Category Archives: Poetry

Totem Press, Yugen – Imamu Amiri Baraka

Charles Olson, Projective Verse (1959). Cover by Matsumi Kanemitsu. “On the same small offset press, and as an arm of his magazine Yugen, LeRoi Jones’s Totem Press imprint published thirteen pamphlets, beginning with Diane di Prima’s This Kind of Bird … Continue reading

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FLATWARE: Alex Kitnick on In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961

Jasper Johns, In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, oil on canvas with objects, two panels, overall 40 × 59 3⁄4″. “I always assumed that Jasper Johns painted In Memory of My Feelings—Frank O’Hara, 1961, to memorialize the poet whose … Continue reading

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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems – Michael Ondaatje (1970)

“The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems is a verse novel by Michael Ondaatje, published in 1970. It chronicles and interprets important events in the life of William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, and his conflict with Sheriff … Continue reading

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An Introduction to E.A.T. – Engineers, the Avant-Garde and a Tennis Court

Set of Documentation of the Workings of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) between 1966 and 1968 “On March 18th, 1960, a sculpture on the roof of New York’s Museum of Modern Art began to destroy itself. Engines attached to … Continue reading

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Olson, tape, noise

“In response to a request to record his reading at Goddard College on April 12, 1959 (made available by the Slought Foundation and PennSound), Charles Olson quipped about the apparatus in front of him: ‘What happens if it just goes … Continue reading

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Caterpillar: ‘A magazine of the leaf, a gathering of the tribes’

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle – d.a. levy

“As poet, artist and publisher, d.a. levy was an important literary and underground figure in Cleveland’s emerging poetry and small/alternative press scene in the early 1960s and continued to be until his untimely death in 1968. levy documented his love-hate … Continue reading

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“Burroughs Is a Poet Too, Really”: The Poetics of Minutes to Go

“The long and intimate association of William Burroughs with poets is well known: Ginsberg, most obviously, as well as Corso, Creeley, Ferlinghetti, Leroi Jones, John Giorno, and so on. But to talk of Burroughs’ own material engagement with poetic form … Continue reading

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Recollections of Gran Apachería – Ed Dorn (1974)

“… Those years, the early to mid-seventies, were years of intense, blazing clarity for [Ed] Dorn. Gunslinger and 1974’s lyrical analysis of the Apaches last years of ‘external resistance’, Recollections of Gran Apacheria, represented the poet writing in such a … Continue reading

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