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Joel Oppenheimer: Contributions to Periodicals

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Section C:
Contributions to Periodicals

[excluding reviews, letters, miscellaneous prose]

1. THE BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by M.C Richards, A. Kemeny, and H. Larsen

Black Mountain:Black Mountain Review, June 1951
“Sonnet”
(Butterick C1)
[not in archive]


2. ORIGIN, No. 14, edited by Cid Corman
Ashland: Origin Press, Autumn 1954
“Lovesong” [collected in A3], “An Approach to Le Bain” [collected in A3]
(Butterick C2-C3)



3. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 4, edited by Robert Creeley
Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Winter 1954
“The Gardner” [collected in A3], “Provence” [collected in A3]
(Butterick C4-C5)


4. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 5, edited by Robert Creeley
Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Summer 1955
“The Rain” [collected in A3]
(Butterick C6)



5. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 6, edited by Robert Creeley
Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Spring 1956
“Today an Ophelia”, “A” [collected in A3]
(Butterick C7-C8)



6. HEARSE, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1957
“The Chart” [collected in A4], “The Charivari”, “The Anybody Blues” [collected in A4], “The Young Bloods” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C9-C12)


7. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 7, edited by Robert Creeley
Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Autumn 1957
“Young Mother Blues” [collected in A4], “Formal Verse, Father of Seventy-three” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C13-C14]


8. HEARSE, No. 2, edited by E.V. Griffith
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1958
“Lilies and Roses All Sorts of”, “The Plan” [collected in A4], “Eve”, “The Love Bit” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C15-C18)



9. CHICAGO REVIEW, Vol. 12, No. 3, edited by Irving Rosenthal
Chicago: University of Chicago, Autumn 1958
“Mare Nostrum” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C19)




10. HEARSE, No. 5, edited by E.V. Griffith
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1959
“Ah, These Ungenerous Lovers”, “To a Friend” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C20-C21)



11. NEON, No. 4, edited by Gilbert Sorrentino
Brooklyn: Neon Magazine, 1959
“Cartogtraphy” [collected in A4], “The Breadwinner” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C22-C23)



12. YUGEN, No. 4, edited by LeRoi Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1959
“In the Clutch”, “Fugue”
(Butterick C24-C25)




13. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1959
“The Issue at Hand” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C26)




14. THE NATION, No. 188
New York, April 1959
“April Fool” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C27)

15. THE GALLEY SAIL REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 1, edited by Stanley McNail
San Francisco: The Galley Sail Review, Winter 1959-1960
“The Torn Nightgown” [collected in A4], “Mid-Passage” [collected in A4]
(Butterick C28-C29)


16. THE HASTY PAPERS: A ONE-SHOT REVIEW, edited by Alfred Leslie
New York: Hasty Papers, 1960
“A Fable”
(Butterick C30)

17. KULCHUR, No. 2, edited by Marc Schleifer
New York: Kulchur Press, 1960
“A View of the Trinity” [prose]
(Butterick C31)

18. NEON OBIT, edited by Gilbert Sorrentino
Brooklyn: Neon, 1960
“Romance is a Eulogy for the Dead Past”
(Butterick C32)




19. NOMAD, No. 5-6, edited by Donald Factor and Anthony Linick
Culver City: Nomad, Winter-Spring I960
“A Love Poem”, “Statement”, “New Blues for the Moon”
(Butterick C33-C35)



20. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 4, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, 1961
“A Grace for Painters”, “Statement for Paterson Society” [prose]
(Butterick C36-C37)

21. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 5, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, April 1961
“New Flick in Town” [prose]
(Butterick C38)




22. PROVINCETOWN REVIEW, No. 4, edited by Bill Ward
New York: Provincetown Review, Summer 1961
“Shenandoah” [prose] [collected in A13]
(Butterick C39)

21. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 8, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, 1961
“America 17-18 Apr.” [reprinted separately as A10, collected in A9]
(Butterick C40)

22. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 17, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, 1961
“A Treatise” [reprinted in Pa’lante (New York, 1962), seaparately as A5, collected in A9]
(Butterick C41)



23. KULCHUR, No. 3, edited by Marc Schleifer
New York: Kulchur Press, 1961
“Not Even Important” [prose], “You Two Go That Way…” [prose]
(Butterick C42-C43)



24. KULCHUR, No. 4, edited by Marc Schleifer
New York: Kulchur Press, 1961
“Given Other Necessities” [review of The Newly Fallen by Edward Dorn]
(Butterick C44)

25. YUGEN, No. 7, edited by LeRoi Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1961
“Letter to LeRoi Jones”, “Morning Song”
(Butterick C45-C46)




25. PERISKOP, No. 3, edited by Wolfgang Hake
Cologne: Periskop, 1962
“The Lover”, “The Answer”, “The God” [translated into German by Anselm Hollo]
(Butterick C47-C49)



26. TROBAR, No. 4, edited by George Economou, Joan Kelly, and Robert Kelly
New York: Trobar, 1962
“Mathematics” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C50)

27. KULCHUR, Vol. 2, No. 5, edited by Marc Schleifer
New York: Kulchur Press, Spring 1962
Review of Come and Join the Dance by Joyce Glassman [signed “jacob hammer”], Review of For Love by Robert Creeley [signed “Tom White”]
(Butterick C51-C52)

28. THE NATION, Vol. 194, No. 5, edited by W.S. Merwin
New York: The Nation Company, May 1962
“Orpheus”
(Butterick C53)

29. THE OUTSIDER, No. 2, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb
New Orleans: The Outsider, Summer 1962
“A Long Way” [collected in A9], “The Present” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C54-C55)



30. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 21, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear,  August 1962
“Best Reading Test” [book reviews]
(Butterick C56)




31. NOMAD, No. 10/11, edited by edited by Donald Factor and Anthony Linick
Culver City: Nomad, Autumn 1962
“La Revolucion”
(Butterick C57)

32. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 1, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, December 1962
“A Little Mayan Head”
(Butterick C58)




33. ECO CONTEMPORANEO, No. 5, edited by Miguel Grinberg
Buenos Aires: Miguel Grinberg, 1963
“Poema a la Muerte de William Carlos Williams” [collected A9]
(Butterick C59)
[not in archive]


34. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 4, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, Summer 1963
“Poem in Praise of Perseverance” [collected A9], “Public Affairs”
(Butterick C60-61)



35. JUDSON REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Al Carmines, and Don Katzman
New York: Judson Review, May 1963
“Christmas Text”
(Butterick C62)

36. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 7, No. 28, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, January-February 1963
“Un bel di” [story] [collected in A13]
(Butterick C63)

37. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 3, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, May 1963
“A Long Testament”
(Butterick C64)




38. SIGNAL, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Bret Rohmer
New York: The Brownstone Press, Fall 1963
“The Brushes” [collected in A9], “African Memories” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C65-C66)

39. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 21, edited by Diane Di Prima and Leroi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, November 1963
“RIP” [prose] [signed “Aquarian”]
(Butterick C67)




40. KULCHUR, Vol. 3. No. 12, edited by Lita Hornick
New York: Kulchur Press, Winter 1963
“Some of My Best Peers” [prose]
(Butterick C68)

41. SIGNAL, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Bret Rohmer
New York: The Brownstone Press, 1964
“Mexican Standoff” [story]
(Butterick C69)

42. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 6, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, April 1964
“Fragments of a Letter from New York to San Francisco”, “Lesson I for Charles Olson”, “Balso/s Blues” [collected in A11], “For our Cousins”, “Where Are My Glasses”
(Butterick C70-C74)

43. WILD DOG, No. 7, edited by Drew Wagnon and Gino Clays
Pocatello: Wild Dog, April 1964
“Progress Report”, “Grown Alba” [collected in A9], “The Surgeon in Spite of Himself” [collected in A9], “Thirty Days, Next Case” [collected in A9], “The Three and a Half Minute Mile” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C75-C79)

44. JOGLARS, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Clark Coolidge and Michael Palmer
Providence: Joglars, Spring 1964
“The Riddle” [collected in A9], “The Title Repeats” [collected in A9], “Old Story” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C80-C82)



45. WILD DOG, No. 8, edited by Drew Wagnon and Gino Clays
Pocatello: Wild Dog, April 1964
“The World of Sports” [signed “Jay Oh”]
(Butterick C83)

46. THE NATION, No. 199
New York, September 1964
“Mythology” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C84)

47. ISLAND, No. 2, edited by Victor Coleman
Toronto: Island, December 1964
“The Recipe” [collected in A9], “The Cop-Out” [collected in A9], “Found Art” [collected in A9], “Sunday Morning” [collected in A9], “A Note” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C85-C89)

48. DAMASCUS ROAD No. 1, edited by Charles Hanna
Allentown: Damascus Road, 1965
“Nature Boy”, “Terror Coddler” [collected in A11], “A Five Act Play”
(Butterick C90-C92)

49. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 10, No. 39, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, June 1967
“Poem for the One-Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C93)

50. THE PARIS REVIEW, No. 36, edited by George A. Plimpton
Paris: The Paris Review, Winter 1966
“The New Nightgown” [collected in A11]
(Butterick C94)

51. CUCHULAIN, No. 1, edited by M. G. Stephens
New York: Cuchulain, 1967
“The Morning After” [collected in A11]
(Butterick C95)

52. GUERRILLA
Detroit, January 1967
“The Perfect Detonator: Scene 3”
(Butterick C96)

53. NEW MEASURE, No. 6
Oxford, Summer 1967
“The Travellers” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C97)

54. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 11, No. 47, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, June 1967
“The Three and a Half Minute Mile”
(Butterick C79)

55. THE GENRE OF SILENCE: A ONE-SHOT REVIEW
New York, June 1967
“Life Poem” [collected in A9], “Poem in Defense of Children” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C98-C99)

56. THE WORLD, No. 7
New York, October 1967
“Wrong Again” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C100)

57. INTREPID, No. 9, edited by Allen De Loach
New York: Intrepid, December 1967
“Fragment from the Works of Anacreon Recently Discovered in a Caern by the river Meander”
(Butterick C101)

58. CULTURAL AFFAIRS, No. 2
“A Magazine” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C102)

59. THE WORLD, No. 10
New York, February 1968
“A Valentine” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C103)

60. NOOSE, No. 2
New York, March 1968
“A Foreword for an As Yet Unwritten Novel”, “A Postscript to the Same Novel”
(Butterick C104-C105)

61. THE WORLD, No. 11
New York, April 1968
[untitled] “it is a long time / since we have talked…” [collected as “Poem for LeRoi” in A9]
(Butterick C106)

62. THE WORLD, No. 12
New York, June 1968
“In the Beginning” [collected in A9], “The Clash” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C107-C108)

63. FRIENDLY LOCAL PRESS, Vol. 1, No. 2-3
New York, June 1968
“Old Story” [collected in A9], “Hah-Hah” [collected in A9], “Pat  & Mike” [collected in A9], “The Great American Novel” [collected in A9]
(Butterick C109-112)

64. NOOSE, No. 17
New York, 12 July 1969
“A Poem for Children” [collected in A11] (Butterick C118)

65. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 13, No. 70
New York, September 1969
“Six-day and ball-bearing” [collected in A9] (Butterick C119)

66. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 13, No. 73
New York, December 1969
“A quiet Sunday at home” [story] [collected in A13] (Butterick C122)

 

Joel Oppenheimer: Books & Broadsides

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Section A:
Books and Other Separate Publications

1. THE DANCER
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1951
Single sheet measuring 10″ x 7″ folded once to make a 4-page booklet, 5.75″ x 7″, 150 copies. Illustration by Robert Rauschenberg. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 2. (Butterick A1)

2. FOUR POEMS TO SPRING
First edition:
Black Mountain: Joel Oppenheimer, May 1951
Printed wrappers, 4 pages. Hand-set, printed and bound by the author at the Black Mountain College print shop. (Butterick A2)

3. THE DUTIFUL SON
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn and bound into french-fold wrappers with printed label tipped on, 6.5″x 10″, 36 pages, 200 copies, letterpress printed and bound by the Windhover Press in Short Hills. Frontispiece by Joseph Fiore. Printed announcement. Published as Jargon 16. (Butterick A3)

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn and bound into french-fold lithographed wrappers, 6.5″x 10″, 36 pages, 30 copies, letterpress printed and bound by the Windhover Press in Short Hills. Frontispiece and cover art by Joseph Fiore. Printed announcement. Published as Jargon 16. (Butterick A3)

4. THE LOVE BIT, AND OTHER POEMS
First edition:
New York: Totem Press / Corinth Books, 1962
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages. Cover by Dan Rice. (Butterick A4)


5. THE GREAT AMERICAN DESERT
First edition:
New York: Grove Press, 1966
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 40 pages, Published as Evergreen Playscript #3. (Butterick A5)


6. A TREATISE
New York: Brownstone Press, 1966
(Butterick A6)

7. SIRVENTES ON A SAD OCCURRENCE
First edition:
Madison: The Perishable Press Limited, Spring 1967
Hand-sewn in printed dust jacket 6.5″ x 7.25″, 20 pages, 130 signed copies. Letterpress printed by Walter Hamady. (Butterick A7)

8. WHEN THE DRUMS STOPPED
Kriya Press, Pleasant Valley 1967
Broadside, 100 copies. (Butterick A8)

9. IN TIME: POEMS 1962-1968
Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill 1969
Hardcover issue only. (Butterick A9)

10. 17-18 APRIL 1961
Sommerville: Press of The Black Flag Raised, 1970
Folded broadside. Published as Press of The Black Flag Raised No. 5. (Butterick A10)

11. ON OCCASION
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company 1973
Paperback and hardcover issues. (Butterick A11)

12. THE WRONG SEASON
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1973
Hardcover issue only. (Butterick A12)

13. PAN’S EYES: STORIES
Amherst, Mulch Press, 1974
Paperback and hardcover numbered and signed issues. (Butterick A13)

14. THE LESSON; ART; HYACINTHS; NATURE
Kent: Zephyrus Image, 1974
Broadside. Printed for Kent State Arts Festival by Holbrook Teter. (Butterick A14)

15. THE WOMAN POEMS
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1975
Hardcover issue only. (Butterick A15)

Joel Oppenheimer

Portrait of Joel Oppenheimer by Jonathan Williams

Joel Oppenheimer Checklist:
Section A: Books and Broadsides
Section B: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals


Having been a student at Black Mountain College from 1950 to 1953, taking courses with Charles Olson and publishing in The Black Mountain Review edited by Robert Creeley, Joel Oppenheimer is one of those writers most legitimately a part of the group known in recent literary history as the Black Mountain Poets, and is included as such in Donald Allen’s famous anthology, The New American Poetry. Oppenheimer’s writing is hardly restricted to representing a literary movement, however, and his subsequent reputation is as much a result of his life and literary activities in New York as it is due to his Black Mountain connections — especially, since 1972, his regular column in the Village Voice. He has also been project director for the St. Mark’s Poetry Project as well as director of New York City’s Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and served as Poet in Residence at the City College of New York. Oppenheimer was born in 1930 in Yonkers, N.Y. [and died at 58 of lung cancer in Henniker, New Hampshire on October 11, 1988.] His papers are among the literary archives in the Special Collection of The University of Connecticut Library.

—George F. Butterick, Joel Oppenheimer, A Checklist of his Writings


References Consulted:

Butterick, George F. JOEL OPPENHEIMER: A CHECKLIST OF HIS WRITINGS
Storrs: University of Connecticut Library, 1975

Gilmore, Lyman. DON’T TOUCH THE POET: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOEL OPPENHEIMER
New Jersey: Talisman House, 1998

The Jargon Society

Jargon’s first publication, which contained a poem by Jonathan Williams and an engraving by David Ruff, was published in San Francisco in 1951. The press blossomed at Black Mountain College where its peripatetic director moved to study photography with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Jargon’s second publication was a poem by Joel Oppenheimer (“The Dancer”) with a drawing by Robert Rauschenberg. Over the next several years the press would publish Kenneth Patchen, Robert Creeley, The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson, more work by Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Mina Loy, Robert Duncan, Fielding Dawson, Irving Layton, Guy Davenport, Paul Metcalf—the list goes on and on.

When asked why he published what he had, Williams replied, “For pleasure surely. I am a stubborn, mountaineer Celt with an orphic, priapic, sybaritic streak that must have come to me, along with H. P. Lovecraft, from Outer Cosmic Infinity. Or maybe Flash Gordon brought it from Mongo? Jargon has allowed me to fill my shelves with books I cared for as passionately as I cared for the beloved books of childhood—which I still have: Oz, The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, Dr. Doolittle, Ransome, Kipling, et al.”

— Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips in A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE (Granary Books, 1998)


1. Williams, Jonathan. GARBAGE LITTERS THE IRON FACE OF THE SUN’S CHILD
First edition:
San Francisco: Jargon, June 1951
Broadside measuring 4″ x 13″ folded twice to make a 4″ x 5″ leaflet, 50 copies, letterpress printed by David Ruff at The Print Workshop. Engraving by David Ruff Published as Jargon 1. (Jaffe A4)
[not in archive]

2. Oppenheimer, Joel. THE DANCER
jargon_dancerFirst edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1951
Single sheet measuring 10? x 7? folded once to make a 4-page booklet, 5.75? x 7?, 150 copies. Illustration by Robert Rauschenberg. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 2. (Butterick A1)

3. Williams, Jonathan. RED / GRAY 
a. First edition, regular issue:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 100 copies. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. Printed announcement. (Jaffe A7)

b. First edition, signed issue:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 50 copies signed by the writer and illustrator. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. (Jaffe A7)

4. Kalos, Victor. THE DOUBLE-BACKED BEAST
Black Mountain, 1952
Drawings by Dan Rice, 25 copies.

5. Williams, Jonathan. FOUR STOPPAGES / A CONFIGURATION
First edition:
Stuttgart: Jonathan Williams, 1953
Folio sheet measuring 40″ x 15″ folded three times to make eight panels in envelope with Williams’ printed military return address, 200 copies. Drawings by Charles Oscar. Published as Jargon 5. (Jaffe A8)

6. Patchen, Kenneth. FABLES & OTHER LITTLE TALES
a. First edition, regular issue:
Karlsruhe-Baden: Jonathan Williams · Publisher, Summer 1953
Perfect-bound in printed dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 130 pages, 450 copies. Published as Jargon 6. (Morgan A21a)

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Karlsruhe-Baden: Jonathan Williams · Publisher, Summer 1953
Perfect-bound in hand-painted dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 130 pages, 50 copies. Published as Jargon 6. (Morgan A21b)

7. Olson, Charles. THE MAXIMUS POEMS / 1-10
a. First edition, regular issue:
Suttgart: Jonathan Williams · Publisher, Summer 1953
Hand-sewn in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 9.25 x 12″, 46 pages plus Foreword by Creeley, 300 copies. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. (Butterick & Glover A8)

b. First edition, “donor’s edition”:
Suttgart: Jonathan Williams · Publisher, Summer 1953
Hand-sewn in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 9.25 x 12″, 46 pages plus Foreword by Creeley, 50 signed copies on special paper and boxed. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. (Butterick & Glover A8)

8. Creeley, Robert. THE IMMORAL PROPOSITION
First edition:
Karlsruhe-Durlach: Jonathan Williams, Autumn 1953
String-bound in illustrated wrappers, 9″ x 6.5″, 16 pages, 200 copies. Illustrated by René Laubiès. Printed by Verlagsdruckerei Gebr. Tron KG. Published as Jargon 8. (Novik A3)

9. Olson, Charles. THE MAXIMUS POEMS / 11-22
a. First edition, regular issue:
Suttgart: Jonathan Williams, Spring 1956
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 9.25 x 12″, 52 pages, 350 copies, letterpress printed by Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 9. (Butterick & Glover A11)

b. First edition, “patron’s edition”:
Suttgart: Jonathan Williams · Publisher, Spring 1956
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 9.25 x 12″, 52 pages, 25 signed copies on special paper and boxed, letterpress printed by Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt.. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 9. (Butterick & Glover A11)

10. Creeley, Robert. ALL THAT IS LOVELY IN MEN
jargon_allthatFirst edition: 
Asheville: Jonathan Williams, 1955
Perfect bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 44 pages, 200 copies. Drawings by Dan Rice, photograph by Jonathan Williams. Signed by Creeley and Rice on the colophon page. Printed by the Biltmore Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 10. (Novik A6)

11. Patchen, Kenneth. POEM-SCAPES
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, January 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 5″ x 8″, 42 pages, 325 copies, printed by The Stephens Press in Asheville. Cover photograph by Harry Redl. Published as Jargon 11. (Morgan A28d)

b. First edition, painted issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, January 1958
Hardcover in hand-painted dust jacket, 5″ x 8″, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies, printed by The Stephens Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 11. (Morgan A28c)

c. First edition, “gold and gray edition”:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, January 1958
Hardcover in hand-painted dust jacket, 5″ x 8″, 42 pages, 42 numbered and signed copies with a manuscript poem, printed by The Stephens Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 11. (Morgan A28b)

12. Zukofsky, Louis. A TEST OF POETRY
Second edition:
New York: Jargon / Corinth Books, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 166 pages. Published as Jargon 11 [?]



13a. Williams, Jonathan. AMEN / HUZZA / SELAH
a. First edition, regular issue:
Black Mountain: Jargon, Summer 1960
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 44 pages, 700 copies. Preface by Louis Zukofsky. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13a. (Jaffe A15)

b. First edition, special issue:
Black Mountain: Jargon, Summer 1960
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 44 pages, 50 copies. Preface by Louis Zukofsky. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13a. (Jaffe A15)

13b. Williams, Jonathan. ELEGIES AND CELEBRATIONS 
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jargon, Summer 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages, 700 copies. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13b. (Jaffe A22)

b. First edition, special issue:
Highlands: Jargon, Summer 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages, 50 copies. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13b. (Jaffe A22)

13c. Williams, Jonathan. JAMMIN’ THE GREEK SCENE 
Note by Charles Olson. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. James Jaffe notes, “Approximately 4 proof copies were produced for a projected edition of 300 copies, but the book, with a cover designed by Fielding Dawson, was never published.” Karlsruhe, 1959. (Jaffe A16)

14. Duncan, Robert. LETTERS: POEMS 1953-1956
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Bound in marbled wrappers, 6.75″ x 10″, 450 numbered and signed copies. Drawings by Robert Duncan. Printed by Claude Fredericks. Published as Jargon 14. (Bertholf A9a)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Hardcover, 6.75″ x 10″, 60 numbered and signed copies. Drawings by Robert Duncan. Printed by Claude Fredericks. Published as Jargon 14. (Bertholf A9b)

15. Zukofsky, Louis. SOME TIME
a. First edition, regular issue:
Sutgart: Jonathan Williams, Autumn 1956
Hand-sewn with coptic binding in printed and illustrated cover, 6″ x 10″, 35 pages, 300 copies, letterpress printed by Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. A song setting on the cover by Celia Zukofsky. Published as Jargon 15.

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Sutgart: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn with coptic binding in printed and illustrated cover, 6″ x 10″, 35 pages, 50 copies, letterpress printed by Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. A song setting on the cover by Celia Zukofsky.

16. Oppenheimer, Joel. THE DUTIFUL SON
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn and bound into french-fold wrappers with printed label tipped on, 6.5?x 10?, 36 pages, 200 copies, letterpress printed and bound by the Windhover Press in Short Hills. Frontispiece by Joseph Fiore. Printed announcement. Published as Jargon 16. (Butterick A3)

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn and bound into french-fold lithographed wrappers, 6.5?x 10?, 36 pages, 30 copies, letterpress printed and bound by the Windhover Press in Short Hills. Frontispiece and cover art by Joseph Fiore. Printed announcement. Published as Jargon 16. (Butterick A3)

17. Perkoff, Stuart Z. THE SUICIDE ROOM 
a. First edition, regular issue:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 9″, 200 copies. Drawing by Fielding Dawson. Photograph by Charles Kessler. Published as Jargon 17.

b. First edition, hardcover issue:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 9″, 25 numbered and signed copies. Drawing by Fielding Dawson. Photograph by Charles Kessler. Published as Jargon 17.

18. Irving Layton. THE IMPROVED BINOCULARS
a. First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Autumn 1956
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated French-fold wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 112 pages, 500 copies. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Printed by the Stephens Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 18. (Bennett & Polson A12)

b. Second edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Winter 1957
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated French-fold wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 144 pages, 1000 copies. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Printed by the Stephens Press in Asheville. This second edition adds 30 poems and features a different photo on the cover. (Bennett & Polson A13)

19. Denise Levertov. OVERLAND TO THE ISLANDS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 6″ x 9.75″, 450 copies. Illustrated by Al Kresch. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 19. (Wilson A4a)

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Spring 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and marbled dust jacket, 6″ x 9.75″, 50 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by Al Kresch. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 19. (Wilson A4b)

20. Michael McClure. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageFirst edition:
Big Sur: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Printed by the Windhover Press. Published as Jargon 20.  (Clements A1)

21. Kenneth Patchen. HURRAH FOR ANYTHING
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1957
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 62 pages, 2500 copies, Drawings by Kenneth Patchen. Published as Jargon 21. (Morgan A26a)

b. First edition, painted issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1957
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 62 pages, 100 copies, Drawings by Kenneth Patchen. Published as Jargon 21. (Morgan A26b)

22. Henry Miller. THE RED NOTEBOOK
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams|Jargon Books, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 92 pages, 2000 copies. Facsimile of one of two notebooks which Miller kept during his Air-Conditioned Nightmare tour across America in the early 1940’s. Author photograph by Wynn Bullock. Published as Jargon 22.

23. Mina Loy. LUNAR BAEDEKER AND TIME-TABLES
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 5.5″ x 9.75″, 82 pages, 450 copies. Forewords by William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, and Denise Levertov. Illustrated by Emerson Woelffer. Published as Jargon 23.

b. First edition, “author’s edition”:
Cloth-covered boards in acetate dust jacket, 5.5″ x 9.75″, 82 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies. Forewords by William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, and Denise Levertov. Illustrated by Emerson Woelffer. Published as Jargon 23.

24. Charles Olson. THE MAXIMUS POEMS
a. First edition, regular issue:
New York: Jargon|Corinth Books, November 1960
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 160 pages, 1893 copies, Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published in association with Corinth Books. Published as Jargon 24. (Butterick & Glover A14)

b. First edition, numbered issue:
New York: Jargon|Corinth Books, November 1960
Hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 160 pages, 75 numbered copies, Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published in association with Corinth Books. Published as Jargon 24. (Butterick & Glover A14)

c. First edition, lettered and signed issue:
New York: Jargon|Corinth Books, November 1960
Hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 160 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies, Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published in association with Corinth Books. Published as Jargon 24. (Butterick & Glover A14)

25. Paul C. Metcalf. WILL WEST
Asheville, 1956.
500 copies

26. Robert Creeley. THE WHIP
a. First edition, regular copies:
Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 500 copies. Cover design by René Laubiès. Printed by Mossén Alcover in Palma de Mallorca. Published as Jargon 26 (Novik A8)

a. First edition, hardcover copies:
Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957
Cloth-covered boards with printed spine, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 100 copies.  Printed by Mossén Alcover in Palma de Mallorca. Illustrated by Kirsten Hoeck. Published as Jargon 26 (Novik A8)

27. Peyton Houston. SONNET VARIATIONS
Highlands, 1962
Photograph by Henry Holmes Smith.

28. Irving Layton. A LAUGHTER IN THE MIND
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 58 pages, 1000 copies. Cover photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published as Jargon 28. (Bennett & Polson A14)

29. Bob Brown. 1450-1950
First edition:
New York, Jargon|Corinth, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 70 pages, 2000 copies. Cover photograph by Jonathan Williams. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 29.

30. Jonathan Williams. THE EMPIRE FINALS AT VERONA
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, September 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated French-fold wrappers, 8″ x 10.75″, 32 pages, 1000 copies. Drawings and collage by Fielding Dawson. Published as Jargon 30. (Jaffe A12)

31. Williams, Jonathan ed. 14 POETS, 1 ARTIST 
First edition:
New York: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Unbound printed wrappers containing 14 printed pages, 5.75″ x 9″, 1000 copies. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. Contributors include Paul Blackburn, Bob Brown, Edward Dahlberg, Max Finstein, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Goodman, Denise Levertov, Walter Lowenfels, Edward Marshall, E.A. Navaretta, Joel Oppenheimer, Gilbert Sorrentino, Jonathan Williams and Louis Zukofsky.

32. Walter Lowenfels. SOME DEATHS
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Summer 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 112 pages, 1500 copies, printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Introduction by Jonathan Williams. Photographs by Robert Schiller and African news sources. Published as Jargon 32.

33. Robert Creeley. A FORM OF WOMEN
First edition:
New York: Jargon Books|Corinth Books, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 64 pages, 2000 copies. Cover photograph by Robert Schiller. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 33. (Novik A9)

34. Bob Brown. THE SELECTED POEMS
Introduction by Kay Boyle. Drawing by Reuben Nakian. Jargon 34 was projected but never published.

35. Irving Layton. A RED CARPET FOR THE SUN
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1959
1000 copies. Photograph by Harry Callahan. (Bennett & Polson A17)

36. Larry Eigner. ON MY EYES
Highlands, 1960
500 copies. Introduction by Denise Levertov. Photographs by Harry Callahan.

37. Russell Edson. WHAT A MAN CAN SEE
First edition:
Penland: The Jargon Society, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and unprinted glassine dust jacket, 7.5″ x 10″, 86 pages, 1000 copies. Drawings by Ray Johnson. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 37.

38. Giuseppe Gioachino Belli. THE ROMAN SONNETS
Highlands, 1960
2000 copies. Translated by Harold Norse. Preface by William Carlos Williams. Introduction by Alberto Moravia. Cover by Ray Johnson. Collage by Jean-Jacques Lebel.

39. Jonathan Williams. LORD! LORD! LORD!
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1959
Folding card, 5.5″ x 4.5″, 200 copies, handset and printed “for the friends of the Jargon Press” by Igal Roodenko. (Jaffe A13)

40. Gilbert Sorrentino. THE DARKNESS SURROUNDS US
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, October 1960
Saddle stapled in printed and photo-illustrated dust jacket, 6″ x 9″, 48 pages, 1000 copies, printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Introduction by Joel Oppenheimer. Collage and drawings by Fielding Dawson. (McPheron A1)

41. Lou Harrison. JARGON’S CHRISTMAS IN 1960: THREE CHORUSES FROM OPERA LIBRETTI
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1960
Hand-sewn in wrappers, 5.5″ x 4″, 4 pages, 200 copies. Published as Jargon 41.


42. Ronald Johnson. A LINE OF POETRY, A ROW OF TREES
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and glassine dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 500 copies with errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in. Illustrated by Thomas George. Printed at the Auerhahn Press in San Francisco. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42. (Auerhahn 35)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and glassine dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies with errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in. Illustrated by Thomas George. Printed at the Auerhahn Press in San Francisco. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.  (Auerhahn 35)

43. Paul C. Metcalf. GENOA: A TELLING OF WONDERS
Highlands, 1965
Iconography by Jonathan Williams.

44. Buckminster Fuller. UNTITLED EPIC POEM ON THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION
a. First edition, regular issue:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and printed glassine dust jacket, 5″ x 7.5″, 227 pages, 2000 copies. Introduction by Russell Davenport. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 44.

a. First edition, numbered and signed issue:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and printed glassine dust jacket, 5″ x 7.5″, 227 pages, 100 copies. Introduction by Russell Davenport. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 44.

45. Sherwood Anderson. SIX MID-AMERICAN CHANTS
Highlands, 1964
Photographs by Art Sinsabaugh. Preface by Edward Dahlberg. Postface by Frederick Eckman

46. Guy Davenport. FLOWERS AND LEAVES
First edition:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1966
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.5″, 114 pages. Cover photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Designed and printed by Andrew Hoyem in San Francisco. Published as Jargon 46.

47. Merle Hoyleman. Letters to Christopher
Introduction by George Marion O’Donnell. Jargon 47 was projected but never published.

48. Lorine Niedecker. TENDERNESS & GRISTLE: THE COLLECTED POEMS (1936-1966)
First edition:
Penland: The Jargon Society, 1968
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 10″, 2000 copies. Plant prints by A. Doyle Moore. Printed by the Falcon Press in Philadelphia. Published as Jargon 48.

49. Alfred Hamilton Starr. POEMS
Penland, 1970
Introduction by Geof Hewitt. Drawings by Philip Van Aver. Photograph by Simpson Kalisher.

50. Doris Ulmann. THE APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPHS OF DORIS ULMANN
Penland, 1971
Introduction by John Jacob Nies. Preface by Jonathan Williams.


Online Resources:

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References Consulted:

Bell, Millicent. THE JARGON IDEA
Providence: Brown University, 1963

Bennett, Joy and James Polson. IRVING LAYTON: A BIBLIOGRAPHY 1935-1977
Montreal: Concordia University Libraries, 1979

Butterick, George F. and Albert Glover. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS BY CHARLES OLSON
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1967

Jaffe, James S. JONATHAN WILLIAMS: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC CHECKLIST OF HIS WRITINGS, 1950-1988
Haverford: James S. Jaffe Rare Books, 1989

McPheron, William. GILBERT SORRENTINO: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Elmwood Park: Dalkey Archive Press, 1991

Morgan, Richard G. KENNETH PATCHEN, AN ANNOTATED DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Mamaroneck: Paul P. Appel – Publisher, 1978

Williams, Jonathan. JARGON AT FORTY: 1951-1991
Buffalo: State University of New York, 1991

Zukofsky, Celia. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LOUIS ZUKOFSKY
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969