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Adventures in Poetry

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

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

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Adventures in Poetry

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From a Secret Location – Adventures in Poetry

The Spicer Circle’s J

Cover of Jack Spicer’s J, No. 4. San Francisco 1959

Jack Spicer’s J ran for eight issues: Nos. 1–5 were edited by Spicer in North Beach where contributions were left in a box marked “J” in The Place, a bar on Grant Avenue in San Francisco; Nos. 6 and 7 (an Apparition of the late J) were edited by George Stanley in San Francisco and New York City respectively while no. 8 was edited by Harold Dull in Rome. Spicer believed that poetry was for poets and the magazine had a small circulation but cast a long shadow.

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Jack Spicer – Miscellaneous Prose

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Section E:
This index collects contributions of essays, letters to editors, and prose to periodicals and other publications


1947

1. THE OCCIDENT, edited by Charlotte McCord *
Berkeley, Fall 1947

Spicer contribution: “Miller: Remember to Remember” [essay]


1949

2. THE OCCIDENT, edited by Lynne Brown
mags_occidentfall49Berkeley, Fall 1949

Spicer contribution: “The Poet and Poetry: A Symposium” [essay]




1952

3. LANGUAGE: JOURNAL OF THE LINGUISTIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Vol. 28, No. 3, Part 1
Baltimore, July-September 1952

Spicer contribution: “Correlation Methods of Comparing Ideolects in a Transition Area” [essay] [co-authored with David W. Reed]



1957

4. THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY QUARTERLY, Vol. 9, No. 1, edited by Zoltan Haraszti *
Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, January 1957

Spicer contribution: “A Correction” [commentary] “Wimpfeling’s Adolescentia, 1505” [commentary]

5. THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY QUARTERLY, Vol. 9, No. 4, edited by Zoltan Haraszti *
Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, October 1957

Spicer contribution: “The Legend of St. Meinrad, 1567” [commentary]


1962

6. FOOT, No. 2, edited by Richard Duerden and William Brown
mags_foot02
San Francisco: Foot Magazine, 1962

Spicer contribution: “Correspondence (Jack Spicer)” [letter]




1977

7. BOUNDARY 2, Vol. 6, No. 1,  edited by William V. Spanos *
Binghamton: SUNY, Fall 1977

Spicer contribution: “A Plan for a Book on Tarot” [prose]


1987

8. LINE, No. 9, edited by Roy Miki
Burnaby: Simon Fraser University, Spring 1987

Spicer contribution: “Letters to Robin Blaser 1955-1958” [letters]



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Jack Spicer – Contributions to Periodicals

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Section D:
This index collects contributions of poems, stories, letters (poetic), and a play to periodicals; reference is made to Sanford Dorbin’s A Checklist of the Published Writings of Jack Spicer (California Librarian, October 1970).


1946

1. THE OCCIDENT, edited by Jocelyn Willat
mags_occidentwint46Berkeley, Winter 1946

Spicer contribution: “To the Semanticists” [poem], “The Chess Game” [poem], “A New Testament” [poem]
(Dorbin B1-B3)


1947

2. CONTOUR QUARTERLY, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Chris Maclaine
mags_contour01Berkeley, April 1947

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “After the ocean, shattering with equinox…” [poem], “4 A.M.” [poem], “Chinoiserie” [poem]
(Dorbin B4-B6)


1948

3. BERKELEY MISCELLANY, No. 1, edited by Robert Duncan
mags_miscellany01Berkeley, 1948

Spicer contribution: “A Night in Four Parts” [poem], “Troy Poem” [poem], “Sonnet” [poem]
(Dorbin B8-B10)



1949

4. BERKELEY MISCELLANY, No. 2, edited by Robert Duncan
mags_miscellany02Berkeley, 1949

Spicer contribution: “The Scroll-Work on the Casket” [story]
(Dorbin B11)



1954

5. OCCIDENT, edited by Richard Rummonds
Berkeley: Associated Students of the University of California, Spring 1954

Spicer contribution: “On Reading Last Year’s Love Poems” [poem], “The Inheritance: Palm Sunday” [poem]
(not in Dorbin)


1955

6. CITY LIGHTS, No. 5, edited by Peter Martin
San Francisco: City Lights, Spring 1955

Spicer contribution: “On Watching a TV Boxing Match in October” [poem]




1956

7. AUDIENCE, Vol. 4, Number 2 *
Cambridge: Audience, 1956

Spicer contribution: “Five Words for Joe Dunn on his 22nd Birthday” [poem]


1957

8. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Barney Rosset and Donald Allen
mags_evergreen0102New York City, 1957

Spicer contribution: “Berkeley in Time of Plague” [poem], “The Dancing Ape…” [poem], “Troy Poem” [poem], “The Scroll-Work on the Casket” [story], “Hibernation – After Morris Graves” [poem], “Psychoanalysis: An Elegy” [poem], “The Song of the Bird in the Loins” [poem]
(Dorbin B14-B18)

9. MEASURE, No. 1, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure01Boston, Summer 1957

Spicer contribution: “Song for Bird and Myself” [poem]
(not in Dorbin)



1959

10. BEATITUDE, No. 3, published by John Kelly
mags_beatitude03San Francisco, 23 May 1959

Spicer contribution: “Fifteen False Propositions about God” [poem]
(Dorbin B19)


11. BEATITUDE, No. 6, published by John Kelly
San Francisco, [June] 1959

Spicer contribution: “Epithalamium” [poem] [co-authored with Bruce Boyd, Ronald Primack, and George Stanley]
(Dorbin B20)

12. J, No. 1, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j01San Francisco, 1959

Spicer contribution: “Hokkus” [poem]
(not in Dorbin)



13. J, No. 2, edited by Jack Spicer *
San Francisco, 1959

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “Down to new beaches where the sea…” [poem], “Epilog for Jim” [poem]
(Dorbin B21-B22)

14. J, No. 3, edited by Jack Spicer
San Francisco, 1959

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “The slobby sea where you float in…” [poem], “Last Hokku” [poem]
(Dorbin B23-B24)

15. J, No. 4, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j04San Francisco, [October] 1959

Spicer contribution: “Jacob” [poem]
(Dorbin B25)



16. J, No. 5, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j05San Francisco, 1959

Spicer contribution: “Fifth Elegy” [poem]
(Dorbin B26)




1960

17. BEATITUDE, No. 17, edited by Bob Kaufman
mags_beatitude17San Francisco: City Light Books, Oct-Nov 1960

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “When I hear the word Ferlinghetti…” [poem]
(Dorbin B29)



1961

18. J, No. 8, edited by Harold Dull *
San Francisco, 1961

Spicer contribution: “A Translation for Jim” [poem], “A Translation for Jeorge” [poem]
(Dorbin B27-B28)


1962

19. THE SAN FRANCISCO CAPITALIST BLOODSUCKER – N, edited by George Stanley
mags_capitalistSan Francisco, Spring 1962

Spicer contribution: “Three Marxist Essays” [poem]
(Dorbin B32)


20. MEASURE, No. 3, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure03Boston, Summer 1962

Spicer contribution: “Central Park West” [poem]
(not in Dorbin)




1964

21. OPEN SPACE, No. 0, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, January 1964

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “This ocean, humiliating in its disguises…” [poem] [collected in Language]
(Dorbin B33)

22. OPEN SPACE, No. 1, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, February 1964

Spicer contribution: “Sporting Life” [poem] [collected in Language]
(Dorbin B34)


23. OPEN SPACE, No. 2, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, February 1964

Spicer contribution: “This is Submitted for your Valentine Contest”  [poem], [untitled] “I hear a banging on the door of night…” [poem] [collected in Language]
(Dorbin B35-B36)

24. OPEN SPACE, No. 3, edited by Stan Persky
mags_openspace03San Francisco, March 1964

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “Just because baseball is not poetry…” [statements], “Predictions” [collected in Language], [untitled] “The log in the fire…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “Finally the messages penetrate…” [poem] [collected in Language], “Dear Ferlinghetti” [letter]
(Dorbin B37-B41)

25. OPEN SPACE, No. 4, edited by Stan Persky
mags_openspace04tSan Francisco, 1964

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “Heroes eat soup…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “Smoke signals…” [poem], [untitled] “A redwood forest…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “The whorship of beauty…” [poem] [collected in Language]
(Dorbin B42-45)

26. OPEN SPACE, No. 5, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, 1964

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “Pull down the shade of ruin, rain verse…” [poem], [untitled] “If your mother’s mother had not riven, mother…” [poem], [untitled] “What in sight do I have…” [poem], [untitled] “It comes May and the summers renew themselves…” [poem], [untitled] “Thanatos, the death-plant in the skull…” [poem] [collected in Language]

27. OPEN SPACE, No. 6, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, June 1964

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “1st SF home rainout since. Bounce…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “The country is not very well defined…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “I squint my eyes to cry…” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “The metallurgical analysis of the stone that…” [poem] [collected in Language]

28. OPEN SPACE, No. 7, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, July 1964

Spicer contribution: “Love Poems” [poem] [collected in Language], “Protestant Letter” [letter]


29. OPEN SPACE, No. 8, edited by Stan Persky
mags_openspace08San Francisco,  August 1964

Spicer contribution: “Intermission I-III” [poem] [collected in Language], “Transformations I- III” [poem] [collected in Language]


30. OPEN SPACE, No. 9, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, September 1964

Spicer contribution: “Morphemicks, 1-4” [poem] [collected in Language]



31. OPEN SPACE, No. 10, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, October 1964

Spicer contribution: “Phonemics” [poem] [collected in Language]



32. OPEN SPACE, No. 11, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco, November 1964

Spicer contribution: “Graphemics, 1-5” [poem] [collected in Language]




1965

33. THE WIVENHOE PARK REVIEW, No. 1, edited by Thomas Clark and Andrew Crozier
mags_wivenhoe01Essex: University of Essex, Winter 1965

Spicer contribution: “15 False Propositions about God” [poem]



34. WORK, No. 2, edited by John Sinclair
Detroit: Artists Workshop Press, Fall 1965

Spicer contribution: “Graphemics, 10” [poem] [collected in Language]
[not in Dorbin checklist]


35. COW, No. 1, edited by Luther T. Cupp
mags_cow01San Francisco: Cow, 1965

Spicer contribution: “Dear Sister Mary” [letter]





1966

36. WHE’RE, No.1, edited by Ron Caplan
Detroit: Artists’ Workshop, Summer 1966

Spicer contribution: “Dover Beach” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “The Birds” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “The Birth of Venus” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “Lament for the Makers” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “Postscript” [story] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “The Scroll-Work on the Casket” [story]

37. O’ER, No. 2, edited by David Sandberg
mags_oar02San Francisco, December 1966

Spicer contribution: “Buster Keaton Rides Again: A Sequel” [poem] [collected in After Lorca]




1967

38. THE PACIFIC NATION, No. 1, edited by Robin Blaser
mags_pacific01Vancouver, June 1967

Spicer contribution: “A Poem to the Reader of the Poem” [poem]



39. FLOATING BEAR, No. 33, edited by Diane di Prima
Brooklyn, 1967

Spicer contribution: “The Bridge Game” [poem], “Lives of the Philosophers: Diogenes” [poem]



40. FLOATING BEAR, No. 34, edited by Diane di Prima
Brooklyn, 1967

Spicer contribution: “The Day Five Thousand Fish Died in the Charles River” [poem]



WINE BUTTON, edited by Dave Fraser, Robert Serling, Dick Sweeney
mags_winebuttonHighland Park: Wine Button, n.d. [c.1967]

Spicer contribution: “Correspondence” [letter], “The Day Five Thousand Fish Died along the Charles River”



1968

41. COLLECTION, No. 1, edited by Peter Riley
mags_collection01Sussex, March 1968

Spicer contribution: “The Red Wheelbarrow” [poem]



42. TISH, No. 42, edited by Brad Robinson and Dan McLeod
Vancouver, March 1968

Spicer contribution: “Three Poems for Tish” [poem] [collected in The Book of Magazine Verse]
[not in Dorbin checklist]


43. IRON, No. 4
North Vancouver: Iron, April 1968

Spicer contribution: “A Textbook of Poetry” [poem] [collected in The Heads of the Town Up to the Aether], “7 Poems for the Vancouver Festival” [poem] [collected in The Book of Magazine Verse]


1969

44. IRON, No. 7, edited by Brian Fawcett
British Columbia, 1969

Spicer contribution: “Ode for Walt Whitman” [poem] [collected in After Lorca]



45. TISH, No.44, Issue D, edited by Karen Tallman
Vancouver, February 1969

Spicer contribution: “Five Variations on the Earth” [poem]



46. LAMPETER MUSE, Vol. 3, No. 4, edited by Norman Weinstein *
Annandale-on-Hudson: Bard College, Spring 1969

Spicer contribution: “The Book of Gwenivere” [poem] [collected in The Holy Grail]


1970-1979

47. WRITING, No. 2, edited by Stan Persky *
Vancouver: Georgia Straight, January-February 1970

Spicer contribution: “Admonitions” [poems] [collected in Admonitions]

48. BOSS, No. 4, edited by Reginald Gay
New York: Boss Books, 1970

Spicer contribution: “Indian Summer: Minneapolis 1950” [poem]

[note: published as a broadside in 1970 as Portents 16]

49. CATERPILLAR, No. 12, edited by Clayton Eshleman
New York, July 1970

Spicer contribution: “The Dancing Ape…” [poem], “Berkeley in Time of Plague” [poem], “Psychoanalysis: An Elegy” [poem], “Troy Poem” [poem], “A Dialogue Between Intellect and Passion” [poem], “All Hallows Eve” [poem], “At a Party” [poem], “A Night in Four Parts” [poem], “Orpheus after Eurydice” [poem], “Orpheus in Hell” [poem], “Orpheus’ Song to Apollo” [poem], “The Song of the Bird in the Loins” [poem], “On Reading Last Year’s Love Poems” [poem], “Watching a TV Boxing Match in October” [poem], “The Day Five Thousand Fish Died along the Charles River” [poem], “A Heron for Mrs. Altrocchi” [poem], “Song for the Great Mother” [poem], “Song for Bird and Myself” [poem], “A Poem to the Reader of the Poem” [poem], “Five Words for Joe Dunn on his 22nd Birthday” [poem], “A Prayer for Pvt. Graham Mackintosh on Halloween” [poem], “Letters to Graham Mackintosh” [prose], “Pentheus and the Dancers” [drama], “From a Detective Novel” [fiction], “Letters to Jim Alexander” [prose], “From the Vancouver Lectures” [prose]

50. NINE QUEEN BEES, Zero Issue, edited by Jim Chapson, James Liddy, and Bill Siverly
Honolulu: Nine Queen Bees, Summer 1970

Spicer contribution: “Dover Beach” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “The Birds” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “The Birth of Venus” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “Lament for the Makers” [poem] [collected in Lament for the Makers], “Postscript” [story] [collected in Lament for the Makers]

51. IS, No. 8, edited by Victor Coleman *
Toronto: Coach House Press, 1970

52. THE HARRIS REVIEW, edited by Harris Schiff
New York: Harris Review, 1971

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “The oaks…” [poem], [untitled] “With fifteen cents and that I could get a…” [poem]


53. IO, No. 10 Baseball Issue, edited by Richard Grossinger 
Cape Elizabeth, ME: IO Publications, 1971

Spicer contribution: “Unfinished Translation” [poem]

[note: prepared for, but no included in After Lorca]

54. STOOGE, No. 6, Editor: Geoff Young and Allen Schiller
Albuquerque, 1972

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “These big trucks drive…” [poem]



55. SHOCKS, Double Issue 3/4, edited by Stephen Vincent
San Francisco: Momo’s Press, March 1974

Spicer contribution: “Dear Lorca” [letter] [collected in After Lorca]



56. MANROOT, No. 10, edited by Paul Mariah
South San Francisco: Man-Root, Fall-Winter 1974

Spicer contribution: “To the Semanticists” [poem], “The Chess Game” [poem], “A New Testament” [poem], [untitled] “After the ocean, shattering with equinox…” [poem], “4 A.M.” [poem], “Chinoiserie” [poem], “The Scroll-Work on the Casket” [story], “Indian Summer: Minneapolis 1950” [poem], “Christmas Eve: 1952” [poem], “All Hallows Eve” [poem], “Watching a TV Boxing Match in October” [poem], “Lyric for Gary” [poem], “Sonnet for Gary” [poem], “Portrait of an Artist” [poem], “The Inheritance: Palm Sunday” [poem], “A Postscript to the Berkeley Renaissance” [poem], “The Gardener’s Son” [poem], “Manhattan” [poem], [untitled] “These woods, so fit for emperors…” [poem], “Admonitions” [poem] [collected in Admonitions], “15 False Propositions about God” [poem] [collected in 15 False Propositions about God], “Billy the Kid” [poem] [collected in Billy the Kid], “Hokkus” [poem], [untitled] “Down to new beaches where the sea…” [poem], “Epilog for Jim” [poem], [untitled] “The slobby sea where you float in…” [poem], “Last Hokku” [poem], “Jacob” [poem], “Fifth Elegy” [poem], “Three Marxist Essays” [prose], “Central Park West” [poem], [untitled] “This is an ode to Horace Stoneham…” [poem], “Dear Lew” [letter], “This is Submitted for your Valentine Contest”  [poem], “Protestant Letter” [letter], “Dear Sister Mary” [letter], “The Red Wheelbarrow” [poem], “Epithalamium” [poem] [co-authored with Bruce Boyd, Ronald Primack, and George Stanley]

57. ADVENTURES IN POETRY, No. 12, edited by Larry Fagin
mags_adventuresp12New York: The Poetry Project, Summer 1975

Spicer contribution: “Babel” [poem], “Dardenella” [poem], “Lives of the Philosophers: Diogenes” [poem], [untitled] “Lack of oxygen…” [poem], [untitled] “In- / Visible zombies…” [poem], “Spider Song” [poem]

58. THE CAPILANO REVIEW, No. 8/9, edited by Pierre Coupey
Vancouver: Capilano College, Fall 1975

Spicer contribution: “The Dancing Ape…” [poem], “Psychoanalysis: An Elegy” [poem], “The Song of the Bird in the Loins” [poem]


59. TELEPHONE, No. 10, edited Maureen Owen
New York: Telephone Books Press, 1975

Spicer contribution: “Five Variations for K.” [poem]




60. IO, No. 24, edited by Kevin Kerran and Richard Grossinger
Ann Arbor: North Atlantic Books, 1977

Spicer contribution: “Love Poem 1” [poem] [collected in Language], [untitled] “It comes in May…” [poem] [collected in Language], “Four Poems for the St. Louis Sporting News” [poem]

61. BOUNDARY 2, Vol. 6, No. 1,  edited by William V. Spanos *
Binghamton: SUNY, Fall 1977

Spicer contribution: “An Exercise” [poems]


1980-1989

62. ACTS, No. 6, A Book of Correspondences for Jack Spicer, edited by David Levi Straus and Benjamin Hollander *
San Francisco: Acts, 1986

63. LINE, No. 7/8, edited by Roy Miki *
Burnaby: Simon Fraser University, Spring-Fall 1986

Spicer contribution: “Poems for the Vancouver Festival” [poems]

64. IRONWOOD, Vol. 14, Issue 2, No. 28, edited by Michael Cudihy *
Tucson: Ironwood Press, Fall 1986

Spicer contribution: [untitled] “As if the Chinese vase…” [poem]


1990+

65. O-BLEK, No. 10, edited by Peter Gizzi and Connell McGrath *
Stockbridge: The Garlic Press, Fall 1991

Spicer contribution: “For Kids” [poem], “Spider Song” [poem]

66. LIFT, Nos. 10/11, edited by Joseph Torra *
Somerville: Lift, 1992

67. EXACT CHANGE YEARBOOK, No. 1, edited by Michael Palmer *
Boston: Exact Change, 1994

68. AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, Vol. 17, No. 1, edited by Stephen Berg *
Philadelphia: World Poetry, January-February 1998

Spicer contribution: “A Poem without a Single Bird in it” [poem]

69. NO: A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS, No. 3, edited by by Deb Klowden and Ben Lerner
New York: Lost Roads Publishers, 2004

Spicer contribution: “Troilus” [play]

[* not in archive]

Jack Spicer – Contributions to Books

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Section C:
This index collects contributions to books and other publications


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

Spicer contribution: “Imaginary Elegies I-IV”




2. THE SPICER-FERLINGHETTI CORRESPONDENCE
spicer_ferlingSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
(Johnston A18)




3. THE NEW WRITING IN THE U.S.A., edited by Donald Allen and Robert Creeley
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967

Spicer contribution: “Love Poems”

Note: First appeared in Open Space, No. 7 (San Francisco, July 1964)

4. POETICS OF THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY, edited by Donald Allen
New York: Grove Press, 1973

5. Spicer, Jack and Robert Duncan. AN ODE AND ARCADIA
Berkeley: Ark Press, 1974

Jack Spicer – Broadsides

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Section B:
This index collects broadsides, posters, and postcards


1. Spicer, Jack. A REDWOOD FOREST
spicer_redwoodFirst edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, broadside, 8″ x 10.25″, letterpress printed.
(Johnston B1)

Note: This poem first appeared in Open Space, No. 4 (San Francisco, 1964), collected in Language.

2. Spicer, Jack. THE DAY FIVE THOUSAND FISH DIED…
First edition:
Pleasant Valley: Kriya Press, 1967
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 16″, 100 numbered copies, offset printed.



3. Spicer, Jack. INDIAN SUMMER: MINNEAPOLIS 1950
First edition:
Brooklyn: Samuel Charters, 1970
First edition, broadside, 8″ x 18″, 100 copies. Published as Portents 16

4. Spicer, Jack. BALLAD OF THE DEAD WOODCUTTER
First edition:
Berkeley: Arif Press, 1973
Single sheet folded twice to make a four-page booklet, 6″ x 3.5″ (when folded), letterpress printed by Wesley Tanner.

5. Spicer, Jack. POSTSCRIPT
First edition:
Albuquerque: Billy Goat Press, 1973
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17″, 100 numbered copies

Note: collected in Lament for the Makers

6. Spicer, Jack. BERKELEY IN A TIME OF PLAGUE
a. First edition, grey stock copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, 1974
First edition, broadside, 9.25″ x 11.5″, 100 copies on grey stock.  Printed by Alastair Johnston at the Arif Press.

b. First edition, white stock copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, 1974
First edition, broadside, 9.25″ x 11.5″, 50 copies on white stock. Printed by Alastair Johnston at the Arif Press.

7. Spicer, Jack. THE OAKS WEEP
First edition:
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1986
First edition, postcard, 4″ x 6″, letterpress printed.

8. Spicer, Jack. JACK SPICER 1925-1965
First edition:
Berkeley: Arif Press, 1986
First edition, broadside, 16″ x 10″, letterpress printed.

Note: An excerpt from the second of three “lectures” that Spicer gave in Vancouver in 1965.

9. Spicer, Jack. LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
First edition:
n.p.: White Rabbit Press, 2009
Prints an excerpt from Lament for the Makers. Issued as a keepsake for The Book Club of California.

Jack Spicer – Books

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Section A:
This index collects books, chapbooks, and pamphlets


1. Spicer, Jack. AFTER LORCA
spicer_lorcaa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 474 copies, multilith printed by Joe Dunn. Jack Spicer’s first book of poetry. Cover illustration by Jess Collins. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca.
(Johnston A2)

b. First edition, lettered and signed copies: 
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with a drawing by the author, multilith printed by Joe Dunn. Jack Spicer’s first book of poetry. Cover illustration by Jess Collins. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca.
(Johnston A2)

c. First edition, second issue:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Unbound (but collated and folded) without wrappers issued in mailing envelope at a later date.
(Johnston A2)

d. First UK edition:
London: Aloes Books, 1969

e. Second edition:
n.p.: Marco Polio, 1974

2. Spicer, Jack. HOMAGE TO CREELEY 
spicer_homageFirst edition:
Annapolis: Harold and Dore Dull, Summer 1959
Side-stapled in printed covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 33 pages, 100 copies, spirit-mimeo printed. Incorporated into A4.


3. Spicer, Jack. BILLY THE KID
spicer_billya. First edition, first state:
Stinson Beach: Enkidu Surrogate, October 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 750 copies, offset printed.  Illustrations by Jess Collins.

b. First edition, second state:
The second state includes holograph corrections to text on page 8; holograph addition of ‘Face’ at end of section VI.

c. Second edition:
Dublin: New Writers’ Press, 1969

d. Third edition
n.p.: Oyster Press, March 1975

4. Spicer, Jack. THE HEADS IF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
spicer_headsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated  and printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Illustrated by Fran Herndon.
(Auerhahn 21)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 4.75″ x 7.25″, 109 pages, 50 copies signed by the author and artist, with an original drawing by Spicer, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Fran Herndon.
(Auerhahn 21)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

5. Spicer, Jack. LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
spicer_lamenta. First edition:
Oakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
Hand-sewn in illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 16 pages, 100 copies, offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A11)

Note: According to Johnston, “Back of title page has a fictitious acknowledgments list (by Graham Mackintosh) taken from Robert Duncan’s The Opening of the Field.”

b. First UK edition:
London: Aloes, 1971

6. Spicer, Jack. THE HOLY GRAIL
spicer_holya. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled and glued into illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages, offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A19)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
Hardcover, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages, 13 copies signed (4 were reportedly destroyed during signing), offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A19)

spicer_holy2c. Second, Pirated edition:
Berkeley: Jolly Roger Press, February 1969
Side-stapled printed and illustrated sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Published anonymously by Richard Krech and John Oliver Simon at the Undermine Press.

Pirate’s Note: “I only heard Jack Spicer read once, at the the Berkeley poetry conference in july 65. an hour after he read THE HOLY GRAIL, the last copy was gone from the avenue bookstores… this free pirate edition is distributed to make the poem available to those who need it.”

d. Third edition:
Watertown: Augtwofive, 1970





e. Fourth edition:
Portland: Timeworn (Poor Claudia at Revolution Publishing), 2014

7. Spicer, Jack. LANGUAGE
spicer_languagea. First edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, June 1965
Perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages, 950 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A30)

Note: Most of these poems first appeared in OPEN SPACE.

b. First edition, second printing:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1970
Perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages, 950 copies, offset printed from the first edition. Text added to the colophon: “Second printing 1970”.
(Johnston A54)

8. Spicer, Jack. BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE
spicer_magazinea. First edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
Perfect-bound printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh. Prepared for publication from the original manuscript by Stan Persky. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A33)

According to Johnston, “The cover is a parody of the cover of Poetry (Chicago). The poems are arranged in groups intended for various little magazines and newspapers, each section printed on a stock appropriate to that publication, so that for example, the poems for Tish are on blue mimeo paper, those for the St. Louis Sporting News on newsprint.”

b. First edition, second printing
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1970
Perfect-bound printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh. Prepared for publication from the original manuscript by Stan Persky. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A33)

9. Spicer, Jack. A BOOK OF MUSIC
spicer_musica. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit, 1969
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 1800 copies designed and printed by Ron and Graham Mackintosh from a typescript made available by Peter Howard. The cover was one decided upon by the author. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A48)

b. First edition, variant copies:
Variant copies include additional printed text on the front leaf: “150 copies printed Christmas, 1969 / for friends of White Rabbit, Oyez, / and the author”.
(Johnston A48a)

10. Spicer, Jack. THE RED WHEELBARROW
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, June 1971
Hand-sewn printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 5.5″, 24 pages, 475 copies, letterpress printed. Illustrated by  Wesley Tanner. Printed by Wesley Tanner at Cranium Press.

b. First edition, numbered copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, June 1971
Hand-sewn printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 5.5″, 24 pages, 25 copies with hand-colored frontispiece, signed by the illustrator, letterpress printed. Illustrated by  Wesley Tanner. Printed by Wesley Tanner at Cranium Press.

Note: Printed announcement issued.

11. Spicer, Jack. SOME THINGS FROM JACK
First edition:
Verona: Plain Wrapper Press, 1972
Wrappers, 6.5″ x 10.25″, 11 pages, 91 numbered copies, printed letterpress. Introduction by Richard Rummonds. Linocut by Miroslav Zahradka.

12. Spicer, Jack. ADMONITIONS
First edition:
New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1974
Side-stapled printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 44 pages, mimeograph printed.



13. Spicer, Jack. QUARTUS 1: A LOST POEM
First edition:
Verona: Plain Wrapper Press, 1974
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 9.5″ x 11.5″, 8 pages, 114 numbered copies signed by the artist, letterpress printed. Postscript by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds. Illustrated with two etchings by Ariel Parkinson.

14. Spicer, Jack. FIFTEEN FALSE PROPOSITIONS ABOUT GOD
First edition:
South San Francisco: Manroot, September 1974
Saddle-stapled printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, offset printed.

Note: This poem first appeared in Beatitude, No. 3 (San Francisco, May 1959)

15. Spicer, Jack. THE COLLECTED BOOKS OF JACK SPICER
a. First edition, paperback copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.75″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 1000 copies. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

b. First edition, hardcover copies: 
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Hardcover in acetate dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 1000 copies. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Hardcover in acetate dust jacket and slipcase, 6.5″ x 9″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 100 copies, numbered and signed by Robin Blaser. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

16. Spicer, Jack. ONE NIGHT STAND & OTHER POEMS
First edition:
San Francisco: Grey Fox Press, 1980
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards without dust jacket as issued, 98 pages. Edited by Donald Allen. Preface by Robert Duncan.

17. Spicer, Jack. COLLECTED POEMS, 1945-46
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez/White Rabbit Press, 1981
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 7″ x 9″, 32 pages, lithographed from the author’s typescript.


18. Spicer, Jack. THE TOWER OF BABEL
First edition:
Hoboken, N.J: Talisman House, 1994
Perfect-bound photo-illustrated wrappers, 170 pages. Chapter one of Jack Spicer’s Detective Novel, edited by Ed Foster and Kevin Killian.

Described by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian as “a satiric look at the private world of poetry gone public in the wake of the Six Gallery HOWL reading of October, 1955.”

19. Spicer, Jack. TRAIN OF THOUGHT
First edition:
Gran Canaria: Zasterle Press, 1994
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 62 pages, 300 numbered copies. Edited with an introduction by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian.
Chapter three of Jack Spicer’s unpublished detective novel

20. Spicer, Jack. MAP POEMS
First edition:
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2005
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in brown paper wrappers. Introduction by Kevin Killian and Peter Gizzi

Robert Duncan

Described by Kenneth Rexroth as “one of the most accomplished, one of the most influential” of the postwar American poets, Robert Duncan was an important part of both the Black Mountain school of poetry, led by Charles Olson, and the San Francisco Renaissance, whose other members included poets Jack Spicer and Robin Blaser. A distinctive voice in American poetry, Duncan’s idiosyncratic poetics drew on myth, occultism, religion—including the theosophical tradition in which he was raised—and innovative writing practices such as projective verse and composition by field.

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Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets

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Section A:
This index collects Auerhahn Press publications from 1958 through 1965: from Dave Haselwood’s first publishing venture through the dissolution of his partnership with Andrew Hoyem and the end of Auerhahn Press.


1. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley1
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1958
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, circa 500 copies. Printed (and edited without prior notice to Dave Haselwood) by East West Printers. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 1)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

2. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley2
Second revised edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 2)

Note: this edition has the original text restored.

3. Lamantia, Philip. EKSTASIS
lamantia_ekstasisFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 7″48 pages, circa 950 copies. Titling by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 3)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

4. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON…
mcclure_hymnsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, 950 copies. Cover illustration by McClure. (Auerhahn 4)


5. Lamantia, Philip and Antonin Artaud. NARCOTICA
lamantia_narcotica
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 750 copies. Cover photographs by Wallace Berman. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 1”. (Auerhahn 5)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

6. Whalen, Philip. MEMOIRS OF AN INTERGLACIAL AGE
whalen_memoirsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages, (1250 copies). Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages,  60 copies with 25 signed and another 15 signed with holograph poem and illustration, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

7. Welch, Lew. WOBBLY ROCK
lew_wobblyFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 12 pages, 500 copies, illustrated by Robert LaVigne. (Auerhahn 7)

Note: Dedication: “for Gary Snyder / ‘I think I’ll be the Buddha of this place’ / and sat himself / down”

8. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
burroughs_exterminator
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 64 pages, (1000 copies). Illustrated by Brion Gysin. (Auerhahn 8)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

9. Marshall, Edward. HELLAN, HELLAN
marshall_hellanFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.75″, 24 pages, (750 copies). Illustrated by Robert Ronnie Branaman. (Auerhahn 10)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

10. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrowna. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies. (Auerhahn 13)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 13)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

11. Olson, Charles. MAXIMUS FROM DOGTOWN
olson_maximusFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 9″ x 11.25″, 12 pages, 500 copies. Foreword by Michael McClure. (Auerhahn 14)


12. Reps, Paul. GOLD FISH SIGNATURES
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (1000 copies). (Auerhahn 15)

b. First edition, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (50 copies in slipcase), signed. (Auerhahn 15)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

13. THE AUERHAHN PRESS CATALOGUE
auerhahn_catalogueFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4″x 5″, 16 pages includes poems by Wieners and Meltzer.
(Auerhahn 17)


14. Lamantia, Philip. DESTROYED WORKS
lamantia_destroyeda. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 1250 copies. (Auerhahn 18)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 18)

15. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…
meltzer_weFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2”. (Auerhahn 19)


16. Williams, Jonathan. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN &
williams_englandsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Philip Van Aver.
(Auerhahn 20)


17. Spicer, Jack. THE HEADS OF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
spicer_headsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-covered boards with leather spine, 4.75″ x 7.25″, 109 pages, 50 copies signed by the author and artist, with an original drawing, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

18. Hoyem, Andrew. THE WAKE
hoyem_wakeba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 30 pages, 750 copies. (Auerhahn 22)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in paper-covered boards and leather spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 35 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 22)

Note: Three printed announcements issued.

19. di Prima, Diane. THE NEW HANDBOOK OF HEAVEN
diprima_newa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 7.5″, 48 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 23)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with cloth spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 30 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 23)

20. Brother Antoninus. THE POET IS DEAD
antoninus_poetFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in paper-covered boards with leather spine with paper label in plain paper dust jacket, 8.25″ x 10.5″, 28 pages, 205 copies signed. Bound by Jane Grabhorn and Sally Hoyem. (Auerhahn 24)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

21. Deemer, Bill. POEMS
deemer_poemsba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 25 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

Printed announcement issued.

22. Davis, William. JANUS
davis_janusFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, Spring 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 64 pages,  750 copies. (Auerhahn 38)



23. Van Buskirk, Alden. LAMI
First edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 7.75″ x 9.75″, 91 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 39)



24. Olson, Charles. HUMAN UNIVERSE AND OTHER ESSAYS
olson_humanFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Hardcover in silk-screened cloth-covered boards with leather spine, 7.75″ x 11″, 160 pages, 250 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover art by Robert La Vigne. Author photo by Kenneth Irby. Edited by Donald Allen. (Auerhahn 40)