Magazine Three. Kirby Congdon, Jay Socin, Publisher, Charles Bukowski, Donald Curran, Barbara Holland, Barry Miles, Eric Mottram, Dorothy Raymer, Diane Wakoski.
Magazine Three
Magazine Three

Magazine Three

New York, NY: Interim Books, 1966. First Edition. Stapled Sheets Bound in Wrappers. Signed by poet Diane Wakoski at her contribution. The third number of a quintessential exemplar of "The Mimeograph Revolution" literary phenomenon during the 1960s. Edited by the prolific longtime poet & publisher Kirby Congdon (whom we believe is still active in Key West at about age 95 as of this writing); & published/distributed by poet-painter Jay Socin (1914?-1968). Featuring "A Letter From L.A." by sui generis cult icon Charles Bukowski, with his pungent critique of contemporary poetry, including that of the Beat Generation, & a mention about "...a bit of race rioting in Watts last night..." which had just occurred in that city; "A Letter from London" by Barry Miles, the great eclectic journalist & biographer who knew & has written extensively about William S. Burroughs (WSB, then living in London, is mentioned here); many insightful reviews including one of "Recent Publications" by Eric Mottram, who would go on to write one of the first important critical studies of WSB's work, The Algebra of Need; & the poem "George Washington Dreams Of Paratroop Forces" by the acclaimed Michigan-based, still-active poet Diane Wakoski. Below her printed name at the end of the poem, Wakoski has hand-signed her name along with her characteristic vertical series of doodles. Also poetry, essays & reviews by many other contributors, most quite obscure & not otherwise then-published, as was Congdon & Socin's intent. With reproduction of a photograph of poet Barbara Holland by Donald Curran opposite her poem "Flamenco Walker"; & of two illustrated articles about Congdon & Socin by Dorothy Raymer published in The Key West Citizen newspaper during January 1966. A key relic of a period of literary ferment, created in but not limited to the NYC avant-garde, Beat-&-Beyond scene. In relatively fine condition for such a notoriously fragile production/genre: Mild-to-moderate rubbing, spotting, scratching & browning to illustrated front, blank back covers & blank spine; moderate wear, browning, small bumps & closed tears to edges & corners of same. Interior (relatively) near-fine with inevitable extensive browning of low-quality paper page leaves esp. of blank margins & edges of text block; attendant mild musty odor; several mostly closed tears with slight loss of paper at & near blank stapled side of first page leaf; one small area of mostly closed tears with slight loss of paper at & near blank outer side edges of two page leaves (pgs. 83-86). Just below reference to Wakoski on contents page (pg. 3), someone, perhaps the poet herself, has drawn an upward arrow in pencil. Near Fine. [Item #3201]

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