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Once Series

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

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

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Once Series

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

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

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

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

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


1. ONCE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1965)

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

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

2. TWICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1965)

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

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

3. THRICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1965)

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

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

4. THRICE AND A HALF: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1965)

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

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

5. FRICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1965)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. SLICE: A One Shot Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1966)

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

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

11. SPICE, edited by Tom Clark
Brightlingsea: Tom Clark, (c.1966)

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

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

Ron Padgett – Collaborations

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SECTION B:
This index includes collaborations by Ron Padgett with other writers and artists.


1. Berrigan, Ted; Joe Brainard, and Ron Padgett. SOME THINGS
New York: privately printed, 1963
First edition, loose mimeo sheets in plain unprinted paper folder, 100 copies, signed by all three contributors on the title page.



2. Berrigan, Ted, and Ron Padgett. SEVENTEEN
New York: privately printed, 1964
First edition, side-stapled sheets, 8.5” x 11”, 48 copies, mimeograph printed. Plays by Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan, individually and collaboratively.


3. Berrigan, Ted, and Ron Padgett. NOH
New York: Lines Press, 1965
First edition, broadside, 8″ x 13″, 50 numbered and signed copies. Published as Linesheet 1.

4. Brainard, Joe, and Ron Padgett. 100,000 FLEEING HILDA
Tulsa: Boke Press, 1967
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 300 numbered and signed copies. Illustrations by Brainard.

5. Berrigan, Ted, and Ron Padgett. BEAN SPASMS
New York: Kulchur Press, 1967
First edition, Sewn signatures bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.5” x 10”, 212 pages, 1000 copies. Cover art and illustrations by Joe Brainard.

6. Clark, Tom and Ron Padgett. BUN
New York: Angel Hair Books, 1968.
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 9” x 12”, 500 copies. Cover art by Jim Dine.

7. Brainard, Joe; Tom Clark, Kenward Elmslie, Ron Padgett, and James Schuyler. WILD OATS
Calais: privately printed, 1966
First edition, corner stapled with printed cover, 14″ x 22″, 19 pages.

8. Dine, Jim, and Ron Padgett. THE ADVENTURES OF MR AND MRS JIM AND RON
New York: Cape Goliard Press in association with Grossman Publishers, 1970

9. Berrigan, Ted; Tom Clark, and Ron Padgett. BACK IN BOSTON AGAIN
Philadelphia: Telegraph Books, 1972
First edition, 44 pages. Foreword by Aram Saroyan. Cover art by Rudy Burckhardt.

Lines

Fielding Dawson’s cover of LINES, No. 5, edited by Aram Saroyan, May 1965

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Lines

Edited by Aram Saroyan, six issues of Lines were published from New York City between September 1964 and November 1965.

1. LINES, No. 1, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, September 1964
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 38 pages. Cover art by Aram Saroyan.

  • Contents:
    1. Louis Zukofsky – [untitled] “Can a mote of sunlight defeat its purpose”
      John Perreault – “Each Day”
      John Perreault – “Disguised”
      Ronald Bayes – “Passus 25: Branch Line”
      Ted Berrigan – “A Life in Trough (A Dream)”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “with the elaborate framework…”
      Jenni Caldwell – “Day”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “sometimes I think about…”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “that chair your chair…”
      Jenni Caldwell – “Admission”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “If her name offended…”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “i see you like a dissected…”
      Jenni Caldwell – [untitled] “there are not many times”
      Fielding Dawson – “Different People (II)”
      Joel Sloman – “The Casino”
      Joel Sloman – “Folk Song”
      Ronald Caplan – “4/64”
      Richard Kolmar – “Apples
      John Keys – “Key’s Cantos”
      John Keys – [untitled] “returning to some sources via”
      James Brodey – “Jacket for Years”
      James Brodey – “The Buffalo Report”
      Robert Grenier – “Old Blue Sneakers”
      Robert Grenier – “Tune for Beanie”
      Robert Grenier – “Dusk Road Game
      Robert Grenier – “A Sort of Plea”
      Leith Heagy – “Vanguard in Babylon”
      Ken Irby – “Visit”
      Lorenzo Thomas – “The Color Section”
      Lorenzo Thomas – “The Unnatural Life”
      Allen Katzman – “The Act of”
      Archie Minasian – “Beyond the Gage”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “I hear a step…”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “A taste of salt on my lips…”
      Ted Greenwald – [untitled] “Privets come into season…”
      Tony Towle – “World War II”
      Tony Towle – “The Life of the Emotions Has an Attractive Scheme”
      Aram Saroyan – “The Paradox”
      Aram Saroyan – “After Waking at Six P.M.”
      Aram Saroyan – “Bus Ride”

2. LINES, No. 2, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, December 1964
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 38 pages. Cover art by Joe Brainard.

  • Contents:
    1. Ron Padgett – “Policeman Dan”
      Aram Saroyan – “N.Y.C.”
      Jonathan Greene – “Dancing all the While to William Kemp”
      Dick Gallup – “Some Feathers ”
      Jack Anderson – “Snorksnot (a play)”
      John Keys – “Chisellers Verse to George Washington Wakoski”
      Joe Brainard – “Story”
      Aram Saroyan – “My Arms are Warm”
      Fielding Dawson – “The Moving Men
      Rich Klein – “The Moon”
      Rich Klein – [untitled] “the fourth world/will…”
      Joe Brainard – “Colgate Dental Cream
      Kenneth Irby – “Slow Dance”
      Ted Berrigan – “Rusty Nails: A collected Prose for Tom Veitch”
      William Dodd – “The Assertion”
      Robert Grenier – “The Light”
      Philip Whalen – “Delusions of Reference”
      Jenni Caldwell – “Poem Dream”
      Ronald Bayes – “Passus 30: Portrait”
      Aram Saroyan – “Placitas to L.Z.”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “Monsters”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “Skies”
      Joseph Ceravolo – “Drunken Winter”
      Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan – “Noh”
      John Perrault – “Boomerang”
      David Shapiro – “Other Friends”
      David M. Cull – “Vine Maple”
      Ron Padgett – “Poem after Reverdy”
      Ron Padgett – “Light in the Nineteeth Century”
      Fielding Dawson – “The Goddess for Gabe Kohn”
      Ted Greenwald – “Lapstrake”
      Richard Kolmar – “Fragments of a Diary”
      Aram Saroyan – “Is”
      Joel Sloman – “Jet to New York”
      Richard Kolmar – “The Song”

3. LINES, No. 3, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, February 1964
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 50 pages.

  • Contents:
    1. Philip Whalen – “The Best of It”
      Dick Gallup – “After Alcman”
      Joe Brainard – “Polly”
      Aram Saroyan – “Work Poem”
      Aram Saroyan – “Old Poem”
      Aram Saroyan – “Aces”
      Aram Saroyan – “Well
      Aram Saroyan – “A & P”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “Gray pants & the mail…”
      Aram Saroyan – “Go!”
      Dick Gallup – “Eskimos Again”
      Ted Berrigan – “Dick Gallup at 30 (A Play)
      Ted Berrigan – “Corridors of Blood”
      Larry Swingle – “The Cheese #1”
      Ted Greenwald – “Face Lifting”
      Ted Greenwald – “And, Hinges”
      Ted Berrigan – “An Interview with Ron Padgett
      Aram Saroyan and Richard Kolmar – “Stand Up”
      Richard Kolmar – “Denial”
      Richard Kolmar – “Aristophanes’”
      Richard Kolmar – “Amore Traditore”
      Ron Padgett – “Milkman Bill”
      Ted Berrigan – “Prayer”
      Kenward Elmslie – “Song”
      Kenward Elmslie – “The Verandas”
      Tony Towle – “Cable and Telephone”
      Tony Towle – “Poem”
      Lorenzo Thomas – “The Judgment of Paris”
      Lorenzo Thomas – “The Fall of Paris”
      Tom Veitch and William Burroughs – “The Naked Express”
      Ted Berrigan – “The Secret Life of Ford Madox Ford” [“Then I’d Cry”, “Stop Stop Six”, “Reeling Midnight”, “Fauna Time”, “Destination Moon”, “Some Troubles”, “On His Own”, “The Dance of the Broken Bomb”, “Putting Away”, “Owe”, “We Are Jungles”]
      Joe Brainard – “Sunday July the 30th 1964

4. LINES, No. 4, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, March 1965
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 40 pages. Cover art by Richard Kolmar.

  • Contents:
    1. Ian Hamilton Finlay – [untitled] “A… blue boat…”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – [untitled] “ring of waves…”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “Catch 23”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – [untitled] “wind…”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “Tug at Bay”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – [untitled] “Green Waters…”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “Landsman’s Tea”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “Fisherman’s Tea”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “The ABC of Tea”
      Ian Hamilton Finlay – “Funnel Geography”
      Fielding Dawson – “West Side Story”
      Aram Saroyan – “Had West followed up her fine opening lead by dropping”
      E. San Juan, Jr. – “Ballad of the Honeysuckle Rose”
      Aram Saroyan – “Lean”
      John Perreault – “Nothing”
      Tom Veitch – “The Moon Device”
      Richard Kolmar – “Letters to L. H.”
      Richard Kolmar – “This Should Pull Us”
      Joe Brainard – “Poem” [“Dance with me…]
      Ron Padgett – “An Idea that Clara Related to Wallace”
      Aram Saroyan – “Poem” [“Does it ring?”]
      Gerard Malanga – “Gateway to the Palace of Sargon”
      Richard Kolmar – “Sleep”
      Richard Kolmar – “Marion”
      Richard Kolmar – “Games”
      Richard Kolmar – “1234567890”
      Richard Kolmar – “Sentences”
      Richard Kolmar – “Live and Learn”
      Aram Saroyan – “Sentences”
      Aram Saroyan – “From the Village Voice to Ted Berrigan”
      Aram Saroyan – “Nice Ron Thinking”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “My feet are tied to a pebble…”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “Andre Breton is…”
      Aram Saroyan – “Two Poems”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “Picture, if you can…”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “WABC”
      Aram Saroyan – “Lovely”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “O . O . O .”

5. LINES, No. 5, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, May 1965
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 40 pages. Cover art by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. Aram Saroyan – “17 from Works”
      Jack Anderson – “Paper Clip”
      John Perreault – “Hatbox”
      Ron Padgett – “Nancy”
      William Burroughs – “Chlorhydrate d’Apomorpine Chabre”
      Charles Olson – “A Maximus” [“As of why thinking…”]
      Philip Whalen – [untitled] “Hum Scandal! Abdication…”
      Jonathan Greene – [untitled] “Chillingsworth…”
      Dan Saxon – “Fall Colors”
      Clark Coolidge – “The Death of Floyd Collins”
      Ron Padgett – untitled illustrations
      William Burroughs – “Rex Morgan M.D.”
      Ted Berrigan – “On the Road Again”
      Tom Clark – “Are Victors”
      Clark Coolidge – “Everley Formation”
      Aram Saroyan – “Sentences II”
      Dick Gallup – “Hygiene Sonnet”
      Bob Brovar – “Fleen pleen”
      Bob Brovar – “Guush-shee”
      Bob Brovar – “Flaanczongdoogy”
      Ted Greenwald – “Landscape”
      Fielding Dawson – “from The Dream”
      Lorine Niedecker – [untitled] “Lights lifts…”
      Lorine Niedecker – [untitled] “The obliteration…”
      Mike Silverton – “I Am A Silent One”
      Mike Silverton – “Seeing the Road”
      Aram Saroyan – “Sentences III”
      Mike Silverton – “The Sniper’s Song”

6. LINES, No. 6, edited by Aram Saroyan
New York: Lines, November 1965
First edition, side-stapled in printed card cover, 8.5″x 11″, 42 pages. Cover art by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. Aram Saroyan – “11 Works”
      John Perreault – “Here on the Edge of this Island”
      Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett – “Saturday Night at the Movies”
      Clark Coolidge – “Flag Flutter & U.S. Electric”
      Bernadette Mayer – “Pope John”
      Joseph Ceravolo – [untitled] “How do you know when…”
      Joseph Ceravolo – [untitled] “Feast. Turtle. Wide arms…”
      Al Fowler – [untitled] “are you a root or a tendermint…”
      Vito Hannibal Acconci – “Blowstalk”
      Robert Viscusi – “An Edison on Messaien”
      David Sandberg – “Mime Play ”
      Robert Lax – [untitled] “no one was better…”
      Mike Silveron – “Cork”
      bp Nichol – “cycle #21”
      bp Nichol – “Tribute to Vasarely”
      Tom Clark – “oooooooooo”
      Dom Sylvester Houédard – [untitled] “sand rock tide…”
      Carl Fernbach – “Flarsheim”
      John Furnival – “Pisa”
      John Furnival – “The Fall of the Tower of Babel”
      John Furnival – “Devil Trap
      William Burroughs – “The Last Post – Danger Ahead”
      Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard – [untitled] “all roses are bad ideas”
      Domine Falcone – [untitled] “the girl with the fat lips…”
      Aram Saroyan – [untitled] “A”
      Joseph Pinelli – “Excerpts from Book I”

Online Resources:

· Eclipse Archive – Lines

· From a Secret Location – Lines

· Reality Studio – Lines Archive

Ron Padgett

Photo of Ron Padgett by Lorenz Gude circa 1964

Ron Padgett (born June 17, 1942, Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator, and a member of the New York School. He won a 2009 Shelley Memorial Award. In 2018, he won the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America.

Padgett’s father was a bootlegger in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He influenced many of Padgett’s works, particularly in the writer’s taste for independence and a willingness to deviate from rules, even his own. This would later be described as a stubborn streak of boyishness, allowing a wry innocence in his poetry.


Ron Padgett Checklist:

Section A: Books, Pamphlets, and Broadsides
Section B: Collaborations
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals
Section D: Books and Periodicals Edited


Padgett started writing poetry at the age of 13. In an interview, the poet said that he was inspired to write when a girl he had a big crush on did not return his affection. In high school, Padgett became interested in visual arts while continuing to write poetry. He befriended Joe Brainard, the visual artist who also became a well-known writer. They, with fellow Central High student Dick Gallup, co-founded the avant-garde literary journal The White Dove Review. Padgett and Gallup solicited work for The White Dove from Black Mountain and Beat Movement writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, LeRoi Jones, Paul Blackburn, Gilbert Sorrentino, and Robert Creeley. After five issues, Padgett, on his way to college, retired The White Dove Review.

In 1960, Padgett left Tulsa to study at Columbia College in New York City. At the time he was interested in Pound, Rimbaud, the Black Mountain poets, and the Beats but soon he fell under the spell of the New York School, particularly the poetry of Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch. In an interview, Padgett said that he went to Columbia partly because Ginsberg and Kerouac had gone there. After receiving his B.A. (1964), Padgett briefly studied creative writing at Wagner College with Kay Boyle, Howard Nemerov, and Koch. On a Fulbright Fellowship (Paris, 1965–66) he studied 20th-century French poetry.

From 1968 to 1969 Padgett was a workshop leader for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in New York City. With David Shapiro, Padgett co-edited An Anthology of New York Poets, published by Random House in 1970. He founded The Poetry Project Newsletter in 1972. Padgett also worked in poet-in-the-school programs nationally from 1969 to 1976. After directing The Poetry Project for two and a half years, he became the publications director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative (1980-2000), where he also edited The Teachers & Writers Collaborative Newsletter.

Padgett was a cofounder, publisher, and editor of Full Court Press from 1973 to 1988, bringing out books by Ginsberg, Brainard, O’Hara, Edwin Denby, Tom Veitch, William S. Burroughs, Larry Fagin, Philippe Soupault, John Godfrey, and others. At the same time, he lectured and taught at educational institutions, including Atlantic Center for the Arts, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University. Padgett’s papers are held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Padgett collaborated with poet Ted Berrigan and artists Jim Dine, George Schneeman, Bertrand Dorny, Trevor Winkfield, and Alex Katz, along with Joe Brainard.

Padgett also translated French poets Blaise Cendrars, Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, Valery Larbaud, and Guillaume Apollinaire.