||The Chinese Written Character as a medium for poetry
|| City Lights Books
|| PN 1055 .F4
|| Paper, perfect-bound in black, grey, and white illustrated wraps, 45 pages + publisher's booklist; 7x5 inches. Printed in London by Villiers Publications ltd.; Cover image: "portrait of an Immortal by Liang K'ai." Essay outlining Fenollosa's theory that Chinese characters have retained their original pictorial meanings to modern day readers of Chinese. Important but much-disputed, the essay was edited by Ezra Pound when it was first published in 1920. Still in print, it has gone through several editions and although the theory is now discredited by Sinologists, it still provides an important piece on the imagist techniques in poetry. There is a copy in the main stacks and also available as an electronic resource.
|| North Atlantic Books
|| PS 3569 .A49 A617
|| Paper, perfect-bound in illustrated white wrappers. Front and back covers feature illustrations by Sanders, as well as drawings throughout text. 99 numbered pages, plus notes. 1st ed. Sanders adds a science-fiction aspect to ancient Egyptian culture describing what he called a "superemanated civilization" through translations of hieroglyphics and Greek (Sander's major in College).
||Giving Up Poetry: with Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock
||Banff, Alberta Canada
|| Banff Centre Press
|| PS 3513 .I74 Z593
|| Paper, trade edition bound in full-color illustrated wrappers; SIGNED by the author on the title page. In May 1985, author, journalist and aspiring poet Trevor Carolan had the opportunity to attend a workshop and Buddhist meditation retreat led by Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock Farm on Cortes Island, British Columbia. This memoir recounts Carolan's insightful observation of Ginsberg and the author's own transformation under Ginsberg's influence.
||Start Your Own Religion
|| Forgotten Books
|| BF 207 .L437
|| Paper, trade edition bound in illustrated wrappers. Classic Reprint Series printed this facsimile of an original pamphlet first published in1967; 27 pages. This is one of Leary's most important titles, written during his Millbrook years at the height of the Psychedelic Revolution. Besides advice for dropping out, turning on and tuning in, it includes by-Laws and guidelines for the legal incorporation of a new religion. Illustrated with photographs of life at Millbrook; the poor reproduction quality reflects the self-published nature of the pamphlet and early computer printing. The publisher of this reprint, Forgotten Books, offers a variety of non-fiction material utilizing the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. The books may also be read for free on their website.
||The Intelligence Agents
|| New Falcon Publications
|| HM 391 .L377
|| Paper, trade edition, bound in color-photo illustrated wrappers; 224 p. with black & white illustrations throughout. A collection of memos, articles, pictures, etc. written in "future history" recording life on planet earth during Leary's lifespan as reflected in social, moral, religious and scientific satire. Including articles by and about people who are changing the meaning of freedom all over the world, all of them addressed at redefining the way we look at the humanity. This is the fifth and final volume of Dr. Leary's Future History Series. Leary, a world-renowned psychologist, philosopher, and cultural guru, died in 1996.
||O.I.N.C. An Adventure Story
|| University of Essex
|| PR 6055 .V34 O56
|| Paper, side-stapled mimeo; unpaginated with type printed on one side only. 'This book is issue No.4 of The Human Handkerchief.' Unpaginated. A prose piece, this is a hallucinatory adventure novel written to accompany the 13 splendid illustrations by Peter Bailey; One of 200 copies. Paul Evans (1945-1991) was an English poet associated with the British Poetry Revival in the late 1960s. Evans' work has a dreamy tone and surrealist images. Evans wrote his M.A. thesis at the University of London on Robert Duncan.
||Ankenbrand, Frank Jr.
||By Their Works Shall Ye Know Them (Ernest Hemingway 18_ -1961)
|| Hors Commerce Press
|| PS 3501 .N5696 B9
|| Paper booklet bound in stiff brown paper wrappers with portrait of Ernest Hemingway on the cover by Ben Tibbs. A first edition limited to 400 copies printed on fine blue-grey paper; "No. 3 - Hors Commerce Press 1964 Series" on back cover. This publication is a solo selection of a long poem in honor of Ernest Hemingway. Frank Ankenbrand Jr., a noted poet during the 1930s-60s, and was also a publishing partner in ALPRESS which turned out quality limited volumes.
||Viet Nam Poems
||Santa Barbara, Calif
|| Unicorn Press
|| PL 4378.9 .N55 T4613
|| Paper, hand bound in oblong brown and black printed wrappers, rice-paper title pasted on cover with calligraphy by Vo-Dinh, stiff red wraps underneath. Seven leaves, unpaged, printed one side. Type hand set and printed letterpress by Noel Young on handmade Hotta and Origami rice papers. Text Second Edition, printed November 1967. Thich Nhat Hanh (b.1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He is regarded as the founder of Engaged Buddhism.
||Mill Valley, Calif.
|| PS 615 .M38
|| Pamphlet, One broadsheet [21 x 39 cm] folded into thirds, creating 6 pages. Illustrated cover titled "Maya" and dated 1969. 1000 copies of this pamphlet were printed for the Santa Barbara Poetry Festival by Clifford Burke and available free of charge. Features three poems: Everybody lying on their stomachs ... [First line: The corrugated roof] / by Gary Snyder.--A poem for my wife [First line: I'm in my room writing] / by David Meltzer.--I might have been a monk [First line] by Jack Shoemaker. Includes advertising for Maya Broadsides; Quartos; and forthcoming Maya Books.
||Heagy, H. Lee
||Self-Defense: A Mythology
||New York City
|| White Lion Press
|| PS 3515 .E233 S45
|| Cream Paper printed in brown, one broadsheet, 56 x 22 cm, folded to 28 x 22 cm. Printed as 2 pages with illustration (of a lion) on "front" and editor Thule Stone's commentary on the back. Inside opens full-length with the poem printed in a calligraphic hand.
||Levinas and the Police
|| Chax Press
|| PS 3558 .O34923 L48
|| Paper, artist book, 18 pages letterpress printed on Mohawk Superfine paper and hand-sewn in Okawara paper as inner covers. Outside wrapper is Fabriano Rosaspina, folded into three panels and featuring a colored image by Bracha Lichenberg Ettinger, reproduced from a painting. Number 23 of 125 copies. A stunningly imaginative long poem inspired in part by the Jewish Lithuanian philosopher Emmanuel Levinas's writings on ethics and the Other. This poem sets the foundation for a new genre -- detective poetry -- built on a complex matrix of actions and characters. The structure and rhythm of the poet's speech patterns owes much to Hollander's multi-cultural background that includes his early life in Israel and fluency in German, English, and French.
||Visual Play: A Green Dance in Three Acts
|| Assembling Press
|| PS 3553 .O5522 V58
|| Paper, artist's book, spiral-bound at top, bright green paper, illustrated; Offset printing, 30 pages. Created through random processes: the artist took 3 large mixing bowls and a list of 40 things with green in their names that one might see from a boat. The first bowl collected deions of possible actions; the second bowl names of possible characters; and in the third bowl, names of possible scenes. The play evolved through random choices until the slip of paper with the word "end" appeared. The acts are interspersed with double pages of illustrations of frogs, fish, and turtles.
||love is a firecracker
|| PR 9199.3 .L345 L68 OVER
|| Paper, 14 broadsides printed one side only on 8 Â½ x 11" sheets + 1 sheet colophon all enclosed in a 3-color printed envelope featuring a sample of concrete poetry; Visual typewriter poems; first edition. blewointment [bluointmentpress on cover], began life as a mimeographed periodical notable for its often hand-decorated covers and inserts. It began to publish pamphlets and chapbooks by individual authors in 1967 and published the early work of many experimental poets.
||Recent Visitors [with LAID IN ITEMS]
||New York City
|| Angel Hair Books
|| PS 3552 .E7248 R43
|| Paper, staple-bound in bright orange glossy wrappers illustrated by George Schneeman who also did the drawings throughout. Published in an edition of 1000 copies. (This is a copy 2 of the Angel Head Press publication.) LAID IN: 1. Picture postcard "Tarjeta Postal" featuring full-color photo illustration of a woman in a regional costume of Mexico; on reverse: "MERRY CHRISTMAS DAVID + TINA!! & LOVE [singed] Bill [Berkson] LAID IN: 2. White Card, 36cm. x 14cm., folded in half; printed in black with illustration on front cover and a poem titled FUTURE HAY printed inside. SIGNED Bill [Berkson] and Lynn. LAID IN: 3. Single page, mimeo printed account of son's birth [ in Bolinas, California, on January 1976] by Berkson's wife, Lynn [artist Lynn O'Hare]. HANDWRITTEN NOTE stapled to page: "Dear Tina & David - It was all so overwhelming it took me 3 months to put it on paper -- I mean I wrote it one night 3 months after I'd stopped shaking! / Much love to you & girls / Lynn."
|| Paper, 8 Ã‚Â½ x 11 sheets with six varied color pages (blue, pink, salmon & white, designating the four parts of the poem) mimeo-printed both sides (12p.) , top left corner staple. At the end of the poem (p.12) is a hand-written note by the author, Peter Baffey, to Jerome [Rothenberg]: "Jerome -- I enjoyed your reading -- singing at Bard + I thank you for all the great work you have done for all of us -- Peter Baffey / Hope you like Poem + Map -- musics [sic] I think you'll enjoy." (The poem is dedicated to Robert Kelly & the Coda for Steven Kushner. Dated Spring 1970 )
|| A Midnight Special Production
|| PS 3563 .I334 A66
|| Paper, 5 pages, mimeo printed on one side only, staple-bound in a brown file folder with "Angel Baby By Jack Micheline" printed in green felt-tip pen on the cover. A draft, with corrections, of a short story by Jack Micheline, c.1971, includes proof readers marks and corrections. Originally composed by Micheline on December 24, 1970 at Irvington, On The Hudson, N.Y. Beginning in 1969, Micheline would self-publish many books which he mimeographed and hand-bound in stapled folders, usually under the imprint Dead Sea Fleet Editions or Midnight Special Edition. The publications were primarily short-run editions of 100 books or less, and now are very rare.
||A Coney Island of the Mind
|| BEAT MEDIA. CD: Lawrence Ferlinghetti published A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND, his most celebrated collection, in 1955 at the height of the Beat Generation. This recording presents Ferlinghetti reading the 29 sections of the title work and five other poems also from the original collection, accompanied by music composed by Dana Colley, saxophonist of the boho-rock band Morphine. Before this release, there was no complete CD album of Ferlinghetti's 30-poem cycle, The Coney Island of the Mind. From poem to poem, Ferlinghetti varies his voice, using a conspiratorial whisper or a conversational singsong or a comic, exaggerated New York accent. Ferlinghetti's signature piece is a perfect example of beat literature with its union of sexual imagery and introspection into the soul of youthful America. Five other poems complete the cycle: I am Waiting; Autobiography; Dog; Christ Climbed Down and #11 (from Pictures of the Gone World).
||Editors: John Moulder, Marc Ca
||The Lodestar Broadsides
|| Lodestar Press
|| BROADSIDE COLLECTION: PS
|| Poetry broadsides in various colors, printed on laid paper, issued with title sheet in brown portfolio, lettered "The Lodestar Broadsides" with black star logo. 14 Broadsides; 33 x 22 cm. Printed by letterpress. This is number 137 of an edition of 150. Contents: Somoza unveils Somoza's statue at the Somoza Stadium (Ernesto Cardenal); From Panama or the adventures of my seven uncles (Blaise Cendrars); I was born to speak your name (Tom Clark); On Bear's Head (Maria Gitin); The Territory (Carlos Reyes); Walking down Market Street (Aram Saroyan); Materialism (Marilyn Thompson); Amazing grace (Carol BergÃƒÂ©); Names to the flint (Clark Coolidge); Night in NYC: for Angus (Robert Creeley); No radio (Larry Eigner); Woman I wanted to speak to goes down to a meeting (Charley George); Knee deep in bleeding harts (Charles Potts); Of East Dennis: The Highlands, In Sorrow (Theodore Enslin).
|| Grove Press
|| PS 3552 .A583 A15
|| Paper, Evergreen trade edition bound in bright orange & black pictorial wraps. Cover design by Roy Kuhlman. Photographer: Unknown. Sixteen short stories, both autobiographical and experimental, that document Jones' movement to "a blacker self" in prose. Provocative collection by a controversial writer, now known as Amiri Baraka, he was one of the important literary and political figures of the sixties Black Power scene.
||Sunday Afternoon: Grande Ronde
|| Prescott Street Press
|| PS 3572 .E48 S96
|| Paper, staple-bound in illustrated brown wrappers, limited to 500 copies. Cover and illustrations by Ian Gatley; this is Venn's first book. This copy SIGNED & INSCRIBED by the author on the flyleaf, with a personal note to Tom Lyon (former Professor of English Literature at USU): "For Tom Lyon who gives trees standing; who knows how freely they give us all paper, oxygen, thick images, shade, joy -- what we need to continue." George Venn (1943): poet, writer, literary history, editor, linguist and educator is a noted regional poet based in the western U.S.
||Los Cerrillos, New Mexico
|| San Marcos Press
|| PS 3573 .I457 R4
|| Paper, staple bound in tan & brown, illustrated wrappers, with the cover design by Robert Davis. INSCRIBED on the title page: "for Tom, in friendship, Keith Wilson / Provo / July 1981." Keith Wilson (1927-2009) was an internationally known poet and Las Cruces' first and only poet laureate. His credentials range from Beat to Cowboy to university professor. Tom [Lyon] was a USU professor in the English Department and a leading scholar in the field of Western and environmental literature.
||Thantog: Songs os A Jaguar Priest
|| Salt Works Press
|| PS 3573 .I457 T4
|| Paper, letterpress printed and hand-sewn in brown paper wrappers printed in black & yellow with deep golden deckle-edge endpapers; 40 pages. Edition limited to 400 copies, a beautiful, small press production.
|| Road Runner Press
|| PS 3573 .I457 R63
|| Paper, staple-bound in sienna wrappers, illustrated with the Native American trickster deity, Kokopelli, often depicted as a humpback flute-player. Cover design by the poet. Complete title is Rocks: Some stanzas for Tomorrow or Yesterday / Poems by Keith Wilson. INSCRIBED,on flyleaf: "for Tom, Jan & the Kids with all good wishes, Keith." From the library of Tom Lyon, retired professor in USU's English Dept.
||The Sonosopher: Alex Caldiero in Life ... in Sound
||Salt Lake City
|| Dream Garden Press
|| PS 3553 .A394935 Z676
|| Video, DVD. 61 Minutes, Color & B/W. In full-color photo-illustrated case. Includes booklet featuring "fixing the Sonosopher," an essay by Scott Abbott; and "Basilica of S.Francesco, Assisi" by Caldiero. A documentary by Torben Bernhard and Travis Low, "The Sonosopher" is an experiential voyage into the peculiar life and art of Alex Caldiero. Tracing his birth and childhood in rural Sicily as well as his coming of age as a poet in New York City, Caldiero is found living in conservative Utah years after his conversion and separation from Mormonism. The film explores Caldiero's lifelong artistic investigation into "Sonosophy", a unique hybrid of sound, poetry, and philosophy. Borrowing techniques from such diverse genres as avant-garde film and cinama verite "The Sonosopher" portrays Caldiero's life and work at its most traditional and most bizarre. Utilizing these diverse methods, the filmmakers artfully blend current performance and interview footage, 8MM family videos, and archival material to tell the intimate story of this largely unknown artist.
||J.W. on the Road Selling that Old Orphic Snake-Oil in the Jargon-sized Bottles, 1951-1978
|| Visual Press
|| PS 3545 .I52966 Z63
|| Paper, staple-bound in black & white photographic wrappers. One of 300 copies of this small artist book of stylized photographs printed in blues, greens and bronze. Published to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jonathan Williams, Black Mountain College alumnus, poet, publisher and photographer. Williams founded the Jargon Society providing an early publishing outlet for writers such as Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Robert Duncan, Mina Loy, Lorraine Niedecker, Kenneth Patchen and many others. Williams died in 2008.