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Gryphon

Born on January 2, 1922, Richard Rubenstein began his literary career in a local prep school when he won a poetry contest. Associated with the Beat Poets in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rubenstein worked to found and edit several small press poetry journals – Neurotica, first published in spring of 1948; Inferno, in late 1949; and Gryphon, in spring of 1950. In Gryphon he published early works of Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov, as well as the established authors Henry Treece, D.H. Emblem, e.e. cummings, and Cid Corman. He himself published a small chapbook, Beer and Angels, and produced a long manuscript of collected poems which went unpublished. Rubenstein’s health deteriorated because of his long-standing nervous condition and the alcohol he drank to combat it. He died on Yom Kippur in 1958.

1. GRYPHON, No. 1, edited by Richard Rubinstein
San Francisco: Gryphon, Spring 1950

2. GRYPHON, No. 2, edited by Richard Rubinstein
San Francisco: Gryphon, Fall 1950

3. GRYPHON, No. 3, edited by Richard Rubinstein
San Francisco: Gryphon, Spring 1951

Hearse

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HEARSE, A VEHICLE USED TO CONVEY THE DEAD ran for 17 issues and was published by E. V. Griffith’s Hearse Press from 1957 until 1972. According to Griffith in SHEAF, HEARSE, COFFIN, POETRY NOW: A HISTORY (Hearse Press, 1996):

“In format, HEARSE was a center-stapled booklet 5.5″ x 8.5″ page size; the wire staples which held the propensity for rusting. The Rhino Bristol cover stock ran through several different colors — blue, gray, green, yellow, and (much later) pink — with the name in black ink. (A few issues varied this by using white cover stock, and a colored ink.) Its appearance owed much to — in fact, almost copied — Larsen’s EXISTARIA.”


1. HEARSE, No. 1, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse01First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1957
Saddle-stapled  in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages, 100 copies, offset printed.

Contents: poems by Joel Oppenheimer, Robert Creeley, Raymond Souster, Larry Eigner, Jonathan Williams, Langston Hughes, Louis Dudek, Gil Orlovitz, David Cornel DeJong, Bariss Mills, Judson Crews and 11 other poets; artwork by Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an excerpt from the autobiography of Dick Stud, and a collage by Mercy Pennis Hyman.

2. HEARSE, No. 2, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse02First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1957
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages, offset printed.

Contents: poems by Gil Orlovitz, Langston Hughes, Robert Creeley, Charles Bukowski, Joel Oppenheimer, Lloyd Zimpel, Richard Brautigan, Theodore Enslin, John Forbis, Alden A. Nolan, Raymond Souster and 16 other poets; artwork by E. V. Griffith, and Henry Miller, and a short story by Harold Witt.

3. HEARSE, No. 3, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse03First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1958
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 32 pages, offset printed.

Contents: poems by Kenneth Rexroth, Langston Hughes, Alden A. Nolan, Gil Orlovitz, Judson Crews, David Cornel DeJong, Carol Ely Harper, Mason Jordan Mason, Richard Brautigan, Raymond Souster, Clarence Major, and 5 other poets; artwork by Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin, and Ben Tibbs, and a short story by R. T. Taylor.

4. HEARSE, No. 4, edited by E. V. Griffith
First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1958
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, offset printed.

Contents: poems by Russell Atkins, Charles Bukowski, Maxine Cassin, Paul Blackburn, Mortimer Tission, and 10 other poets; artwork by E. V. Griffith, and Farley Gay, and a short story by Mary Graham Lund.

5. HEARSE, No. 5, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse05First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, offset printed.

Contents: poems by Allen Ginsburg, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, LeRoi Jones, Joel Oppenheimer, David Cornel DeJong, Frederick Eckman, Alden A. Nolan, Walter Lowenfels, and 8 other poets; artwork by E. V. Griffith.

6. HEARSE, No. 6, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse06First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, offset printed.

Contents: poems by George Scarborough, Felix Stefanie, Russell Atkins, Gil Orlovitz, Jon Barkley Hart, Maxine Cassin, Judson Crews, and 5 other poets; artwork by E. V. Griffith, and Bob Brown, a short story by Clarence Major, and a excerpt from the autobiography of Raven Lunatick.

7. HEARSE, No. 7, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse07First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by David Cornel DeJong, Langston Hughes, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Souster, Patricia Hooper, Larry Eigner, Gil Orlovitz, Jack Anderson, Diane DiPrima, Judson Crews, and 8 other poets, and a short story by Mary Graham Lund.

8. HEARSE, No. 8, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse08First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1961
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Charles Bukowski, Jonathan Williams, Gil Orlovitz, Frederick Eckman, Maxine Cassin, Russell Atkins, and 11 other poets, and a short story by Irving Halperin.

9. HEARSE, No. 9, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse09First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1961
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Paul Blackburn, Richard Brautigan, Gil Orlovitz, Robert S. Ward, George Scarborough, and 4 other poets.

10. HEARSE, No. 10, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse10First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1969
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 32 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Winfield Towny Scott, Charles Bukowski, Marge Piercy, Harold Witt, William Childress, Maxine Cassin, Dave Etter, Theodore Enslin, Carroll Arnett, and 9 other poets.

11. HEARSE, No. 11, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse11First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1969
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 48 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by William Childress, Robert Bly, Charles Bukowski, Hayden Carruth, Kathleen Fraser, Larry Eigner, Lyn Lifshin, Harold Witt, Vern Rutsala, Robert Mezey, Gerg Kuzma, Thomas Mayer, Nancy, Willard, George Hitchcock, Keith Wilson, Rochelle OWents, Dave Etter, Carroll Arnett, Peter Wild, Terry Stokes, and 12 other poets.

12. HEARSE, No. 12, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse12First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1970
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 44 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Diane Wakowski, Robert Mezey, John Haines, Dave Etter, Charles Simic, William Childress, Charles Wright, Michael Benedikt, William Matthews, David Ingatow, Harold Witt, Rochelle Owens, David Antin, Robert Gershon, and 17 other poets.

13. HEARSE, No. 13, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse13First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1970
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Marge Piercy, Charles Simic, Marvin Applewhite, Jack Anderson, Michael Benedikt, Howard McCord, Dave Etter, Nancy Willard, Lewis Warsh, Gerard Malanga, Harold Bond, Keith Wilson, Morton Marcus, John Gill, and 11 other poets.

14. HEARSE, No. 14, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse14First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1970
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by James Schevill, Philip Levine, Nancy Willard, Marvin Bell, Larry Eigner, Stephen Sandy, James Welch, Charles Bukowski, Robert Peters, William Childress, Marge Piercy, Harold Witt, James Tate, Adrien Stoutenburg, Peter Wild, Carolyn Stoloff, Terry Stokes, Harley Elliott, and 20 other poets.

15. HEARSE, No. 15, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse15First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1971
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 64 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Hayden Caruth, William Matthews, Marge Piercy, Charles Bukowski, John Woods, Herbert Scott, Gary Gilder, William Childress, Greg Kuzma, Theodore Enslin, Albert Goldbarth, Jack Anderson, Peter Wild, Michael G. Culross, H.L. Van Brunt, Lyn Lifshin, Norman Dubie, and 30 other poets.

16. HEARSE, No. 16, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse16First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1971
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 64 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Harold Witt, Daniel Hoffman, Philip Booth, Ted Kooser, David Wagoner, William Matthews, David Ingatow, Robert Mezey, Larry Levis, Paul Zimmer, Dave Etter, Carolyn Stoloff, Lyn Lifshin, Charles Edward Eaton, Ernest Kroll, David Hilton, Sonya Dorman, Robert Hershson, Terry Stokes, and 28 other poets.

17. HEARSE, No. 17, edited by E. V. Griffith
mags_hearse17First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1972
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 88 pages, letterpress printed.

Contents: poems by Charles Bukowski, Harold Norse, X.J. Kennedy, Robert Mezey, James Schevill, Charles Wright, John Woods, William Childress, Russell Edson, Peter Everyone, Colette Inez, Douglas Blazek, Thomas Lux, William Witherup, Robert Hershon, Peter Wild, Lyn Lifshin, Geof Hewitt, Dave Kelly, Stephen Dunn, William Hathaway, Adrien Stoutenburg, and 39 other poets.

Judson Crews

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Judson Crews, poet, editor, publisher, and book dealer, was born June 30, 1917, in Waco, Texas. Crews received both the B.A. (1941) and M.A. (1944) in Sociology from Baylor University, and during 1946-1947 studied fine arts at Baylor. In addition, Crews did graduate study at the University of Texas, El Paso in 1967. He has worked as an educator at Wharton County Junior College, New Mexico (1967-1970), the University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch (1971-1972), and at the University of Zambia (1974-1978). He has also been involved in social work. After two years in the U. S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, Crews moved his family and business, Motive Press, from Waco, Texas, to Taos, New Mexico, where he began his writing and publishing career in earnest.

Judson Crews was a prominent figure in the Southwest poetry scene as a poet, editor, and publisher of contemporary poetry and art magazines. Crews admittedly wrote under numerous pseudonyms. Of these pseudonyms, Willard Emory Betis, Trumbull Drachler, Cerise Farallon (Mrs. Trumbull Drachler, maiden name Lena Johnston), and Tobi Macadams have been clearly identified. In the instance of these, and possibly many other pseudonymous names, Crews created a fantasy world of writers to encompass, perhaps, the breadth of his literary ambitions.

Crews’ publishing activities began in earnest after his move from Texas to the Taos area. He started the Este Es Press in 1946, which remained in operation until 1966. The little magazines with which he was involved from 1940 to 1966 include The Deer and Dachshund, The Flying Fish, Motive, The Naked Ear, Poetry Taos, Suck-Egg Mule: A Recalcitrant Beast, Taos: A Deluxe Magazine of the Arts, and Vers Libre. Together with Scott Greer, he was co-editor of Crescendo: A Laboratory for Young America, and worked with Jay Waite on Gale. Crews published not only his own chapbooks and magazines but also those of his friends and colleagues, including the Zambian poet Mason Jordan Mason, among others. In conjunction with this printing activity, Crews operated the Motive Book Shop which became a focal point for the dissemination and advocacy of avant-garde poetry, important little magazines and literary reviews, as well as so-called pornographic materials. The material that Crews sold ranged from literary classics such as the works of D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller, to hard-to-obtain domestic and foreign avant-garde journals, and nudist magazines. Crews was also a friend as well as an advocate of Henry Miller and continued to sell Miller’s works after they were banned in the United States.


Judson Crews Checklist:

Section A: Books
Section B: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals
Section D: Books Edited and Published
Section E: Periodicals Edited and Published


A Select and limited sampling…

Mason Jordan Mason
THE YARDARM OF MURPHEY’S KITE
crews_theyardarmRanches of Taos: Motive Press, 1956
First edition, 4to., [48] pp. Introduction by Chris Bjerknes, “Mason Jordan Mason: An Appreciation”. White, plastic comb binding with decorated board covers. Photographs cut from magazines on both sides of covers, with title and author name letterpress printed in blue on front. Additional magazine images throughout. The images appear to come from nudist, girly, travel, and other magazines. Each copy presumably is unique. [Some have suggested that Mason Jordan Mason is a pseudonym for Judson Crews who admitedly used several pseudonyms. See biographical sketch.] 

Judson Crews, editor 
POETRY TAOS, Number One.
crews_poetrytaosRanches of Taos: n.p., 1957
First edition, 4to., [64] pp. White, plastic comb binding with decorated board covers. Photographs cut from magazines on both sides of covers, with title and author name letterpress printed in blue on front. Numerous similar leaves in text. The images appear to come from nudist, girly, travel, and other magazines. Each copy presumably is unique. Introduction by Judson Crews. Contributors include: Wolcott Ely, Gaston Criell, William Carlos Williams, Mason Jordan Mason, Robert Creeley, Robert Burdette, Max Fenstein, Hyacinthe Hill, Joseph Foster, Cerise Farallon, Judson Crews, Donn Cantonwine, Murry Moore, Wendell B. Anderson. 


Further research and reading:

Biographical information


References consulted:

Anderson, Wendell. THE HEART’S PRECISION (Carson: Dumont Press, 1994)

Taylor, Kent  and Alan Horvath.  LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 1 and 2 (Kirpan Press, 2006, 2008)

THE WORMWOOD REVIEW, Issue No. 19 (Storrs: Wormwood Review Press, 1965)

Measure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M

The Spicer Circle magazine M appeared in 1962 in the period after J and before Open Space. Edited by poets Lew Ellingham and Stan Persky, the magazine published John Allen Ryan, George Stanley, Heinrich von Kleist (translated by Jim Herndon), Robin Blaser, William McNeill, Jack Moore, Gail Chugg, Bob Conner, David Melville and the editors. Ellingham spent years researching a biography of Spicer, which was eventually co-authored with poet Kevin Killian as Poet Be Like God (Wesleyan, 1998).

M, No. 1, edited by Lew Ellingham and Stan Persky
mags_m01San Francisco: M, Spring 1962
Side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 64 pages, mimeograph printed.

“Contributions may be sent to 4 Harwood Alley of c/o ‘M’ at Gino & Carlo’s Bar, 548 Green Street, San Francisco 11. There is a box in the bar to receive contributions, and the bartender will hold any too large to be placed in the box.”

Contributors:
George Stanley – [untitled] “Not speaking in human speech…”
Lewis Ellingham – “Essays on Six Subjects”
Gail Chugg – “The Avenging Angel”
anonymous – “The River Bed”
Stan Persky – “Orpheus Under the Golden Gate Bridge”
George Stanley – “The Death of Orpheus”
Gail Chugg – “A Romantical Poem for Leigh Hunt”
Stan Persky – “Lake”
Gail Chugg – “The Spell Binders”
George Stanley – “The Great Wall of Canada”
anonymous – “The Eagle & The Sperm Whale”
anonymous – “Alaska, The Beautiful”
anonymous – “Change”
Stan Persky – “Twenty Years After”
Bob Conner – “To an Archaic Apollo”
anonymous – “The Commendatory”
anonymous – “The Guardians”
anonymous – “The Stone Statue”
Gail Chugg – “A Poem of Granite for Lew”
Stan Persky – “The Western Buildings”
Robin Blaser – “The Faerie Queene”
George Stanley – “The Crazy Bartender”
John Allen Ryan – “Fresco IV”
Jack Moore – [untitled] “I try at times…”
Wm McNeill – “Unyielding Demands”
Wm McNeill – “Kyoto: A Dream on the Banks of Two Rivers”
Bill McNeil – “By Heian’s Gate”
John Allen Ryan – “Convict Creek”
John Allen Ryan – “Second Annie Poem”
Heinrich von Kleist, trans. Jim Herndon – “On The Marionette Theatre”
David Melville – “Dop Dop Dop”

M, No. 2, edited by Lew Ellingham
mags_m02San Francisco: M, 1962
Side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 48 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover illustration by Paul Alexander.

“This is the second issue, published on a summer holiday.”

Contributors:
Bill Roberts – “The Dwarf’s Handshake”
Jim Alexander – [untitled] “Promytheus wd hav askd…”
Larry Fagin – [untitled] “Though we come back…”
Helen Adam – “Memory”
Jack Flynn – “Jed”
Ruben Dario, trans. John Allen Ryan – “Cleopompa and Heliodemus”
Stan Persky – “The Astronomer”
Larry Fagin – “For Bill”
Ebbe Borregaard – “October Seventh Poem”
Jim Alexander – “Melody of Triumverates”
Bill Roberts – “The Tower and the Cross”
John Allen Ryan – “The Gleaners”
Tony Sherrod – [untitled] “Beneath one thigh…”
Parker Hodges – “Irresistably, the Birds”
Lewis Ellingham – “Poem for S.”
Larry Fagin – [untitled] “No don’t dead hide my dying giving…”

The Rivoli Review

The Rivoli Review, Vol. Zero, No. One, edited by Richard Duerden 
mags_rivoli01San Francicso: The Rivoli Review 1963
Side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 24 pages, mimeograph printed. Cover illustration by Jess Collins.

 

Contributors:
Ford Madox Ford – “Meary Walker”
Robert Duncan – “Weacing the Design”
James Koller – [untitled] “mottled brown birds…”
Richard Duerden – “Seven: #2 La Martine Place”
Denise Levertov – “Hypocrite Women”
Lynn Lonidier – “Chagall and Bella”
Ron Loewinsohn – “Art for Art’s Sake”, “The Rain, The Rain”
Gerald Gilbert – [untitled] “Sunshine…”
Lorenzo Thomas – “Grass”, “West”
Robert Peterson – “Critical Times”
Ron Loewinsohn – “Fuck You Roger Maris”
Philip Whalen – “Plums, Metaphysics, An Investigation, A Visit and a Short Funeral Ode”
Ron Loewinsohn – “It is to be Bathed in Light”

The Rivoli Review, Vol. Zero, No. Two, edited by Richard Duerden 
mags_rivoli02San Francicso: The Rivoli Review 1964
Side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 14″, 30 pages, mimeograph printed.

 

Contributors:
James Koller – “The People are Coming”
Ron Loewinsohn – “A Place to Go”
Jess Collins – “Song of the Pied Parrot”
Lew Brown – “from Lionel”
Deneen Brown – “Azalea Poem”
George Stanley – “Argus”
Robert Duncan – “Passages III”, “Passages 3-4”
Richard Duerden – “Silence, and Katharsis”
Lew Brown – “The Broadjump”, “from Lionel”
Jack Anderson – “The Scale of It”
Richard Duerden – “The Sonata”
Jack Anderson – “Man in a Doorway”
Gerard Malanga – “Final Sonnet XC”

Circle Magazine

Circle Magazine was published from 1944 to 1948 by George Leite, initially with poet Bern Porter. Produced at Leite’s Berkeley, California bookstore, daliel’s, the 10 issues featured poetry, prose, criticism and art from many of those whose creative works and their successors would later come to be called the San Francisco Renaissance. In addition to the magazine, Circle Editions published contemporary authors such as Albert Cossery and Henry Miller (a personal friend of Leite’s).


Circle, No. 1, 1944
mags_circle01Contributors:
Henry Miller – Open Letter to Small Magazines
Philip Lamantia – Two Poems
Bern Porter – You’re No Dope: Let Me Save You
Jeanne McGahey – Street With People
Rosalie Moore – Poem In 2 Scenes
George Elliott – The Red Battery
George Leite – Toward A Technique Of Rule
Josephine Miles – Four Poems
Joseph Van Auker – Pirandello In Chains
Lawrence Hart – The Map Of The Country

Circle, No. 2, 1944
mags_circle02Contributors:
Henry Miller – To Anaïs Nin
Glen Coffield – Two Poems
William Everson – Two War Elegies
Robert Barlow – Four Poems
Bern Porter – Letter To Gabene
W. Edwin Ver Becke – Four Line Prints
C.F. MacIntyre – Rilke And The Lost God
Dean Jeffries – Three Poems
William Carlos Williams – To The Dean
George Leite – To Henry Miller
Philip Lamantia – Two Poems
Shaemus Keilty – Quinquin

Circle, No. 3, 1944
mags_circle03Contributors:
Harry Hershkowitz – The Bulbul Birds
Kenneth Patchen – Four Poems
W. Edwin Ver Becke – The Father
Yvan Goll – Histoire De Parmenia L’Havanaise
Thomas Parkinson – Morning Passage
George Elliott – Two Poems
Douglas MacAgy – Palimpsest
Pvt. Leonard Wolf – Two Poems
Hamilton Tyler – Mr. Eliot And Mr. Milton
Jackson Burke – Poem
Pvt. J.C. Crews – Poem
M. Wheelan Grote – First Impression Of College
Lt (jg) Hubert Creekmore – Two Poems
Marie Wells – Two Poems
Lawrence Hart – About Marie Wells
Robert Lottick – Poem
Wendel Anderson – Poem
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 4, 1944
mags_circle04Contributors:
Anaïs Nin – The All-Seeing
Theodore Schroeder – Where Is Obscenity?
Arthur Ginzel – Four
Walter Fowlie – The Two Creators
George Leite – Low Darkened Shelter
Henry Miller – Varda: The Master Builder
Lee Ver Duft – Poems
Herbert Cahoon – Marley And The Gemini
Lt. Joseph Stanley Pennell – Two Poems
Bern Porter – All Over The Place
James Franklin Lewis – To John Wheelwright
Forrest Anderson – Sea Poems
Warren d’Azevedo – Deep Six For Danny
Lt. Robert L. Dark – Two poems
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 5, 1945
mags_circle05Contributors:
Weldon Kees – The Purcells
E.E. Cummings – Five Poems
Dane Rudhyar – Neptune, Evocator Extraordinary
Jess Cloud – Three Portraits
Henri Hell – Max Jacob
Douglas MacAgy – Clay Spohn’s War Machines
Henry Miller – Preface For The Power Within Us
Aline Musyl – Four Little Poems
Albert Clements – Rain
Alfred Young Fisher – Voltas For Fugues
George Leite & Bern Porter – Photo-poems
Frederic Ramsey, Jr. – Artist’s Life
Nicholas Moore – A Poem & A Story
Marguerite Martin – First Pity
Paul Radin – Journey Of The Soul
Max Harris – Two Poems

Circle, No. 6, 1945
mags_circle06Contributors:
Lawrence Hart – Some Elements Of Active Poetry
Rosalie Moore – Letter To Camp Orford, Poem In Two Scenes
Robert Barlow – Framed Portent, Table Set For Sea Slime
Marie Wells – Death At Noon, Monody In One
Jeanne McGahey – Road To Chicago
Alfred Morang – Darling Sister And The Pound Of Liver
Haldeen Brady -Whirl
Henry Miller – Knud Merrild: A Holiday In Paint
Robert Barlow – Tepuzteca, Tepehua
James Laughlin – Poem In 38 Lines
Thomas Parkinson – John Works On A Figure Of Virginia, Carving It
Harry Roskolenko – Return, The Expert
Eugene Gramm – A Gallery Of Americans
Maude Phelps Hutchins – Soliloquy At Dinner
Alex Comfort – The Soldiers
William Pillin – My Reply As A Jew
Leonora Carrington – Flannel Night Shirt
Richard O. Moore – Villanelle 1, Villanelle 2
Kenneth Rexroth – Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Circle, No. 7-8, 1946
mags_circle07Contributors:
Robert Duncan – The Years As Catches
Ian Hugo – Two Block Prints
Anaïs Nin – Hedja
Hamilton Tyler – Finnegan Epic
Bern Porter – Map Of Joyce’s Life
Lindley Williams Hubbell Jacques Vache
Kenneth Patchen – Sleepers Awake
Thomas Hughes Ingle – Tattooed Sailor
Kenneth O. Hanson – Falstaff And The Chinese Poet
Douglas MacAgy – Without Horizon
James McCray – Four Paintings
Yvan Goll – The Magic Circle
Brewster Ghiselin – Concert In Dorse
Charlotte Marletto – Oblique Epitome
A.M. Klein – In Memoriam
Thomas Parkinson – Letter To A Young Lady
Howard O’Hagan – The Colony
Edmund de Coligny – The Poem Of The Two Oscars
Robert Barlow – Angel Hernandez, Artist
George Leite & Bern Porter – Two Photo-poems
Edwin Ver Becke – A Line Drawing And A Story, The Tryst
Gil Orovitz – Flamenco
Shaun FitzSimon – Easter Bells
Roger Pryor Dodge – A Non-esthetic Basis For The Dance
Alex Austin – Civilization
Oscar Williams – The Lemmings
Paul Radin – Three Conversions
Osmond Beckwith – Fire Sale
Warren D’ Azevedo – Blue Peter
Darius Milhaud – French Music Between Two Wars
George Barrows – Creative Photography
W.S. Graham – Three Poems
Eithene Wilkins – Two Poems
Jack Jones – A Story, A Poem
Samuel Holmes – The Death Of An Innocent
James Steel Smith – Murder And Complacency
Georges Henein – There Are No Pointless Jests
Martin H. Mack – It All Depends On How You Want It
David Cornel DeJong – Three Poems
Henry Miller – Three Books Tangent To Circle

Circle, No. 9, 1946
mags_circle09Contributors:
Lawrence Durrell – Eight Aspects Of Melissa
Gerald Burke – Essay On Children
Richard O. Moore – A History Primer
Jim Fitzsimmons – Four Experimental Nudes
David Stuart – The Inflammable Angel Kezia
C.F. MacIntyre – The Ars Poetica Of Paul Valery
William Everson – The Release
A. Seixas – Ellwood Graham
George Leite – The Wing: The Mirror
Alexis Comfort – Taras And The Snowfield
Walker Winslow – NP Ward
Hilaire Hiler – Manifesto Of Psychromatic Design
Harold Norse – Three Poems
Robert Wosniak – The Man In The Cape
Robert Stock – Triumphal Arch
Ericka Braun – Oath Of The Tennis Court
Max Harris (poet) – Revolutionary Poem
Mary Fabilli – The Memorable Hosptial
Will Gibson – Poem For Three
Selwyn Schwartz – Four Poems
Ernst Kaiser – The Development From Surrealism
Richard Lyons (writer) – A Note To Kenneth Patchen
Byron Vazakas – Two Poems
Henry Miller – Rimbaud Opus (Part Two)
Harry Roskolenko – PR, The Portable Review

Circle, No. 10, 1948
mags_circle10Contributors:
John Whitney & James Whitney – Audio-Visual Music
Joseph Stanley Pennell – Logistics
Mary Fabilli – The Boss
Giuseppe Ungaretti – Eight Poems
Antony Borrow – The Great Refusal
Douglas MacAgy – A Margin Of Chaos
Charles Howard – The Bride
Harry Partch – Show-horses In The Concert Ring
Robert Barlow – The Malinche Of Acacingo
Alex Comfort – Two Enemies Of Society
D. Rentis – Forward
Attile Joseph – Two Poems
Clarisse Blazek – Poet In Hungary
George Elliott – Story
Luis J. Trinkaus – Eight Inches Of Snow
Kendrick Smithyman – Legends Of The Gunner And His Girl
Warren D’Azevedo – Shuttle
Robert Duncan – Toward An African Elegy
Jody Scott & George Leite- Admission of Fission


Further reading
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Charles Bukowski: Broadsides

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SECTION B:
This index includes broadsides featuring poems and stories from  the 1940’s to the late 1960’s: from Bukowski’s first appearance to roughly the time that his work started being published in collected volumes by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press; the period of time covered by Sanford Dorbin’s Bibliography.


1. Bukowski, Charles. 20 TANKS FROM KASSELDOWN
First edition:
Washington D.C.: Black Sun Press, Spring 1946
Broadside, 12″ x 16″,  (c. 1000 copies). Published as part of PORTFOLIO AN IN­TERNATIONAL REVIEW, No. 3, edited by Caresse Crosby.
(Dorbin D2, Krumhansl 1)

2. Bukowski, Charles. HIS WIFE, THE PAINTER
buk_hiswifeFirst edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, June 1960
Broadside, 5″ x 11″, (c. 201 copies), letterpress printed. Published as Hearse Broadside No. 1.
(Dorbin B1 and C248, Krumhansl 2 and 14a)

Note: according to Dorbin [see Dorbin B1], there were variant examples on paper without the blindstamp (Strathmore Artist) of this and three other Bukowski broadsides later assembled as part of Coffin, No.1. He believed that all could have been printed on scrap stock.

Note: according to Krumhansl, “201 copies were published 16 June 1960, 50 of which were distributed to various poets and friends of E.V. Griffith, publisher of Hearse Press. 150 copies were included in Coffin 1 and the remaining copy was used for the offset paste-up of Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail.”

3. Bukowski, Charles. THE PRIEST AND THE MATADOR *
buk_priestFirst edition:
n.p.: privately printed, 1962
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed.
(Dorbin B4, Krumhansl 10)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “Published sometime in 1962. Bukowski believed that this item was produced by students at Northwestern or Purdue. Dorbin could not verify this information but ascertained that it was picked up by some mid-western area students after the publication of Run with the Hunted in 1962.”

4. Bukowski, Charles. SAME OLD THING, SHAKESPEARE THROUGH MAILER
buk_sameold
First edition:
Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1963
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed.
(not in Dorbin, Krumhansl 11)

Note: an offprint of pages 2 and 3 from The Wormwood Review, Vol. 4, No. 3, Issue 11, edited by Marvin Malone (Storrs: The Wormwood Review, November 1963).

Note: according to Krumhansl, “500 copies, of which 29 were signed and numbered, were issued gratis sometime in 1963”.

5. Bukowski, Charles. THE PAPER ON THE FLOOR
First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
Folded broadside, 7″ x 11″ sheet folded once to make four pages, (151 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of Coffin, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith.
(Dorbin C250, Krumhansl 14b)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “151 copies were published in 1964, 150 of which were laid into the portfolio [Coffin, No. 1] and one used in the offset paste-up of Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail“.

6. Bukowski, Charles. THE OLD MAN ON THE CORNER
First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
Broadside, 4″ x 11″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of Coffin, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith.
(Dorbin C249, Krumhansl 14c)


7. Bukowski, Charles. WASTE BASKET 
First edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
Broadside, 5″ x 6″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of Coffin, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith.
(Dorbin C251, Krumhansl 14d)

8. Bukowski, Charles. TRUE STORY *
buk_truestory_xFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
Broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 18)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “30 signed copies were published April 1966: 27 copies numbered 1-27 plus 3 copies lettered A-C. Designed and printed by Philip Klein.”

9. Bukowski, Charles. ON GOING OUT TO GET THE MAIL *
buk_ongoing_x
First edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
Broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B7, Krumhansl 19)

Note: according to Krumhansl: “30 signed copies were published May 1966: 27 copies numbered 1-27 plus 3 copies lettered A-C. Designed and printed by Philip Klein.”

10. Bukowski, Charles. TO KISS THE WORMS GOODNIGHT *
buk_tokiss_xFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
Broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B8, Krumhansl 20)

Note: according to Krumhansl: “30 signed copies were published June 1966: 27 copies numbered 1-27 plus 3 copies lettered A-C. Designed and printed by Philip Klein.”

11. Bukowski, Charles. THE GIRLS / FOR THE MERCY MONGERS *
buk_thegirls_xFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
Broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B9, Krumhansl 22)

Note: according to Krumhansl: “30 signed copies were published July 1966: 27 copies numbered 1-27 plus 3 copies lettered A-C. Designed and printed by Philip Klein.”

12. Bukowski, Charles. THE FLOWER LOVER / I MET A GENIUS *
buk_flowerloverFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
Broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 24)

Note: according to Krumhansl: “30 signed copies were published October 1966: 27 copies numbered 1-27 plus 3 copies lettered A-C. Designed and printed by Philip Klein.”

13. Bukowski, Charles. THE NATURE OF THE THREAT AND WHAT TO DO
First edition:
San Francisco: Nevada/Tattoo Press, 1969
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. Published as part of  Peace Amongst the Ants
(Krumhansl 33)


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Charles Bukowski: Books and Chapbooks

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and bound offprints featuring poems and stories during the 1960’s: from Bukowski’s first book to roughly the time that his work started being published in collected volumes by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press; the period of time covered by Sanford Dorbin’s Bibliography.


1. Bukowski, Charles. FLOWER, FIST AND BESTIAL WAIL
buk_flowerFirst edition:
Eureka: Hearse Press, October 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 28 pages, (200 copies), offset printed, cover illustration by Ben Tibbs, edited by E.V. Griffith. Published as Hearse Chapbooks 5.
(Dorbin A1, Krumhansl 3)

Note: Charles Bukowski’s first book.

2. Bukowski, Charles. A SIGNATURE OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
mags_targets04First edition:
Albuquerque: Targets, December 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.5″, (6 hors commerce copies), offset printed.
(Dorbin B2, Krumhansl 4)

Note: an offprint from Targets, No. 4, edited by W.L. Garner (Sandia Park, December 1960).

3. Bukowski, Charles. BUKOWSKI SIGNATURE 2
buk_sig2_xFirst edition:
Albuquerque: Targets, August-September 1961
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.5″, offset printed.
(Dorbin B3, Krumhansl 5)

Note: an offprint from Targets, No. 7, edited by W.L. Garner (Albuquerque, September 1961)

4. Bukowski, Charles. A CHARLES BUKOWSKI ALBUM
First edition:
New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1961
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9″, (10 copies), offset printed.
(Krumhansl 6)

Note: offprint from The Outsider, No. 1, edited by Jon Edgar & Gypsy Lou Webb (New Orleans: Loujon Press, Fall 1961)

5. Bukowski, Charles. LONGSHOT POMES FOR BROKE PLAYERS
buk_longshotFirst edition:
New York: 7 Poets Press, (1962)
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 9.25″, 44 pages, (200 copies), offset printed, illustrations by Bukowski, edited and published by Carl Larsen.
(Dorbin A3, Krumhansl 8)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “Bukowski’s title for this book Longshot Pomes for Broke Players, appears in its correct form on the front cover only. Illustrations by Bukowski on front cover, title pages, and throughout the text. Photograph of Bukowski and autobiographical material on recto of last leaf.”

6. Bukowski, Charles. RUN WITH THE HUNTED
buk_runFirst edition:
Chicago: Midwest Poetry Chapbooks, 1962
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 6.25″, 32 pages, (300 copies), offset printed, dedicated to William Corrington, edited by R.R. Cuscaden. Published as Midwest Poetry Chapbooks 1.
(Dorbin A4, Krumhansl 9)

7. Bukowski, Charles. POEMS AND DRAWINGS
buk_poemsFirst edition:
Crescent City: Epos, 1962
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 28 pages, (500 copies), letterpress printed, illustrations by Bukowski, edited by Will Tullos and Evelyn Thorne. Published as Epos Extra Issue.
(Dorbin A2, Krumhansl 7)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “Of the 500 copies printed it is estimated that about 300 copies were sent gratis to subscribers of Epos magazine, the remaining 200 being for sale at the published price.”

8. Bukowski, Charles. IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS
First edition:
New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers with dust jacket, 7.5″ x 10″, 98 pages, 777 copies, letterpress printed, introduction by William Corrington, illustrations by Frank Salantrie, dedicated to Gypsy Lou Webb, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb. Published as Gypsy Lou Series 1.
(Dorbin A5, Krumhansl 12)

9. Bukowski, Charles. GRIP THE WALLS
mags_wormwood16First edition:
Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1964
Saddle stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 600 copies, offset printed.
(Dorbin B5, Krumhansl 13)

Note: published as a detachable booklet in The Wormwood Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, Issue 16, edited by Marvin Malone (Storrs: The Wormwood Review Press, December 1964).

10. Bukowski, Charles. CRUCIFIX IN A DEATHHAND
First edition:
New York: Lyle Stuart, 1965
Perfect-bound in illustrated french-fold wrappers, 8.25″ x 12.25″, 102 pages, 3100 copies, letterpress printed, dedicated to Marina Louise Bukowski, illustrations by Noel Rockmore, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb. Published as Gypsy Lou Series 2.
(Dorbin A6, Krumhansl 15)

11. Bukowski, Charles. COLD DOGS IN THE COURTYARD
buk_colddogsFirst edition:
Chicago: Literary Times and Cyfoeth Publications, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 24 pages, 500 copies, letterpress printed, “Foreward” by Bukowski, cover illustration by Betsy Millam, dedicated to Frances Bukowski, edited by Bukowski.
(Dorbin A7, Krumhansl 16)

12. Bukowski, Charles. CONFESSIONS OF A MAN INSANE ENOUGH TO LIVE WITH BEASTS
buk_confessionsFirst edition:
Bensenville: Mimeo Press, August 1965
Saddle-stapled printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages, 500 copies, text mimeograph printed, wrappers offset printed, introductory note by Steve Richmond, cover illustration by Anna Purcell, edited by Douglas Blazek.
(Dorbin A8, Krumhansl 17)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “There is an introduction consisting of twelve lines excerpted from a Steve Richmond letter to Douglas Blazek on the verso of title page. Of the circa 500 copies, 25 copies were issued with a special autographed drawing by Bukowski. The special copies were announced in Ole, No. 3. This ‘long short story’ is the first appearance of the fictional character Henry Chinaski.”

13. Bukowski, Charles. THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD
buk_geniusFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed and  illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6″, 22 pages, 103 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy, block prints by Paula Marie Savarino, edited by d.a. levy.
(Dorbin A9, Krumhansl 21)

According to Krumhansl, “Many sheets for this chapbook were printed on trimmed envelopes and are therefore double leaves, with envelope flap sections glued together.”

14. Bukowski, Charles. ALL THE ASSHOLES IN THE WORLD AND MINE
buk_alltheFirst edition:
Bensenville: Open Skull Press, 1966
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages, 400 copies, text mimeograph printed, wrappers offset printed, illustrated by Bukowski, dedicated to William Wantling, edited by Douglas Blazek.
(Dorbin A10, Krumhansl 23)

15. Bukowski, Charles. NIGHT’S WORK (INCLUDING BUFFALO BILL)
mags_wormwood24First edition:
Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1966
Saddle stapled in printed and  illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 600 copies, offset printed. (Dorbin B11)

Note: Published as a detachable booklet in The Wormwood Review, Vol. 6, No. 4, Issue 24, edited by Marvin Malone (Storrs: The Wormwood Review, March 1967)

16. Bukowski, Charles. 2 BY BUKOWSKI
buk_2poemsFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 111 copies, letterpress printed by Philip Klein.
(Dorbin B12, Krumhansl 25)

From the colophon: “Printed April, 1967 in Los Angeles by Philip Klein for the Black Sparrow Press. This edition is limited to ninety-nine copies; three copies lettered a, b and c, which are not for sale, and ninety-six numbered copies, for sale, all signed by the poet.”

Note: according to Krumhansl, “111 copies were published 7 April 1967, of which 99 were signed, the remaining 12 copies are unsigned, numbered 1-12, and marked ‘Review Copy’ in holograph red ink.”

17. Bukowski, Charles. THE CURTAINS ARE WAVING AND PEOPLE WALK THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HERE AND IN BERLIN AND IN NEW YORK CITY AND IN MEXICO
buk_curtainsFirst edition:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 6.25″, 12 pages, 125 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh.
(Dorbin B14, Krumhansl 26)

From the colophon: “Designed and printed September, 1967 in San Francisco by Graham Mackintosh for the Black Sparrow Press. The edition is limited to one hundred and twenty five copies; three copies lettered a, b, c which are not for sale and one hundred and twenty two numbered copies, for sale, all signed by the poet.”

Note: according to Krumhansl, “According to John Martin, as Bukowski signed The Curtains he added a drawing to his signature in every tenth copy or so. Thus about fifteen copies contain an original drawing.”

18. Bukowski, Charles. AT TERROR STREET AND AGONY WAY
a. First edition, paperback issue, first state:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1968
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 89 pages, 18 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh.
(Dorbin A11, Krumhansl 27a)

Note: front cover of this state included a misprint whereby “Street” was misprinted as “Sreet”. According to John Martin 18 copies exist thus, without the white label which was affixed to the second state.

b. First edition, paperback issue, second state:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1968
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 89 pages, 747 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh.
(Dorbin A11, Krumhansl 27b)

Note: this state has a 3.5″ x 5.5″ printed white label tipped on to the front cover to correct the misprinting of the first state.

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered, signed and illustrated issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1968
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with printed paper spine label, 6″ x 9″, 89 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh, with an original watercolor painting by Bukowski tipped in.
(Dorbin A11, Krumhansl 27c)

Note: introductory note by Bukowski, dedicated to John Thomas, John Martin, and John the Baptist, edited by John Martin, printed prospectus issued.

From the colophon: “Designed and printed April, 1968 in San Francisco by Graham Mackintosh for the Black Sparrow Press. The edition is limited to 800 copies in wrappers and 75 hardbound, signed copies each with an original illustration by the poet.”

19. Bukowski, Charles. POEMS WRITTEN BEFORE JUMPING OUT OF AN 8 STORY WINDOW
buk_poemswrittenFirst edition:
Glendale: Poetry X/Change, 1968
Saddle-stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.25″, 32 pages, (400 copies), offset printed, introductory note by Bukowski, cover illustration by P. David Horton, center-fold illustration by Bukowski, dedicated to Douglas Blazek.
(Dorbin A12, Krumhansl 28)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “Circa 400 copies were published in the summer of 1968. Note on verso of title page: ‘… a Litmus first edition…’ Published by Darrell Kerr and Charles Potts. Originally this volume was to have been published by  Mel Buffington’s Blitz/Mad Virgin Press in August or September of 1965.”

20. Bukowski, Charles. NOTES OF A DIRTY OLD MAN
First edition:
North Hollywood: Essex House,  January 1969
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6.5″, 256 pages, (c. 28,000 copies), offset printed, introductory note by Bukowski, cover illustration by Larry Gaynor.
(Dorbin A13, Krumhansl 29)

Note: according to Krumhansl, “Collected from Bukowski’s weekly column in Open City, a Los Angeles underground newspaper. The newspaper published circa 92 issues between 1964-1969. Bukowski was listed as a Contributing Editor throughout the life of the paper and contributed to 87 issues.”

21. Bukowski, Charles. A BUKOWSKI SAMPLER
buk_samplerFirst edition:
Madison: Quixote Press, July 1969
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 9.25″, 80 pages, 400 copies, offset printed, introduction by Douglas Blazek, illustrations by Bukowski, printed prospectus issued.
(Dorbin A14, Krumhansl 30)

22. Bukowski, Charles. IF WE TAKE
buk_ifwea. First edition, regular issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Hand-sewn with green thread in printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 5.5″, 16 pages, 350 copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young.
(Krumhansl 31a)

Note: 350 unsigned copies issued, not 300 as stated in the colophon.

b. First edition, signed issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Hand-sewn with red thread in printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 5.5″, 16 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, plus one marked “File Copy”, letterpress printed by Noel Young.
(Krumhansl 31b)

From the colophon: “Design by Barbara Martin. Printed by Noel Young. Published as a New Year’s Greeting to the friends of the Black Sparrow Press in an edition of 400 copies, 100 of which are numbered and signed by the author.”

23. Bukowski, Charles. THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS
a. First edition, paperback issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 160 pages, 1243 copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young.
(Krumhansl 32a)

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Hardcover in printed paper-bound boards and cloth backstrip with paper label in acetate dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 160 pages, 250 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Noel Young.
(Krumhansl 32b)

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered, signed and illustrated issue:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Hardcover in printed paper-bound boards and patterned cloth backstrip with paper label in acetate dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 160 pages, 63 numbered and signed copies with original artwork tipped in, letterpress printed by Noel Young.
(Krumhansl 32c)

From the colophon: “Printed December 1969 in Santa Barbara by Noel Young for the Black Sparrow Press. Design by Barbara Martin. This edition is limited to 1250 copies in paper wrappers; 250 hardcover copies numbered & signed by the poet; & 50 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, signed & with an original illustration by the poet.”

d. prospectus
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969
Broadside printed on both sides, 6″ x 9″, letterpress printed.

Note: from the verso: “The poetry of Charles Bukowski is by turns savage, tender, humorous. The individual poems are memorable, with a blood-freezing immediacy. The prey in Bukowski’s poems are life’s victims in precisely the same sense that we are all victims…”

White Rabbit Press

IMG_3062From 1957-1968, the White Rabbit Press published sixty-three books and ten broadsides. It was the primary publisher of the work of Spicer, Robin Blaser, and Robert Duncan—the three central figures of the literary movement first known as the Berkeley Renaissance, and later as the San Francisco Renaissance. 

Founded by Joe Dunn in 1957 to print the poetry of the Jack Spicer Circle, the first ten books were printed surreptitiously on a multilith at the Greyhound Bus offices on 7th street in San Francisco. These early books were illustrated by Jess, Robert Duncan, and Kenn Davis.

After a four-year hiatus, the imprint was revived in 1962 by Graham Mackintosh with Spicer’s LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS, which was published in a small edition of less than 100 copies and illustrated by Mackintosh.  (more…)