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C: A Journal of Poetry

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

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

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C: A Journal of Poetry

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Once Series

The final issue of the Once Series with Joe Brainard cover art.

An eclectic periodical, published coincident with Tom Clark’s Fulbright study and posting as Instructor in American Poetry at the University of Essex. The titles varied but each was denoted “A One Shot Magazine… No Copyright No Nothin.”

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Once Series

Edited by Tom Clark, the Once Series is an eclectic periodical, published coincident with Clark’s Fulbright study and posting as Instructor in American Poetry at the University of Essex. The titles varied (all words concluding with ‘CE’) but each was denoted “A One Shot Magazine… No Copyright No Nothin.”

According to Tom Clark: “When I went on from Cambridge to the U. of Essex in 1965 I began editing a mimeograph magazine of my own, the Once series, and through that project got into long-distance postal contact with many younger American poets, particularly those living on the Lower East Side of New York…

“The magazines had deliberately uncataloguable titles: Once, Twice, Thrice, Thrice and a Half, Frice, Vice, Ice, Nice, Slice, Slice Vol. 1, No. 2, and Spice. I filled up the mimeo series with the spillover of poems I was receiving for the Paris Review — which could handle only a fraction of the good new work that was coming in to me — as well as with some ‘assignments’ from friends far and near…

“Joe’s series of covers, a throwaway tour de force of periodical art, lent class, consistency and uniformity to the Once series, bringing a surprising illusion of orderly design to an otherwise rather undisciplined and chaotic enterprise.

“Most of the works I published in the Once series were somewhat or in some way more outlandish or strange than what I could cull for the Paris Review.”

  • Excerpt from Kevin Ring interview with Tom Clark published as Jacket 21 in Jacket Magazine, 2003.

1. ONCE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 14 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

  • Contents:
    1. Robin Blaser – “Psyche”
      Robin Blaser – “Sophia Nichols”
      Steve Jonas – “Ode for Garcia Lorca”
      Ed Dorn – “A Provisional Fragment, Congested with 3 Titles”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem after Reverdy”
      Ron Padgett – “Light in the Nineteenth Century”
      Aram Saroyan – “The Sentence”
      Max Finstein – [untitled] “You, sonofabitch love you…”
      Edward van Aelstyn – [untitled] “In the morning night…”
      Edward van Aelstyn – “Poem Ending with ‘George Orwell’”
      Phyllis Harris – “The Giant One Legged…”
      Philip Lamantia – “Without Props”
      Sam Abrams – “The 1st Day”
      Allan Kaplan – “Billy and Franz”
      Gerry Gilbert – “The Stakes”
      Tom Raworth – “Not Under Holly or Green Boughs”
      Tom Raworth – “She Sd, Bread, Fred”
      Tom Raworth – “The Third Retainer”

2. TWICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 7 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

  • Contents:
    1. Robert Howell – “from Ten Great Poetry Readings: VI”
      Ron Padgett – “On Ten Fingers” [translation of following Reverdy poem]
      Pierre Reverdy – “Sur Les Dix Doigts”

3. THRICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, March 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 25 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

  • Contents:
    1. Max Jacob – “from Le Cornet à Des” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      F.J. Lauria – “Crazyface”
      Joanne Kyger – “This is Water Sons”
      Joanne Kyger – “The Sky Vault. Its Own Legend”
      Joanne Kyger – “Dear, Dearest”
      Aram Saroyan – “Poem” [“I seldom remember what…”]
      Ted Berrigan – “February Air”
      Ted Berrigan – “From a Life for Teresa Mitchell”
      Ted Berrigan – “Epithalamium for Bernie Mitchell”
      Ed Dorn – “Box Score”
      Pamela Millward – “17 November 1965”
      Larry Fagin – [untitled] “Which way is it you want me…”
      Gael Turnbull – “Song”
      Gael Turnbull – “An Intent”
      Gael Turnbull – “A Good Man”
      Richard Kolmar – “Aristophanes”
      Charles Olson – “Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27”
      Gerry Gilbert – “Living at Claude & Ardie’s”
      Gerry Gilbert – “Bicycle”
      Gerry Gilbert – “Train”
      E.A. McGregor-Plarr – “An Ode”
      Clark Coolidge – “Noon Print”
      Clark Coolidge – “In Land Trip Machine”
      Clark Coolidge – “The Beings There, Not There, House”
      Clark Coolidge – “Scrub Brush, in Lansing Michigan”
      Clark Coolidge – “More Group Slab Reach”
      Clark Coolidge – “Hall Crawl & Tuba Ode”
      Thomas Clark – “Change”
      Thomas Clark – “Doors”
      Thomas Clark – “The Archer”
      Thomas Clark – “You”
      Thomas Clark – “You (II)”
      Thomas Clark – “You (III)”
      Thomas Clark – “You (IV)”
      Aram Saroyan – “Letter to the Village Voice”
      Thomas Clark – “You (V)”
      Harold Dull – “The Dice”
      Harold Dull – “The Door Poem”

4. THRICE AND A HALF: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 2 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

  • Contents:
    1. Tom Pickard – “The Bodies are Touching”
      Tom Pickard – “Daylight Hours”
      Tom Pickard – “Forbidden Birth”

5. FRICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, April 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 24 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Fielding Dawson – “Hernando’s Hideaway”
      Fielding Dawson – “Oblivion Calling for Philip Guston”
      Michael Benedikt – “Fraudulent Days”
      Michael Benedikt – “Developments”
      Michael Benedikt – “Mr. Rainman”
      Michael Benedikt – “Bedouin Tents”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Portland Aug. 27, 1965”
      Aram Saroyan – “Signs”
      Max Jacob – “Christmas Story” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      Max Jacob – “The Key” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      Max Jacob – “Adventure Story” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      Max Jacob – “Valiant Warrior on Foreign Soil” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      Ron Padgett – “Talking Neutrality”
      Ron Padgett – “Words to Joe Ceravolo”
      Larry Fagin – “Occasional Poem”
      Lee Harwood – “Summer”
      Tristan Tzara – “Volt” (translated by Lee Harwood)
      Tristan Tzara – “The Jugglers” (translated by Lee Harwood)
      Philippe Soupault – “2 Songs” (translated by Lee Harwood)
      John Perreault – “The Americans”
      John Perreault – “Punishment”
      John Perreault – “Renaissance”
      John Perreault – “These Trains”
      Guillaume Appollinaire – “The Chaste Lise” (translated by Thomas Clark)
      Edward van Aelstyn – “Information Explosion”
      Gertrude Stein – “Shakespeare”
      Ted Berrigan – “Living with Chris for Chris Gallup”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Dream”
      Ted Berrigan – “Poem for Ed Sanders”
      Steve Carey – “Sand”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Personal Memoir of Tulsa, Oklahoma”
      Ted Berrigan – “After Breakfast”
      Ted Berrigan – “American Express”
      Robert Desnos – “Take Off Your Clothes” (translated by Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett)
      Max Earnst – “Poem” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Guillaume Apollinaire – “Epigram” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Ted Berrigan – “Selflessness”
      Thomas Clark – “Telephone Poem”
      Thomas Clark – “Afternoons”
      Thomas Clark – “Poem” (“You dream things…”)
      Thomas Clark – “The Last Poem”
      Hart Crane – “Chaplinesque”
      Thomas Clark – “Michelin Poem”

6. VICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 27 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ed Sanders – “The Fugs”
      Gregory Corso – “But Surely Yahweh’s Not Dead?”
      Gregory Corso – “O Mighty Tug”
      Gregory Corso – “In Honor of Those the Negroes are Revolting Against”
      Gregory Corso – “Not This”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “Entering and going out…”
      Andres Segovia – [untitled] “True it is…”
      Ron Padgett – “Joe Brainard’s Painting ‘Bingo’”
      Joe Brainard, Ron and Patricia Padgett – “An Interview with Joe Brainard”
      Blaise Cendrars – “Ten Poems” (translated by Ron Padgett)
      Fielding Dawson – “Two Reviews” (reviews of recent Kyger and O’Hara books)
      Ron Padgett – “Reading Reverdy”
      David Shapiro – “From a May Night”
      Ted Berrigan – “from Clearing the Range, Charter 25”
      Thomas Clark – “from Cluttering the Ranch, Chapter 90”
      Thomas Clark – “Clavier”
      Joe Pinelli – “from Striations, The Season’s Change”
      Michel Couturier – “Maison-Dieu” (translated by Lee Harwood)
      Lee Harwood – “The Tractors are Waiting (for Larry Fagin)”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “Gradually money…”
      James Brodey – “Vice, 1966”
      Thomas Clark – “from Cluttering the Ranch, Chapter 2”
      George Tysh – “Plus”
      Joe Perreault – “Vice”

7. ICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 20 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed.

  • Contents:
    1. Ted Berrigan – “Blueprint for a Poem to be Written…”
      E.A. McGregor-Plarr – “Two Serious Ladies”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Amsterdam Avenue Bar”
      Joanne Kyger – “May 29”
      Bernadette Mayer – “Earthworks”
      Harlan Dangerfield – “Der Geisterseher”
      Joe Pinelli – “from Striations:The Season’s Change”
      Robert Howell – “Poem” [“Such deep failure…]
      Robert Howell – [untitled] “Recently I was struck…”
      Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer – “I am Davis”
      Tom Clark – “Martha’s Millions”
      Tom Clark – “What I’m Trying to Say”
      Tom Clark – “To Himself”
      Fielding Dawson – “Some History”
      Diane di Prima – “Song for the Spring Equinox”
      Robert Howell – “I Dream I Suppose Indefinitely of Yourself”
      David Shapiro – “For Chagy”
      Richard Kolmar – “Part of an Elegy”
      Richard Kolmar – “Love Letter I Forgot to Mail”
      Richard Kolmar – “The Intoxicating Thing”
      Doreen – “Humans”
      Jack Kerouac – “from Visions of Cody”
      Aram Saroyan – “Guarantee”
      Edward Kissam – “Shards, Pottery”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Cranny of Life”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Contemporary Lights”
      Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Uncas”
      Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Tom Veitch, and Dick Gallup – “In the Foundry”

8. NICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 20 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Joe Brainard – “Life”
      Charles Goldman – “Smoke Dance”
      John Perreault – “Memorandum”
      John Perreault – “Elbow”
      Aram Saroyan – “Quote”
      Aram Saroyan – “from Songs & Buttons”
      Richard Brautigan – “The Armored Car”
      Tom Clark – “Hitching”
      Tom Clark – “from The Riot at the Garrick Theatre”
      Lee Harwood – “His July Return”
      Clark Coolidge – “Soda Gong”
      Clark Coolidge – “Cellary”
      Harry Fainlight – “Exercise 1”
      Harry Fainlight – “Spider Eclipse”
      Harry Fainlight – “Laws”
      Harry Fainlight – “H”
      Frank O’Hara – “Ode to Willem de Kooning”
      David Shapiro – “For Chagy”
      Harry Fainlight – “The Gates of Albion”
      Dick Gallup – “An Idea that Reaches the Moon”
      Peter Schjeldahl and Ted Berrigan – “Juking”
      Peter Schjeldahl and Ted Berrigan – “Pictures from Breughel”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Soft Letter”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “Before the orgasmic platform…”

9. SLICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1966

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 26 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Dick Gallup – “Death and the Maiden”
      Dick Gallup – “The Georgics”
      Dick Gallup – “The Bingo: Act III”
      Bruce Maddox – “The Engagement Ring Cycle”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Surface”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Leaped at the Caribou”
      Joe Ceravolo – “In the Grass”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Stars of the Trees and Ponds”
      Lewis MacAdams – “The Dazzling Day”
      Lewis MacAdams – “The Witch”
      Joe Ceravolo – “Stillness”
      Jack Collom – “Count K. in the Wind”
      Steve Carey – “Something of Nothing”
      Steve Carey – “Silhouette”
      James Brodey – “Someplace/Utah”
      Thomas Clark – “Spectacles”
      Thomas Clark – “The Fire-Dance”
      Thomas Clark – “Mudball Gathering”
      Thomas Clark – “The Trial”
      Thomas Clark – “Baseball”
      Thomas Clark – “Pancakes”
      David Shapiro – “Poem” [Light became audible…”
      David Shapiro – “Any Plant that Turns Toward the Sun”
      David Shapiro – “For Son II”
      Ted Berrigan – “Corporal Pellegrini”
      Max Jacob – “Genre Biographique” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Max Jacob – “The War” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Max Jacob – “The Enemy of the Citadel” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Max Jacob – “Symbolic Egyptienne” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Guillaume Apollinaire – “A Poem” (translated by Ted Berrigan)
      Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan – “from A Little Anthology of Modern Verse”
      Ed Dorn – “2nd Quarter”
      Sotere Torregian – “Lionine, An Elegy”
      Sotere Torregian – “In the Year of Reredos”
      Sotere Torregian – “The Museum of Famous People”
      Aram Saroyan – “Two Poems”
      Sotere Torregian – “from The Uncollected Poems of John Wesley Hardin”
      LeRoi Jones – “Labor and Management”
      Tom Raworth – “The Circle”
      Sotere Torregian – “Fire on Leon Blum”
      Peter Schjeldahl – “Gauge”

10. SLICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1967

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 7 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Fielding Dawson – “Spring Sequence”
      Bernadette Mayer – “The Earmark”
      Michael McClure – “Dream Table”

11. SPICE, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, 1967

First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8″ x 13″, 24 leaves printed recto only, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ted Berrigan – “Looking for Chris, Part I”
      Anne Waldman -”After the Circus”
      Ron Padgett – “A Katz”
      Ron Padgett – “Injured Nancy”
      Steve Carey – “P.M.”
      David Shapiro – “The Divine Comedy”
      John Giorno – [untitled] “A former janitor…”
      John Giorno – [untitled] “Seven Cuban army officers…”
      Robert Avid – “The Sooner the Better”
      Ed Dorn – “An Idle Visitation”
      Ed Dorn – “A Notation on the Evening of November 27, 1966”
      Lewis MacAdams – “Red River, in Memory of Frank O’Hara”
      Lewis Warsh – “All the Earmarks of a Plan”
      Larry Fagin – [untitled] “Well known is the long parade…”
      Alan Kaplan – “Through New Jersey, via the Greyhound”
      Tom Veitch – “You’ve Got a Point There, Pop”
      Lewis MacAdams – “Turn Out the Lining on your All-Time Great Men”
      Michael Brownstein – “Highway 31”
      Kathleen Fraser – “Letters: To Barbara”
      Tony Towle – “Fable”
      Tony Towle – “Poem” [“The bus stops…”]
      Ted Berrigan – “The N.Y. Jets, a movie”
      Jon Cott – “The House”
      Tom Clark – “The Ted Berrigan Story”
      Ted Berrigan – “The Tom Clark Story”

Yugen

YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen.

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.”

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Yugen

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.” Cohen, later Hettie Jones, had worked at the Partisan Review and brought with her a background in little-magazine design that gave Yugen an air of respectability and professionalism. The contents represented a new and untraditional approach to poetry. Jones and Cohen also founded Totem Press, which published important early books by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, and many others. Like Yugen, Totem Press books typically feature calligraphic covers that mix American abstract expressionism and Japanese Zen painting.


1. YUGEN, No. 1, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg with calligraphy by Rachel Spitzer. Illustrations by Hector Stewart, Peter Schwartzburg, Tomi Ungerer, and Allen Ginsberg. Titles and composition by Rachel Spitzer and Michael Aleshire

  • Contents:
    1. Philip Whalen – “Further Notice”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 4:II:58”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 15:IV:57”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Mother, be soft and unremembered…”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Hawks will cry…”
      Judson Crews – “Potaphor in a Wretched Wind”
      Judson Crews – “When We Were Young”
      Tom Postell – “Gertrude Stein Rides The Town Down El to New York City”
      Tom Postell – “I Want a Solid Piece of Sunlight and a Yardstick to Measure it with”
      Allen Polite – “Beg Him to Help”
      Allen Polite – “Touching Air”
      Stephen Tropp – “Early Poem for 2 People”
      Bobb Hamilton- “Judgement Day”
      LeRoi Jones – “Slice of Life”
      LeRoi Jones – “Lines to Garcia Lorca”
      Diane Di Prima – “Poem”
      Diane Di Prima – “For Pound, Cocteau & Picasso”
      Ernest Kean – “The Glass is Shattered”
      Jack Micheline – “Steps”
      Allen Ginsberg – [untitled] “We rode on a lonely bus…”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Hitch-Hiking Key West”
      Allen Ginsberg – “In a Red Bar”
      Allen Ginsberg – “On Burroughs’ Work”

2. YUGEN, No. 2, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art and titles by Tomi Ungerer. Illustrations by Peter Schwarzburg.

  • Contents:
    1. Gregory Corso – “A Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian”
      Tuli Kupferberg – “4 Haiku”
      Thomas Postell – “Harmony”
      LeRoi Jones – “Suppose Sorrow was a Time Machine”
      Barbara Ellen Moraff – “Poem for Theo”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Colossus of Havana”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Trucks”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Lovers”
      Oliver Pitcher – “Tango”
      James Boyer May – “The Back of Mind”
      Harold Briggs – “Being”
      Bobb Hamilton – “A Sentence”
      Gary Snyder – “Chion-in”
      Ben Spellman – “Fool”
      George Stade – “To a Candidate for the Ph.D in Seventeenth Century Literature”

3. YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg. Illustrations by Stanley Fisher.

  • Contents:
    1. Gary Snyder – “Praise for Sick Women”
      Gary Snyder – “Another for the Same”
      William S. Burroughs – “Have You Seen Pantapon Rose?”
      Charles Farber – “Morning Highway”
      Barbara Moraff – “Poem for Tamara”
      Barbara Moraff – “In a Hospital Room from a Halfclosed Lid”
      Barbara Moraff – “Wednesday Understands That”
      C. Jack Stamm – “Now When I Hear”
      Philip Whalen – “Soufflé”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Darkness Surrounds Us”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A New Cottage in Berkeley”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “The Curse of Ham”
      Diane Di Prima – “Lullaby”
      George Stade – “To the White Goddess”
      George Stade – “Advice to the Lovelorn”
      Peter Orlovsky – “First Poem”
      Fivos Delfis – ”A Bird” (trans. Charles Guenther)
      Ray Bremser – “Part III (Poems of the City Madness)”
      Robin Blaser – “Quitting a Job”
      Thomas Jackrell – “Got Them”

4. YUGEN, No. 4, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Cover art by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. Charles Olson – “The Librarian”
      Peter Orlovsky – “Second Poem”
      Frank O’Hara – “To Hell with It”
      Frank O’Hara – “Music”
      Max Finstein – “The Deception”
      Max Finstein – “Savonarola’s Tune”
      Fielding Dawson – “My Old Buddy, for Leonard”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A Crazy Spiritual”
      Ray Bremser – “Penal Madness (Part 1)”
      Edward Marshall – “Jonah at Danbury”
      Edward Marshall – “At Tudor City”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “In the Clutch, for M.F.”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Fugue”
      Judson Crews – “White Hollyhocks”
      Michael McClure – “The Chamber”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “7.20.58 – for Sue”
      Gary Snyder – “from Myths & Texts”
      Jack Kerouac – “2 Blues and 4 Haikus”
      John Wieners – “Spring 1956”
      Robert Creeley – “New Year’s”
      Robert Creeley – “Saturday Afternoon”
      Gregory Corso – “Away One Year”
      LeRoi Jones – “Parthenos”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “A Fixture”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “Yes Yes Yes”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain”

5. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. William Carlos Williams, – “A Formal Design”
      Allen Ginsberg – “from Kaddish”
      Barbara Guest – “Sunday Evening”
      Barbara Guest – “The Crisis”
      David Meltzer – “15th Raga / for Bela Lugosi”
      David Meltzer – “from Night Before Morning / Book One”
      Max Finstein – “A Blue Whale’s Heart”
      Paul Blackburn – “Ramas, Divendres, Diumenga”
      Paul Blackburn – “A Purity Defined”
      Philip Whalen – “I Return to San Francisco”
      Diane Di Prima – “Earthsong”
      John Wieners – “A Poem for Virgins (excerpt)”
      Walter Lowenfels – “The Nightingale, for D.H. Lawrence”
      Michael McClure – “Rant Block”
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Fragment” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Voices” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Frank O’Hara – “Ode on Causality”
      César Vallejo – “Black Stone on a White Stone” (trans. Lillian Lowenfels)
      Bruce Fearing – “Scenic Viewpoint”
      Jack Kerouac – “Sitting Under Tree Number Two”
      Barbara Moraff – [untitled] “Like a bowlegged woman…”
      Gregory Corso – “Food”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “No-one here…”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “The Issue at Hand”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – letter to the editor

6. YUGEN, No. 6, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages. Cover art by Basil King.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael McClure – “The Column”
      Charles Olson – “As of Bozeman”
      Charles Olson – “The Distances”
      Charles Olson – “Letter, May 2, 1959”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees / 6”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Etude, with Chair”
      Philip Lamantia – “Blank Poem for Poe”
      Paul Blackburn – “Song of the Wires”
      Robin Blaser – “Out to Dinner”
      Hubert Selby, Jr. – “Episode from Landsend”
      David Meltzer – “4th Raga / for John Kelly Reed”
      Ray Bremser – “Backyards & Deviations”
      Ed Dorn – “The 6th”
      Ed Dorn – “The 7th”
      Rochelle Owens – “Groshl Monkeys Horses”
      Paul Carroll – “By Its Familiar Accent We Recognize The Ghost”
      Robert Creeley – “The Joke”
      Robert Creeley – “Letter”
      Robert Creeley – “What’s for Dinner”
      Tristan Tzara – “Wheat” (trans. Daisy Aldan)
      Gary Snyder – “A Walk”
      Gary Snyder – “Wild Horses”
      Gary Snyder – “After Work”
      Gary Snyder – “On Vulture Peak”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “We as scoffers undercut the sea…”
      LeRoi Jones – “Node”
      LeRoi Jones – “The A, B, C’s”
      Jack Kerouac – “Rimbaud”
      David Wang – “II. Invocation”
      Kenneth Koch – “From a Book of Poetry”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “Night. Everything falls flat…”
      Edward Dahlberg – “On Passions and Asceticism”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personal Poem”

7. YUGEN, No. 7, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 65 pages. Cover art by Norman Bluhm.

  • Contents:
    1. LeRoi Jones – “Putdown of the Whore of Babylon”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “2 Book Reviews”
      Bruce Boyd – “Summer Nightmusic”
      Bruce Boyd – “This is How the Wind Sings…”
      Bruce Boyd – “A Quarrel of Minstrels”
      Bruce Boyd – “Water”
      Bruce Boyd – “Song”
      Bruce Boyd – “Poem”
      Robert Creeley – “The New World”
      Kenneth  Koch – “Guinevere, or The Death of the Kangaroo”
      George Stanley – “Parallels”
      George Stanley – “Winter”
      George Stanley – “Shapes”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personism: A Manifesto”
      Gregory Corso – “On Chessman’s Crime”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain-2”
      B. Smith  – “Empty Bed Blues”
      Stuart Z Perkoff, – “To Orpheus”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Poem”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Pithecanthropus Erectus”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Some Notes…”
      John Ashbery – “From a Comic Book”
      John Ashbery – “Leaving the Atocha Station”
      Philip Whalen  – “Literary Life in the Golden West”
      Philip Whalen – “Sincerity Shot, 23:III:58”
      Philip Whalen – “A Manuscript in Several Hands 3:III:60”
      Larry Eigner – “K in the USA”
      Larry Eigner – letter to the editor
      Max Finstein – “For Fair Eleanor”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Morning Song”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Jungle”
      Charles Olson – “Theory of Society”
      Edward Marshall – “Sept. 1957”
      Joel Oppenheimer – letter to the editor
      Allen Ginsberg – “The End”
      LeRoi Jones – “Public Notice”
      Norman Bluhm – untitled drawing
      Frank O’Hara – “Denouement”

8. YUGEN, No. 8, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen-Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1962
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 66 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Aaron Roseman.

  • Contents:
    1. George Stanley – “The Message Held up to the Speeding Train on a Willow Hoop”
      George Stanley – “Punishment”
      George Stanley – “The Meteor”
      George Stanley – “The Implicit Acknowledgements”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “The larks…”
      George Stanley – “Valentine”
      George Stanley – “A False Start”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – book reviews of Duncan and Spicer
      Steve Jonas – “No. IV Orgasms”
      Steve Jonas – “Tensone with Relent”
      Steve Jonas – “Discourse”
      Steve Jonas – “To a Strayed Cat”
      Steve Jonas – “A Long Poem for Jack Spicer”
      William Burroughs – “The Cut Up Method of Brion Gysin”
      Speckled Red – “Red’s Dozens”
      George Stanley – book reviews of Finstein and Sorrentino
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Meeting”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Memory”
      Edward Dorn – “Notes about Working and Waiting Around”
      Robert Creeley – “Some Notes on Olson’s Maximus”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “One writes when…”
      Edward Marshall – “Memory as Memorial in the Last”
      LeRoi Jones – “The Largest Ocean in the World”
      Charles Olson – “Place; & Names”
      Charles Olson – “Book ii, Chapter 37”

Online Resources:

· From a Secret Location – Yugen

· Reality Studio – Yugen

 

CALL IT BIG TABLE

BIG TABLE, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal and Paul Carrol.

Big Table was launched in Spring 1959 following the suppression of the Winter 1958 issue of The Chicago Review. An exposé in the Chicago Daily News revealed editors Irving Rosenthal’s and Paul Carroll’s plans to publish work by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other Beat writers, and the administration quashed the magazine…”

— from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side

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Big Table

Big Table was launched in Spring 1959 following the suppression of the Winter 1958 issue of The Chicago Review. An exposé in the Chicago Daily News revealed editors Irving Rosenthal’s and Paul Carroll’s plans to publish work by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other Beat writers, and the administration quashed the magazine.

Rosenthal and Carroll, along with other Chicago Review editors, resigned and with the suppressed material started Big Table. The first issue was edited by Rosenthal and Carroll, though Carroll had to withdraw his name in order to avoid being fired by Loyola University where he was employed. This issue contained work by Jack Kerouac (who named the magazine in a telegram: “CALL IT BIG TABLE”), Edward Dahlberg, and Burroughs (a section from Naked Lunch), and was summarily impounded by the US Post Office.

The lawsuit was unsuccessful and Big Table continued through 1960 and five issues. Rosenthal left the magazine after the first issue and Carroll stayed on as editor for the duration, publishing such writers and artists as Paul Bowles, Antonin Artaud, Leon Golub, John Logan, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Robert Fulton, Harry Callahan, Douglas Woolf, Aaron Siskind, Paul Blackburn, Franz Kline, Diane di Prima, and Gregory Corso.”

— from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side


1. BIG TABLE, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal and Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 158 pages, printed by The Profile Press of New York.

  • Contents:
    1. Irving Rosenthal – “Editorial”
      Jack Kerouac – “Old Angel Midnight”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Further Sorrow of Priapus”
      Edward Dahlberg – “The Garment of Ra”
      William S. Burroughs – “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch
      Gregory Corso – “Power, for Allen Ginsberg”
      Gregory Corso – “Army”
      Gregory Corso – “Police”

2. BIG TABLE, No. 2, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Summer 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 124 pages. Cover art by Leon Golub.

  • Contents:
    1. John D. Keefauver – “The Daring Old Maid on the Flying Trapeze”
      Serge Essenin – “The Tramp’s Confession”
      Lawrence Alloway – “Heroes & Monsters & Mothers”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Horseman”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Burnt Man”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Kaddish”
      John Logan – “Fire”
      Antonin Artaud – Three Exhortations”
      Alan Ansen – “Anyone Who Can Pick Up a Frying Pan Owns Death”
      Paul Bowles – “Burroughs in Tangier”
      William S. Burroughs – “In Quest of Yage”
      Gael Turnbull – “The Priests of Paris”
      Brother Antoninus – “Zone of Death”
      Andre Breton – “Despair”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Birth VII”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Orestes”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I Was Flesh”
      Paul Blackburn – “The Signals”
      Margarita Liberaki – “Wedding”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Abraham Lincoln”
      Leon Golub – “Plate: Columnar Head”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “The Great Chinese Dragon”

3. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, 1959
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 120 pages. Cover photograph by Aaron Siskind.

  • Contents:
    1. Allen Ginsberg – “Kaddish”
      John Rechy – “The Fabulous Wedding of Miss Destiny”
      Robert Duncan – “Evocation”
      John Ashbery – “How much longer will I be able to inhabit the Divine Sepulcher”
      John Ashbery – “April Fool’s Day”
      Aaron Siskin – “Terrors & Pleasures of Levitation: four plates”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I was Flesh”
      Robert Creeley – “The Way”
      James Wright – “A Whisper to the Ghost who woke Me”
      Paul Carroll – “Father”
      Norman Mailer – “Quick & Expensive Comment on the Talent in the Room”
      Paul Blackburn – “Banyalbufar”
      Edward Dorn – “The Air of June Sings”
      Renee Riese Hubert – “Sizes”
      Peter Orlovsky – “First Poem”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “Her”
      Jean Genet – “The Beggars of Barcelona”

4. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1960
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 144 pages. Cover art by Robert Fulton.

  • Contents:
    1. William S. Burroughs – “But is all Back Seat of Dreaming”
      Richard G. Stern – “Two Talking”
      John Ashbery – “Europe”
      Douglas Woolf – “Wall to Wall”
      Franz Kline – “Plate: Mister”
      John Logan – “from Monologues of The Son of Saul”
      Robert Creeley – “The Awakening, for Charles Olson”
      Robert Creeley – “The Wife”
      Robert Creeley – “The Memory”
    2. Robert Creeley – “The Snow”
      Harold Norse – “I Am in the Hub of the Fiery Force”
      Harold Norse – “The Fire Sermon”
      James Wright – “Snow Storm in the Mid-West”
      James Wright – “A Young One in a Garden”
      Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “New York – Albany”
      Paul Blackburn – “The Idiot”
      Paul Blackburn – “Homage to the Spirit”
      Frank O’Hara – “Les Luths”
      Frank O’Hara – “Joe’s Jacket”
      Robert Duncan – “Four Pictures of the Real Universe”
      Denise Levertov – “The Rainwalkers”
      Gregory Corso – “Rembrandt – Self Portrait”
      Gregory Corso – “Emily Dickenson”
      Gregory Corso – “Walk”
      Kenneth Koch – “Lunch”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Message”
      William Hunt – Song from the End of the Earth”
      Michael McClure – “Two Poems from a Small Secret Book”
      Bill Berkson – “Poem”
      Paul Carroll – “34′-23′-35′”
      Diane Di Prima – [untitled] “I am a woman and my poems…”
      Philip Lamantia – “Still Poem 8”
      Philip Lamantia – “Cool Apocalypse”
      David Meltzer – “from Notes for a History”
      Gary Snyder – “The Manichaeans”
      Leroi Jones – “For Hettie in her Fifth Month”
      Charles Olson – “Maximus, to Gloucester, Sunday, July 19”
      Robert Creeley – “Olson & Others”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Notes on Young Poets”
      Paul Blackburn – “Writing for the Ear”
      Paul Carroll – “Five Poets in their Skins”

5. BIG TABLE, Vol. 2, No. 5, edited by Paul Carroll
Chicago: Big Table, 1960
First edition, sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 128 pages. Cover art by Harry Callahan.

  • Contents:
    1. Douglas Woolf – “Stand Still”
      Frank O’Hara – “Naptha”
      Edward Dahlberg – “Because I was Flesh”
      Frederick Tristan – “The Bread Tree”
      Frederick Tristan – “The Whole Sea is yet to Come”
      Robert Duncan – “Apprehensions”
      Paul Bowles – “He of the Assembly”
      Kenneth Koch – “Farms’ Thoughts”
      John Rechy – “Between two Lions”
      Bill Berkson – “Poem for Frank O’Hara”
      Pablo Neruda – “Lone Gentleman” (trans. Clayton Eshleman)
      Pablo Neruda – “Death” (trans. Clayton Eshleman)
      John Updike – “Archangel”
      John Ashbery – “Night”
    2. John Ashbery – “A Last Word”
      Harold Rosenberg – “from Arshile Gorky”
      David Meltzer – “Rain Poem”
      David Meltzer – “Heroes: Zap, the Zen Monk”
      Alain Robbe-Grillet – “Scene”
      John Schultz – “Witness”

Online Resources:

From a Secret Location – Big Table

Reality Studio – Big Table

References Consulted:

Maynard, Joe and Barry Miles. William S. Burroughs: A Bibliography, 1953-73
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978

Cleft, Edinburgh University

CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Bill McArthur. Edinburgh, June 1963

Bill McArthur studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, then took a degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh University. At Edinburgh he became known as an illustrator and cartoonist in the student press, and editor of the student magazines Gambit and Cleft.

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Cleft

Bill McArthur studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, then took a degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh University. At Edinburgh he became known as an illustrator and cartoonist in the student press, and editor of the student magazines Gambit and Cleft.

Following his involvement in Gambit, McArthur went on to edit Cleft magazine from 1963 to 1964. With an irreverent sweep he downplayed the very function of small magazine in the first issue’s editorial:

” The field of the small literary magazine is, generally speaking, one of sequestered obscurity. It emanates a wilful negation of commercial contact; an opting out of the monetary contract. Drabness of intention and presentation characterize the production. Little attempt is made at communication and they tend to reflect, to a crippling extent, the particular predilections of the current editor. This opting out of the commercial aspect of magazine production has a useful side-kick in that it ensures the brevity of their existence. As a medium of communication they are of doubtful value.”

While McArthur’s prophecy may have been fatefully correct in certain respects, as the magazine itself was only to survive two issues, the publication was certainly anything but drab. The first issue contained contributions from a range of international writers including Norman Mailer, Eugene Ionesco, William Burroughs, Andrei Voznesensky, Anselm Hollo, and Louis Zukofsky. The second issue once again contained work by Burroughs and Mailer, as well as the first two paragraphs from the Noigandres Group’s Pilot Plan for Concrete Poetry.

1. CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Bill McArthur 
Edinburgh: Cleft, June 1963
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 7” x 9.5”, 36 pages.

  • Contents:
    1. Kenneth White – “The Real Climate”
      Norman Mailer – “Four Poems”
      Eugene Ionesco – “The Motor Show”
      William Burroughs – “Martin’s Folly”
      Giles Gordon – “The Milkman”
      Andrei Vosnesensky (trans by Edwin Morgan) – “Three Poems”
      Hugh MacDiarmid – “The Poet We Hope For”
      Astrid Gillis – “Same Rain”
      Anselm Hollo – “The Seventh Lady”
      Iain Inglis – “The Sook”
      Alex Neish – “Leaving for Buenos Aires”
      L. Zukofsky – “Poem 29 (1938), from Anew”

2. CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Bill McArthur
Edinburgh: Cleft, May 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 7” x 9.5”, 32 pages.

  • Contents:
    1. Henry Miller – “O Lake of Light”
      William Burroughs – “A Distant Hand Lifted”
      Norman Mailer – “Greasing the Radar”
      Norman Mailer – “A Study of Cancer”
      Robert Garioch – “At Robert Fergusson’s Grave”
      Mike McClure – “Ghost Tantra 50”
      Anselm Hollo – “Mucho Malo”
      Anselm Hollo – “The Bees”
      Keith Howell – “Washington Square”
      Gary Snyder – “The Old Dutch Woman”
      Edwin Morgan – “Breath of Corruption”
      Edwin Morgan – “Chinese Cat”
      Edwin Morgan – “Siesta of a Hungarian Snake”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “The Practice”
      Jonathan Williams – “The Wreck on the A222…”
      Jonathan Williams – “Besides Buttercups”
      Andrei Vosnesensky (trans. by Edwin Morgan) – “Earth”
      Kenneth White – “Ten Thousand Yellow Buds”
      Alex Neish – “The Loneliness of it All”

Online Resources:

Reality Studio – Cleft 

References Consulted:

Clements, Marshall. A Catalog Of Works By Michael Mcclure, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

Maynard, Joe and Barry Miles. William S. Burroughs: A Bibliography, 1953-73
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978