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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

 

The Spicer Circle’s J

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

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

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The White Dove Review

While working at the Lewis Meyer bookstore on 37th and Peoria in 1959, Ron Padgett had an idea. Taken with the work of the era’s literary giants and New York-based “little mags” like the Evergreen Review, Padgett, barely 17 and still a junior at Central High School, decided that he would start his own avant-garde lit journal. He and his best friend Dick Gallup would be co-editors.

By high school, they were hanging out at Lewis Meyer Bookstore so often that Meyer offered Padgett a job. In addition to introducing the boys to a slew of edgy, contemporary authors, the store owner gave Padgett his first glimpse of what would lay the foundation for his concept: those avant-garde journals like Evergreen, Yugen, and Semina that contained short-form work from the same Beat and Black Mountain writers he was then devouring.

With two enthusiastic editors, the ambitious concept was becoming a reality. The next step was to recruit art editors. Padgett recruited classmate Joe Brainard as the journal’s art editor. They then invited Michael Marsh, a classical pianist who introduced the growing team to the work of Debussy and Capote, to be Brainard’s co-editor.

They called their magazine the White Dove Review, an homage to Evergreen, which featured on the cover of its sixth issue a striking black and white photograph of a young Asian woman holding a white dove. To fund its publication, they enlisted the help of Padgett’s mother, who donated $20 of the first issue’s $90 production cost. To typeset the journal, they borrowed the state-of-the-art IBM Presidential from their good friend and fellow classmate George Kaiser, who, Padgett said, “provided moral support for the magazine.”

They had their own poems, their own artwork, their own typewriter, and their own start-up funds. But then the White Dove editorial board took a bold step. Padgett and Gallup decided to fill the White Dove’s pages with the work they solicited from their heroes.

“Dick and I made a list of the living writers we were excited by,” Padgett explained. “Kerouac, Ginsberg, e.e. cummings, Malcolm Cowley, Paul Blackburn, etc. Then we wrote to them, care of their publishers, asking—begging, really—them for material. Our letter was rather immature, but in it we did confess to being in high school.”

According to Padgett, “a surprising number of writers responded” to the solicitations, and with the submitted work he and Gallup were able to choose what best fit their vision. The crown jewel of the premiere issue is Jack Kerouac’s “The Thrashing Doves,” a poem submitted by the Beat godfather as a knowing salute to the Review’s avian imagery:

“The thrashing doves in the dark, white fear,
my eyes reflect that liquidly
and I no understand Buddha-fear?
awakener’s fear? So I give warnings
‘bout midnight round about midnight

“And tell all the children the little otay
story of magic, multiple madness, maya
otay, magic trees- sitters and little girl
bitters, and littlest lil brothers
in crib made of clay (blue in the moon).

“For the doves.”

[excerpted from Joshua Kline’s essay on The White Dove Review]


1. THE WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh
Tulsa: White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages.

  • Contents:
    1. Clarence Major – “In”
      Clarence Major – “A Protest Against the Wooden Average Man”
      Ron Padgett – “Bartok in Autumn”
      Paul Blackburn – “Winter Solstice”
      Vernon Scannell – “Killing Flies”
      John Kennedy – “Portrait of Barbara”
      Joe Brainard – “Portrait”
      Michael Marsh – “Opel Thorpe”
      Bob Martholic – “Portrait”
      Jack Kerouac – “The Thrashing Doves”
      Simon Perchik – “Cape Canaveral”
      Kitasono Katue – “A Black Chapel”

2. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages. Cover design by Michael Marsh.

  • Contents:
    1. Ron Loewinsohn – “The Scent of the Rose”
      LeRoi Jones – “For Hettie”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “Seven thousand feet over…”
      Ted Berrigan – [untitled] “One green schoolboy…”
      Marsha Meredith – “Street Light in the Snow”
      Wes Whittlesey – “Notes from the Village”
      Stephen Stepanchev – “Dinner for Two”
      Stephen Stepanchev – “Tenement Fire”
      William A. King – “Blackbird”
      Nyla Joe – “Boy and the Grasshopper”
      John Kennedy – “Flower”
      Paul England – “Nude”
      Simon Perchik – “Children Picking Clams”
      Martin Tucker – “Graffiti Station”
      Martin Tucker – “Private Domain”
      Paul Blackburn – “Redhead”
      Fielding Dawson – “Manhatten Crackup 2”
      Clarence Major – “The Act of Love”

3. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 3, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 20 pages. Cover photograph of Chrissie Bartholic by John Kennedy.

  • Contents:
    1. Allen Ginsberg – “My Sad Self”
      David Meltzer – “1: from The Desciple”
      David Meltzer – “I Believe”
      David Meltzer – “Satori”
      David Meltzer – “Look Down & Watch”
      David Meltzer – “For the Poet: VII”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/1”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/2”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees/3”
      Judson Crews – “An Unspecial Mirth”
      Judson Crews – “Spots of Lone West”
      Peter Orlovsky – [untitled] “A death scream…”
      Peter Orlovsky – [untitled] “A cherry splits…”
      Jack Kerouac – “To Allen Ginsberg”
      Jack Kerouac – [untitled] “Jazz killed itself…”
      O.W. Crane – “Synthesis”
      Johnny Arthur – “Drawings”
      O.W. Crane – “Silver Birds”
      Carl Larsen – “Crap and Cauliflower”
      Idell Romero – “Mash Note”
      Idell Romero – “My Sullen Art”
      David Winegar – “Haiku”
      Charles Shaw – “Conversation Piece”
      Charles Shaw – “Invisible Spectator”
      Clarence Major – “Poem for William Carlos Williams”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem for Chrissie”

4. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 4, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 16 pages. Cover design by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. David Omer Bearden – “Walking at Evening”
      David Omer Bearden – “Poem for Martin Edward Cochran”
      David Rafael Wang – “Drinking Song (for William Carlos William)”
      Rozana Webb – “Home Town”
      Sue Abbott Boyd – “Of Related Themes”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Memorial Day (for Elsene)”
      Jean Arsenault – “Singing Cool”
      Ron Padgett – “One Will Forget (for Carolyn)”
      Ron Padgett – “Before I Said (for Carolyn)”
      Jack E Lorts – “Poem for Her”
      Harold Briggs – “Tell me Mr. Teller”
      Paul England – “Graphics”
      Fielding Dawson – “Massachusetts Breakdown 1”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Wish”
      Ted Berrigan – “For Teresa Mitchell”

5. WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 5, edited by Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5” x 8.5”, 24 pages. Cover by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ted Berrigan – “Song”
      Jack Anderson – “The Gift”
      David Omer Bearden – “The Most Ancient Law”
      David Omer Bearden – “Another has come to the Silver Mirror”
      Richard Dokey – “Baptism”
      Richard Gallup – [untitled] “Lonliness is red…”
      Joe Brainard – untitled drawings
      Carl Larsen – “An Age of Winter”
      C. Cleburne Culin – “Lambeth Field”
      LeRoi Jones – “Ostriches & Grandmothers”
      Dan Teis – untitled illustrations
      Dan Teis – “Art as Expression”
      Dan Teis – “Art as Communion”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Hello Again”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “Song for April”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “White on White”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “August 1958”
      Martin Edward Cochran – “Joy for a Pumpkin”
      Robert Creeley – “A Token”
      Ron Padgett – “Another Poem for P.”
      Ron Padgett – “A Pansy Told Me that Poetry Is”
      Ron Padgett – “The Pastel Pansy of Her Wide Eyes”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem for P.”
      Ron Padgett – “6th Street Noon”

Online Resources:

Granary Books – The White Dove Review 

The White Dove Review

White Dove Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Ron Padgett, Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, and Michael Marsh. Tulsa, 1959

While working at the Lewis Meyer bookstore on 37th and Peoria in 1959, Ron Padgett had an idea. Taken with the work of the era’s literary giants and New York-based “little mags” like the Evergreen Review, Padgett, barely 17 and still a junior at Central High School, decided that he would start his own avant-garde lit journal. He and his best friend Dick Gallup would be co-editors…

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Richard Brautigan – Periodicals Edited and Published

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SECTION E:
This index includes periodicals edited and published


1. CHANGE, No. 1, edited by Richard Brautigan and Ron Loewinsohn
First edition:
San Francisco: Change, May 1963
Side-stapled in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 16 pages, mimeograph printed, cover photo by Joan Gatten, wife of Ron Loewinsohn. Contributors include Philip Whalen, Bob Miller, Richard Duerden, Joanne Kyger, Hugh Madden, Robert Duncan, Ken Irby, Richard Brautigan, Gerald Gilbert, Ron Loewinsohn.

R.C. Lion

Envisioned as the monthly newsletter of The Rhymers Club at U.C. Berkeley, R.C. Lion ran for three issues from 1966 to 1967. Editors of the newsletter included Ron Loewinsohn, David Bromige, Sherril Jaffe, and David Schaff.

The Club was open to all, “the hope being how a place might come into fact where a writer can give and take heart and impetus among his fellows, exchange information pertinent or otherwise, tell lies, insist on his visions, and hear readings, taped or live, by writers unlikely to be available.”

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R.C. Lion

Envisioned as the monthly newsletter of The Rhymers Club at U.C. Berkeley, R.C. Lion ran for three issues from 1966 to 1967. Editors of the newsletter included Ron Loewinsohn, David Bromige, Sherril Jaffe, and David Schaff.  The Club was open to all, “the hope being how a place might come into fact where a writer can give and take heart and impetus among his fellows, exchange information pertinent or otherwise, tell lies, insist on his visions, and hear readings, taped or live, by writers unlikely to be available.”

1. R.C. LION, No. 1, edited by Ron Loewinsohn, David Bromige, Sherril Jaffe, and David Schaff
Berkeley: R.C. Lion, May 1966
First edition, side-stapled printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 22 pages, mimeograph.

Contributors: Karen Claussen, Sherril Jaffe, Alice Parsons, David Bromige, Martin MacClain, Ron Loewinsohn, David Schaff, Ken McKeon, David Cole, Red Baron.

2. OUR SEA LION, The Magazine That Submerges Periodically, No. 2, edited by  David Bromige, Sherril Jaffe, David Schaff, and Ron Loewinsohn
Berkeley: R.C. Lion, 1966
First edition, side-stapled printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 54 pages, mimeograph.

Contributors: Anselm Hollo, Richard Brautigan, David Schaff, Jo Marston, Ted Berrigan, David Bromige, Ross Angier, Sherril Jaffe, Bob May, Red Baron, Johannes Amicus, Jim St. Jim, Ron Loewinsohn.

3. R.C. LION, No. 3, edited by David Bromige, Sherril Jaffe, and David Schaff
Berkeley: R.C. Lion, 1967
First edition, side-stapled, illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 60 pages, mimeograph.

Contributors: Fred Wah, David Schaff, David Bromige, Gail Dusenberry, Don Schenker, Ken McKeon, Bob May, Sherril Jaffe, Karen Claussen, Harvey Goldner, Tim Reynolds, Richard Sassoon, Doug Palmer, Scott Smiley, Charla Stark, Phil Sidney, Robert Duncan, Gene Fowler, Martin MacClain.

Open Space

Stan Persky began Open Space in 1964, printing 50 copies of each issue on a multilith machine (whereas J was mimeographed). Like J, and MOpen Space was a very local (North Beach) magazine whose contents seemed primarily intended for those who contributed, including: Helen Adam, Robin Blaser, Ebbe Borregaard, Richard Duerden, Harold Dull, Larry Fagin, Jess Collins, Jack Spicer and George Stanley. The magazine was also “quite spicy and a little gossipy, for instance, labeling the famed 1955 reading at the Six Gallery as ‘creamed cottage cheese.’”

1. OPEN SPACE, No. 0, A PROSPECTUS, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space,  January 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 34 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Translations by Max Knight.

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “A Proposition”
      Christian Morgenstern – “The Moonsheep”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “This ocean, humiliating in its disguises…”
      George Stanley – “Choir”
      anonymous – “The Constant Preaching to the Mob”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Owl”
      Richard Duerden – “A Card for the Tarot”
      anonymous – “Okeanos”

2. OPEN SPACE, No. 1, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, February 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 50 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Collage by Graham Mackintosh.

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “Come-On”
      Robin Blaser – “Psyche”
      Hartford Mutual – “No Possum, No Sop, No Taters”
      Jess – “Critical Dreams – I (eye)”
      Janet Thormann – “The Knight of Cups”
      Jack Spicer – “Sporting Life”
      Link – [untitled] “the insane lady…”
      Link – [untitled] “Like frozen water…”
      Lewis Ellingham – [untitled] “Rock, salt and spray, the angels…”
      James Alexander – “Amoralesay”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “You listen to the leaves, or watch the leaves…”
      Helen Adam – “Two Songs for Lewis Ellingham”
      Gregory Corso – “Mortal Infliction”
      anonymous – “Orders”

3. OPEN SPACE, Valentine Issue, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, February 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 60 pages, lithography printed printed by Mike Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Photography by Lartigue.

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “Alibi”
      C. – “In Despair”
      C. – “The Marriage”
      Bill Roberts – “Recess”
      anonymous – “What Happened : Prelude”
      Robert Duncan – “Postscript for Open Space, January 1964”
      Robin Blaser – “The Prints”
      Robin Blaser – “Translation”
      Stan Persky – “Gourmet Cooking”
      JA – “‘The Island’ by Robert Creeley”

4. OPEN SPACE, No. 2, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, February 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 62 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Illustration by Fran Herndon, collage by Graham Mackintosh..

  • Contents:
    1. Cassius Clay – “I’m the King”
      Stan Persky – “Second Base”
      Jess – “Critical Dreams – II (marginal)”
      Jack Spicer – “This is Submitted to Your Valentine Contest”
      James Herndon – [untitled] “He went outside…”
      Gene Fowler – “The Time Travelers”
      Robin Blaser – [untitled] “It is essentially reluctance…”
      George Stanley – “Orion”
      Link – “Citys Would Make a Masque for Hearts”
      Link – “A Poem for Ulysses”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “I hear a banging on the door…”
      Robert Duncan – [untitled] “And to Her-Without-Bounds I send…”
      Richard Duerden – “Hunger”
      Jack Kerouac – “Blindness”
      Stan Persky – “A Kingdom”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

5. OPEN SPACE, No. 3, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, March 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 52 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Cover art and illustration by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “Whan That Aprill With His Shoures Soote”
      James Alexander – “Love was Here, for Simon”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Just because baseball is not poetry…”
      Philip Whalen – “Technicalities for Jack Spicer”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Fifth Circle of Hell that is not Los Angeles”
      Jack Spicer – “Predictions”
      Jaimie MacInnes – [untitled] “Lime decayed their mouths…”
      Jaimie MacInnes – [untitled] “If running stockings…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “The log in the fire…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Finally the messages penetrate…”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “Dear Stan…”
      Robin Blaser – “2 of Image Nations”
      Anselm Hollo – “Air to Dream in”
      Marianne Moore – “W.S. Landor”
      Stan Persky – “The Wish”
      Joanne Kyger – [untitled] “The persimmons are falling…”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”
      Jack Spicer – “Dear Ferlinghetti”

6. OPEN SPACE, No. 4, Taurus Issue, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, April 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 66 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer and Lee Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Illustrations by Bill Brodecky and Tom Field

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “Horns”
      Robin Blaser – “Sophia Nichols”
      Jess – “Critical Dream – III (trial)”
      James Dickey – “The Being”
      Harold Dull – “The Fire”
      David Bromige – “The Accident”
      E.B. [Ebbe Borregaard] – “Sketches for 13 Sonnets”
      Deneen Brown – [untitled] “Gathered years…”
      Deneen Brown – [untitled] “The rectangle of heat…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Heroes eat soup like anyone else…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Smoke signals…”
      Harold Dull – “The Wild Geese”
      George [Stanley] – “From Seas Mainly”
      Thomas M. Hannon – [untitled] “The angle iron…”
      Thomas M. Hannon – “For a Friend Who is Married”
      Thomas M. Hannon – [untitled] “Last night…”
      Gary Snyder – “Out West”
      Stan [Persky] – “Adventurer”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “A redwood forest is not invisible…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “The whorship of beauty…”
      Jess – [untitled] “Dear Jerry Reilly…”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

7. OPEN SPACE, No. 4, White Hope Issue, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, May 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 66 pages, lithography printed. Illustration by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. Joanne Kyger – [untitled] “Where ever you go I am with you…”
      E.B. [Ebbe Borregaard] – “Sketches for 13 Sonnets”
      Fran Herndon – untitled illustration
      Harold Dull – “Venus and the Moon Poem”
      Deneen Brown – “for Bill Brodecky”
      E. Poe – “Ulalume”
      Bill Brodecky – [untitled] “I admit…”
      George [Stanley] – “The Lyre in the East Rising”
      George [Stanley] – “The Shepherds Verse”
      Jess – “Critical Dreams – IV (haven)”

8. OPEN SPACE, No. 5, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, May 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 50 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer and Lee Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Illustrations by Fran Herndon, Nemi Frost, Tom Field, Bill Wheeler, and Graham Mackintosh.

  • Contents:
    1. Richard Duerden – “Border: The Sun Imprisoned”
      John Ashbury – “A Blessing in Disguise”
      Lewis Ellingham – [untitled] “A new log had been put on the fire…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Pull down the shade of ruin, rain verse…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “If your mother’s mother had not riven, mother…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “What in sight do I have…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “It comes May and the summers renew themselves…”
      Graham Mackintosh – [untitled] “Like Odysseus under the ram…”
      Robert Duncan – “A New Poem, for Jack Spicer”
      Helen Adam – “Farewell Stranger”
      Jamie MacInnis – [untitled] “These are your nights…”
      Ronnie Primack – “From a line by Spicer”
      Lewis Brown – “Bartok, for Pen Lace”
      anonymous – “Book of the Boss”
      George [Stanley] – “Two Parts of a Poem”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Thanatos, the death-plant in the skull…”
      Stan [Persky] – [untitled] “a man drawing the sword…”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”
      Gene Fowler – “Credo”
      C.A. Swin – [untitled] “Fourth, ballad, and take roses…”
      Stan Persky – “Gemini”

9. OPEN SPACE, No. 6, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, June 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 50 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Cover art by Helen Adam, illustrations by Armando
Navarro and Robert Berg.

  • Contents:
    1. Stan Persky – “Orphic Space”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “1st SF home rainout since. Bounce…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “The country is not very well defined…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “I squint my eyes to cry…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “The metallurgical analysis of the stone that…”
      George Stanley – “The Gifts of Death, after Virgil, for Louis Zukofsky”
      Robin Blaser – “Image-Nations 3”
      Robin Blaser – [untitled] “O-friend…”
      Lewis Ellingham – “A Cold Dawn”
      Deneen Brown – [untitled] “It lit up…”
      Wystan – “One Circumlocution”
      Lewis Ellingham – “The Perfect Correspondent”
      Lewis Ellingham – “The Sleepers”
      Lewis Ellingham – “Underweir”
      Robert Duncan – “Passages 5”
      Robert Duncan – “Passages 6”
      Robert Duncan – “Passages 7”
      Robert Duncan – “Passages 8”
      Robert Duncan – “Passages 9”
      Jess – “Critical Dreams – V (ivy)”
      Gael Turnbull – “A Voice, Voices, Speaking”
      Gael Turnbull – “To be Shaken”
      Stan Persky – “A Poem of Light and Dark, for C.S. Lewis”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

10. OPEN SPACE, No. 7, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, July 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 82 pages, lithography printed by Lee Kummer, lettering by Peggy Engle. Cover art by Jess. Illustrations by William McNeill, Ken Botto, Fran Herndon, and Nemi Frost.

  • Contents:
    1. L. Kearney – [untitled] “A rock…”
      L. Kearney – [untitled] “A certain kind of dusk…”
      L. Kearney – [untitled] “I could be wrong except for…”
      Hart – “Chaplinesque”
      Robert Duncan – “A Note for Open Space 7”
      Robert Duncan – “The Structure of Rime XXIII”
      Robert Duncan – “Shadows”
      Jack Spicer – “Love Poems”
      George Stanley – “Songs from Arcadia”
      Joanne Elizabeth Kyger – “In July”
      Joanne Kyger – [untitled] “there is no meeting…”
      Helen Adam – “Sing Song”
      Jess – “Critical Dreams – VI (quicksilver)”
      Jim Alexander – “Alexander”
      Jim Alexander – “Jacob’s Larder”
      Jim Alexander – “Poem Toward a Rondel”
      D.R. Drake – “3”
      Harold Dull – “First Lesson”
      Harold Dull – “Second Lesson”
      Harold Dull – “Third Lesson”
      Harold Dull – “Fourth Lesson”
      Lewis Ellingham – “11, 12”
      Stan Persky – “Report to the Stockholders”

11. OPEN SPACE, No. 8, edited by Stan Persky
mags_openspace08San Francisco: Open Space,  August 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 76 pages. Cover art by Robert Berg.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael McClure – “The Mystery of the Hunt”
      L. Kearney – [untitled] “In the children’s forest…”
      Robert Duncan – “A Note for Open Space 8”
      Robert Duncan – “Structure of Rime XXIV”
      Robert Duncan – “Chords”
      Robert Duncan – “Spelling”
      Robert Duncan – “At Lammas Tide”
      Robert Duncan – “Saint Graal (after Verlaine)”
      Charles Dodgson – [untitled] “I have a fairy by my side…”
      Charles Olson – “Against Wisdom as Such”
      Jamie MacInnis – “Every Little Star”
      Jess – “Tricky Cad, Case IV”
      Jack Spicer “Intermission I-III”
      Jack Spicer – “Transformations I-III”
      Lawrence Fagin – “from Procris & Cephalus”
      Edna Barnes – [untitled] “If beyond passion our love…”
      Harold Dull – [untitled] “I’ve listened before…”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Burden of Loveliness, 1”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Burden of Loveliness, 2”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Great Sand Dunes (for Joey)”
      Stan Persky – “Muse News”

12. OPEN SPACE, No. 9, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, September 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5? x 11?, 92 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Cover art by Harry Jacobus. Illustration by Jess.

  • Contents:
    1. Harold Dull – [untitled] “He tries…”
      Richard Duerden – “Iris, Cut for an Intended Painting”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Step (a collage poem)”
      Jack Spicer – “Morphemicks”
      Lewis Ellingham – “Nightmare and Dream”
      George Stanley – “Untitled”
      Lew Brown – “Lionel”
      Lawrence Fagin – “from Procris & Cephalus”
      Bill Brodecky – [untitled] “Clear face facing…”
      Bill Brodecky – [untitled] “In my dream…”
      Richard Duerden – “The Air”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “I tell you…”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “Beyond where you…”
      George Stanley – “For Bill”
      Tom Field – “The Dentist”
      Robert Duncan – “Parsifal: The Easter Magic”
      Stan Persky – “They”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

13. OPEN SPACE, No. 10, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, October 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5? x 11?, 92 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Cover art and collage poem by by Jess.

  • Contents:
    1. George Stanley – “Elpinor”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “I thought of Achilles…”
      Ronnie Primack – “Love Poem”
      Robin Blaser – “It It It It”
      M. Hannon – “Station Crossing”
      M. Hannon – [untitled] “My hand goes dark…”
      Jamie MacInnis – “Uncourtly Love”
      Jack Spicer – “Phonemics”
      Richard Duerden – “The Host, September”
      Robert Duncan – “The Currents”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “some more from The Step”
      Harold Dull – “Day”
      Harold Dull – “Night”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “Now the winter burns…”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “Tell me nothing now…”
      Stan Persky – “The Story”
      Stan Persky – “House & Garden”

14. OPEN SPACE, No. 11, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, November 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 70 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Cover photograph by Margot Prattlesome Dross.

  • Contents:
    1. Ronnie Primack – “V”
      Oscar Wilde – “The Harlot’s House”
      Harris Schiff – “for Lewis Warsh”
      Jack Spicer – “Graphemics”
      Richard Duerden – “In the Morning”
      Robert Duncan – “Moving the Moving Image”
      Michael S. Willis – “A History of I and Eyes”
      George Stanley – “Penelope’s Prayer”
      George Stanley – “I Thought of Achilles”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “The year’s ending…”
      M.S.W. – [untitled] “A lover’s face…”
      Lewis Ellingham – “Psyche”
      Harold Dull – [untitled] “Is he an intrusion…”
      Harold Dull – [untitled] “We fought…”
      Deneen Brown – [untitled] “Blood colored biscuits…”
      Harold H.C. – “The Broken Tower”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

15. OPEN SPACE, No. 12, edited by Stan Persky
San Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, corner-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 90 pages, lithography printed by Mike Kummer. Illustrations by Jess and Robert Duncan.

  • Contents:
    1. Joanne Kyger – “From Our Soundest Sleep, It Ends”
      Robert Duncan – “The Torso, Passages 18”
      Robert Duncan – “The Earth, Passages 19”
      Robert Duncan – “Structure of Rime XXVI, Passages 20”
      James Alexander – “The Greater Happiness”
      Stan Persky – [untitled] “The first thing I notice…”
      Robin Blaser – “The City”
      Robin Blaser – “Saturn, Star of Melancholy”
      Robin Blaser – “Orpheus”
      Robin Blaser – “Image Nations, 4”
      Jamie MacInnis – “Ducks for Grownups”
      Thomas Clark – “The Site”
      Harris Schiff – “(Unfinished), for Jack Spicer”
      Lewis Ellingham – “O, O”
      Harris Schiff – “Library Window-sill”
      Lew Brown – “To Break the Day’s Contentions”
      Lew Brown – “I Hear Chains”
      Lew Brown – “O to Reknit this Morning”
      Lew Brown – “Blackstone”
      Lew Brown – “Tuig”
      Harold Dull – [untitled] “When leaves like ashes fall…”
      Lawrence Fagin – “from Procris & Cephalus”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “You are more constant…”
      Lawrence Kearney – [untitled] “To be more tied…”
      Lawrence Kearney – “For Jamie”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Some more from The Step”
      Stan Persky – “Home & Garden”

Online Resources:

Flying Object – scans of all issues

J

Jack Spicer’s J ran for eight issues: Nos. 1–5 were edited by Spicer in North Beach where contributions were left in a box marked “J” in The Place, a bar on Grant Avenue in San Francisco; Nos. 6 and 7 (an Apparition of the late J) were edited by George Stanley in San Francisco and New York City respectively while no. 8 was edited by Harold Dull in Rome. Spicer believed that poetry was for poets and the magazine had a small circulation but cast a long shadow. Contributors included: Robin Blaser, Richard Brautigan, Bruce Boyd, Kay Johnson, Robert Duncan, Joe Dunn, Ron Loewinsohn, Joanne Kyger, Helen Adam, and others. Covers (sometimes hand-embellished) were by Fran Herndon (Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5), Russell FitzGerald (No. 3), and George Stanley (Nos. 6, 7).


1. J, No. 1, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j01San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 38 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. James Alexander – “The Jack Rabbit Poem”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “Ballad for S A D”
      Ebbe Borregaard – “Ballad of Billy Swan”
      Robin Blaser – “Two Astronomers with Notebooks”
      Jack Spicer – “Hokkus”
      Joe Dunn – “Love”
      Richard Brautigan – “The Fever Monument”
      Sam the Tenor Man – “The Radio said Giants Cinch Loop Flag”
      Bois Burk – “Ode to Pierre”
      Bruce Boyd – “After Midnight”
      Roland March – [untitled] “Mister Brustein…”
      Damon Beard – [untitled] “Adverse repercussionless…”
      Kay Johnson – [untitled] “My soul is the absurdity…”
      Kay Johnson – [untitled] “The door in the dream…”
      Robert Duncan – “Dream Data”
      Sagen – “Dear Sprach” [pseuds. Borregaard and Spicer]
      Harvey Harmon – “A Soldier and His Shadow”
      Tony Richards – “Summer”

2. J, No. 2, edited by Jack Spicer 
San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 36 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. George Stanley – “Tete Rouge”
      Fran Herndon – untitled illustration
      Jess Collins – “I Ups to My Self And”
      Harvey Harmon – [untitled] “More paths…”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “Down to new beaches…”
      Robert Duncan – “Dear Carpenter”
      Harvey Harmon – “A New Estate”
      William Morris – “Dear Senior Poet”
      Stan Persky – [untitled] “but it was a moment…”
      Mary Murphy – “In-”
      Will Holther – ” Lament for Otto de Fey”
      Jack Spicer – “Epilog for Jim”
      J.P. Shark – [untitled] “On account of changing tidal conditions…”

3. J, No. 3, edited by Jack Spicer
San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed and hand-painted cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 38 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by Russell FitzGerald.

  • Contents:
    1. Bruce Boyd – “Introduction”
      Bruce Boyd – “Toward Morning”
      Bruce Boyd – “War”
      R.H. Blyth – “Letters to the Editor”
      Rueban – “Q”
      Mary Murphy – [untitled] “The skull is not the bones…”
      Leo Krikorian – [untitled] “1. No drinking on duty…”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Entangling Alliances”
      George Stanley – “Tete Rouge (continued)”
      Jack Spicer – [untitled] “The slobby sea where you float…”
      Damon Beard – [untitled] “Even —…”
      Jack Spicer – “Last Hokku”
      JBH [James Herndon?] – [untitled] “I don’t know how many…”

4. J, No. 4, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j04San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed and hand-painted cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 36 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. Robert Duncan – “A Sequence of Poems…”
      Richard Brautigan – “The Pumpkin Tide”
      Richard Brautigan – “The Sidney Greenstreet Blues”
      Richard Brautigan – “Surprise”
      Garln – “Garln to His Friend”
      Joanne Kyger – “Tapestry #3”
      Josef Elias – “Joetry”
      Donald Allen – “for Barbara”
      John Ryan – “Pecadillo”
      Jack Spicer – “Jacob”
      George Stanley – “Tete Rouge (continued)”
      Wallace Allen Healey – “Politics”

5. J, No. 5, edited by Jack Spicer
mags_j05San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed and hand-painted cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 34 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by Fran Herndon.

  • Contents:
    1. L. Frank Baum – “from Sky Island”
      Larry Eigner – “Front”
      Jess Collins – “The Poets Corner” [comic strip]
      Richard Brautigan – “1942”
      Mary Murphy – [untitled] “Lack of oxygen…”
      D.D. – “Fishing on Saturday”
      Kay Johnson – “The Space is Too Wide”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “WIBC Poems”
      George Stanley – “Tete Rouge (continued)”
      Robert Duncan – “The Song of the River to its Shores”
      Richard Duerden – “Right Now”
      Sheila Roche Harmon – [untitled] “A young devil sat…”
      Jack Spicer – “Fifth Elegy”
      William Berryman – “On the Composition of Bones”
      William R. Allen – “Letter”

6. J, No. 6, edited by George Stanley
San Francisco: J, 1959
First edition, corner-stapled sheets in printed cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 38 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by George Stanley.

  • Contents:
    1. Helen Adam – “Scenes from San Francisco’s Burning”
      Paul Goodman – “I Love You, Necessary–”
      Joanne Kyger – “Pan as the Son of Penelope”
      Lucio Manisco – “Un Misto di Boheme Mistica e Letteraria”
      William A. Berryman – [untitled] “in the after hours…”

7. J, No. 7, edited by George Stanley
New York: J, 1960
Corner-stapled sheets in printed cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 32 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover by George Stanley.

All contents are anonymous.

8. J, No. 8, 1961, edited by Harold Dull *
Rome: J, 1961
Contributors: Harold Dull, Stan Persky.

[*not in archive]


online excerpt from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side (Granary Books, 1998):

“In many ways the most beautiful of all the mimeo magazines, J had an eight-issue run. The first five issues were edited from North Beach bars by Jack Spicer with Fran Herndon as art editor. Spicer, who embodied the spirit of poetry in the Bay area, collected pieces for his magazine from a box marked “J” in The Place, a bar at 1546 Grant Avenue in San Francisco. A refugee from Los Angeles with two degrees from Berkeley, he had been a student of Josephine Miles there in the mid-1940s. They became close friends, and Spicer participated in the Friday afternoon poetry readings in Wheeler Hall during the late 1940s as well as the readings organized with Rockefeller money by Ruth Witt-Diamant at the new Poetry Center at San Francisco State. Into the cauldron of poetic politics surrounding Miles, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others, Spicer introduced his freest of spirits, sometimes more Caliban than Ariel. Spicer lived for words (even making his living as a research assistant on a lexicographical project at Berkeley). He could be found most evenings in one of the North Beach bars or coffeehouses leading the discussion on poetry, poetics, myth, linguistics, and other mysteries. Like Blake and Yeats (with the help of Mrs. Yeats), Spicer attempted to clear his mind and open himself to “dictation” from other sources, which he devotedly pursued. Spicer also believed wholeheartedly in the necessity of human beings’ helping each other through communication, which he confronted in the editorship of J, a little newsletter of the poetic spirit. Donald Allen acted as J’s distributor in New York (“New York Contributions are not forbidden. But quotaed”), selling copies for Spicer to the Wilentz brothers of the Eighth Street Book Shop. In an early letter to Spicer, Allen eagerly wondered “what your editorial policy may be. Seduction by print.””


Further Reading:

Mimeo Mimeo on J