Cafe Le Metro Issue: The Wormwood Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. Marvin Malone, Allen De Loach, Paul Blackburn, Gerard Malanga, Clive Matson, Jack Micheline, Peter Orlovsky, Ed Sanders, Diane Wakoski.
Cafe Le Metro Issue: The Wormwood Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17
Cafe Le Metro Issue: The Wormwood Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17
Cafe Le Metro Issue: The Wormwood Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17

Cafe Le Metro Issue: The Wormwood Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17

n/p (Storrs, CT?): Wormwood Review Press, 1965. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Diane Wakoski at her contribution. This vintage number of the legendary literary journal edited by Marvin Malone features Allen De Loach as Guest Editor, who gathered poets active at the Cafe Le Metro on the lower east side of NYC, a center of creative ferment during this mid-1960s period in which the Beat Generation was in its blazing twilight & the New York School was at its zenith. As De Loach wrote in his introduction to this issue dated April 1965: "The poets and poems in this anthology are representative of the diverse activity reverberating at the Cafe Le Metro...Being a center of poetry, rather than a school, Le Metro nurtures the most vital facet of the creative arts: the right and the opportunity to present the created without any form of censorship or pre-judgement." Among the many outstanding, then-daringly innovative & now venerable contributing poets are Paul Blackburn, Gerard Malanga, Clive Matson, Jack Micheline, Peter Orlovsky, Ed Sanders & Diane Wakoski. At her contribution ("Confusing Order With Sunset," pgs. 6-7), Wakoski has hand-written her signature, with characteristic series of vertical doodles, next to her printed name at the end of the poem. Following the poems is a fold-out two page section with this preamble: "The following sometimes-brilliant, -diverse, -perverse, -mad, -sad, -arrogant, -opinionated, -dada (but never -mama and never -dull) magazines exchange with The Wormwood Review. Sample them until you find your taste." There follows a lengthy list of many (probably most) of the small independent journals that will be very familiar to our collectors. As noted on last page opposite the fold-out, this issue was printed in a limited edition of 600 copies, this is copy "0431"/600 as stamped near lower edge. With humorous, exemplary Roy Lichtenstein-esque pop front cover artwork by A. Sypher. A crown jewel among the myriad mags that showcased the works of this dynamic, productive time & place; a particularly rare & significant issue in this most collectible series, especially with one of its distinguished poet's signature. In exceptionally very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & stapled spine; very mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only miniscule bumps at upper corners of some page leaves; otherwise pristine. Very Fine. [Item #3362]

Price: $50.00