Tag Archives: Poetry

Printing Techniques: Mimeo

“If the letterpress represents the magazine or book as high art, the mimeograph machine epitomizes lo-fi production. The master of the mimeograph machine must first of all be a master of the stencil. The stencil is a floppy wax sheet … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara: Second Avenue (1960), Hymns of St. Bridget (1960), Art Chronicles 1954-1966

“Dated 1953. Published 1960. Picked up by moi in 1964 and purchased, not for ninety-five cents as priced on back (Totem Press), but for five francs twenty-five centimes, in Paris at Shakespeare and Company, which was almost the same as … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village

The corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue in the East Village in March 1969. “… Greenwich Village again became important to the Bohemian scene during the 1950s, when the Beat Generation focused their energies there. Fleeing from what … Continue reading

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Some/thing – Jerome Rothenberg/David Antin (1965–68)

“David Antin’s first separate book was in preparation at Hawk’s Well Press (Definitions was ultimately published by Caterpillar in 1967) when he joined with veteran poet and editor Jerome Rothenberg to create Some/thing. The first issue, published by Rothenberg’s Hawk’s … Continue reading

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The Collected Books of Jack Spicer (1975)

“Toward the end of his short life, Jack Spicer began to relax some of his purist principles about the publication and circulation of his poetry. In 1964, impoverished and unable to hold down a job, he consented to allow Lawrence … Continue reading

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31 literary icons of Greenwich Village

Streetview of 81 Horatio Street, where Baldwin lived from 1958 to 1961 “Greenwich Village, specifically the historic district at its core, has been described as many things, but ‘literary’ may be among the most common. That’s not only because the … Continue reading

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Romance of City Lights

“Black and white and read all over, City Lights’ Pocket Poets books were a depth charge in the American mind, back in the Eisenhower ’50s. Part of the literary explosion known as the San Francisco Renaissance, they blew wide a … Continue reading

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