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SECTION D:
This index includes books and periodicals edited by Ron Padgett


1. THE WHITE DOVE REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 1 – Vol. 2, No. 5 [5 volumes], edited Ron Padgett and Richard Gallup, Joe Brainard, Michael Marsh, Betty Kennedy
Tulsa: The White Dove Review, 1959–1960

The White Dove Review was founded by Ron Padgett, then only 16 years old, and three friends from Central High School, where Padgett and Brainard were juniors, and Gallup and Marsh were seniors. Padgett got his title from the cover of an issue of Evergreen Review [Vol. 2, No. 6, Autumn 1958] that showed a girl holding a white dove. Brainard, who, according to the notes on the contributors, “intends to go into some sort of wild fashion,” was one of the art editors, and contributed the Mondrian-inspired design for the cover of the first number, the cover design for the fourth number, and three drawings and a cover design for the fifth and final number

The editors’ introduction to the first issue states: “The intention of this mag is not to add to this stockpile of criticism, but rather to present literature and art in a constructive light. Admittedly, the White Dove Review is a quiet complaint against the gaudy ideals of our society. Culture, along with some short-lived memories, is all a civilization leaves behind it. We hope the Schleimanns of the year 4000 do not find only beer cans and long cars in their excavations. The editors are not hipsters, even tho they acknowledge certain beat ideas. But no one will ever find any “organization” dogma within these covers. Advancement, cultural or scientific, cannot be achieved without experimentation. The editors feel that the mind is deeper than the universe, and have therefore chosen it for their endeavors. This is a presentation of young thought. We favor experimentation to traditionalism, but our judgements will be based on quality and message. . . .”

Further reading: The White Dove Review

2. THE CENSORED REVIEW, edited by Ron Padgett
New York: The Good Taste Press, April 1963
First edition, corner-stapled in printed cover, 8.5″ x 14″.

A one-off publication produced on the occasion of a decision to censor poems written by Ted Berrigan and David Bearden that had previously been accepted for the spring issue of The Columbia Review, edited by Jonathan Cott and Mitchell Hall. The editors resigned in protest, and the contents of the issue were published as The Censored Review under the imprint of The Good Taste Press in April 1963.

Berrigan and Padgett designed the cover, which was the immediate precursor to C: A Journal of Poetry, whose first issue came out the  following month. Given the cloud of scandal and censorship that
accompanied The Censored Review, the 800 copies printed were  quickly distributed on the Columbia University campus and immediately sold out.

3. Berrigan, Ted. THE SONNETS
New York: Lorenz and Ellen Gude, 1964
First edition, first printing, 8.5″ x 11″, 300 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard. Edited by Ron Padgett. Published by Lorenz and Ellen Gude at C Press. Berrigan dedicated the book to Joe Brainard.

3. Burroughs, William. TIME
a. First edition:
New York: C Press, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 32 pages, 1000 copies (886 in a trade edition; 100 numbered and signed; 10 lettered A-J, hardbound, with original manuscript page by Burroughs and original drawing by Gysin, signed; and four hardcover numbered copies hors commerce). Cover art by Burroughs. Illustrated by Brion Gysin. Edited by Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, and Joe Brainard.

 

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

Yugen

YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen.

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.”

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Yugen

Edited by Beat poet LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, Yugen was devoted to “A New Consciousness in the Arts and Letters”. Bringing together the Beats, Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets of the late 1950s, Yugen took its name from the Japanese aesthetic term meaning “a profound mysterious sense of the beauty of universe … and the sad beauty of human suffering.” Cohen, later Hettie Jones, had worked at the Partisan Review and brought with her a background in little-magazine design that gave Yugen an air of respectability and professionalism. The contents represented a new and untraditional approach to poetry. Jones and Cohen also founded Totem Press, which published important early books by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, and many others. Like Yugen, Totem Press books typically feature calligraphic covers that mix American abstract expressionism and Japanese Zen painting.


1. YUGEN, No. 1, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg with calligraphy by Rachel Spitzer. Illustrations by Hector Stewart, Peter Schwartzburg, Tomi Ungerer, and Allen Ginsberg. Titles and composition by Rachel Spitzer and Michael Aleshire

  • Contents:
    1. Philip Whalen – “Further Notice”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 4:II:58”
      Philip Whalen – “Takeout, 15:IV:57”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Mother, be soft and unremembered…”
      Ed James – [untitled] “Hawks will cry…”
      Judson Crews – “Potaphor in a Wretched Wind”
      Judson Crews – “When We Were Young”
      Tom Postell – “Gertrude Stein Rides The Town Down El to New York City”
      Tom Postell – “I Want a Solid Piece of Sunlight and a Yardstick to Measure it with”
      Allen Polite – “Beg Him to Help”
      Allen Polite – “Touching Air”
      Stephen Tropp – “Early Poem for 2 People”
      Bobb Hamilton- “Judgement Day”
      LeRoi Jones – “Slice of Life”
      LeRoi Jones – “Lines to Garcia Lorca”
      Diane Di Prima – “Poem”
      Diane Di Prima – “For Pound, Cocteau & Picasso”
      Ernest Kean – “The Glass is Shattered”
      Jack Micheline – “Steps”
      Allen Ginsberg – [untitled] “We rode on a lonely bus…”
      Allen Ginsberg – “Hitch-Hiking Key West”
      Allen Ginsberg – “In a Red Bar”
      Allen Ginsberg – “On Burroughs’ Work”

2. YUGEN, No. 2, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Printed in New York by Troubador Press. Cover art and titles by Tomi Ungerer. Illustrations by Peter Schwarzburg.

  • Contents:
    1. Gregory Corso – “A Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian”
      Tuli Kupferberg – “4 Haiku”
      Thomas Postell – “Harmony”
      LeRoi Jones – “Suppose Sorrow was a Time Machine”
      Barbara Ellen Moraff – “Poem for Theo”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Colossus of Havana”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “The Trucks”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Lovers”
      Oliver Pitcher – “Tango”
      James Boyer May – “The Back of Mind”
      Harold Briggs – “Being”
      Bobb Hamilton – “A Sentence”
      Gary Snyder – “Chion-in”
      Ben Spellman – “Fool”
      George Stade – “To a Candidate for the Ph.D in Seventeenth Century Literature”

3. YUGEN, No. 3, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Cover art by Peter Schwartzburg. Illustrations by Stanley Fisher.

  • Contents:
    1. Gary Snyder – “Praise for Sick Women”
      Gary Snyder – “Another for the Same”
      William S. Burroughs – “Have You Seen Pantapon Rose?”
      Charles Farber – “Morning Highway”
      Barbara Moraff – “Poem for Tamara”
      Barbara Moraff – “In a Hospital Room from a Halfclosed Lid”
      Barbara Moraff – “Wednesday Understands That”
      C. Jack Stamm – “Now When I Hear”
      Philip Whalen – “Soufflé”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Darkness Surrounds Us”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A New Cottage in Berkeley”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “The Curse of Ham”
      Diane Di Prima – “Lullaby”
      George Stade – “To the White Goddess”
      George Stade – “Advice to the Lovelorn”
      Peter Orlovsky – “First Poem”
      Fivos Delfis – ”A Bird” (trans. Charles Guenther)
      Ray Bremser – “Part III (Poems of the City Madness)”
      Robin Blaser – “Quitting a Job”
      Thomas Jackrell – “Got Them”

4. YUGEN, No. 4, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1958
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Cover art by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. Charles Olson – “The Librarian”
      Peter Orlovsky – “Second Poem”
      Frank O’Hara – “To Hell with It”
      Frank O’Hara – “Music”
      Max Finstein – “The Deception”
      Max Finstein – “Savonarola’s Tune”
      Fielding Dawson – “My Old Buddy, for Leonard”
      Allen Ginsberg – “A Crazy Spiritual”
      Ray Bremser – “Penal Madness (Part 1)”
      Edward Marshall – “Jonah at Danbury”
      Edward Marshall – “At Tudor City”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “In the Clutch, for M.F.”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Fugue”
      Judson Crews – “White Hollyhocks”
      Michael McClure – “The Chamber”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “7.20.58 – for Sue”
      Gary Snyder – “from Myths & Texts”
      Jack Kerouac – “2 Blues and 4 Haikus”
      John Wieners – “Spring 1956”
      Robert Creeley – “New Year’s”
      Robert Creeley – “Saturday Afternoon”
      Gregory Corso – “Away One Year”
      LeRoi Jones – “Parthenos”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “A Fixture”
      Mason Jordan Mason – “Yes Yes Yes”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain”

5. YUGEN, No. 5, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1959
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Fielding Dawson.

  • Contents:
    1. William Carlos Williams, – “A Formal Design”
      Allen Ginsberg – “from Kaddish”
      Barbara Guest – “Sunday Evening”
      Barbara Guest – “The Crisis”
      David Meltzer – “15th Raga / for Bela Lugosi”
      David Meltzer – “from Night Before Morning / Book One”
      Max Finstein – “A Blue Whale’s Heart”
      Paul Blackburn – “Ramas, Divendres, Diumenga”
      Paul Blackburn – “A Purity Defined”
      Philip Whalen – “I Return to San Francisco”
      Diane Di Prima – “Earthsong”
      John Wieners – “A Poem for Virgins (excerpt)”
      Walter Lowenfels – “The Nightingale, for D.H. Lawrence”
      Michael McClure – “Rant Block”
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Fragment” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Rainer Gerhardt – “Voices” (trans. Jerome Rothenberg)
      Frank O’Hara – “Ode on Causality”
      César Vallejo – “Black Stone on a White Stone” (trans. Lillian Lowenfels)
      Bruce Fearing – “Scenic Viewpoint”
      Jack Kerouac – “Sitting Under Tree Number Two”
      Barbara Moraff – [untitled] “Like a bowlegged woman…”
      Gregory Corso – “Food”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “No-one here…”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “The Issue at Hand”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – letter to the editor

6. YUGEN, No. 6, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages. Cover art by Basil King.

  • Contents:
    1. Michael McClure – “The Column”
      Charles Olson – “As of Bozeman”
      Charles Olson – “The Distances”
      Charles Olson – “Letter, May 2, 1959”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Trees / 6”
      Ron Loewinsohn – “Etude, with Chair”
      Philip Lamantia – “Blank Poem for Poe”
      Paul Blackburn – “Song of the Wires”
      Robin Blaser – “Out to Dinner”
      Hubert Selby, Jr. – “Episode from Landsend”
      David Meltzer – “4th Raga / for John Kelly Reed”
      Ray Bremser – “Backyards & Deviations”
      Ed Dorn – “The 6th”
      Ed Dorn – “The 7th”
      Rochelle Owens – “Groshl Monkeys Horses”
      Paul Carroll – “By Its Familiar Accent We Recognize The Ghost”
      Robert Creeley – “The Joke”
      Robert Creeley – “Letter”
      Robert Creeley – “What’s for Dinner”
      Tristan Tzara – “Wheat” (trans. Daisy Aldan)
      Gary Snyder – “A Walk”
      Gary Snyder – “Wild Horses”
      Gary Snyder – “After Work”
      Gary Snyder – “On Vulture Peak”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “We as scoffers undercut the sea…”
      LeRoi Jones – “Node”
      LeRoi Jones – “The A, B, C’s”
      Jack Kerouac – “Rimbaud”
      David Wang – “II. Invocation”
      Kenneth Koch – “From a Book of Poetry”
      Larry Eigner – [untitled] “Night. Everything falls flat…”
      Edward Dahlberg – “On Passions and Asceticism”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personal Poem”

7. YUGEN, No. 7, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen
New York: Yugen, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 65 pages. Cover art by Norman Bluhm.

  • Contents:
    1. LeRoi Jones – “Putdown of the Whore of Babylon”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “2 Book Reviews”
      Bruce Boyd – “Summer Nightmusic”
      Bruce Boyd – “This is How the Wind Sings…”
      Bruce Boyd – “A Quarrel of Minstrels”
      Bruce Boyd – “Water”
      Bruce Boyd – “Song”
      Bruce Boyd – “Poem”
      Robert Creeley – “The New World”
      Kenneth  Koch – “Guinevere, or The Death of the Kangaroo”
      George Stanley – “Parallels”
      George Stanley – “Winter”
      George Stanley – “Shapes”
      Frank O’Hara – “Personism: A Manifesto”
      Gregory Corso – “On Chessman’s Crime”
      Gregory Corso – “For Black Mountain-2”
      B. Smith  – “Empty Bed Blues”
      Stuart Z Perkoff, – “To Orpheus”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Poem”
      Stuart Z Perkoff – “Pithecanthropus Erectus”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “Some Notes…”
      John Ashbery – “From a Comic Book”
      John Ashbery – “Leaving the Atocha Station”
      Philip Whalen  – “Literary Life in the Golden West”
      Philip Whalen – “Sincerity Shot, 23:III:58”
      Philip Whalen – “A Manuscript in Several Hands 3:III:60”
      Larry Eigner – “K in the USA”
      Larry Eigner – letter to the editor
      Max Finstein – “For Fair Eleanor”
      Joel Oppenheimer – “Morning Song”
      Diane Di Prima – “The Jungle”
      Charles Olson – “Theory of Society”
      Edward Marshall – “Sept. 1957”
      Joel Oppenheimer – letter to the editor
      Allen Ginsberg – “The End”
      LeRoi Jones – “Public Notice”
      Norman Bluhm – untitled drawing
      Frank O’Hara – “Denouement”

8. YUGEN, No. 8, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen-Jones
New York: Totem Press, 1962
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 66 pages. Cover art by Basil King. Illustration by Aaron Roseman.

  • Contents:
    1. George Stanley – “The Message Held up to the Speeding Train on a Willow Hoop”
      George Stanley – “Punishment”
      George Stanley – “The Meteor”
      George Stanley – “The Implicit Acknowledgements”
      George Stanley – [untitled] “The larks…”
      George Stanley – “Valentine”
      George Stanley – “A False Start”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – book reviews of Duncan and Spicer
      Steve Jonas – “No. IV Orgasms”
      Steve Jonas – “Tensone with Relent”
      Steve Jonas – “Discourse”
      Steve Jonas – “To a Strayed Cat”
      Steve Jonas – “A Long Poem for Jack Spicer”
      William Burroughs – “The Cut Up Method of Brion Gysin”
      Speckled Red – “Red’s Dozens”
      George Stanley – book reviews of Finstein and Sorrentino
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Meeting”
      Gilbert Sorrentino – “The Memory”
      Edward Dorn – “Notes about Working and Waiting Around”
      Robert Creeley – “Some Notes on Olson’s Maximus”
      Edward Marshall – [untitled] “One writes when…”
      Edward Marshall – “Memory as Memorial in the Last”
      LeRoi Jones – “The Largest Ocean in the World”
      Charles Olson – “Place; & Names”
      Charles Olson – “Book ii, Chapter 37”

Online Resources:

· From a Secret Location – Yugen

· Reality Studio – Yugen

 

C Press

Begun in May 1963 by Ted Berrigan, with Lorenz Gude as publisher, the “C” press and it’s mimeograph-printed magazine, provided an important early outlet for the writings of younger poets and their immediate predecessors.

1. Veitch, Tom. LITERARY DAYS
New York: Lorenz and Ellen Gude, 1964
First edition, side-stapled in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 200 numbered and signed copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art and illustration by Joe Brainard. Edited by Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan.

According to Granary Books catalog, Poets’ First Books, A Short List: This is Tom Veitch’s first book and is also the first book published by C Press.

2. Berrigan, Ted. THE SONNETS
New York: C Press, 1964
First edition, first printing, 8.5″ x 11″, 300 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Joe Brainard. Edited by Ron Padgett who also typed the stencils. Published by Lorenz and Ellen Gude at C Press. Berrigan has dedicated the book to Joe Brainard.

According to Granary Books catalog, Poets’ First Books, A Short List: Considered one of Berrigan’s most influential works, this book is widely considered his first, in the first edition. However, its publication is technically preceded by A Lily for My Love, which Berrigan attempted to round up copies and destroy (and this thus incredibly scarce).

3. Padgett, Ron. IN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN ARM
New York: C Press, 1965
Second edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5” x 11”, 200 numbered copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art and illustrations by Joe Brainard (all differ from the first edition published by Lorenz Gude in 1964).

4. Burroughs, William. TIME
a. First edition:
New York: C Press, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 32 pages, 1000 copies (886 in a trade edition; 100 numbered and signed; 10 lettered A-J, hardbound, with original manuscript page by Burroughs and original drawing by Gysin, signed; and four hardcover numbered copies hors commerce). Cover art by Burroughs. Illustrated by Brion Gysin. Edited by Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, and Joe Brainard.

According to a Granary Books catalog entry for this item: Ron Padgett, editor for the edition, relates, “Burroughs’ original manuscript was so faintly typed that the printer (a very helpful gentleman named Mr. Dymm at Fleetwood Letter Service) said it would not be legible in an offset edition.” In order to solve the problem, the editor created a facsimile of Burroughs’ manuscript. He rented a typewriter (with the same font as Burroughs’) and then acquired “a fresh (used) copy of the issue of Time (‘Transatlantic Edition,’ it called itself) he had used as the basis for his manuscript.”

“It was a lot of work, and I became rather obsessed with creating a perfect replica, but I enjoyed doing it. Burroughs was pleased with the result, but, given his characteristic reserve, he didn’t gush. Throughout the project he was cordial, polite, somewhat old-fashioned in his formal good manners. Brion Gysin was equally polite but a bit warmer in his demeanor.”

5. Padgett, Ron. TWO STORIES FOR ANDY WARHOL
New York: C Press, 1965
Second edition, side-stapled with illustrated cover, 8.5” x 14”, 11 pages, mimeograph printed. Thermo-Fax cover by Andy Warhol. The found text was excerpted from an early twentieth-century novel and is repeated on each page of the mimeographed book, reflecting the poet’s interest in appropriation and repetition.

6. Ceravolo, Joseph FITS OF DAWN
New York: C Press, 1965
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Rosemary Ceravolo. Edited by Ted Berrigan. The poet’s first book.

7. Gallup, Dick. HINGES
New York: C Press, 1965
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed. Cover illustration by Joe Brainard. Edited by Ted Berrigan. The author’s first book published while Gallup was still a student at Columbia.

According to Granary Books catalog, Poets’ First Books, A Short List: “Gallup moved to New York City in 1961 to join high school classmates from Tulsa, Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard. Also from Tulsa was Ted Berrigan, whose C Press published Gallup’s first book of poetry. Gallup had been writing since high school, often collaborating with Padgett or Berrigan on small handmade “bokes” or ephemeral publications.

8. Brownstein, Michael. BEHIND THE WHEEL
New York: C Press, 1967
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 200 copies, mimeograph printed. Edited by Ted Berrigan. Published as issue No. 14 of C magazine.

9. Elmslie, Kenward. POWER PLANT POEMS
New York: C Press, 1967
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed. Cover art and illustrations by Joe Brainard. Edited by Ted Berrigan.

10. Notley, Alice. 165 MEETING HOUSE LANE / TWENTY-FOUR SONNETS
New York: C Press Publications, 1971
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 250 copies, mimeograph printed. Edited by Ted Berrigan.

11. Carey, Steve. THE LILY OF ST. MARK’S
New York: C Press, 1978
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 250 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by George Schneeman. Edited by Ted Berrigan.

12. Schneeman, Elio. IN FEBRUARY I THINK
New York: C Press, 1978
First edition, side-stapled in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 250 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by George Schneeman.


Online Resources:

· From a Secret Location – C Press

· Reality Studio – C Press Archive