM EDEN BOOK *
First edition:
San Francisco: Maya, 1969
Hand-sewn in plain wrappers with printed paper label, 7.5″ x 10″, 12 pages, 300 copies, letterpress printed by Clifford Burke. Published as Maya Quarto Four.

31. Meltzer, David. ABULAFIA SONG *
a. First edition, regular copies:
Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1969
Folded broadside tipped into printed folder, 950 copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young, designed by Alan Brilliant. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1969
Folded broadside tipped into printed folder, 50 numbered and signed, letterpress printed by Noel Young, designed by Alan Brilliant. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

Contents: “Abulafia Song” [uncollected]

32. Meltzer, David. BRONX LIL. *
First edition:
Portland: Yes! Press, 1970
Broadside, 4.25″ x 11″, 125 copies, letterpress printed.

Contents: [untitled] “Bronx lil…” [uncollected]

33. Meltzer, David. FOR RAYMOND CHANDLER *
First edition:
Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1970
Broadside, 12.5″ x 19″, letterpress printed. Published as Unicorn Broadsheet No. 5.

Contents: “For Raymond Chandler” [uncollected]

34. Meltzer, David. STAR *
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1970

35. Meltzer, David. ISLA VISTA NOTES *
Santa Barbara: Christopher Books, 1970
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 14 pages, 1000 copies.

36. Meltzer, David. LUNA
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 82 pages, 1000 copies, printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued , 16 pages, 200 numbered and signed copies, printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 16 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies, printed by Noel Young. Frontispiece illustration by David Meltzer. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88c)

37. Meltzer, David. GREENSPEECH *
a. First edition, regular copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 16 pages, 950 copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Hardcover in printed and illustrated paper-bound boards with cloth backstrip , 16 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young.

38. Meltzer, David. 32 BEAMS OF LIGHT *
Portland: Yes! Press, 1970
Broadside, 100 copies.

39. Meltzer, David. KNOTS *
Bolinas: Tree Books, 1971
Wrappers, 500 copies

40. Meltzer, David. IT’S SIMPLE *
Seattle: Michael Wiater, 1971
Broadside

41. Meltzer, David. ON A LEASH *
San Francisco: Panjandrum Press, 1972
Broadside

42. Meltzer, David. BARK, A POLEMIC *
a. First edition, regular copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

43. Meltzer, David. HERO/LIL
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1973

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 175 numbered and signed copies.

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket and slipcase as issued, 26 lettered and signed copies. Original illustration by David Meltzer bound in.

44. Meltzer, David. UNTITLED and FROM THE WORDBOOK *
East Lansing: East Lansing Arts Workshop Press, 1973
Broadside featuring two poems, 8.5″ x 11.5″

Note: printed for the 1973 National Poetry Festival at Thomas Jefferson College.

45. Meltzer, David. WHAT DO I KNOW OF JOURNEY *
London: Trigram Press, 1973
Broadside, 75 signed copies. Illustrated by Pip Benveniste

46. Meltzer, David. TENS *
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973

47. Meltzer, David. FRENCH BROOM *
Berkeley: Oyez, 1973

48. Meltzer, David. THE EYES, THE BLOOD *
San Francisco: Mudra, 1973
Hand-sewn plain white wrappers in printed dust jacket, 20 pages, 500 copies printed at the Cranium Press.

49. Meltzer, David. IN CELEBRATION OF THE WEDDING OF ALLEN SAY & DEIRDRE MYLES *
San Francisco: privately printed, 1974
Wrappers, 26 copies

50. Meltzer, David. AMULET *
Cambridge: Pomegranate Press, 1974
Broadside, 180 copies

51. Meltzer, David. BLUE RAGS *
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974

52. Meltzer, David. HARPS *
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975

53. Meltzer, David. SIX *
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1976

54. Meltzer, David. TWO-WAY MIRROR *
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977

55. Meltzer, David. ARROWS: SELECTED POETRY, 1957-1992 *
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1994

56. Meltzer, David. NO EYES: LESTER YOUNG *
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow, 2000

57. Meltzer, David. DAVID’S COPY *
New York: Penguin Group Press, 2005

58. Meltzer, David. WHEN I WAS A POET *
San Francisco: City Lights, June 2011

[*not in archive]

Carl Larsen – Contributions to Books and Anthologies

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SECTION B:
This index includes contributions to books and anthologies

1. FOUR NEW POETS, edited by Leslie Woolf Hedley
brautigan_fourSan Francisco: Inferno Press, 1957
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 34 pages.
Contributors include Martin Hoberman, Carl Larsen, Richard Brautigan, and James M. Singer. Brautigan’s first book appearance.

2. EYE POEMS, edited by E.V. Griffith
Eureka: Hearse Press, (c. 1960)
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers in illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 100 numbered copies.
Contributors include Farley Gay, James M. Singer, Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin, Carl Larsen, E.V. Griffith, Charles Shaw, Shirley Summerfruct, Mason Jordan Mason.

3. BEAT GENERATION COOK-BOOK, edited by Carl Larsen and James M. Singer Jr.
New York: 7 Poets Press, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets tipped in to illustrated wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 36 pages, offset printed. Includes printed ads for other 7 Poets Press books including Bukowski’s Longshot Poems for Broke Players.

4. 3 ONE ACT PLAYS, edited by Chris Torrance
Torrance: Hors Commerce Press, July 1964
First edition, side-stapled sheets in printed cover with library-tape binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 150 numbered copies.
Contributors include Kirby Congdon, Carl Larsen, d.a. levy.

5. IN A TIME OF REVOLUTION: POEMS FROM OUR THIRD WORLD, edited by Walter Lowenfels
New York: Vinatage Books, 1969
First edition, paperback original.
Contributors include: Carol Berge, Paul Blackburn, Grace Butcher, Diane Di Prima, Will Inman, Allen Katzman, Bob Kaufman, Tuli Kupferberg, Carl Larsen, d.a. levy, Clarence Major, David Meltzer, George Montgomery, Margaret Randall, Steven Richmond, Ed Sanders, William Wantling.