Olson: The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives (Issue No. 8: The "Olson at Black Mountain Issue" of Fall, 1977). Charles Olson.
Olson: The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives (Issue No. 8: The "Olson at Black Mountain Issue" of Fall, 1977)
Olson: The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives (Issue No. 8: The "Olson at Black Mountain Issue" of Fall, 1977)

Olson: The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives (Issue No. 8: The "Olson at Black Mountain Issue" of Fall, 1977)

Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut Library, 1977. First Printing. Softcover. Calling all ye sea-blooded Olsonians: we have here Issue No. 8 of "Olson," the official "...Journal of the Charles Olson Archives." "Olsonians," of course, is the descriptor fittingly assigned to devotees of the magnitudinous (in life, spirit, and contribution) Mid-Century American poet, Charles Olson (1910-1970). Olsonians, in essence, are the poetic equivalent of an ancient people. They are an "ancient people" distinguished not only by their achievements and intelligence, but because of the runes & totems they left behind. Publications like "The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives" are certainly among the evidence for this thesis. Olson, to the students-&-disciples of the man who wrote the groundbreaking "Projective Verse" in 1950--a pamphlet which irrevocably altered the poetic landscape, and whose ripples reverberate still, today--is a priest-king, a vessel by which one can commune with the Poetry Gods . Listed here is Issue No. 8 of "The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives," the official, or "executory" academic publishing outlet for this Orgy of Olsonia published by the University of Connecticut Library. In 1972, The University of Connecticut at Storrs acquired the "Charles Olson Papers," and from the estate the literary rights to all of Olson's remaining unpublished work (work that remained unpublished at the time of his death, that is). The Egyptologist has his "Valley of Kings," and the Olsonian has the collection at UConn Library--from which almost every contribution to "The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives" plucks, selecting only the juiciest berries of Olsonia for publication in the Journal. While all issues are worth collecting, Your Devoted Assistant Curator would argue (while acknowledging his 'bias' or obsession with the storied institution founded by John Andrew Rice in 1933) that the Black Mountain issue is of special significance. The only thing to worry about here is falling into the Quicksand Rabbit Hole that is 'a fascination with the life, work, and poetic theories of Charles Olson.' As the Jazz-inflected Psychedelic Rock band, Ultimate Spinach, sang in 1968: "Behold & See"! Trade Softcover-format literary journal; the first and only printing of this rewarding issue. From the collection of Erin Black Matson, the late artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, were members of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were colleagues & protégés (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al. The condition (see below) of this issue befits (& in our estimation is enriched by) its history as the slightly beaten-down possession of a True Beat. Book in Fair-Very Good condition with moderate-to-significant rubbing, soiling, spotting & staining to covers; bumps & creases at fine-edges & corners of same; pronounced-to-significant water staining at text block & interior, esp. near back cover; age-typical toning & spotting to text block. Fair-Very Good. [Item #4904]

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