Granary Books and Jeff Maser, Bookseller are pleased to announce...
We are pleased for offer for sale an extraordinary collection of little magazines from the golden age of the small press mimeo revolution. The collection documents, with great breadth and depth, the intellectual, spiritual, and material diversity of poet-driven publishing in the US and, to a lesser extent, Canada and the UK from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.
Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop review page proofs at Burning Deck Press (Providence Journal, 1980s).
The collection includes a strong representation of seminal works from various movements and groupings such as the New York School, British Poetry Revival, Beats, Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance, Ethnopoetics, Black Arts, Venice West, Meat poets, Wichita Vortex, concrete and visual poetry, and Language poetry.
One of the chief strengths of the collection is its range of inclusivity, which reveals an international network of poet-driven and -distributed publications that developed into a vast underground economy, from Vancouver to Cardiff and Bolinas to Buffalo, with hundreds of stops in between.
The collection comprises more than 500 separate titles and more than 4,200 items. More than half of the 500 titles are in complete or all-but-complete runs. The magazines are largely drawn from the private libraries and collections of a wide range of poets, editors, and publishers.
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...a website created as a living compendium to document and describe little mags and small presses from the mimeo era and beyond. Its foundation is "A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980," the 1998 New York Public Library exhibition and book curated and written by Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips, with a preface by Jerome Rothenberg and contributions from dozens of poets, editors, and publishers. This newly launched site includes the original text of the book—revised, corrected, and expanded.
Above: Among the newest additions to the site.
From a Secret Location is an ongoing project. At the outset, some magazines and presses will be listed with the barest of facts: editor(s), dates and location(s) of operation, and, in the case of magazines, what comprises a complete run. In the future we will add expanded descriptions with annotations, enhanced with photographs and other documents. We especially look forward to adding curated sections covering the many vital local and international scenes and phenomena from Kansas, Iowa City, Placitas, Bolinas, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Providence, Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Vancouver, Toronto, Great Britain, Europe and beyond. We will also be creating special sections covering movements and developments such as Concrete, Visual, and Sound Poetry.
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Perfect bound. 5 1/4 x 7 inches, 28 pp. Edition of 150 of which 26 are lettered and signed.