Nomad (1959-1962)

Nomad was an avant garde literary magazine that Anthony Linick and Donald Factor (the son of Max Factor, Jr.,) edited and published in Los Angeles between 1959 and 1962. The first issue came out in the winter of 1959. Linick and Factor were particularly drawn to the poetry and writing of the Beat Generation, who wrote of their own, frequently chaotic, lives. Nomad published work by such later famous authors and poets as. … In the literary realm, Nomad played a singular role in having published Charles Bukowski at an early date. Nomads inaugural issue in 1959 featured two of Bukowski’s poems, with Nomad publishing Bukowski before his first book, Flower Fist and Bestial Wail, appeared in 1960.[2] Nomad used Bukowski’s poem So Much For The Knifers, So Much For The Bellowing Dawns, as a prologue to its ‘Manifesto’ issue, because the poem epitomized the anti-academic tone Linick and Factor wanted to feature. The ‘Manifesto’ issue provided a format for statements of literary philosophy. The issue included one of Bukowski’s best known essays, Manifesto: A Call for Own Critics. It also featured, among others, a contribution by William Burroughs, who contributed a selection from Minutes to Go. In the magazine’s last issue, Nomad/New York, a special double issue (10/11, Autumn 1962), Factor wrote one of the first essays on what would become known as Pop art, though he did not use term. The essay, ‘Four Artists’, focused on Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. At the time Factor was a collector of the work of these artists and their contemporaries. Also, the same issue saw John Bernard Myers, co-owner of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, whom Factor knew from his collecting, introduce the phrase ‘New York School of Poetry’ (as distinct from simply ‘New York Poets’). He used the term in his introduction to a selection of poems in the issue. He categorized the common traits of Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Barbara Guest, Koch, O’Hara, James Schuyler, and others, as constituting a ‘New York School’. Linick and Factor had equal responsibility when it came to deciding what to include in the magazine. Factor paid for publication, and the London printers were Villiers Publications, the same firm that printed Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s famous City Lights Pocket Poets Series, including Ginsberg’s Howl. …”
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Anthony Linick on Nomad
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