Tag Archives: Piero Heliczer

Piero Heliczer – Biography and Bibliography

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SECTION F:
This index includes biographical and bibliographical resources


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


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

Piero Heliczer – Ephemera

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SECTION E:
This index includes announcements and catalogues from the Dead Language Press, plus flyers for readings and film screenings


1. Dead Language Press Announcements and Catalogues

A. WHY ARE YOU LOOKING ASKANCE IM JUST TRYING TO SHOUT
Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, postcard, 3.8″ x 6″, letterpress printed by Piero Heliczer. The card prints a short text by Piero Heliczer about his press, and provides current and forthcoming titles with prices of its early publications.

B. THE DEAD LANGUAGE DIXHUIT RUE DESCARTES PARIS
ph_dl1ph_dl2Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, notecard, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed on both sides. Lists Dead Language publications, 1957-1959.


C. PURCELL FESTIVAL M.CM.L.IX.
Paris: The Dead Language, 1959
First edition, flyer, 4.5″ x 8.25″, letterpress printed. Announces a festival “to be held in paris the second week of july to celebrate henry purcells three hundredth birthday…organised by the dead language”. Text in English and French.

FOLDING CHAIR OF THE PRINTING MASTER
ph_foldingchairParis: The Dead Language, 1963
First edition, saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 5″, 4 pages, letterpress printed. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Catalog of items printed by the Dead Language Press: GIRL BODY, A PULP MAGAZINE…, YOU COULD HEAR THE SNOW MELTING…, STRAIGHT (OPENING SECTION), WEDNESDAY PAPER, & I DREAMT I SHOT ARROWS…, YEAR.


2. Flyers for Readings and Film Screenings

A. (flyer) DEAD LANGUAGE / LE SOLEIL DANS LA TETE
Paris: Dead Language, c. 1959
First edition, cardstock flyer, 6.25″ x 11″, letterpress printed. Probably an announcement for a reading at the bookshop-gallery, Le Soleil Dans La Tete.

B. APRIL FOOLS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films at the Kenmore Square Cinema (Boston?).






C. CHRISTMAS SHOW
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Flyer for showing of Heliczer films THE AUTUMN FEAST, DIRT, JOAN OF ARC, VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION at the Elgin Cinema.




D. EASTER SHOW
flyer_aquarium
Flyer for showing of Stan Brakhage’s film MOTH LIGHT, Heliczer’s films ROBIN HOOD (avant premiere), VENUS IN FURS, SATISFACTION, JOAN OF ARC, THE STONE AGE, THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER (avant premiere) benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative at the Bleecker Street Cinema.

E. NEW YEAR SHOW
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Flyer for showing of the world premier of Heliczer’s film THE STONE AGE, Warhol’s COUCH, and Tony Conrad’s THE FLICKER at the Bleecker Street Cinema benefitting the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative.


Piero Heliczer – Books Edited, Printed, and Published

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


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




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



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

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

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



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




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


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

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



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


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


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

Piero Heliczer – Film

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SECTION C:
This index includes film


1. THE AUTUMN FEAST (1961)
16mm, 14 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape
Original soundtrack by Angus Maclise. Based on the poem of the same title by Piero Heliczer, as printed in THE SOAP OPERA (London: Trigram Press, 1967).

Notes: “A grown up fantasy based on Guy Fawkes Day, the great children’s holiday of England, which is a combination of Halloween and the Fourth of July.” – Piero Heliczer.

2. THE SOAP OPERA
16mm, 13 minutes, silent

Notes: “Also known as THE HOME OPERA and THE PANIC OPERA. At home in a small loft in the early days of the Golden Age of the Lower East Side. With Piero Heliczer, Angus Maclise, Jack Smith, LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

3. DIRT (1965)
16mm, 12 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “Two nuns take a bath, then meet a sailor on the Staten Island Ferry. With Irene Nolan, Gretl Learned, Angus Maclise, Mario Montez and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

4. SATISFACTION
16mm, 10 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “A nun goes to Heaven and arrives there at the same time as Flash Gordon. With Sally Kirkland (as the Nun), Irene Nolan (as the School Girl), Frances Stillman and Barbara Rubin (as Nuns), Gerard Malanga (as Flash Gordon, Jack Smith (as God), Jack Martin, Angus Maclise, Mario Montez, and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

5. VENUS IN FURS (1965)
16mm, 16 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape (soundtrack by The Velvet Underground)

Notes: “This companion film to SATISFACTION is set at the opposite solstice and recapitulates part of DIRT. With Julie Garfield and Barbara Rubin (as Nuns), Chas Stanley (as Death), Margaret Boyce Cam (as the Nurse), Lou Reed, John Cale, Angus Maclise and others. A chess game under the bridge becomes a party in Hell. A must for lepidopterists.” – Piero Heliczer.

6. JOAN OF ARC
16mm, 11.5 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “The story of Joan of Arc as applied to the present revolution in arts and mores. The Gothic is applied to the War in Vietnam. The film is experimental in the sense that in it the visual becomes tactile. With Arnold Rockwood (as the Policeman), Jack Smith (as LBJ), Rene Richard, Ira Cohen, Wm. de Vore, Gerard Malanga, Tuli Kupferberg (as Bonnie Prince Charlie), Jose Rodriguez-Soltero (as the Priest), Chas. Henri Ford, Jane Waldren, Wendy Norins and many others.” – Piero Heliczer.

7. THE STONE AGE
16mm, 24 minutes, Color/B&W, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “With Tom Raworth, Mary & Gudmundur Gudmunsson Erro, Agneta Freiberg, Joan Fagin, Michael Malce, Francois le Coeur, Jackie Curtis, Viva, Michel Auder, Wm. Terry Ork, Mario Anniballi, Jud & Jeni Talkut, Marion Brown, Mossa Bildner, Dexter Kelly, Betsy Greenstein, George Whitman, Alfredo Leonardi, Patti-Lee Chenis, Cornelia Wessels, Joseph Arak, Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, Rolando Pena, Susanne de Maria, Lohr Wilson, Jerry Benjamin, Jack Smith (as Casanova), Michael Snow (as Aristotle), Gerard Malanga (as Orfeo) and many others.” – Piero Heliczer.

8. HARUNOBU
Std. 8mm, 5 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “the action takes place in a pissoir in june/1958 the weather is very good every now and then it/ rains very hard at night there is lightning in/ the day time bright sun without rain bows the / day is bright as urine/ some of the action takes place on the outer/ surface of the pissoir shell/ harunobu wears a white noh mask and/ reddish black wig her japanese dress is white/ lack and red like a st raphael advertisement/ jean sebastien bach/ gregory shaxper/ with antoine perich and others.” – Piero Heliczer.

9. BESSIE SMITH
16mm, 6 minutes, Color, silent with sound on tape

Notes: “photographed by gerard malanga in the subways of new york (actually the set of the blue centaur left over from the economy cutbacks at mgm and paramount/ joseph smith; patti lee chenis/ barrabas son to joseph smith: bill iwata/ captain john smith/ captain smiths band white masks mustaches armored round quattrocento helmets/ angel black face wears a checkered ginham dress/ band of angels/ johann sebastian back wears a wig in blackface looks a lot like george washington two fingers of his left hand are missing/ bessie smith: lily ocasio/ joseph smith and barabbas smith are played by one man preferably buster keaton/ angel and bach are played by one man preferably django reinhardt/ captain smiths band is played by the band of angels.” – Piero Heliczer.

10. THE NAKED LUNCH (1968)
1/4″ magnetic tape, 30 minutes

Notes: “a film for tape recorder no projector needed/ sound by wm burroughs.” – Piero Heliczer.

11. ST. THERESE DE L’ENFANT JESUS
16mm, 40 minutes, B&W, silent

12. ROBIN HOOD
16mm, 39.5 minutes, B&W, silent

Piero Heliczer – Contributions to Periodicals

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SECTION B:
This index includes contributions to periodicals; entries within years are approximate


1. I.E. THE CAMBRIDGE REVIEW, No. 3, edited by Robert Peirce
Cambridge: The Cambridge Review, Spring 1955
“Dawn” [poem]
[not in archive]




2. THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, Vol. 128, No. 1, edited by Eugene S. Dodd
Cambridge: The Harvard Advocate, September 1955
“The Salesmen in their Youth” [poem]
[not in archive]



3. THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, Vol. 129, No. 2, edited by Eugene S. Dodd
Cambridge: The Harvard Advocate, November 1955
“The Tree of Knowledge Tree” [prose]
[not in archive]



4. THE HARVARD ADVOCATE, Vol. 129, No. 3, edited by Eugene S. Dodd
Cambridge: The Harvard Advocate, December 1955
“Conduct Since Birth” [poem]
[not in archive]



5. AUDIENCE, Vol. 4, No. 5, edited by Anthony Cowan
Cambridge: Audience, [1956]
“Sunday” [poem]





6. I.E. THE CAMBRIDGE REVIEW, No. 5, edited by Robert Peirce
Cambridge: The Cambridge Review, March 1956
“Antiepithalamion: The Archaic Smile as People Leave the Park” [poem]
[not in archive]



6. ACCENT, Vol. 17, No. 3, edited by Kerker Quinn, et al.
Urbana: Accent, Summer 1957
“Rogan” [poem], “Poems Written with a Green Pencil” [poem]
[not in archive]



7. AUDIENCE A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS, Vol. 5, No. 1, edited by Peter Michael Wyman
Cambridge: The Audience Press, May 1957
“White Strawberries” [play], “A Letter” [prose]





8. QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE, Vol. 9, No. 3, edited by T. Weiss and Renee Weiss
Annandale-on-Hudson: Bard College, 1958
“Marnie” [poem]
[not in archive]




9. ACCENT, Vol. 18, No. 2, edited by Kerker Quinn, et al. 
Urbana: Accent, Spring 1958
“The Tomb of Henry James (ii)” [play]





10. AUDIENCE A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS, Vol. 5, No. 2, edited by Peter Michael Wyman
Cambridge: The Audience Press, Spring 1958
“Dirge for the Poet’s Mother” [poem]





11. THE EDITOR, No. 2, edited by Gerald Bunker and Stephen Kaye
Cambridge and Providence: The Editor, Spring 1958
[not in archive]

12. PATTERNS, Vol. 2, No. 4, edited by Gladys LaFlamme and J.R. Brownfield
mags_patterns0204Burlington and Chicago: Patterns, Fall 1958
“Betrothals” [poem], “My Body” [poem]





13. NEW DEPARTURES, No. 1, edited by Michael Horovitz
mags_newdepartures1Oxford: New Departures, Summer 1959
“Paris, A Scenario for a Silent Movie” [poem]
[not in archive]




14. THE EDITOR, No. 3, edited by Gerald Bunker and Stephen Kaye
Cambridge and Providence: The Editor, Summer 1959
“Broom” [poem]




15. GADFLY, No. 2, edited by Sara Dakin and Olivier Bernier
Cambridge: Gadfly, December 1959
“Harvard Academic” [prose]





16. TOMORROW, No. 3, edited by Ian Hamilton
Keble College, Oxford: Tomorrow, February – March 1960
“Yesterday is an Avenue of Faith” [poem]
[not in archive]

17. NEW DEPARTURES, No. 2/3, edited by Michael Horovitz
London: New Departures, (June)1960
“Wm Byrd” [prose]





18. AUDIENCE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE & THE ARTS, Vol. 7, No. 1, edited by Firman Houghton
Cambridge: The Audience Press, Winter 1960
“How Body of Angel is Maden” [poem], “Suicide for Three Harps and Hand Drum” [poem], “Antiaubade Nymphomania” [poem], “Bedtime Story Incessament” [poem], “A Blue Saint with Uncle Eyes” [poem]

19. OUTBURST, No. 1, edited by Tom Raworth
mags_outburst1
London: Outburst, 1961
“From Wyatt A Play” [poem]





20. POOR OLD TIRED HORSE, No. 7, edited by Ian Hamilton Finlay
Edinburgh: The Wild Hawthorn Press, 1961
“Epilogue” [poem]





21. RHINOZEROS, No. 5, edited by Klaus-Peter Dienst & Rolf-Gunter Dienst
mags_rhino5Hamburg: Langer Peter Verlag, 1961
“Bateau” [poem], “Shuffle” [poem]





22. LOCUS SOLUS, No. 5, edited by John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Harry Mathews and James Schuyler
Lans-en-Vercours: Locus Solus Press, 1962
“The Beautiful Ambus” [poem], “The Diving Bell” [poem]
[not in archive]



23. MICA, No. 6, edited by Helmut Bonheim and Raymond Federman
mags_mica6Santa Barbara: Mica, June 1962
“Bateau” [poem]





24. AUDIENCE A QUARTERLY OF LITERATURE & THE ARTS, Vol. 8, No. 4, Issue 50, edited by Firman Houghton
Cambridge: The Audience Press, February 1963
[not in archive]

25. OUTBURST, No. 2, edited by Tom Raworth
mags_outburst2
London: Outburst, 1963
“Buckingham Palace” [poem]





26. NIGHT TRAIN, edited by Johnny Byrne, Lee Harwood, Roger Jones, and Miles
London: Night Train, May 1964
“America” [prose]





27. NIAGARA FRONTIER REVIEW, No. 1, edited by Charles Olson
mags_niagara
New York: Frontier Press, Summer 1964
“Llanto por Lucas Carnach” [poem]





28. POETS AT LE METRO, Vol. 17, edited by Dan Saxon
New York, October 1964
“Some Thing Good” [poem]
[not in archive]

29. JOGLARS, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Clark Coolidge and Michael Palmer
Providence: Joglars, Winter 1964
from “The Peacock Vow” [prose]





30. NADADA, No. 2, edited by Timothy Baum with assistance by Gerard Malanga and Robert Cordier
New York, October 1965
[not in archive]

31. THE SPERO, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Douglas and Kathy Casement
Chicago: Fenian Head Centre Press, 1965
“Victorian Era” [poem]





32. UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA POETRY REVIEW, No. 4, edited by Duane Locke
Tampa Poetry Review, 1965
“Victorian Era” [poem]





33. THE GREAT SOCIETY, No. 1, edited by Robert J. Rickin
mags_greatsociety1
New York: Tompkins Square Books, 1966
“The Death of Stephen Ward” [poem]





34. THE GREAT SOCIETY, No. 2, edited by Robert J. Rickin and Ira Cohen
mags_greatsociety2NY: A Heddaoua Publication, 1967
“Tattoo” [poem]





35. GROWING HAND, edited by Vincent J. Cresciman
mags_growinghandSan Francisco: Growing Hand, 1967
“Harunobu” [play]





36. THE PARIS MAGAZINE, No. 1, edited by George Whitman
mags_parismag
Paris: Shakespeare & Co., October 1967
“Bedtime Story” [poem]





37. THE WORLD, No. 12, edited by Anne Waldman
New York: The Poetry Project, June 1968
“Trois Poemes Damour” [poem]





38. INTRANSIT THE ANDY WARHOL – GERARD MALANGA MONSTER ISSUE, edited by Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga
Eugene: Toad Press, 1968
“Poem Number One” [poem], “Sunday Night in Victoria Station” [poem], “How Body of Angel is Maiden” [poem]



39. THE ANT’S FOREFOOT, No. 3, edited by David Rosenberg
Toronto: The Coach House Press, Winter 1968-1969
“Abdication of the Throne of Hell 1662” [poem]
[not in archive]

40. MISTLETOE
mags_mistletoenp: Mephistopheles Publications, 1969
[untitled] “it is said that a magician…” [poem]





41. EXTENSIONS, No. 2, edited by Suzanne Zavrian and Joachim Neugroschel
mags_extensions2New York: Extensions, 1969
“Chinatown (for wm burroughs who got into the trolley didnt pay no fare going to chinatown)” [poem]



42. ROOTS FORMING, No. 1, edited by Jeff Woodward.
mags_roots1Monroe: Roots Forming, Summer 1969
“None of This is Going to be Really There (for irene)” [poem]




43. THE ANT’S FOREFOOT, No. 4, edited by David Rosenberg
Toronto: The Coach House Press, Fall 1969
“Elegy for the Avenue B Cinema, for Jack Smith” [prose], “Girl Body” [poem]
[not in archive]



44. EXTENSIONS, No. 4, edited by Suzanne Zavrian and Joachim Neugroschel. 
mags_extensions4New York: Extensions, 1970
“America” [prose]





45. THE ANT’S FOREFOOT, No. 8, edited by Gerard Malanga
Toronto: The Coach House Press, Winter-Spring 1971
“Elle” [poem]
[not in archive]

46. TELEPHONE, No. 8, edited by Maureen Owen
New York: Telephone, 1973
“Longtemps Je Me Suis Couche De Bonne Heure Alphabet Soup” [poem]




47. THE WORLD, No. 26, edited by Anne Waldman
New York: The Poetry Project, Winter 1973
“Abdication of the Throne of Hell 1662” [poem]
[not in archive]




48. POETRY REVIEW, Vol. 67, Nos 1 & 2, edited by Eric Mottram
London: The Poetry Society, 1977
[not in archive]





Piero Heliczer – Books and Broadsides

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume I
ph_plays1
Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “The Tomb Of Henry James” [play], “Diferencias I-IV” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

9. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume II
ph_plays2
Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged cover featuring photo by Avril Hodges, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Contents: “Wyatt” [play], “The Pecan Tree” [play], “Chaconne in G Minor” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

10. THE PLAYS OF PIERO HELICZER, Volume III
ph_plays3
Orne: Dead Language, 1971
First edition, stapled sheets with printed collaged covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 100 copies. Heliczer plays: “Harunobu” [play], “The Blue Centaur” [play], “Bessie Smith” [play]

Notes: in cooperation with Paris Filmmakers Cooperative

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

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

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

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

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

Piero Heliczer

Piero Giorgio Heliczer (June 20, 1937 in Rome, Italy – July 22, 1993 in Préaux-du-Perche, France) ph_foldingchairwas an Italian-American writer, screenwriter, poet, actor, publisher and underground filmmaker. Heliczer moved to Paris in 1957, where he established his imprint The Dead Language press, publishing his own poetry and later, work by authors Anselm Hollo, Gregory Corso, Jack Smith, and others. In the 1960s, Heliczer moved from Paris to London to New York, and, during that time, made his first film and soon fell in with the crowd that was buzzing around Andy Warhol’s Factory… (more)

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Piero Heliczer & The Dead Language Press
Opening Party, February 20, 6 – 9 PM

Exhibit runs every day February 21 – March 14
Mon. – Fri. 11am – 6pm
Sat./Sun. 12pm – 4pm

Boo-Hooray
265 Canal St, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Piero Heliczer

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


Piero Heliczer Checklist:

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


Olivia de Haulleville [coming soon…]


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

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

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

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


References Consulted:

BEAT BOOKS – Catalogue 71

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

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

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

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

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


Online Resources:

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