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C: A Journal of Poetry

cover of C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 5, edited by Ted Berrigan, October/November 1963.

C: A Journal of Poetry first appeared in May of 1963, edited by Ted Berrigan and published by Lorenz Gude. The format borrowed the production example of the recently published one-off magazine, The Censored Review, edited by Ron Padgett. It became an influential showcase for the work of New York School poets and artists — like Berrigan himself, along with Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Dick Gallup, David Shapiro, and others.

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C: A Journal of Poetry

C: A Journal of Poetry first appeared in May of 1963, edited by Ted Berrigan and published by Lorenz Gude. The format borrowed the production example of the recently published one-off magazine, The Censored Review, edited by Ron Padgett. It became an influential showcase for the work of New York School poets and artists — like Berrigan himself, along with Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Dick Gallup, David Shapiro, and others.

Berrigan wrote in 1964:
“… the first issue of ‘C’ was deliberately put together by me to reflect the SIMILARITY of the poetry, since I felt the differences to be obvious, and the NEWNESS of such a point of view as we (I) had…(Where I got the title is a secret, but it really isn’t). (I wanted a name without connotations and so, while thinking about Marcel Duchamp, one day said to myself, ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ ‘Voila!’ and there is was. ‘C’ ‘SEE’ ‘SEA’ ‘C# #(AD INFINITUM)’.).”

C, no. 4 was the Edwin Denby issue, which features a silk-screened cover (front and back) by Andy Warhol. The process of making the cover for this issue signifies an important moment in the history of Warhol’s craft; it was the first time the artist used Polaroid photographs as the basis for his silkscreen portraits.

Berrigan continues:
“Andy made a silkscreen of two of the photos, and supervised its application on to the paper, while it was applied in turn by me, Gerry [Malanga], Pat Padgett, Sandy [Berrigan], most of the covers being done by Pat. The idea was for every cover to be different, to utilize inexperience to produce ‘happenings.’” (Ted Berrigan in “Some Notes about ‘C'”, published in Get the Money!, City Lights, 2022)

Contributors to the magazine include John Ashbery, Joseph Ceravolo, John Wieners, Lorenzo Thomas, Barbara Guest, Kenward Elmslie, Frank O’Hara, LeRoi Jones, Harry Fainlight, Ruth Krauss, Gerard Malanga, Harry Mathews, James Schuyler, Edwin Denby, Frank Lima, Tom Veitch, Tony Towle, John Perrault, Ed Sanders, Peter Orlovsky, David Shapiro, Kenneth Koch, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, John Stanton, Jerome Rothenberg, Aram Saroyan, John Giorno, Gregory Corso, and Ken Weaver, among others.

Vol. 1, no. 7 features a cover and a five-page suite of mimeographed prints by Joe Brainard, who provided covers for many other issues. Ron Padgett edited vol. 2, no. 13, which includes a number of translations of Reverdy, Soupault, Apollinaire, and Jacob, and a cover by Joe Brainard. Vol. 2, no. 12 was not produced. Vol. 2, no. 14 is titled Behind the Wheel by Michael Brownstein and has a cover by Alex Katz.


1. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, No. 1, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, May 1963
Side-stapled with printed cover, 8.5” x 14”, 31 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

Contents:
Dick Gallup – “Endless Resoundings Fill the Room”
Dick Gallup – “Ember Grease”
Dick Gallup – “It’s Everywhere, Like So Much Glue”
Dick Gallup – “Out West and Back East”
Dick Gallup – “Persia is Falling Beneath the Blue Triremes”
Ron Padgett – “Sonnet I” (“Three thoughts about a bad boy…”)
Ron Padgett – “Sonnet II” (“As the blue cup sits…”)
Ron Padgett – “Sonnett III” (“The stone house your father built…”)
Ron Padgett – [untitled] “Most sensual of recluses…”
Joe Brainard – “A Play”
Joe Brainard – “Diary Aug. 4th-15th”
Ted Berrigan – “Poem in the Traditional Manner”
Ted Berrigan – “Poem in the Modern Manner”
Ted Berrigan – “Homage to Beaumont Bruestle”
Ted Berrigan – “Two Scenes (after John Ashbery)”
Ted Berrigan – “Homage to Mayakofsky”
Ted Berrigan – “It is a Big Red House”
Ted Berrigan – “In Place of Sunday Mass”
Ted Berrigan – “From a Secret Journal”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet I” (“His piercing pince-nez…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet II” (Dear Margie, hello…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet III” (“Stronger than alcohol…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet IV” (Lord, it is time…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet V” (“Squawking a gala occasion…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet VI” (The bulbs burn…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Real Life”
Ted Berrigan – “Penn Station”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XIII”

2. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, June 1963

Side-stapled with printed cover, 8.5” x 14”, 28 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

Note: This issue is dedicated to Pat Mitchell and Ron Padgett as a wedding present.

Contents:
J. Richard White – “The Birth of Lamantia”
J.Richard White – “February in San Francisco”
J. Richard White – “from The Lady”
Joe Brainard – “From a Letter from Joe Brainard to Ted Berrigan/20 May 63”
Ted Berrigan – “Words for Love”
Ted Berrigan – “Doubts (to Dave Bearden)”
Ted Berrigan and Dick Gallup – “I Am Alone. You Are a Jungle. These Are the Ties That Bind”
Sandra Alper – [untitled] “Dear Aunt Rose and Uncle Bert…”
Ron Padgett – “Homage to Max Jacob”
Ron Padgett – “Gamma Rays”
Ron Padgett – “X” (“I hope somebody else writes…”)
Ron Padgett – “Ash Tarzan”
Ron Padgett – “Tristan Tarzan”
Ron Padgett – “The Portable Life of Dr. Reverdy”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XVIII” (“Dear Marge, hello…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXIII” (“On the 15th day of November…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXII” (“The blue day…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXVI, Homage to Frank O’Hara” (“It’s 8:54 a.m. in Brooklyn…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXVIII” (“Sleep half sleep half silence…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XL” (“Wan as pale thighs…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XLI” (“banging around in a cigarette…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XLII” (“She murmurs of signs…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LII” (“It is a human universe…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LIII” (“The poem upon the page…”)
Joe Brainard – “A Mother’s Love is a Blessing”
Joe Brainard – “Sally”
Joe Brainard – “Poem” (“Last night was blue…”)

3. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, July/August 1963

Side-stapled with printed cover, 8.5” x 14”, 30 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Theodore Roethke – “The Waking”
Ted Berrigan – “A Sonnet for Dick Gallup / July 1963” (“The logic of grammar is not genuine…”)
John Ashbery – “$$$$$ from Re-Establishing Raymond Roussel”
John Stanton – “Sonnet” (“In this house I feel sad…”)
John Stanton – “Sonnet” (“Is the effort of my poem…”)
Gerard Malanga – “Now in Another Way, for Andy Warhol”
Richard Gallup – “Some Feathers”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXI” (“And then one morning…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXIV” (“Time flies by like a great whale…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXXVII” (“It is night. You are asleep….”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XLIV” (“The withered leaves fly…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XLV” (“What thwarts this fear…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XLVII” (“Frances Marion nudges himself…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LVIII” (“A glass of chocolate milk…“)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXIV (“The Academy of the future…”)
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXXVIII, A Final Sonnet for Chris” (“How strange to be gone…”)
James Brodey – “Two for Barbara Guest”
Ron Padgett – “Three Sonnets After Frank O’Hara”
Ruth Krauss – “Poem Play: A Beautiful Day”
Ruth Krauss – “A Play: In a Bull’s Eye”
Ruth Krauss – “A Play”
Ruth Krauss – “A Play: There’s a Little Ambiguity Over There Among the Bluebells”
Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan – “Homage to Pierre Reverdy”
Richard Gallup – “Egg Plants Are Not Green”
unattributed [Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan] – “Lettuce”
Ron Padgett – “Instead of a Man in Black the Men in Blue”
Ron Padgett – “Choctaw”
Ron Padgett – “Sonnet Written in the Time it Took Lauren Owen to Walk 100 Feet”
Richard Gallup – “Building a house”

4. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1,No. 4, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, September 1963

Side-stapled with printed cover, 8.5” x 14”, 28 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Andy Warhol; each silk-screened cover is unique.

Contents:
Frank O’Hara – “The Poetry of Edwin Denby”
John Wieners – “An Introduction”
Ted Berrigan – “Grace After a Meal”
Frank O’Hara – “Edwin’s Hand”
Edwin Denby – “The Climate”
Edwin Denby – “The Shoulder”
Edwin Denby – “Standing on a Street Corner”
Edwin Denby – “Summer”
Edwin Denby – “The Silence at Night”
Edwin Denby – “City Without Smoke”
Edwin Denby – “Elegy – The Streets”
Edwin Denby – “From a Sonnet Sequence ”
Edwin Denby – “Aaron”
Edwin Denby – “The Friend”
Edwin Denby – “Long Island City”
Edwin Denby – “A Domestic Cat”
Edwin Denby – “Ravenna”
Edwin Denby – “Florence”
Edwin Denby – “Siena”
Edwin Denby – “Rome”
Edwin Denby – “Via Appia”
Edwin Denby – “Villa Adriana”
Edwin Denby – “Naples”
Edwin Denby – “Amalfi”
Edwin Denby – “Paestum”
Edwin Denby – “Syracuse”
Edwin Denby – “Segesta”
Edwin Denby – “Taormina”
Edwin Denby – “Forza d’Agro”
Edwin Denby – “Brindisi”
Edwin Denby – “Athens”
Edwin Denby – “The Parthenon”
Edwin Denby – “Attica”
Edwin Denby – “Mycenae”
Edwin Denby – “Thebes”
Edwin Denby – “Delphi”
Edwin Denby – “Snoring in New York, An Elegy”
Ted Berrigan – “Some Notes”

5. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 5, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, October/November 1963

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 39 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
John Ashbery – “The New Realism”
Ron Padgett – “A Game of Chess”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Passivation”
Sotero Torregian – “Kerygma”
John Wieners – “Prose Poem” (“The soul clings…”)
John Wieners – “Sickness”
John Wieners – [untitled] (“Do not let the silent…”)
John Wieners – “Happiness Is Just a Thing”
Ted Berrigan – “The Frightened City”
Ted Berrigan – “Cathedral Towns”
Ted Berrigan – “New Junket (for Harry Fainlight)”
Ron Padgett – “Wind”
J. Richard White – “What Price Salvation?”
J. Richard White – “Spelunca (for A.R.)”
John Ashbery – “Late December”
John Ashbery – “Copy of a Copy”
John Ashbery – “Undated”
Lorenzo Thomas – “Political Science”
James Schuyler – “The Infant Jesus of Prague”
Harry Fainlight – “Poem II” (“Muezzins, buzzards, newspapers…”)
Barbara Guest – “Olivetti Ode”
Barbara Guest – “Hands”
Kenward Elmslie – “Florida Hillocks”
Kenward Elmslie – “Piazza of the Bananas”
Kenward Elmslie – “Another Island Groupage”
Leroi Jones – “The New World”
Leroi Jones – “The Success”
Leroi Jones – “Predicates/Categories (after M.H.)”
Leroi Jones – “Cant”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Poem” (“There were more dirty…”)
Joseph Ceravolo – “Grass”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Poem” (“Come and go see over there…”)
Joseph Ceravolo – “Poem” (“Lapping water…”)
Joseph Ceravolo – “Funny Day”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Happiness in the Trees”

6. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 6, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, December 1963/January 1964

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 32 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Ted Berrigan – “Canzone”
Ted Berrigan – “Presence”
Ted Berrigan – “Destination Moom”
Ted Berrigan – “Prose Keys to American Poetry”
Joe Brainard – “Andy Warhol: Andy Do It”
Joe Brainard – “Nancy”
Dick Gallup – “Inside the Park”
Joe Ceravolo – “Stillness”
Joe Ceravolo – “I Am Lonely in My Crib”
Joe Ceravolo – “Five Poems”
Joe Ceravolo – “The Night Passes Through April Wind, No One Wants to Sleep”
Gerard Malanga – “Non-Sonnet IV”
Gerard Malanga – “Non-Sonnet XII”
Robert Dash – “Across the Table”
Harlan Dangerfield – “C’est Toi Qui Dors Dans L’Ombre”
Joe Brainard – “Johnny”
Dick Gallup – “from the Beaumont Series”
Ruth Krauss – “Duet”
Ted Berrigan – “Poem in Honor of Some Bombs”
Harlan Dangerfield – “The Pastor”
Harlan Dangerfield – “Orange Jews”
Lorenzo Toumes – “Enureseis”
Ron Padgett – “The Blind Dog of Venice (To Pat)”
Ron Padgett – “The EMS Dispatch (To Ted)”
Kenward Elmslie – “Blimps”
Kenward Elmslie – “Poem” (“the wooden junk flood…”)
Kenward Elmslie – “Television Scenario: The Users”
Kenneth Koch – “Your Fun is a Snob”
kenneth Koch – “Sweethearts From Abroad”
Kenneth Koch – “Rapping Along”
Kenneth Koch – “The Cat’s Breakfast”
Kenneth Koch – “Sun Out”
Kenneth Koch – “The Dead Body”
Ted Berrigan – “In Every Victim Awaits the Guest of Honor”
Ted Berrigan – “It Makes You Think,”
Ron Padgett – “The Complete Works: A Story-Poem (To Joe)”

7. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 7, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, February 1964

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 44 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Ted Berrigan – “Some Troubles”
Tom Veitch – “Cremations”
Joe Ceravolo – “A Story from the Bushmen”
Joe Ceravolo – “Warmth”
Joe Ceravolo – “Ending”
Joe Ceravolo – “The More You Take It”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXIII”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXVI”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXVIII”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXX”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXXI”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXXII”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXXIV”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet LXXXVII”
Ron Padgett – “After the Broken Arm”
Ron Padgett – “I’d Give You My Seat If I Were Here”
Ron Padgett – “Sonnet / To Andy Warhol”
Ron Padgett – “Rome”
Ron Padgett – “Nothing in That Drawer”
John Wieners – “The Windows”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Les Fenetres”
Tony Towle – “Prologue”
Tony Towle – “Apology”
Tony Towle – “Thoughts Near the George Washington Bridge”
Tony Towle – “Somebody Else, Black Poems, Brown Poems”
Lorenzo Thomas – “Gilbert and Sullivan”
Lorenzo Thomas – “Another Abstract Etc”
Lorenzo Thomas – “The Conscience of Cole Porter”
Frank Lima – “Abuela’s Wake”
Frank Lima – “In Memory of Eugene Perez (drowned may 25, ’62)”
John Perreault – “John Perreault”
Frank O’Hara – “Yesterday Down at the Canal”
Frank O’Hara – “Poeme en Forme de Saw”
Frank O’Hara – “To Jane: And in Imitation of Coleridge”
James Schuyler & Kenward Elmslie – “Unpacking the Black Trunk”
James Schuyler – “Poem” (“I do not always understand what you say”)
James Schuyler – [untitled] (“In the café I sat…”)
James Schuyler – [untitled] (“August, smelling of ripe grapes…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 30” (“Roar drowns the reproach…”)
Frank O’Hara – “Political Poem on a Last Line of Pasternak’s”
Frank O’Hara – “The Lay of the Romance of the Associations, to Kenneth Koch”
Frank O’Hara – “Commercial Variations”
Frank O’Hara – “34 mile wind”
Frank O’Hara – “Rhapsody”
Frank O’Hara – “Those Who Are Dreaming, A Play about St. Paul”
Harry Fainlight – “Ah, London”
Harry Fainlight – “Pastorale”
Harry Fainlight – “The Bayswater Road”
Harry Fainlight – “Meeting”
Harry Fainlight – “Lyric”
Harry Fainlight – “Echo & Co.”
Harry Fainlight – “28”
Harry Fainlight – “You Have Wasted Your Life”
James Schuyler – “The Home Book”
Dick Gallup – “Recoting”

8. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 8, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, April 1964

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 40 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Ted Berrigan and Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 20” (“the grand republic’s Poet is…”)
Ron Padgett – “In His Distant Camp, Ted Awaits the Priests”
Ted Berrigan – “Mess Occupations, after Henri Michaux”
Harlan Dangerfield – “The voyage of the Argonauts, for Lionel Trilling”
David Shapiro – “from We Are Gentle, Part I”
Ted Berrigan – “Invention, to John Ashbery”
Tom Veitch – “from Literary Days”
Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Peter Orlovsky, and Gerry Malanga – “Boils”
Harry Fainlight – “Theme and Variation, Tangier 1963”
Harry Fainlight – [untitled] “The chant, le chant, the song…”
Harry Fainlight – “Childhood”
Al Fowler – “Poem” (“what matter of luxury is this?”)
Tom Veitch – “A letter from Tom Veitch / April 5, 1962”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Book III: The Concluding Book”
Dick Gallup – “Eskimos again”
Ed Sanders – “from The Gobble Gang Poems”
Ron Padgett – “Some Bombs (Mistranslations), after Reverdy”
J. Richard White – “Prick Song”
J. Richard White – “February in San Francisco”
J. Richard White – “Poem for Things”
J. Richard White – “San Francisco Ephemeris”
J. Richard White – “Early Sunday Afternoon”
J. Richard White – “Conversation”
Ted Berrigan – “Il Penseroso”
Ted Berrigan – “Stop Stop Six”
Ted Berrigan – “Then I’d cry”
Ted Berrigan – “Fauna time”
Ted Berrigan – “The Upper Arm, for Andy Warhol”
Ted Berrigan – “Sonnet XXVI” (“One Sonnet for Dick”)
Kenneth Koch – “A Poem of the Forty-Eight States”
Ron Padgett – “Rain Dunce, after Ted”
Dick Gallup – “Hygiene Sonnet”
Frank O’Hara – “Hatred”
Ted Berrigan – “Reeling Midnight, to Pierre Reverdy”
Tom Veitch – “from The Jolly Abyss”
Joe Brainard – “Spooky-Wooky-Wooky”

9. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 9, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, Summer etc. 1964

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 67 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Ron Padgett – “Y..R D..K”
Ron Padgett – “Begun”
Ron Padgett – “The Rodent”
Ron Padgett – “Jimmy”
Ron Padgett – “To Henry James”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Looking For Chris”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Teresa (A Play)”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Seventeen (A Play for Kay Boyle)”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Seventeen (A Play)”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Teres”
Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Seventeen (A Play for Signor Melone of Venice)”
Ted Berrigan – “On His Own”
Ted Berrigan – “The Dance of the Broken Bomb”
Ted Berrigan – “Putting Away”
Ted Berrigan – “Owe”
Ted Berrigan – “We Are Jungles”
Joe Ceravolo – “What Is That Flying Away?”
Dick Gallup – “Life in Darkness”
John Stanton – “From Newstand Report”
Joe Brainard – “Sally”
William Burroughs – “Intersections Shifts and Scanning from Literary Days by Tom Veitch”
Tom Veitch – “from The Jolly Abyss”
David Shapiro – [untitled] (“Light became audible…”)
David Shapiro – [untitled] (“The most terrible spasms…”)
Tony Towle – “Attached Poem”
Tony Towle – “Poems (to Joe LeSueur)”
Tony Towle – “Skylarks”
Harry Fainlight – “Juvenglandia”
Harry Fainlight – “To the Autumn Sunbeam God”
John Ashbery – “White”
John Ashbery – “Vocalise”
John Ashbery – “Evening Quatrains”
Kenneth Koch – “At the Railway Station”
Kenneth Koch – “Dostoevski’s The Gambler”
Kenneth Koch – “Triste E Una Donna”
Kenneth Koch – “Morro Rock”
Kenneth Koch – “Schweitzerreich”
Kenneth Koch – “Mateeyanah”
Kenneth Koch – “Wahego”
Kenneth Koch – “In Harmonium”
Kenneth Koch – “Chiaroscuro”
Kenneth Koch – “Heanorupeatomos”
Kenneth Koch – “An X-Ray of Utah”
Kenneth Koch – “Religiously”
William Burroughs – “Givers of Winds Is My Name”
Barbara Guest – “Strum Night”
Barbara Guest – “Looking at Flowers Through Tears”
Tristan Tzara – “Dada Proverb”
Allen Ginsberg – “The Change: Kyoto-Tokyo Express July 18, 1963”
Kenneth Koch – “The Return of Yellow May”
Kenneth Koch – “The Revolt of the Giant Animals”
Kenneth Koch – “The Building of Florence”
Kenneth Koch – “The Beverly Boys Summer Vacation”
Frank O’Hara – “For the Chinese New Year and For Bill Berkson”

10. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 10, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, February 14, 1965

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 74 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Francis Picabia – “Poop”
Dick Gallup – “Fits of Candor (A Manifesto)”
Dick Gallup – “The Return of Philista”
John Giorno – “Washington, July 5”
Harlan Dangerfield – “Inside Speech”
Giuseppe Ungaretti – “December”
Ted Berrigan – “Brett”
Ron Padgett – “Brett (A Play)”
Giuseppe Ungaretti – “After Breakfast”
Ron Padgett – “Richard Cory”
John Stanton – “Revised Poem”
Giuseppe Ungaretti – “Montana”
Aram Saroyan – “Poem” (“I stand last night…”)
Al Katzman – “From the Poetry Machine”
John Giorno – “Blandford, England, Sept. 23”
Ron Padgett – “December”
Tom Veitch – “Yes, I Am William Burroughs…”
Jeff Giles – “To the Imperial Wizard”
James Schuyler – “A Grave”
Aram Saroyan – “Moving”
Philippe Soupalt – “Georgia” (trans. By Peter Schjeldahl)
David Shapiro – “Dirge (South Africa)”
David Shapiro – “From Five Songs”
Gregory Corso – “from The Mutation of the Spirit”
Tom Veitch – “Precipice: A Story”
Les Gottesman – “The Day Before the Windowshade Fell”
Les Gottesman – “Apologies for the Angry Postcard”
Ron Padgett – “Principia Mathematica”
Louis Nasper – “Anecdote of Mumbly at Home”
John Perreault – “Homage to _______________”
Louis Nasper – “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”
Peter Schjeldahl – “Sonnet 16” (“Darkness rises from the sewers…”)
Peter Schjeldahl – “Sonnet 20” (“I cannot go on like this…”)
Richard Huelsenbeck – “We Hardly”
Aram Saroyan – “My arms are warm”
Ron Padgett – “Falling in Love in Spain or Mexico”
Jeff Giles – “Prison of Souls”
Dick Gallup – “Pomp Ilk”
Ted Berrigan – “Mother Cabrini (a play)”
Aram Saroyan – “Poem” (“In the corner of my room an American!”)
Szabo – “My First Story”
Harlan Dangerfield – “Poem” (“I don’t belong to you…”)
Kenward Elmslie – “Preface to “The Champ””
Kenward Elmslie – “The Champ”
Pierre Reiter – “Craze Man Wiliiker”
Douglas MacArthur – “Memoirs”
Ted Greenwald – “Secret Wallpaper”
David Shapiro – “The Pirates”
Giuseppe Ungaretti – “A Memory Filled with White”
Harlan Dangerfield – [untitled] (“There was an old prude from St. Paul…”)
Harlan Dangerfield – [untitled] (“A young maid awalking alone…”)
Ted Berrigan – “The Groundhog”
Richard Kolmar – “Song”
Max Jacob – “To Modigliani, to Prove to Him That I’m a Poet”
Ron Padgett – “The Fernandez”
Kenneth Koch – “Miss America”
Joe Brainard – “Did Daniel Webster and Rufus Choate Plan to Enter Medicine”
James Schuyler – “The Custard Sellers”
Michael McClure – “Ghost Tantra #9”
Tom Veitch – “Excerpt from The Jolly Abyss”
Hasheesh Fudge – “Recipe Department”
[unattributed] – “When the mercenaries ran away…”
Larry Swingle – “Ten When My Eyes Were Hurting”
Ron Padgett – “A Man Saw a Ball of Gold”
Frank O’Hara – “John Button Birthday”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Can’t Keep”
Bruce Kawin – “Sestina with a Lost Line”
Aram Saroyan – “Poem” (“A new telephone on the table”)
Richard Kolmar and Aram Saroyan – “The Bermudas”
John Ashbery – “Balance of Payments”
Tony Towle – “Supplements”
Frank O’Hara – “Ave Maria”
John Dent – “Fits of Affection”
John Ashbery – “The Ecclesiast”
Frank Lima – “The Woman”
Ted Berrigan – “In Three Parts”
John Ashbery – “Fortune”
Dick Gallup – “Revolting (A one act play)”
Kenneth Koch – “The Courtier”
Kenneth Koch – “En L’an Trentisme de Mon Eage”
The Poem Machine – “Leapfrog (for Jim Sears)”
John Ashbery – “Hoboken”
Ed Sanders – “from Aphrodite”
Philip Whalen – “The Ode to Music (for Morton Subotnick)”
William Burroughs – “Fits of Nerves with a Fix”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Street”
Charles Olson – “Ed Sanders’ Language”
Joseph Ceravolo – “Music”

11. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 2, No. 11, edited by Ted Berrigan
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, Summer 1965

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 56 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan – “On Frank O’Hara’s Birthday”
Ken Weaver – “Adios Lecture”
Aram Saroyan – “Police Lock”
Tom Veitch – “The Luis Armed Story”
Ted Berrigan – “from Looking For Chris”
Dick Gallup – “from The Bingo”
Ron Padgett – “from Motor Maids Cross the Continent”
Barbara Guest – “Another Daddy”
Barbara Guest – “A ‘Adventures of Tin-Tin’ Story”
John Stanton – “Selections from a Novel”
Kenward Elmslie – “Barbie and Ken”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “New York, smog dim under August…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “Neighbor sneaks refuse to my roof…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “In tooth and claw red, not nature…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “Disorder, mental, strikes me…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “In a hotelroom a madman…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “Nocturnal void lower Fifth…”
Edwin Denby – [untitled] “Drenched saw Doris home…”
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 18” (“Sunday on the Senator’s estate…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 19” (“The size balls are sudden…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 20” (“The grand republic’s Poet is…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 21” (“Blue grey ridge…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 23” (“Heavy bus slows…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 24” (“New year’s near…”)
Edwin Denby – “Sonnet 30” (“Roar drowns the reproach…”)
Kenneth Koch – “from The Red Robins”
Harlan Dangerfield – “Frost”
Harlan Dangerfield – “Saturday Night at the Movies”
Tom Veitch – “A Fine Thing”

Note: C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY Vol. 2 No. 12 was never issued.

12. C: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 2, No. 13, edited by Ron Padgett
New York: Lorenz Gude and Ted Berrigan, May 1966

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 31 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

Contents:
Stéphane Mallarmé – “In Praise of the Postal System”
Dick Gallup – “From The Bingo”
Théophile Gautier – “Mortality”
Théophile Gautier – “The Suitor”
John J. Murphy – “from Julius Caesar”
Pierre Reverdy – “The Heavenly Skater”
Pierre Reverdy – “At Dawn”
Pierre Reverdy – “The Traveller and His Shadow”
Pierre Reverdy – “Fetish”
Pierre Reverdy – “Natural Greatness”
Pierre Reverdy – “The Hard Heart”
Ted Berrigan – “from Clear the Range”
Phillipe Soupault – “The Great Melancholy of an Avenue”
William Saroyan – “Fragment”
Theresa Mitchell – “Saving Japan”
Harry Mathews – “The Sad Birds”
Joe Brainard – “Brunswick Stew”
Max Jacob – “Alas!”
Kenward Elmslie – “History of France”
Max Jacob – “Valiant Warrior on Foreign Soil”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Julie ou j’ai prete ma rose”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Corona di Cazzi”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Epithalame”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “In Vase Proepostero”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Petit Balai”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Le teint”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “VIII” (“Linda la noire aux paumes roses…”)
Guillaume Apollinaire – “CartesPostales”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Le Chat”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Le Negre”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Quelques Distiques Pour Plaire a Dupuy”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Bibilographie”
Guillaume Apollinaire – “Justification”
Ron Padgett – “The Julie or the Rose Newsletter”

13. Brownstein, Michael. BEHIND THE WHEEL
New York: C Press, 1967

Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 14”, 26 leaves printed recto only, 200 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Alex Katz, production by Ron Padgett. Published as C: A Journal of Poetry, No. 14, edited by Ted Berrigan.

Contents:
Michael Brownstein – “No Empty Hands”
Michael Brownstein – “Nations”
Michael Brownstein – “Sunny Barn, Special Guests”
Michael Brownstein – “Behind the Wheel”
Michael Brownstein – “The Plains of Abraham”
Michael Brownstein – “Large Blue”
Michael Brownstein – “Fingertips”
Michael Brownstein – “Janice”
Michael Brownstein – “Lily Flower”
Michael Brownstein – “Waitress”
Michael Brownstein – “News”
Michael Brownstein – “Florence Was Fine in the Summertime”
Michael Brownstein – “Clean & Clear”
Michael Brownstein – “Poem” (“Yours the taught climb…”)
Michael Brownstein – “Navel”
Michael Brownstein – “Pond”
Michael Brownstein – “A Final Storm”
Michael Brownstein – “Coincidences”
Michael Brownstein – “Moving You Along”
Michael Brownstein – “Massachusetts”
Michael Brownstein – “Against the Grain”
Michael Brownstein – “Typhoon”
Michael Brownstein – “A Modern Instance ”
Michael Brownstein – “Pounds and Ounces”