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Piero Heliczer – Biography and Bibliography

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SECTION F:
This index includes biographical and bibliographical resources


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


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

Piero Heliczer – Books Edited, Printed, and Published

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SECTION D:
This index includes books edited printed, and published


1. Piero Heliczer and Angus MacLise. IMPRIMATUR M.CC.LXXX.I and THE COMPLETED WORKS OF ANGUS MACLISE
White Plains, 1957
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 24 pages, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer.




2. Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville]. MARIA
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6.75″ x 15″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contents: “Maria” [poem]
[not in archive]



3. [anthology] A PULP MAGAZINE FOR THE DEAD GENERATION, edited by Piero Heliczer
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Paris: The Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, three un-boud folded sheets laid into printed wrappers, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. Contributors: Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville], Henk Marsman, Gregory Corso.

4.  Om [pseud. Olivia de Haulleville]. LEMURS
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, unbound sheets laid into printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 11″ x 9″, 6 pages, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. This is the first separate edition of one of three pieces collected in A Pulp Magazine for the Dead Generation.

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



6. [anthology] WEDNESDAY PAPER, edited by Piero Heliczer
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New York: The Dead Language Press, 1961
Contributors: Gregory Corso, Cyclops [Lester], Anselm Hollo, Gustav Schiele.




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


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

9. Hollo, Anselm. LOVER MAN
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New York: The Dead Language Press, (1963)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.75″. Cover art by Rene Magritte, letterpress printed and signed by Heliczer.



10. [anthology] CORONA SPINARUM: SON OF WEDNESDAY PAPER, OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE EMPIRE OF EUROPE & THE PIERO HELICZER FAN CLUB, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, October 1980
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 8 pages, photocopy. Prints the abstracts from the first meeting of the Imperial Council, attended by Piero, Bill Levy and Ira Cohen.


11. [anthology] DE VROUWE VAN ALLE VOLKEREN [trans. THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS], edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 12 pages, photocopy. Includes a map of Amsterdam with numbers encircled of places of importance, a professional horoscope reading (by Ronnie Dreyer).


12. [anthology] CORONA SPINARUM, No. 3, edited by Piero Heliczer
Amsterdam: Piero Heliczer, 1981
First edition, 5.85″ x 8.3″, 12 pages, photocopy. Announces a poetry reading by Heliczer, and prints various texts (on Thomas Beckett, Bernadette Soubirous, Jeanne d’Arc, and Thérèse de Lisieux) in French, Dutch and English.

Piero Heliczer – Books and Broadsides

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and broadsides


1. GIRL BODY
Paris: The Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 24″ folded twice to 5″ x 6″, white ink letterpress printed on black paper. Contents: “Girl Body” [poem]



2. IN WHICH THE POET WALKS FROM 945 PARK AVENUE
Paris: Dead Language, 1958
First edition, broadside, 6″ x 11″ folded twice to 6″ x 3.75″, letterpress printed on cream laid paper. Contents: “In Which The Poet Walks from 945 Park Avenue to His Home at 420 West 46th Street out of Which He is to be Evacuated as a Squatter and Finally to Battery Park at Noon” [poem]

3. YOU COUL HEAR THE SNOW DRIPPING…
Paris: Dead Language Press, 1959
First edition, stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 6.75″, 24 pages, letterpress, AVANT PROPOS by Robert Graves, original photo of Heliczer by Harold Chapman mounted to verso of last leaf. Heliczer’s first book. Contents: “Fuga XIII” [poem], “Ornithology For Love Cyclops” [poem], “England” [poem], “English Girls” [poem], “Paris A Scenario For A Silent Movie” [poem], “America” [poem]

4. THE LION KEEPER
Paris: The Dead Language, 1960
First edition, postcard, 4″ x 6″. Contents: “The Lion Keeper”.

5. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE
New York: Dead Language, (1962)
First edition, stapled illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 7″, (28 pages), letterpress printed, with an afterword by Anselm Hollo. Variant in orange wrappers (priority unknown). Contents: “Poem Number One” [poem], “Mantis” [poem], “Wm Byrd” [poem], “Bird Burgeoning Sky” [poem], “Buckingham Palace” [poem], “Carillon Booty” [poem]

Notes: “Poem Number One” appeared in LA LUNE EN RODAGE 1, (Basel); “Mantis” appeared in a French version in SENS PLASTIQUE, (Paris); “Wm Byrd” appeared in NEW DEPARTURES 2/3, (Oxford & London); “Buckingham Palace” appeared in OUTBURST 2, (London).

6. & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS IN MY AMAZON BRA
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Brighton: Dead Language & London: Matrix Press, 1959 (1963)
First edition thus, stapled illustrated wrappers, cover photo by Ph Mechanicus, Amsterdam, 4.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, letterpress. Contents: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” [poem]

Notes: “& I Dreamt I Shot Arrows in My Amazon Bra” is “a poem in eleven takes”.

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

7. THE SOAP OPERA
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London, Trigram Press, 1967
First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket, 9″ x 10″, 36 pages, 500 copies (36 numbered and signed), illustrations by Paul Vaughan, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Wallace Berman, and others, letterpress printed. Contents: “A Purchase in The White Botanica” [poem], “The Death Of Stephen Ward” [poem], “Wyatt: Elegy & Diferencias” [poem], “Victorian Era” [poem], “The Passion Of Johann Sebastian Bach” [poem], “The Autumn Feast” [poem]

Notes: “The Autumn Feast” was made into a movie, Jeffrey Keen did the photography and cutting, Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad made the soundtrack.

8. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “The Tomb Of Henry James” [play], “Diferencias I-IV” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

9. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “Wyatt” [play], “The Pecan Tree” [play], “Chaconne in G Minor” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

10. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
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Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: “Harunobu” [play], “The Blue Centaur” [play], “Bessie Smith” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

11. THE HANDSOME POLICEMAN
New York City : Moon Dragon Press, 1976
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17″. Contents: “The Handsome Policeman”.

12. ABDICATION OF THE THRONE OF HELL
Heerlen, Holland: Uitgeverij 261, 1981
First edition, perfect bound wrappers, 5.25″ x 8.25″, 48 pages, printed in English and Dutch, published as part of The Amsterdam School/Poetry Series. Contents: “In Coena Domini” [poem], “Leadbelly (A D 1882 To 1949)” [poem], “Chinatown” [poem], “None of This is Going to Be Really There” [poem], “And I Am Not Afraid Of The Dark” [poem], “Abdication Of The Throne Of Hell” [poem]

13. THE PERFECT DETECTIVE
Amsterdam: Soyo Productions, 1989
First edition, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages.

14. AND I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK
ph_afraidBayonne, N.J. : Beehive Press, 1991
First edition, comb bound, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 7 leaves printed recto only, includes a flyer for Heliczer’s reading at Saint Marks bound in with a brief biography. Contents: “And I Am Not Afraid of The Dark” [poem]

15. A PURCHASE IN THE WHITE BOTANICA
New York: Granary Books, 2001
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 150 pages. Edited by Gerard Malanga and Anselm Hollo, with a foreword by Hollo and a 19pp. biographical interview with Heliczer’s half-sister, Marisabena Russo, conducted by Malanga.

Piero Heliczer

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


Piero Heliczer Checklist:

Section A: Books and Broadsides
Section B: Contributions to Periodicals
Section C: Film
Section D: Books Edited, Printed, and Published
Section E: Ephemera
Section F: Biography and Bibliography


Olivia de Haulleville [coming soon…]


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

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

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

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


References Consulted:

BEAT BOOKS – Catalogue 71

EMPIRE OF EUROPE
Alençon: Les Bains-Douches, 2015
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Piero Heliczer” curated by Rose & Wynn Heliczer, and Sophie Vinet held at Les Bains-Douches.

Harter, Christopher. AN AUTHOR INDEX TO LITTLE MAGAZINES OF THE MIMEOGRAPH REVOLUTION
Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2008

LITTLE CAESAR, No. 9, edited by Gerard Malanga
Los Angeles: Dennis Cooper, 1979

PIERO HELICZER: L’UNDERGROUND À PRÉAUX-DU-PERCHE
Alençon: Les Bains-Douches, 2015
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Piero Heliczer” curated by Rose & Wynn Heliczer, and Sophie Vinet held at Les Bains-Douches.

PIERO HELICZER & THE DEAD LANGUAGE PRESS
NY: Boo-Hooray, 2014
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Piero Heliczer & The Dead Language Press” curated by Jonas Mekas and Johan Kugelberg held at
Boo-Hooray.


Online Resources:

· UBU – film
· Tom Raworth – recordings
· Independent – obituary
· Mimeo-Mimeo – bibliography
· Piero Heliczer Web Page – bibliography