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Robert Creeley: Books & Broadsides

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Section A:
Books & Broadsides

1. LE FOU
First edition:
Columbus: Golden Goose Press, October 1952
Saddle-stapled and bound into printed and illustrated wrappers with rear french-fold in opalescent tissue dust jacket, 6” x 7.5”, 32 pages, 500 copies. Frontispiece drawing by Ashley Bryan. Creeley’s first book. Designed and printed by Richard Wirtz Emerson from type set by Frederick Eckman at the Golden Goose Press. (Novik A1)

2. THE KIND OF ACT OF
First edition:
Palma de Mallorca: The Divers Press, May 1953
Hand-sewn and bound into illustrated wrappers, 6.25” x 7.25”, 24 pages, 250 copies, hand-set and printed by Mossén Alcover. Cover by René Laubiès. (Novik A2)

3. 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)

4. THE GOLD DIGGERS
First edition:
Palma de Mallorca: The Divers Press, February 1954
Sewn and perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 144 pages, 5” x 6.75”, 500 copies, hand-set and printed by Mossén Alcover. Cover by René Laubiès. (Novik A4)

Second edition:
expanded edition published as The Gold Diggers and Other Stories, J. Calder, 1965.

5. A SNARLING GARLAND OF XMAS VERSE
First edition:
Palma de Mallorca: The Divers Press, 1954
100 copies, published anonymously (Novik A5)

6. ALL THAT IS LOVELY IN MEN
First 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)

7. IF YOU
First edition:
San Francisco: Porpoise Bookshop, 1956
Loose leaves measuring 9.5” x 12.5” in printed portfolio, 200 copies, printed by Henry Evans at the Peregrine Press. Illustrated by Fielding Dawson. Published as Poems & Pictures 8. (Novik A7)

8. 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)

b. 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)

9. 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)

10. FOUR POEMS FROM A FORM OF WOMEN
First edition:
New York: Eighth Street Bookshop, 1959
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4.25” x 6.25”, 4 pages, 300 copies. Privately printed for the friends of the Eighth Street Bookshop to celebrate the New Year, December 1959. Designed by Jonathan Williams. (Novik 10)

Joel Oppenheimer: Contributions to Books and Anthologies

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Section B:
Contributions to Books and Anthologies

1. 14 POETS, 1 ARTIST, edited by Jonathan Williams
New York: Jonathan Williams, 1958
“Blue Funk” [collected in A4]  (Butterick B1)


2. JAN 1ST 1959: FIDEL CASTRO
New York, Totem Press, 1959
“For the Barbers” [collected in A4] (Butterick B2)

3. THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY, edited by Donald M. Allen
New York: Grove Press, 1960
“The Bath” [first appeared in A3], “The Bus Trip” [first appeared in A3], “The Feeding” [first appeared in A3], “Mare Nostrum” [first appeared in C19], “Blue Funk” [first appeared in B1], Autobiograhical statement (Butterick B3)

4. THE DARKNESS SURROUNDS US, by Gilbert Sorrentino
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)

5. POEMS FOR MARLYN, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, 1962
“Dear Miss Monroe” [collected in A9]. (Butterick B5)

6. A CONTROVERSY OF POETS, edited by Paris Leary and Robert Kelly
Garden City: Doubleday, 1965
Autobiographical statement (Butterick B6)

7. POEMS NOW, edited by Hettie Jones
New York: Kulchur Press, 1966
“Happy New Year” [collected in A11], “Sirventes on a Sad Occurence” [reprinted separately in A6 and collected in A9] (Butterick B7-B8)

8. ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROTEST AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM: POEMS
New York: Artists & Writers Protest, 1967
“Viet Nam” (Butterick B9)

9. WHERE IS VIETNAM? AMERICAN POETS RESPOND, edited by Walter Lowenfels
Garden City: Doubleday, 1967
“The Present” (Butterick B10)

10. THE ZODIAC
New York: Brownstone Press, 1968
“in February the / waters run slow…” [collected in A9 as “Aquarius” (Butterick B11)

11. THE EAST SIDE SCENE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF A TIME AND A PLACE, edited by Allen De Loach
Buffalo: University Press, 1968
Autobiographical statement (Butterick B12)

12. AN ACTIVE ANTHOLOGY, edited by George Quasha
Fremont: Sumac Press, 1974
“Gettin’ There” (Butterick B13)

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

Michael McClure: Books and Broadsides

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This index includes books and broadsides beginning with McClure’s first book through the end of the 1960’s…

A. Books and Broadsides

1. McClure, Michael. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageBig Sur: Jonathan Williams – Publisher, June 1956
First edition, sewn wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 20. Printed by the Windhover Press.
(Clements A1)

2. McClure, Michael. PEYOTE POEM
(San Francisco): Wallace Berman, 1958.
First edition, folded broadside tipped into folder, 9″ x 12″, 200 copies. Published as SEMINA 3.
(Clements A2)


3. McClure, Michael. FOR ARTAUD
mcclure_forartaudNew York: Totem Press, June 1959
First edition, illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (750 copies). Published as Blue Plate #2. (Clements A3)



4. McClure, Michael. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD
(San Francisco): (Wallace Berman), (1959)
First edition, broadside, 3.5″ x 4.25″. Laid into Semina 4.




5. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS
mcclure_hymnsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, October 1959
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, (950 copies). Cover illustration by McClure.
(Clements A4, Auerhahn 4)


6. McClure, Michael. FUCK DEATH
(San Francisco): privately printed, 1959
First edition, folded card, 5″ x 3.5″.
(Clements A5)

7. McClure, Michael. !THE FEAST!
San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph. A working script of the play.
(Clements A6)

8. McClure. Michael. WE ARE IMPERVIOUS AS THE SKIN OF OUR DREAMS
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), (1960)
First edition, broadside, 4″ x 6.25″. Laid into Semina 5.




9. McClure, Michael. THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE
New York: Grove Press, August 1961
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 64 pages, (4,000 copies). Photo of McClure on rear wrapper by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A7)


10. McClure, Michael. PILLOW
New York: New York Poets Theatre, 1961.
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A8)

11. McClure, Michael. SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI
(New Orleans): (Loujon Press), (Fall 1961)
First edition, broadside, 5.75″ x 9″. An offprint from The Outsider, Vol. 1, No.1.




12. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrownSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, Winter 1961
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
Printed announcement issued.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

13. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1963
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 84 pages, (3,000 copies). (Clements A10, Cook 41)




14. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR SHEET
(San Francisco): privately printed, (1963)
First edition, broadside, 6.25″ x 2″. According to Clements, copies were given away by the author as tickets at readings in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.
(Clements A11)
[not in archive]

15. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNER
(San Francisco): Oyez Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 500 copies. Published as Oyez #1, printed by Auerhahn Press.
(Clements A12)

16. McClure, Michael. POERTRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
(Los Angeles): privately printed, 1964
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 5.5″. Announces a reading by McClure. Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman; make up by Robert LaVigne. Beneath the photo is a statement by McClure beginning “Poetry is a muscular principle…”
(Clements A13)

17. McClure, Michael. BLUE-BLACK...
(Los Angeles): privately printed, (Summer 1964)
First edition, broadside, 7.5″ x 2.5″. Contains one-line poem: “BLUE-BLACK SPACE RAINBOW GRAHHR”.
(Clements A14)

18. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM: OR BILLY THE KID
mcclure_blossomNew York: American Theatre for Poets, June 1964
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 26 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A15)


19. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco:  privately printed, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 108 pages, 1480 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust wrapper, 109 pages, 20 copies signed. Issued with a copy of BLUE BLACK… (see A17) laid in.
Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A16)

20. McClure, Michael. DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOHR!
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), 1964
First edition, broadside, 3″ x 4.75″, (200 copies). Contained in a small manila envelope bearing an altered photograph of Jack Ruby at the point of murdering Lee Harvey Oswalk. Published as SEMINA 9.
(Clements A17)

21. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION, LIONESS
mcclure_lovelion(San Francisco):  privately printed, (December 1964)
— A. First edition, poster, 28″ x 22″, 350 copies printed in red and blue in the style of a boxing poster.
— B. First edition, broadside, 11″ x 8.5″, 70 copies printed in black in the style of a boxing poster.
Tickets measuring 5.5″ x 2.25″ were printed for the fictitious event.
(Clements A18)

22. McClure, Michael. 13 MAD SONNETS
mcclure_13madMilan: East 128, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets in printed dust jacket, 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages, 315 copies (299 numbered for sale). Photographs of McClure by Ettore Sotsass Jr.
(Clements A19)

23. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
(San Francisco):  privately printed, April 1965
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 71 pages, 350 copies planned, 330 produced. (Clements A20)



24. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoned(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 576 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in printed dust wrapper, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 24 copies lettered alpha through omega and signed by the author. Bound by Dorothy Hawley.
(Clements A21)

25. McClure, Michael. UNTO CAESAR
mcclure_unto(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1965)
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  24 pages, circa 60 copies.
(Haselwood 1)

26. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
First edition, 30 double-sided printed cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″, 200 sets (30 signed). Each card is printed with a Lion and a Tree ornament on one side and two words on the other.
(Haselwood 5)


27. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
First edition, 24 cards in printed envelope, 2″ x 2″, envelope measures 4.5″ x 5.75″. Each card is printed with  four words one side and a hallucinogram on the other. Illustrated by Bruce Conner.
(Haselwood 10)

28. McClure, Michael and Bruce Conner. MANDALAS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 10″ x 10″, 32 pages, 1200 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. Printed announcement issued.
(Haselwood 11)

29. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION BOOK
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 40 copies numbered and signed.
Published as Writing 11.

30. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisonedSan Francisco:  Coyote, 1966
First edition thus, second printing, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 5000 copies.



31. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1966
Second expanded edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 120 pages. This expanded edition contains three essays not found in the 1963 publication: “Phi Upsilon Kappa”, “Defense of Jayne Mansfield”, and “Reason”. (not in Cook)

32. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
San Francisco: Coyote, 1967

33. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
New York: Grove Press, 1967

34. McClure, Michael. WAR IS DECOR IN MY CAVERN CAVE
(San Francisco): Communication Company, (1967)

35. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM, OR BILLY THE KID
Milwaukee: Great Lakes Books, 1967

36. McClure, Michael. FREEWHEELIN FRANK
New York: Grove Press, 1967






37. McClure, Michael. HAIL THEE WHO PLAY
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, August 1968
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 233 numbered and signed copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 75 numbered and signed copies, each with an original drawing by the author.

38. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES: Jan – March 1961
New York: Poets Press, 1968

39. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW AND THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed.
(Haselwood 17)

40. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Los Angeles: Love Press, 1968

41. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR APRIL GRHARRR APRIL
(Buffalo): (Gallery Upstairs Press), (1968)
First edition, broadside, 28.5″ x 21.25″.

42. McClure, Michael. GREETINGS
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 12″.

43. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
— A. First edition thus, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers.
— B. First edition thus, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket.
Two titles previously published by Auerhahn Press, published here dos-a-dos. Illustrated and with cover art by Wallace Berman.

44. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES AND THE RAPTORS
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,  March 1969
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 43 pages, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in cloth with paper label, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 200 copies numbered and signed.
— C. First edition, hardcover in gold stamped leather, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with each with an original drawing by the author.
Cover illustration by the author.

45. McClure, Michael. THE SURGE
Columbus, OH: Frontier Press, 1969

46. McClure, Michael. LION FIGHT
New York: Pierrepont Press, 1969
First edition, 28 cards housed in a hinged plastic box covered in a cream-colored silk drawstring bag with a white satin cord,.
— A. 330 copies numbered and signed
— B. 26 copies lettered and signed
— C. 4 hors commerce copies signed.

47. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969
First edition thus, second printing preceded by the privately published edition from 1964, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 106 pages. Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.

48. McClure, Michael. PLANE POMES
New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1969
First edition, hand-sewn wrappers with printed label.
A. 100 numbered and signed copies.
B. 26 lettered and signed copies.

49. McClure, Michael. THE SHELL
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
First edition, broadside in a tube.
— A. 250 copies numbered.
— B. 50 copies numbered and signed by the author.

50. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1969
First edition thus, second printing following the 1968 edition by Love Press, side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 350 copies.

51. McClure, Michael. TO JAMES B. RECTOR
San Francisco: Privately Published, 1969
First edition, broadside,
A. trade edition, total number published unknown.
B. 30 copies numbered and signed by the author.

52. McClure, Michael. LIBERATION
Oakland: Mills College Tape Music Center, 1969
First edition, broadside, issued in a large bag labeled “Free,” along with 8 broadsides by other contributors.

Dave Haselwood Books

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This index includes books and other items printed by Dave Haselwood from 1965 to 1970.

D. Dave Haselwood Books

1. McClure, Michael. UNTO CAESAR
mcclure_unto(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1965)
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  24 pages, circa 60 copies.
(Haselwood 1)

2. Hoyem, Andrew. THE MUSIC ROOM
San Francisco: Haselwood, 1965
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  16 pages, circa 100 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner.
(Haselwood 2)

3. Wieners, John. CHINOISERIE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  20 pages, circa 100 copies.
(Haselwood 3)

4. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
Second edition revised, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. These are the “original versions” of the poems.
(Haselwood 4)

5. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
First edition, 30 double-sided printed cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″, 200 sets (30 signed). Each card is printed with a Lion and a Tree ornament on one side and two words on the other.
(Haselwood 5)

6. Williams, Jonathan. PAEAN TO DVORAK, DEEMER & McCLURE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies.
(Haselwood 6)

7. Johnson, Ronald. ASSORTED JUNGLES: ROUSSEAU
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies.
(Haselwood 7)

8. Hoyem, Andrew. CHIMERAS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.5″,  28 pages.
(Haselwood 8)



9. Plymell, Charles. APOCALYPSE ROSE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″,  52 pages. Introduction by Allen Ginsberg.
(Haselwood 9)



10. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
First edition, 24 cards in printed envelope, 2″ x 2″, envelope measures 4.5 x 5.75″. Each card is printed with  four words one side and a hallucinogram on the other. Illustrated by Bruce Conner.
(Haselwood 10)

11. McClure, Michael and Bruce Conner. MANDALAS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 10″ x 10″, 32 pages, 1200 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. Printed announcement issued.
(Haselwood 11)

12. Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. AFTER THE CRIES OF THE BIRDS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood: 1967
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 16 pages.
(Haselwood 12)



13. Whalen, Philip. T/O
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1967
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 80 copies.
(Haselwood 13)

14. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1967
First edition, second printing, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 51 pages, 1000 copies.
(Haselwood 14) (Maynard & Miles A4b)



15. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
First edition, second printing, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″.
(Haselwood 15)

16. Brown, Geoffrey. TENDING BAR AT THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM ON ARTISTS’ LIBERATION FRONT BENEFIT NIGHT
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood Books, 1967
First edition, folded broadside, 8.6″ x 10.75″.





17. Welch, Lew. COURSES
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1968
First edition, hand-sewn suede wrappers, 6.5″ x 4.25″, 28 pages, 50 copies. (Haselwood 16)

18. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW & THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed.
(Haselwood 17)

19. Ginsberg, Allen. INDIAN JOURNALS
San Francisco: City Lights Books with Dave Haselwood Books, 1970
— A. First edition, perfect bound wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 212 pages.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 212 pages.
(Haselwood 18)

Auerhahn Press: Commissioned Publications

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This index includes commissioned publications printed by Auerhahn Press for various publishers and private parties from 1961 through 1965.

C. Commissioned Publications

1. SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUTE TO KENNETH PATCHEN
patchen_tributeSan Francisco: (Auerhahn Press), 1961
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 8 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Program for memorial service, includes illustrated Patchen poem.
(Auerhahn 9)

2. Pomeroy, Ralph. STILLS & MOVIES
pomeroy_stillsSan Francisco: Gesture Press, 1961
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 41 pages, 500 copies printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover art by Harold Bruder. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 11)

3. Suffin, Arnold. RESURRECTION
suffin_resurrectionSan Francisco: Arnold Suffin, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 8″, 40 pages, 200 copies, printed at the Auerhan Press.
(Auerhahn 12)


4. Racine, Jean. BRITTANICUS
racine_britannicusSan Francisco: Folio 1, 1962
First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 8.25″, 87 pages, 300 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Block prints by Tanya Lohman. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 16)

5. Magistretti, Paul. NOTES OF WHAT I CAN’T BE, OF WHAT I AM
magistretti_notesSan Francisco: The New Gnu Press, 1962
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 4.25″ x 7″, 40 pages, 400 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Printed anncounement issued.
(Auerhahn 25)


6. Hillsborough Garden Club. PLANTS FOR PICKING
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
(Auerhahn 26)

7. Magowan, Robin. VOYAGE NOIR
magowan_voyageSeattle: Robin Magowan, 1962
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover illustration by Hervé Télémaque.
(Auerhahn 27)

8. Powell, Roxie. DREAMS OF STRAW
powell_dreamsSan Francisco: Roxie Powell,1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 6.75″, 16 pages, 250 copies, printed by Dave Haselwood and Charles Plymell at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 28)

9. Black, M. Graham. M. GRAHAM BLACK SENDS HIS OWN VERSES…
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.5″, 8 pages, 100 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. (Auerhahn 29)



10. Elvin, Steve. DRAWINGS OF A PEYOTE BOY
elvin_drawingsSan Francisco: Batman Gallery, (1963)
First edition, printed envelope containing 8 sheets printed with line cuts (one tinted), 9″ x 11″, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 30)


11. Blackley, R. John. BEYOND DUST
blackley_beyondSan Francisco: n.p., 1964
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 8″ x 10.25″, 64 pages, 175 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 31)


12. KOSHIRO ONCHI, 1891-1955: WOODCUTS
San Francisco: Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1964
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 42 pages, (750 copies), printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 32)

13. Corrington, John William. THE ANATOMY OF LOVE…
corrington_anatomyFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 1000 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
(Auerhahn 33)

14. Williams, Jonathan. LINES ABOUT HILLS ABOVE LAKES
williams_linesFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 750 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
(Auerhahn 34)

15. Johnson, Ronald. A LINE OF POETRY, A ROW OF TREES
johnson_lineHighlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated french-fold wrappers, glassine dust jacket, errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in,  6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
— B. First edition, hardcover, unprinted dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
(Auerhahn 35)

16. THE NEXUS CATALOGUE
nexus_catalogLa Jolla: The Nexus, 1964-65
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 4″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 36)

Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets

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This index includes 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.

A. Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets

1. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley1
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled 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. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 1)

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

3. Lamantia, Philip. EKSTASIS
lamantia_ekstasisSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 5.75″ x 7″48 pages, circa 950 copies. Titling by Robert La Vigne. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 3)


4. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON…
mcclure_hymnsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, 950 copies. Cover illustration by McClure.
(Clements A4, Auerhahn 4)


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

6. Whalen, Philip. MEMOIRS OF AN INTERGLACIAL AGE
whalen_memoirsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
— A. First edition, perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages, (1250 copies). Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 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.
Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 6)

7. Welch, Lew. WOBBLY ROCK
lew_wobblySan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 12 pages, 500 copies, illustrated by Robert LaVigne. Dedication: for Gary Snyder / “I think I’ll be the Buddha of this place” / and sat himself / down
(Auerhahn 7)

8. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
burroughs_exterminator
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
First edition, perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 64 pages, (1000 copies). Illustrated by Brion Gysin. Printed announcement issued.
(Maynard & Miles A4, Auerhahn 8)

9. Marshall, Edward. HELLAN, HELLAN
marshall_hellanSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.75″, 24 pages, (750 copies). Illustrated by Robert Ronnie Branaman. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 10)

10. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrownSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
Printed announcement issued.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

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


12. Reps, Paul. GOLD FISH SIGNATURES
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
— A. First edition, Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (1000 copies).
— B. First edition, Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (50 copies in slipcase), signed.
Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 15)

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


14. Lamantia, Philip. DESTROYED WORKS
lamantia_destroyedSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 1250 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 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_weSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
First edition, saddle-stapled 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_englandsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
First edition, hand-sewn 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_headsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Fran Herndon.
— B. First edition, hardcover, signed by the author and artist, with an original drawing, 4.75″ x 7.25″, 109 pages, 50 copies, bound by the Schuberth
Bindery. Illustrated by Fran Herndon.
Printed announcement issued. (Auerhahn 21)

18. Hoyem, Andrew. THE WAKE
hoyem_wakebSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 30 pages, 750 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, signed, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 35 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
Three printed announcements issued.
(Auerhahn 22)

19. di Prima, Diane. THE NEW HANDBOOK OF HEAVEN
diprima_newSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 7.5″, 48 pages, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, signed, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 30 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
(Auerhahn 23)

20. Brother Antoninus. THE POET IS DEAD
antoninus_poetSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
First edition, hardcover, 8.25″ x 10.5″, 28 pages, 205 copies. Printed announcement issued. (Auerhahn 24)



21. Deemer, Bill. POEMS
deemer_poemsbSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem.
— B. First edition, hardcover, signed, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 25 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem.
Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 37)

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



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



24. Olson, Charles. HUMAN UNIVERSE AND OTHER ESSAYS
olson_humanSan Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
First edition, hardcover, 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)

 

Measure

wieners


“The three simple, almost starkly working-class issues of Measure followed glorious and overlooked “underground” poet John Wieners from Black Mountain College home to Boston, across country to San Francisco, and back to Boston again. In his years in San Francisco, from 1958 to 1960, Wieners attended (sometimes serving as host at his Scott Street apartment) the legendary Sunday afternoon poetry workshops of the charismatic poets Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer. Also present at the workshops were George Stanley, Harold Dull, Robin Blaser (The Pacific Nation), and many others…”
— from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side (Granary Books, 1998)

Measure, No. 1, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure01Boston: Measure, Summer 1957
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 48 pages, letterpress printed at the Press of Villiers Publications..

“Measure is edited by John Wieners. It will be issued with the four seasons only through your support… Please understand that the opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the city.”

Contributors:
Tom Balas – “Le Fou”
Charles Olson – “Le Bonheur!”, “The Charge”, “Spring”
Edward Marshall – “One:”, “Two:”
Robin Blaser – “Poem”, “Letters to Freud”, “Poem by the Charles River”
Edward Dorn – “The Rick of Green Wood”
Larry Eigner – “Millionem”, “Brink”
Frank O’Hara – “section 9 from Second Avenue”
Fielding Dawson – “Two Drawings”
Stephen Jonas – “Word on Measure”, “Expanded Word on Measure”
Michael Rumaker – “Father”
Gavin Douglas – “The Blanket”
Jack Spicer – “Song for Bird and Myself”
Jonathan Williams – “Two Poems for Whitman, the Husbandman”
Robert Duncan – “The Propositions”

Measure, No. 2, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure2San Francisco: Measure, Winter 1958
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 64 pages, letterpress printed at the Press of Villiers Publications.

“Magick is for the ones who ball, i.e. throw across”

Contributors:
Michael Rumaker – “The use of the Unconscious”
Robin Blaser – “The Hunger of Sound”
Robert Creeley – “Juggler’s Thot”
Michael Rumaker – “8 Dreams”
Jack Kerouac – “4 Choruses”
Charles Olson – “Descensus Spiritus No. 1”
Robert Duncan – “The Maiden”
Robert Creeley – “They Say”, “She Went to Say”
Jack Kerouac – “235th Chorus”
Edward Dorn – “Notes from the Fields”
Robert Duncan – “The Dance”
Stuart Z. Perkoff – “Feats of Death, Feasts of Love”
V. R. Lang – “The Recidivists”
Gregory Corso – “Yaaaah”
James Broughton – “Feathers or Lead”
Michael McClure – “The Magazine Cover”, “One & Two”
Robert Creeley – “The Tunnel”, “Just Friends”
Richard Duerden – “Musica No. 3”
Stephen Jonas – “Books 3 & 4 from a Long Poem”

Measure, No. 3, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure03Milton: Measure, Winter 1962
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, letterpress printed at the Press of Villiers Publications.

“THE CITY / 1 AM – Unreasonable fear, of the shadows of Harry Lime, of the dead reappearing”

Contributors:
James Schuyler – “Shed Market”, “Joint”
Gerrit Lansing – “Explorers”
Barbara Guest – “Safe Flights”, [untitled] “Once when he was a small boy…”,  “Abruptly, as if a Forest Might Say”
Helen Adam – “Anaid si Taerg (Great is Diana)”
Madeline Gleason – “Wind Said, Marry”
Robert Duncan – “What do I Know of the Old Lore?”
Jack Spicer – “Central Park West”
Larry Eigner – “Poem”
Tom Field – [untitled] “Form is never more than the extension…”
Edward Marshall – “Times Square”, “2”, “3”
John Wieners – “The Imperatrice”
Philip Lamantia – “Opus Magnum”
Sheri Martinelli – “Ruth Gildenberg”
Michael Rumaker – “The River at Night”
Charles Olson – “The Year is a Great Circle…”, The Post Virginal”, [untitled] “Desartes, age 34…”
John Haines – “Poem”, “Pawnee Dust”

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008) was an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer. He is known jw001as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art since 1951.

Williams attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and then Princeton University, before dropping out to attend the Chicago Institute of Design and Black Mountain College, where he studied painting and graphic arts with Stanley William Hayter.

Along with David Ruff, Williams founded The Jargon Society in San Francisco in 1951 , with the goal of publishing obscure writers.

Associated with the Black Mountain poets, Williams was inspired by the visual arts, music, and the natural world; he experimented with found poetry and at times illustrated his work. His interests included civil rights, Appalachia and the Appalachian Trail, folk arts, and avant-garde poetry.

Through the relatively obscure but highly influential Jargon Press, Williams promoted the writings of such poets as Denise Levertov, Lorine Niedecker, Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, Paul Metcalf, Lou Harrison, Mina Loy, Joel Oppenheimer, Ronald Johnson, James Broughton, Alfred Starr Hamilton and many other works by the American and British avant-garde.

Once described as a “a busy gadfly who happened somehow to pitch on a slope in western North Carolina,” Williams was a living link between the experimental poets of Modernism’s “second wave” and the unknown vernacular artists of Appalachia. Guy Davenport likened Williams’ use of “found language” to the use of “found footage” by avant-garde filmmakers, as well as describing Williams as a species of cultural anthropologist. Williams for his part explained the fascination of such material in plainer terms:

“Well, as you know, a lot of my poetry is found and that’s, I think, because I think I’m quite a good listener and I’m willing to lay back and listen, and I think it’s something do with living in the country. I mean, this place, Skywinding Farm, there are times when Tom Meyer and I will only see somebody from the outside world once or twice a week. And we’ve known each other so long that we don’t talk as much as we might. Tom can talk up a storm, He’s up there in the Duncan/Olson class. So I like to listen and I like to hear things, so if you listen carefully then you do find things. I do it all the time. I mean, you know the early book, Blues and Roots, which was done in the course of walking a big piece of the Appalachian Trail, I listened to mountain people for over a thousand miles and I really heard some amazing stuff. And I left it pretty much as I heard it. I didn’t have to do anything but organize a little bit, crystallize it, you know. That’s the thing I love about found material, you wake it up, you “make” it into something.”

The literary critic Hugh Kenner described Williams as the “truffle hound of American poetry”.


Section A:
Books & Broadsides

1. GARBAGE LITTERS THE IRON FACE OF THE SUN’S CHILD
jargon_garbagelitters
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. RED / GRAY
a. First edition, regular copies:
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. (Jaffe A7)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
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)

3. 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, 200 copies. Published as Jargon 5 (Jaffe A8)

4. JAMMIN’ THE GREEK SCENE
Not published:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1959
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. (Jaffe A16)
[not in archive]

5. 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. Drawings and collage by Fielding Dawson. Published as Jargon 30. (Jaffe A12)

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

7. AMEN / HUZZA / SELAH
First edition:
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)

8. ELEGIES AND CELEBRATIONS
First edition:
Highlands: Jargon, Summer 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages, 750 copies. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13b. (Jaffe A22)

9. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN &
williams_englandsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, July 1962
Hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Illustrated by Philip Van Aver.
(Auerhahn 20) (Jaffe A23)

10. EMBLEMS FOR THE LITTLE DELLS, AND NOOKS, AND CORNERS OF PARADISE
First edition:
London: Jargon, 1962
Broadside measuring 14.25″ x 9″ folded twice, 300 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Tom Raworth. Illustrated by Samuel Parker. Published as Jargon 62. (Jaffe A24)

11. LULLABIES TWISTERS GIBBERS DRAGS
First edition:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, August 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4″ x 9″, 20 pages, 1000 copies, letterpress printed by Villiers Publications, Ltd. in London. Cover design by R.B. Kitaj. Published as Jargon 61. (Jaffe A27)

12. DAVENPORT GAP
First edition:
Highlands: Jargon, December 1963
Broadside, 3.75″ x 8.5″, 750 copies. Published as Jargon Billboard #1. (Jaffe A 28)



13. PETITE COUNTRY CONCRETE SUITE
First edition:
Detroit: The Fenian Head Centre Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6″, 20 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed. (Jaffe A33)


14. LINES ABOUT HILLS ABOVE LAKES
williams_linesa. First edition, regular copies:
Fort Lauderdale: Roman Books, March 1964
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain. (Auerhahn 34) (Jaffe A 29)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Fort Lauderdale: Roman Books, March 1964
Hardcover, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at the Auerhahn Press and bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain. (Auerhahn 34) (Jaffe A 29)

15. TWELVE JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

16. FOUR JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

17. PAEAN TO DVORAK, DEEMER & MCCLURE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, March 1966
Hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. (Haselwood 6) (Jaffe A 34)

18. TEN JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK

19. AFFILATI ATTREZI PER IGIARDINI DI CATULLO
First edition:
Milan: Lerici Editori, November 1966
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5″ x 8″, 124 pages, printed by Interpress Arti Grafiche in Milan. (Jaffe A39)


20. POLYCOTYLEDONOUS POEMS
First edition:
Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1967
Single sheet measuring 18.25″ x 25 folded four times to make 8 panels, 1000 copies. Published as Futura 15. (Jaffe A40)


21. EIGHT JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

22. LULABIES TWISTERS GIBBERS DRAGS
(Jaffe A42)
[not in archive]

23. FIFTY EPIPHYTES
First edition:
London: Poet & Printer, Summer 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4″ x 8″, 16 pages, 600 copies, printed by Alan Tarling in London. (Jaffe A43)


24. MAHLER BECOMES POLITICS . . . BEISBOL
[not in archive]

25. A FRENCH 75!
[not in archive]

26. THE LUCIDITIES
First edition, regular copies:
London: Turret Books, 1967
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 32 pages, 150 copies. Illustrated by John Furnival.

First edition, numbered and signed copies:
London: Turret Books, 1967
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 32 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by John Furnival.

27. A BESTIARY FOR ANTI-LAODICEANS, LAMED-VOVNIKS & LACANDONS
[not in archive]

28. THE PLASTIC HYDRANGEA PEOPLE POEMS

29. SHARP TOOLS FOR CATULLAN GARDENS
[not in archive]

30. RIPOSTES
First edition:
Stuttgart: Edition Domberger, December 1968
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers enclosed in blind-stamped portfolio, 7.5″ x 9″, 12 pages, 200 numbered and signed copies. (Jaffe A56)


31. AN EAR IN BARTRAM’S TREE
First edition:
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, March 1969
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 7″ x 10″, 162 pages, 2000 copies. Introduction by Guy Davenport. Illustrated by William Bartram. (Jaffe A57)

32. ON ARRIVING AT THE SAME AGE AS JACK BENNY
First edition:
Champaign: The Finial Press, 1969
Hand-sewn wrappers, 9.75″ x 12.75, 8 pages, 40 copies, letterpress printed by A. Doyle Moore at The Finial Press in Champaign. (Jaffe A58)


33. SIX RUSTICATED WALL-EYED POEMS
(Jaffe A60)
[not in archive]

34. THE APOCRYPHAL, ORACULAR YEAH-SAYINGS OF THE ERSATZ MAE WEST
[not in archive]

35. THE APOCRYPHAL, ORACULAR YEAH-SAYINGS OF MAE WEST

36. STRUNG OUT WITH ELGAR ON A HILL

THE PATAGONIAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
First edition:
Champaign: Bill Desmond, 1971
Hand-sewn in printed french-fold wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.25″, 4 pages, 6 signed copies, letterpress printed by Bill Desmond (a student of A. Doyle Moore, The Finial Press). (Jaffe A66)

THE LOCO LOGODAEDALIST IN SITU
First edition:
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1972
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 9.75″, 152 pages. Illustrated by Joe Tilson. (Jaffe A 67)


COLONEL COLPORTEUR’S WINSTON-SALEM SNAKE-OIL
First edition:
Winston-Salem: Jonathan Williams, 1973
Corner-stapled in printed and illustrated coversheet, 8.5″ x 14″, 37 pages, 50 copies, xerox printed. (Jaffe A72)






Further reading:
Jacket Magazine
Poetry Foundation


References consulted:

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

THE BOOKS OF JONATHAN WILLIAMS: CHECKLIST 1952-1979, compiled by Arthur Uphill
London: Coracle Press, 1979