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Painters and Poets Together: The Folder Story
Kite Flying Party
Hartigan, Rivers, and O'Hara
"Meditations in an Emergency"
Painters Pay Tribute to Frank O'Hara
Continued Interest in the New York School
Painters and Poets Collaborate
An Explosion of Magazines
Imagination: The 2006
An Explosion of Magazines
Not likely to be embraced by (and not seeking the approval
of) the editorial boards of the academic literary quarterlies, the New
York School of painters and poets collaborated on a number of little magazines
that featured graphics, poetry, and prose intended largely for circulation
among the avant-garde artists’ community. Featuring the work of graphic
and literary iconoclasts John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Jane Freilicher,
Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, Larry Rivers, and James Schuyler,
Locus Solus and Art and Literature (both printed in France
in the early to mid-1960s) were the most substantial and formal of the
At the other end of the spectrum, and almost entirely limited
in their subscriptions to their contributors, C: A Journal of Poetry,
Floating Bear, Measure, and Yugen were among the
avalanche of hastily produced and graphically unsophisticated publications
issued during the late 1950s and through the mid-1970s. Distributed through
such legendary venues as the Phoenix Book Shop, these and other products
of the “mimeo explosion” (such as Adventures in Poetry, the Boston
Eagle, Broadway, the Harris Review, World, and
Z) were, at least in part, supported by the Poetry Project of St.
||C: A Journal of Poetry was published in New York City by
Lorenz Gude beginning in May of 1963. The general editor was Ted Berrigan.
It usually appeared monthly or bimonthly but was also released seasonally.
Number thirteen of volume two is displayed. This was edited by Ron
Padgett and incorporated cover art by Joe Brainard.
|C Comics was published in New York City by Lorenz Gude beginning
in 1964. Joe Brainard was the editor and did nearly all the drawings.
The cover of number two (undated) proclaims it “A Boke Press publication.”
||Nadada was published in August of 1964 (number one) and October
1965 (number two) in New York City. The publisher and editor was Timothy
Baum; Gerard Malanga is listed as “Editorial Associate.” Number one
featured “Contemporary American Poets.”
|Semi-Colon began in 1954 and was published irregularly by
the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City. It was edited by John
Bernard Myers. The issues are undated; number three of volume one
||Measure was published between 1957 and 1962, with publication
suspended from 1959 to 1961. The place of publication varied: number
one was published in Boston; number two was published in San Francisco;
and number three was released in Milton, Massachusetts. The editor
was John Wieners. Number one from the summer of 1957 is displayed.
|Yugen, edited by LeRoi Jones and Hettie Cohen, was published
(quarterly, but irregularly) in New York City from 1958 to 1962 and
was printed by Troubador Press. According to the editors, “Yugen
means elegance, beauty, grace, transcendence of these things, and
also nothing at all.” The first issue, which was copyrighted in 1958,
||The Floating Bear: A Newsletter was published in New York
City between 1961 and 1969. Diane di Prima was the editor and published
thirty-seven “monthly” volumes during those eight years. The Christmas
1963 issue with the cover by Al Leslie is displayed.
|Art and Literature, “an international Review” was published
quarterly in Lausanne, Switzerland, by the Société anonyme d’éditions
littéraires et artistiques from 1964 to 1967. The editorial board
included John Ashbery. Number one from March of 1964 is displayed.
||Z was published by Z Press in Calais, Vermont, from 1974
to 1977. There were six numbers, which were distinguished from one
another by the placement of an additional Z in the title. It
was edited by Kenward Elmslie and “published via The Poetry Project
at St. Mark’s Church In-The-Bowery,” in New York City. ZZZ
(or number three), copyrighted in 1974, is displayed.
|Long Hair Magazine was published in 1965 by Lovebooks Ltd.
in London, England, with only one issue (number one of volume one).
The editor is listed as “Miles,” with Ted Berrigan cited as the “New
||Locus Solus began publication with number one in the winter
of 1961 and ended with number five in 1962. Only one hundred copies
were copyrighted by Locus Solus Press in Lans-en-Vercours (Isère),
France. It was printed by Graficas Miramar, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The editors were John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Harry Matthews, and James
Schuyler. Number one, edited by James Schuyler, is displayed.
The Hasty Papers was edited and published in New
York City by Alfred Leslie in 1960 as “A one-shot review.” The table of
contents is enlarged and reproduced above.