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The Floating Bear

[excerpt from Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips’ A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. Granary Books, 1998]:

Named for Winnie-the-Pooh’s boat made of a honey pot (“Sometimes it’s a Boat, and sometimes it’s more of an Accident”), The Floating Bear, started in February 1961, was a mimeographed “newsletter” distributed by mailing list whose mission was the speedy dissemination of new literary work. Under the editorship of Diane di Prima and LeRoi Jones (guest editors included Billy Linich [a.k.a. Billy Name], Alan Marlowe, Kirby Doyle, John Wieners, and Bill Berkson), twenty-five issues came out in the magazine’s first two years. Contributing writers included Charles Olson, Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley, Philip Whalen, Paul Blackburn, and Ed Dorn, while Ray Johnson and Wallace Berman were among the many visual artists whose work was presented. This tremendous output was due at least in part to Jones’s experience as editor at Yugen and Totem Press and to his voracious working habits. Di Prima recalls, “LeRoi could work at an incredible rate. He could read two manuscripts at a time, one with each eye. He would spread things out on the table while he was eating supper, and reject them all—listening to the news and a jazz record he was going to review, all at the same time.”

Occasionally a group would convene to put out the Bear. “In the winter of 1961–62, we held gatherings at my East Fourth Street pad every other Sunday. There was a regular marathon ball thing going on there for a few issues. Whole bunches of people would come over to help: painters, musicians, a whole lot of outside help. The typing on those particular issues was done by James Waring, who’s a choreographer and painter. Cecil Taylor ran the mimeograph machine, and Fred Herko and I collated, and we all addressed envelopes.” One of the recipients of Bear 9 was Harold Carrington, a poet who was in prison in New Jersey. The censor read his mail and objected to the contents of the issue, which included Jones’s The System of Dante’s Hell and William S. Burroughs’s Routine. Jones and di Prima were subsequently arrested on obscenity charges on October 18, 1961. Di Prima remembers, “I heard a knock on my door early in the morning which I didn’t answer because I never open my door early in the morning in New York City. In the morning in New York City is only trouble. It’s the landlords, it’s Con Edison, it’s the police, it’s your neighbors wanting to know why you made so much noise last night, it’s something awful, and before noon I never open my door.” There was a grand jury hearing, but after Jones’s two-day testimony, they failed to return an indictment. Jones resigned from The Floating Bear in 1963 after issue 25. Di Prima moved briefly to California in 1962 and the magazine came out irregularly over the next several years, culminating in a very large issue in 1971 guest-edited by Allen De Loach in Buffalo. It was called The Intrepid-Bear Issue: Intrepid 20/Floating Bear 38.


Online Resources:

· Reality Studio – Floating Bear Archive

Michael McClure: Contributions to Periodicals

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Section C:
This index includes contributions to periodicals, and focuses primarily on the entries found in the Clements bibliography.


1. POETRY, Vol. 87, No. 4, edited by Henry Rago
mags_poetry8704Chicago: Poetry, January 1956
“2 for Theodore Roetheke: Premonition”
(Clements C1)

Note: This is McClure’s first appearance in print. 


2. SEMINA, No. 2, edited by Wallace Berman
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, December 1957
“I Wanted to Turn to Electricity”
(Clements C2)




3. ARK II / MOBY I, edited by Michael McClure and James Harmon
mags_ark2San Francisco: Ark, 1956-57
“Canoe: Explication”, “Logos: Knout”
(Clements C3)




4. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Barney Rosset and Donald Allen
mags_evergreen0102New York: Grove Press, 1957
“Night Words: The Ravishing”, “Cat’s Air”, “The Rug”, “The”, “Note”, “The Robe”
(Clements C5)



5. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 7, edited by Robert Creeley
mags_blackmtn7Black Mountain: Black Mountain College, Autumn 1957
“Poem”
(Clements C6)



6. MEASURE, No. 2, edited by John Wieners
mags_measure2San Francisco: Measure, Winter 1958
“The Magazine Cover”, “One & Two”
(Clements C7)




7. CHICAGO REVIEW, Vol. 12, No. 1, edited by Irving Rosenthal
mags_chicagoreview1201Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Spring 1958
“The Mess”, “7/26/57”, “Less Than Vanity”, “The Breech”
(Clements C8)



8. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 6, edited by Barney Rosset and Donald Allen
New York: Grove Press, Autumn 1958
“Ode to Jackson Pollock”
(Clements C9)




9. YUGEN, No. 4, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen 
mags_yugen4New York: Yugen, 1959
“The Chamber”
(Clements C11)




10. JABBERWOCK, American Issue, edited by Alex Neish
mags_jabberwockEdinburgh: University Renaissance Society, 1959
“For Artaud”, “A Fantasy and Courtly Poem”, “Ode for Soft Voice, for Jo Ann”
(Clements C12)



11. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen 
mags_yugen5New York: Yugen, 1959
“Rant Block”
(Clements C13)




12. SEMINA, No. 4, edited by Wallace Berman
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959
“We’re in the Middle of a Deep Cloud”
(Clements C14)




13. SEMINA, No. 5, edited by Wallace Berman
Larkspur: Wallace Berman, 1959
“We are Impervious as the Skin of our Dreams”
(Clements C17)




14. THE GALLEY SAIL REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 1, Issue No. 5, edited by David Rafael Wang
mags_galleysail5San Francisco: Galley Sail Publications, Winter 1959-1960
“L’Etoile”
(Clements C15)



15. SIDEWALK, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Alex Neish
Edinburgh: Sidewalk, 1960
“The Flower of Politics”
(Clements C16)




16. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, edited by Paul Carroll
mags_bigtable14Chicago: Big Table, Spring 1960
“Two Poems from A Small Secret Book”
(Clements C18)




17. YUGEN, No. 6, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen 
mags_yugen6New York: Yugen, 1960
“The Column”
(Clements C19)




18. BEATITUDE, No. 17, edited by Bob Kaufman
mags_beatitude17San Francisco: City Lights, Oct-Nov 1960
“Oh Why Oh Why The Blasted Love The Huge Shape Change?” (from Dark Brown)
(Clements C20)



19. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 1, edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, February 1961
“The Smile shall not be More Mutable than the Final Extinction of Meat”
(Clements C21)



20. NOMAD, No. 9, edited by Donald Factor and Anthony Linick
mags_nomad9Culver City: Nomad, Summer 1961
“High & From a Notebook”
(Clements C22)




21. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 14, edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones
New York: The Floating Bear, October 1961
“!The Feast!”
(Clements C24)




22. THE OUTSIDER, No. 1, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb 
mags_outsider01New Orleans: Loujon Press, Fall 1961
“Spontaneous Hymn to Kundalini”
(Clements C25)




23. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 5, No. 20, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, Sep-Oct 1961
“On Seeing Through Shelley’s Eyes The Medusa”
(Clements C26)




24. JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS, No. 1,  edited by Michael McClure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and David Meltzer
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1961
“Revolt”
(Clements C27)




25. KULCHUR, Vol. 2, No. 8, edited by Lita Hornick
mags_kulchur8New York: Kulchur Press, Winter 1962
“Phi Upsilon Kappa”
(Clements C28)




26. FOOT, No. 2, edited by Richard Duerden and William Brown
mags_foot2San Francisco: Foot, 1962
“The Surge”
(Clements C29)




27. PA’LANTE, No. 1, edited by Howard Schulman
New York: The League of Militant Poets, May 1962
“Fidelio”, “Twigs”
(Clements C30)



28. EL CORNO EMPLUMADO, No. 3, edited by Sergio Mondragón and Margaret Randall
Mexico City: El Corno Emplumado, July 1962
“Dear Jane”, “Drunk Writing”
(Clements C31)




29. ORIGIN, Second Series, No. 6, edited by Cid Corman
mags_origin26Kyoto: Cid Corman, July 1962
“The Held Back Pain”
(Clements C32)




30. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 25, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Evergreen Review, Jul-Aug 1962
“Drug Notes”
(Clements C33)




31. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 4, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, Aug 1962
“The Mind Pain Comes Over Me and I Am Blunked”
(Clements C34)



32. TISH, No. 12, edited by Frank Davey
Vancouver: TISH, August 1962
“Mad Sonnet”
(not in Clements)




33. THE NATION, Vol. 196, No. 3, edited by Carey McWilliams
New York: The Nation, Jan 1963
“The Human Face”
(Clements C35)

34. SEMINA, No. 8, edited by Wallace Berman
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1963
“Ghost Tantra (No. 14)”
(Clements C36)




35. THE OUTSIDER, No. 3, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb 
mags_outsider03New Orleans: Loujon Press, Spring 1963
“THREE MAD SONNETS”
(Clements C37)




36. POETRY, Vol. 102, No. 3,  edited by Henry Rago
Chicago: Poetry, June 1963
“The Child”, “Mad Sonnet”, “Mad Sonnet”
(Clements C38)




37. ART FORUM, Vol II, No. 1, July 1963
“DOG STAR MAN”
(Clements C39)

38. CITY LIGHTS JOURNAL, No. 1, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
San Francisco:  City Lights Books, 1963
“Notes on a Miniature Drama”
(Clements C40)




39. NORTHWEST REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 4, , edited by Edward Van Aelstyn
Eugene: University of Oregon, Fall 1963
“Artaud: Peace Chief”
(Clements C41)




40. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 4, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, c.1963
“Fuck Essay”
(Clements C42)




41. NOW, No. 1, edited by Charles Plymell
mags_nowSan Francisco: Now, 1963
“I, Michael McClure”, “Black and Yellow: Pansy”
(Clements C43)




42. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 8, No. 32, edited by Barney Rosset
New York: Grove Press, Apr-May 1964
“The Growl”
(Clements C44)




43. JOGLARS, Vol. 1, No. 1, edited by Clark Coolidge and George Palmer
mags_joglars11Providence: Joglars, Spring 1964
“Sanza 13” from LOVE LION BOOK
(Clements C46)




44. FILM CULTURE, No. 32, edited by Jonas Mekas
New York: Film Culture, Spring 1964
“Defense of Jayne Mansfield”
(Clements C47)




45. GNAOUA, No. 1, edited by Ira Cohen
mags_gnaoua1Tangier: Gnaoua, Spring 1964
“The Beast Sound: Nine Poems”
(Clements C48)




46. CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Bill McArthur
mags_cleft12Edinburgh: Cleft, May 1964
“Ghost Tantra 50”
(Clements C49)




47. KULCHUR, Vol. 4, No. 14, edited by Lita Hornick
New York: Kulchur Press, Summer 1964
“REASON”
(Clements C50)




48. IMAGO, No. 1, edited by George Bowering
Alberta: Imago, 1964
“Three Poems from The Beast Sound”
(Clements C51)




49. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 7, edited by Ed Sanders 
New York: Fuck You Press, Sep 1964
“Airs from a Forgotten Book”
(Clements C52)




50. NOW NOW, [Now, No. 2], edited by Charles Plymell
San Francisco: Ari Publications, 1965
“Love Lion, Lioness”
(Clements C53)




51. DIMAS, No. 3,  edited by Alan Jay Arikian
Elmhurst: Dimas, Feb 1965
“For Me”, “For a Drawing by Bruce Conner”, “Only Simplicity”, “The Convertible”
(Clements C54)



52. THE SAN FRANCISCO KEEPER’S VOICE, Vol. 1, No. 2, edited by Alexander Weiss
San Francisco: Alexander Weiss, Feb 1965
“Ghost Tantra 15”
(Clements C55)




53. MY OWN MAG, No. 11, edited by Jeff Nuttall
Barnet: Jeff Nuttall, Feb 1965
“DREAM TABLES, NO. 1 & 2”
(Clements C56)





54. C, A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 10, Feb 1965
“GHOST TANTRA #9”
(Clements C57)





55. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 8, edited by Ed Sanders
New York: Fuck You Press, March 1965
“Poem Cards”
(Clements C58)




56. FUX!, No. 1, Spring 1965
“WONDERSMITTEN! TRANCELIKE! PROFOND!”
(Clements C60)




57. SIGMA PORTFOLIO, No. 21, 1965
“REVOLT”
(Clements C61)

 

 

Michael McClure: Books and Broadsides

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Section A:
This index includes books and broadsides, and focuses primarily on the entries found in the Clements bibliography.


1. McClure, Michael. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageFirst edition:
Big Sur: Jonathan Williams – Publisher, June 1956
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies, letterpress printed by the Windhover Press. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 20.
(Clements A1)

2. McClure, Michael. PEYOTE POEM
First edition:
(San Francisco): Wallace Berman, 1958.
Broadside folded and tipped into printed and  photo-illustrated folder, 9″ x 12″, (200 copies), printed by Wallace Berman. Published as Semina 3.
(Clements A2)

3. McClure, Michael. FOR ARTAUD
mcclure_forartaudFirst edition:
New York: Totem Press, June 1959
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (750 copies). Published as Blue Plate #2.
(Clements A3)

4. McClure, Michael. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD
First edition:
(San Francisco): (Wallace Berman), (1959)
Broadside, 3.5″ x 4.25″., letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Laid into Semina 4.
(Clements C14)


5. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS
mcclure_hymnsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, October 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, (950 copies), letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Cover illustration by McClure.
(Clements A4, Auerhahn 4)

6. McClure, Michael. FUCK DEATH
First edition:
(San Francisco): privately printed, (1959)
Folded card, 5″ x 3.5″.
(Clements A5)
[not in archive]

7. McClure, Michael. !THE FEAST!
First edition:
San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960
Side-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 14 pages, mimeograph [?] printed. A working script of the play performed at The Batman Gallery on Thursday, December 22, 1960.
(Clements A6)

8. McClure. Michael. WE ARE IMPERVIOUS…
First edition:
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), (1960)
Broadside, 4″ x 6.25″, letterpress printed by Wallace Berman. Laid into Semina 5.
(Clements C17)


9. McClure, Michael. THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE
First edition:
New York: Grove Press, August 1961
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 64 pages, (4,000 copies). Photo of McClure on rear wrapper by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A7)

10. McClure, Michael. PILLOW
First edition:
New York: New York Poets Theatre, October 1961
Side-stapled in printed wrapper, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages, photocopy printed. A working script of the play produced by the New York Poets Theatre at the Off-Bowery Gallery in New York City in October and November 1961.
(Clements A8)
[not in archive]

11. McClure, Michael. SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI
First edition:
(New Orleans): (Loujon Press), (Fall 1961)
Broadside, 5.75″ x 9″, letterpress printed by Jon and Louise Webb. An offprint from The Outsider, Vol. 1, No.1.


12. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrowna. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, Winter 1961
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood and Andrew Hoyem.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, Winter 1961
Hardcover in gilt-stamped cloth-bound boards, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood and Andrew Hoyem, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

c. Prospectus:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press,  (1961)
Postcard announcement, 6″ x 3.25″, letterpress printed.
(not in Clements)

13. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
First edition:
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1963
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 84 pages, (3,000 copies).  Author photo by Ettore Sotsass.
(Clements A10, Cook 41)

14. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR SHEET
First edition:
(San Francisco): privately printed, (1963)
Broadside, 6.25″ x 2″, letterpress printed. [These were used as tickets for the performance of ¡The Feast! at the Batman Gallery in 1960.]
(Clements A11)

Note: according to Clements, copies were given away by the author as tickets at readings in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.

15. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNER
First edition:
(San Francisco): Oyez Press, 1964
Broadside, 12″ x 17.5″, 500 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez #1
(Clements A12)

16. McClure, Michael. POETRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
First edition:
(Los Angeles): privately printed, 1964
Broadside, 8.5″ x 5.5″. Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman; make-up by Robert LaVigne. Beneath the photo is a statement by McClure beginning “Poetry is a muscular principle…”
(Clements A13)

17. McClure, Michael. BLUE-BLACK...
First edition:
(Los Angeles): privately printed, (Summer 1964)
Broadside, 7.5″ x 2.5″. Contains one-line poem: “BLUE-BLACK SPACE RAINBOW GRAHHR”.
(Clements A14)
[not in archive]

18. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM: OR BILLY THE KID
mcclure_blossomFirst edition:
New York: American Theatre for Poets, 1964
Side-stapled sheets in printed cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 26 pages, mimeograph printed. A working script of the play.
(Clements A15)

19. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco:  privately printed, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 108 pages, 1480 copies, cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A16)

b. First edition, signed copies:
Hardcover in gilt-stamped cloth-bound boards in illustrated dust jacket, 109 pages, 20 signed copies, cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman. Issued with a copy of Blue Black… laid in.
(Clements A16)
[not in archive]

20. McClure, Michael. DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOHR!
First edition:
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), 1964
Broadside, 3″ x 4.75″, (200 copies). Contained in a small manila envelope bearing an altered photograph of Jack Ruby at the point of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald. Published as Semina 9.
(Clements A17)

21. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION, LIONESS
a. First edition, poster:
(San Francisco):  privately printed, (1964)
Poster, 28″ x 22″, 350 copies printed in the style of a boxing poster.
(Clements A18)
[not in archive]

b. First edition, flyer:
(San Francisco):  privately printed, (1964)
Flyer, 11″ x 8.5″, 70 copies printed in black in the style of a boxing poster.
(Clements A18)

c. First edition, tickets:
(San Francisco):  privately printed, (1964)
Tickets, 5.5″ x 2.25″, printed in the style of theater tickets for the fictitious event.
(Clements A18)

22. McClure, Michael. 13 MAD SONNETS
mcclure_13madFirst edition:
Milan: East 128, 1964
Saddle-stapled and tipped in to printed dust jacket, 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages, 299 numbered copies (plus 16 for the author’s use). Author photo by Ettore Sotsass Jr.
(Clements A19)

23. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
First edition:
(San Francisco):  privately printed, April 1965
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 13″, 71 pages, 350 copies planned, 330 produced (only 75 for sale).
(Clements A20)

24. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoneda. First edition, regular copies:
(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 576 copies.
(Clements A21)

b. First edition, signed copies:
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in photo-illustrated dust jacket, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 24 copies lettered alpha through omega and signed by the author. Bound by Dorothy Hawley.
(Clements A21)

25. McClure, Michael. UNTO CAESAR
mcclure_untoFirst edition:
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1965)
Hand-sewn in printed and collaged wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  24 pages, (60 copies), letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood.
(Haselwood 1)

26. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
Thirty double-sided printed and illustrated cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″, 200 sets (30 signed), letterpress printed. Each card is illustrated with a Lion and a Tree on one side and two words on the other.
(Haselwood 5)

27. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
First edition:
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
Twenty-four printed and illustrated cards in printed envelope, cards measure 2″ x 2″, envelope measures 4.5″ x 5.75″. Each card is printed with  four words one side and a “hallucinogram” by Bruce Conner on the other.
(Haselwood 10)

28. McClure, Michael and Bruce Conner. MANDALAS
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 10″ x 10″, 32 pages, 1200 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. Printed announcement issued.
(Haselwood 11)

29. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION BOOK
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 21 pages, 1000 copies. Published as Writing 11.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966
Hardcover in printed paper-bound boards with gilt-stamped cloth backstrip, 6″ x 9″, 21 pages, 40 numbered and signed copies.
Published as Writing 11.

30. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisonedFirst edition, second printing:
San Francisco:  Coyote, 1966
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 5000 copies. Distributed by City Lights Books.


31. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
Second expanded edition:
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1966
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 120 pages.
(not in Cook)

Note: This expanded edition contains three essays not found in the 1963 publication: “Phi Upsilon Kappa”, “Defense of Jayne Mansfield”, and “Reason”.

32. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
a. First Coyote edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Coyote, 1967
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 82 pages,  4960 copies, cover art by Wes Wilson, introduction by Norman Mailer.
[not in archive]

b. First Coyote edition, numbered and signed copies:
Specially-bound, 82 pages,  40 numbered and signed copies, cover art by Wes Wilson, introduction by Norman Mailer.
[not in archive]

33. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
First Grove Press edition:
New York: Grove Press/Black Cat, 1967
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 96 pages.
[not in archive]

Note: two different covers were issued.

34. McClure, Michael. WAR IS DECOR IN MY CAVERN CAVE
First edition:
(San Francisco): Communication Company, (1967)
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
[not in archive]


35. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM, OR BILLY THE KID
First edition:
Milwaukee: Great Lakes Books, 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 32 pages, 500 numbered copies (the first 10 signed).
[not in archive]

36. McClure, Michael. FREEWHEELIN FRANK
First edition:
New York: Grove Press, 1967
Hardcover in gilt-stamped cloth bound board in illustrated dust jacket, 7.75″ x 9.75″, 160 pages.

Note: First hand account of the Hell’s Angels as told by their secretary Frank Reynolds.

37. McClure, Michael. HAIL THEE WHO PLAY
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, August 1968
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 233 numbered and signed copies.

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, August 1968
Hardcover in printed paper-bound boards with cloth backstrip with printed paper label, 75 numbered and signed copies, each with an original drawing by the author.

38. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES: Jan – March 1961
First edition:
New York: Poets Press, 1968
Hand-sewn in printed and illustrated wrappers, 150 numbered and signed copies.

39. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW AND THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood.
(Haselwood 17)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Hardcover in printed paper-bound boards, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed.
(Haselwood 17)

40. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
First edition:
Los Angeles: Love Press, 1968
Hand-sewn in illustrated wrappers, 16 pages, 150 copies (63 of which are numbered and signed), cover art by George Herms.

41. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR APRIL GRHARRR APRIL
First edition:
(Buffalo): (Gallery Upstairs Press), (1968)
Broadside, 28.5″ x 21.25″, offset lithography printed.

42. McClure, Michael. GREETINGS
First edition:
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968
Broadside, 11″ x 12″.

43. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN
a. First edition, regular copies:
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers.

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
Hardcover in gilt-stamped cloth-bound boards in illustrated dust jacket.

Note: two titles previously published by Auerhahn Press, published here dos-a-dos. Illustrated and with cover art by Wallace Berman.

44. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES AND THE RAPTORS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,  March 1969
Perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 43 pages, 1000 copies.

b. First edition, numbered copies:
Hardcover in paper-covered boards with cloth backstrip and paper label, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 200 copies numbered and signed.

c. First edition, lettered copies:
Hardcover in gold stamped leather-bound boards, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with each with an original drawing by the author.

45. McClure, Michael. THE SURGE
Columbus, OH: Frontier Press, 1969

46. McClure, Michael. LION FIGHT
New York: Pierrepont Press, 1969

47. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969

48. McClure, Michael. PLANE POMES
New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1969

49. McClure, Michael. THE SHELL
London: Cape Goliard, 1969

50. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1969

51. McClure, Michael. TO JAMES B. RECTOR
San Francisco: Privately Published, 1969

52. McClure, Michael. LIBERATION
Oakland: Mills College Tape Music Center, 1969

Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets

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Section A:
This index collects Auerhahn Press publications from 1958 through 1965: from Dave Haselwood’s first publishing venture through the dissolution of his partnership with Andrew Hoyem and the end of Auerhahn Press.


1. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley1
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1958
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, circa 500 copies. Printed (and edited without prior notice to Dave Haselwood) by East West Printers. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 1)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

2. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley2
Second revised edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 2)

Note: this edition has the original text restored.

3. Lamantia, Philip. EKSTASIS
lamantia_ekstasisFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 7″48 pages, circa 950 copies. Titling by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 3)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

4. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON…
mcclure_hymnsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, 950 copies. Cover illustration by McClure. (Auerhahn 4)


5. Lamantia, Philip and Antonin Artaud. NARCOTICA
lamantia_narcotica
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 750 copies. Cover photographs by Wallace Berman. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 1”. (Auerhahn 5)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

6. Whalen, Philip. MEMOIRS OF AN INTERGLACIAL AGE
whalen_memoirsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages, (1250 copies). Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages,  60 copies with 25 signed and another 15 signed with holograph poem and illustration, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

7. Welch, Lew. WOBBLY ROCK
lew_wobblyFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 12 pages, 500 copies, illustrated by Robert LaVigne. (Auerhahn 7)

Note: Dedication: “for Gary Snyder / ‘I think I’ll be the Buddha of this place’ / and sat himself / down”

8. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
burroughs_exterminator
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 64 pages, (1000 copies). Illustrated by Brion Gysin. (Auerhahn 8)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

9. Marshall, Edward. HELLAN, HELLAN
marshall_hellanFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.75″, 24 pages, (750 copies). Illustrated by Robert Ronnie Branaman. (Auerhahn 10)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

10. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrowna. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies. (Auerhahn 13)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 13)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

11. Olson, Charles. MAXIMUS FROM DOGTOWN
olson_maximusFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 9″ x 11.25″, 12 pages, 500 copies. Foreword by Michael McClure. (Auerhahn 14)


12. Reps, Paul. GOLD FISH SIGNATURES
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (1000 copies). (Auerhahn 15)

b. First edition, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (50 copies in slipcase), signed. (Auerhahn 15)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

13. THE AUERHAHN PRESS CATALOGUE
auerhahn_catalogueFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4″x 5″, 16 pages includes poems by Wieners and Meltzer.
(Auerhahn 17)


14. Lamantia, Philip. DESTROYED WORKS
lamantia_destroyeda. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 1250 copies. (Auerhahn 18)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 18)

15. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…
meltzer_weFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2”. (Auerhahn 19)


16. Williams, Jonathan. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN &
williams_englandsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Philip Van Aver.
(Auerhahn 20)


17. Spicer, Jack. THE HEADS OF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
spicer_headsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-covered boards with leather spine, 4.75″ x 7.25″, 109 pages, 50 copies signed by the author and artist, with an original drawing, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

18. Hoyem, Andrew. THE WAKE
hoyem_wakeba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 30 pages, 750 copies. (Auerhahn 22)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in paper-covered boards and leather spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 35 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 22)

Note: Three printed announcements issued.

19. di Prima, Diane. THE NEW HANDBOOK OF HEAVEN
diprima_newa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 7.5″, 48 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 23)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with cloth spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 30 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 23)

20. Brother Antoninus. THE POET IS DEAD
antoninus_poetFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in paper-covered boards with leather spine with paper label in plain paper dust jacket, 8.25″ x 10.5″, 28 pages, 205 copies signed. Bound by Jane Grabhorn and Sally Hoyem. (Auerhahn 24)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

21. Deemer, Bill. POEMS
deemer_poemsba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 25 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

Printed announcement issued.

22. Davis, William. JANUS
davis_janusFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, Spring 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 64 pages,  750 copies. (Auerhahn 38)



23. Van Buskirk, Alden. LAMI
First edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 7.75″ x 9.75″, 91 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 39)



24. Olson, Charles. HUMAN UNIVERSE AND OTHER ESSAYS
olson_humanFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Hardcover in silk-screened cloth-covered boards with leather spine, 7.75″ x 11″, 160 pages, 250 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover art by Robert La Vigne. Author photo by Kenneth Irby. Edited by Donald Allen. (Auerhahn 40)

David Meltzer

beatphotolg
Wallace Berman, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, 1964. Mixed-media collage

 

 

David Meltzer was born in Rochester, New York, and raised in Brooklyn. He began his literary career during the San Francisco Beat and Berkeley Renaissance period in California, and his work was included in the anthology, The New American Poetry 1945-1960. At the age of 20 he recorded his poetry with jazz musicians in Los Angeles and also became a singer-songwriter and guitarist for several bands during the 1960s, including The Serpent Power. He is the author of over 40 volumes of poetry, and has also published fiction and essays, and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews.

Meltzer taught in the humanities and poetics programs at the New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years. In 2008, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. He was also given the Bay Area Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry.

Diane di Prima has said, “David Meltzer is a hidden adept, one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.”


A. Books and Broadsides

1. Meltzer, David. POEMS
First edition:
San Francisco: Donald & Alice Shenker, [1957]
Side-stapled sheets in printed wrappers with library tape binding, 25 copies, offprint of David Meltzer / Donald Shenker book comprising only the Meltzer section and with a variant cover omitting Shenker’s name and a revised colophon.

2. Meltzer, David. RAGAS
First edition:
San Francisco: Discovery Books, 1959
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 52 pages, (1500 copies). Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

3. Meltzer, David. THE CLOWN
First edition:
Larkspur: Semina, 1960
Printed sheets laid into printed folder, 335 copies. Letterpress printed by Wallace Berman.

4. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO EACHOTHER
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies. Published as Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2. Letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. (Auerhahn 19)

5. Meltzer, David. BAZASCOPE MOTHER
First edition:
Los Angeles: Drekfesser Press, [1964]
Single sheet folded once to make four pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 250 copies. Cover collage by I.E. Alexander, rear photograph by Zack Walsh.

6. Meltzer, David. STATION
First edition:
San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Festival Commission, 1964
Broadside, 13″ x 20″, 300 copies. Illustrated by Peter Bailey. Printed by East Wind Printers.

7. Meltzer, David. THE BLACKEST ROSE
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17.5″, 350 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at his Auerhahn Press and published as Oyez 6.

8. Meltzer, David. THE PROCESS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled illustrated french-fold wrappers, 44 pages, 500 copies, the first Oyez book designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with illustrated dust jacket, 44 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, the first Oyez book designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc.

9. Meltzer, David. THE DARK CONTINENT
a. First edition,  regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Perfect-bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 94 pages, 1000 copies printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

b. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards without dust jacket as issued, 94 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies printed by Graham Mackintosh

10. Meltzer, David. ROUND THE POEM BOX
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 5.5″, 32 pages, 300 copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with printed paper label in acetate dust jacket as issued, 32 pages, 125 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in leather-bound boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 32 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60c)

11. Meltzer, David. YESOD
a. First edition, regular copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 61 pages. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with foil-stamping in acetate dust jacket as issued, 61 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

12. Meltzer, David. GREENSPEECH
a. First edition, regular copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 16 pages.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards , 16 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies.

13. Meltzer, David. LUNA
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 82 pages, 1000 copies printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued , 16 pages, 200 numbered and signed copies printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 16 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies printed by Noel Young. Frontispiece illustration by David Meltzer. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88c)

14. Meltzer, David. HERO/LIL
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 175 numbered and signed copies.

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket and slipcase as issued, 26 lettered and signed copies. Original illustration by David Meltzer bound in.

15. Meltzer, David. BARK, A POLEMIC
a. First edition, regular copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

16. Meltzer, David. THE EYES, THE BLOOD
San Francisco: Mudra, 1973
Hand-sewn plain white wrappers in printed dust jacket, 20 pages, 500 copies printed at the Cranium Press.

17. Meltzer, David. BLUE RAGS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974

18. Meltzer, David. HARPS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975

19. Meltzer, David. SIX
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1976

20. Meltzer, David. TWO-WAY MIRROR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977

21. Meltzer, David. ARROWS: SELECTED POETRY, 1957-1992
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1994

22. Meltzer, David. NO EYES: LESTER YOUNG
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow, 2000

23. Meltzer, David. DAVID’S COPY
New York: Penguin Group Press, 2005

24. Meltzer, David. WHEN I WAS A POET
San Francisco: City Lights, June 2011


B. Contributions to Periodicals

1. PENINSULA
Gainesville: University of Florida, 1956
“4 July”

2. SEMINA, No. 1
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1956
“An Unpublished Letter to Some Lost Relatives”

3. DAZZLE
San Francisco: Playgirl Publishing, 1957
“Kick Me Deadly”

4. SEMINA, No. 2
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1957
“Upon a Time”

5. SEMINA, No. 4
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959
“Sampson Agonistes”

6. SPREE, Vol. 1, No. 7
Los Angeles: New Publishing Company, 1959
“Judgement Day”

7. PENNY POEMS, No. 27
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
“24th Raga/ For Tina”


References Consulted:

Bohn, Dave. OYEZ: THE AUTHORIZED CHECKLIST
Berkeley: n.p., 1997

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Morrow, Bradford and Seamus Cooney. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS, 1966-1978
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1981

Wallace Berman – Posters and Prints

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This index collects posters and prints reproducing Berman’s photographs and verifax images


Berman, Wallace. GEORGE HERMS EXHIBITION
georgehermsSan Francisco: Batman Gallery, 1961
First edition, poster, 20″x 15″, offset printed in red and black on beige stock, designed by Wallace Berman announcing an exhibition of works by George Herms at the Batman Gallery in San Francisco, This is Berman’s first poster.

Berman, Wallace. LOVEWEED
loveweedn.p.: Wallace Berman, 1963
First edition, poster, 14.5″ x 10″, offset printed in black and gray-scale, designed by Wallace Berman.



Berman, Wallace. CMN / DENOMINATOR MIC.W736
cmndenominatorLos Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1967
First edition, poster, 17″x21″, offset printed in black and yellow, designed by Wallace Berman.




Berman, Wallace. RETARD PARA. 33. SEC. 12. MM
retardparaLos Angeles: privately printed, 1967
First edition, poster, 17″ x 21″, offset printed in black and yellow, designed by Wallace Berman.




Berman, Wallace. POETRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1966
First edition, broadside, 5.5″ x 8.5″, text by Michael McClure and photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman.

Berman, Wallace. OPT. 82. BOOSTER BNG. ANGUINEA/Y
opt82Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967
First edition, poster, 25″ x 22″, 385 numbered copies (100 signed by Berman), offset printed in black, red and orange.
[Publishers printed announcement reproduces image]

Berman, Wallace. MICHAEL MCCLURE’S THE BEARD
beardLos Angeles: Warner Playhouse, 1968
First edition, poster, 8.5″ x 14.5″, offset printed in red and gray-scale. Poster for the 1968 Los Angeles premiere of McClure’s play, after the productions had been shut down in New York and San Francisco. Poster designed and with a photo by Wallace Berman.

Berman, Wallace. RADIO/AETHER SERIES
radioLos Angeles: Gemini G.E.L., 1974
First edition, 50 copies plus 10 artist’s proofs, printed cloth-covered box containing 13 2-color mounted lithographs [photographed from original verifax] and a signed title page/colophon. Each lithograph measures 12″x13″ and reproduces a grid of four of Berman’s iconic hand-held radios with different images in each.

Auerhahn Press

While stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1950s, David Haselwood conceived the idea of becoming a publisher. At the time he was corresponding with his friend Michael McClure (also a native of Wichita, Kansas) who was living in San Francisco. McClure’s first book of poems, Passage (1956), was being published by Jonathan Williams’ Jargon Press. “Jonathan was having books printed in Germany because of the high quality and low cost,” Haselwood says, “and I began looking into things.”

When Haselwood was released from the Army, he came to live in San Francisco. According to Haselwood, “During the summer of 1958 I drifted around San Francisco talking endlessly with painters such as Robert LaVigne and Jesse Sharpe and poets [Philip] Lamantia, [Michael] McClure, [John] Wieners, and reading all the live poetry and prose I could get my hands on. It was at this time that it occurred to me that the press could mean a great many things … ” From this intense exposure to the active literary scene in the Bay Area grew the desire to see these writers published without the great delays imposed by larger printing establishments.


Auerhahn Press Checklist:

Section A: Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets 1958-1965
Section B: Auerhahn Press: Broadsides 1959-1965
Section C: Auerhahn Press: Commissioned Publications 1961-1965
Section D: Dave Haselwood Books 1965-1969


A short while later in 1958 appeared the first publication of the Auerhahn Press, John Wieners’s The Hotel Wentley Poems. After this initial experience, in which the actual printing was done by a commercial printer (and edited by the printer without Haselwood’s knowledge), Haselwood was convinced that he should not only design all future books himself, but also print them: “The first and final consideration in printing poetry is the poetry itself. If the poems are great they create their own space, the publisher is just a midwife during the final operation…” With this ideal in mind, Haselwood tackled the publication of Philip Lamantia’s Ekstasis, and went on to the printing of Michael McClure’s Hymns to St. Geryon.

Though its limited financial resources were drained by this last publication, the press continued its publication of controversial and avant-garde works, such as Lamantia’s pamphlet Narcotica.

Haselwood took on a partner, Andrew Hoyem, in 1961. By then, a number of Kansans had arrived in San Francisco — including Robert Branaman, who shared living quarters with Haselwood for a time, and Glenn Todd, who later worked as a pressman and editor at Arion Press, which Hoyem founded after an amicable dissolution of his Auerhahn interests in 1964. Todd remembers the partners at work at 1334 Franklin Street: “The Auerhahn was a small press in a small room. Andrew would be setting type, and Dave running the press, passing single sheets of paper through. They’d be in their blue printer’s aprons.” Branaman adds, “Dave looked like someone out of Dickens to me. His shop was a center for artists. It was a well-known center of the culture.”

Another of San Francisco’s cultural hot-spots was the Batman Gallery, first owned by William Jahrmarkt, a.k.a. Billy Batman, whose art interests leaned to the visionary, the experimental and the mystical. According to Jack Foley in O Her Blackness Sparkles! The Life and Times of the Batman Art Gallery, 1960-65 (1995), the opening of the gallery was a “spectacular affair” and featured 99 pieces of Bruce Conner’s work. Auerhahn produced the announcement. In 1962, the gallery was sold to Michael Agron, a psychiatrist and University of California Medical Center associate professor who researched LSD as a therapeutic tool. Collaborating with Haselwood, Agron conceived of each exhibition’s announcement as a work of art. The first Agron show, Master-Bat, showcased the works of, among others, Conner and Branaman.

As the Beat scene faded with the ascent of Hippie culture, Haselwood continued to collaborate with artists on Dave Haselwood Books projects. He worked for a time at Arion Press and designed books for other presses, but his interest in publishing had waned by the close of the ’60s. It was time, he says, to choose another path.


References consulted:

Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980
New York: New York Public Library / Granary Books, 1998

Clements, Marshall. A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL MCCLURE, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976

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Michael McClure

Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman taken in 1964; make-up by Robert LaVigne. Beneath the photo is a statement by McClure beginning “Poetry is a muscular principle…”

Since his literary debut at the Six Gallery reading, Michael McClure has been one of the most enduring and influential writers of the Beat movement. As one of five poets who began his career on that night in 1955, he shares a long and rich history with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, and many other writers of San Francisco’s Beat period. As one of the youngest members of the Beat circle, McClure played an important role as a bridge between writers and artists of the Beat movement and the region’s youth counterculture of the 1960s and has been a close friend and collaborator with figures such as Jim Morrison, Richard Brautigan, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin.


Michael McClure checklist:

Section A: Books and Broadsides
Section B: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals


McClure was born October 20, 1932, in Marysville, Kansas. He began his university education in 1951 at the University of Wichita and later transferred to the University of Arizona before moving to San Francisco where he enrolled in a writing workshop with poet Robert Duncan at San Francisco State University. Through his friendship with Duncan and later with poet Kenneth Rexroth, he began to find his place in the city’s literary community in the early 1950s.

In fall 1955 McClure took part in the now famous Six Gallery reading — the foundation of what would soon be called the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. Here, in his first public reading, McClure, along with Lamantia, Snyder, Whalen, and Ginsberg helped to launch the Beat movement, and his presence at the event helped to instill in the fledgling movement his lifelong fascination with the natural world.

In the months following the Six Gallery reading, McClure began in earnest to publish his work. In 1956 his first small collection of poems PASSAGE, was published by Jonathan Williams (Jargon). Other collections soon followed, including McClure’s first major collection, HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS (Auerhahn Press, 1958), THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE (Grove Press, 1961), his powerfully erotic long poem DARK BROWN (Auerhahn Press, 1961), the wildly experimental “beast language” poems contained in GHOST TANTRAS (1964), and his vitriolic condemnation of the Vietnam War, POISONED WHEAT (Oyez, 1965). During these early years, McClure also took an active role in seeing that the words and ideas of other writers of the Beat movement and the Black Mountain School made it into print; he co-edited two influential literary journals of the period: ARK II / MOBY I and JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS.

— Encyclopedia of Beat Literature


References consulted:

Clements, Marshall. A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL MCCLURE, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

Cook, Ralph T. CITY LIGHTS BOOKS: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1992

Cooney, Seamus. THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS, A CHECKLIST
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1971

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976


Online resources:

Empty Mirror  Books – bibliography

Light and Dust – biography and bibliography

Michael McClure – official site

Penn Sound – audio

Poetry Foundation – biography