[Item #5196] Serious Iron. Robert Creeley, Brett Enemark, Brian Fawcett, Gladys Hindmarch, Ralph Maud, Charles Olson, Linda Parker, Jeremey Prynne, Karl Siegler, Victoria Walker Margesson, Derryl White.
Serious Iron

Serious Iron

Port Moody, BC: Simon Fraser University, 1970. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. “THIS IS GOING TO BE / A SERIOUS ISSUE / BY GOD” the first page of [this issue of] “Iron” solemnly declares; a fitting pronouncement for a magazine seemingly created by and for Olsonites. However, the history of [what was actually called] “Iron” magazine actually on tangentially involves Olson, and centers far more on Robin Blaser and Jack Spicer than on Olson, himself. As an article authored by one Brian Fawcett states, “Iron was a Simon Fraser University-based literary magazine that ran some 14 issues beginning in 1966 through 1972, and then followed with a second series of six issues that ended in 1978….Most of the young writers involved were students of Robin Blaser…who had accepted a faculty post at SFU in 1966 and was at that point in his career expanding his concerns beyond the limits of his mentors and peers, at least in intellectual quality and range….We got generous infusions of energy and no little amount of production money from Ralph Maud, who had been hired by SFU to a full professorship as a Dylan Thomas scholar, but arrived in Vancouver a Charles Olson acolyte” (qtd. from the essay “Iron,” by Brian Fawcett). All of the above is, indeed reflected in this issue of SFU’s “Iron” magazine--here billed as “Serious Iron,” the twelfth issue of the magazine—which, as Fawcett relays, “accurately encapsulates most of the characteristics and preoccupations the magazine had. [It] isn’t sequenced with earlier or later issues, nor is it dated except for an October 1971 notation on the editorial page, which identifies the editor as ‘Linda Parker.’ Ms. Parker was a young Massachusetts visual artist who was close to Charles Olson during his last years...the form ‘Serious Iron’ took was a counterattack on Ms. Parker’s view of poetry—and of us.” Contributors and their contributions appear in the following order: Ralph Maud (“Notes Made After Visiting Charles Olson On Saturday 6 June 1969”); Gladys Hindmarch (“Sketches”); Maud again (“Untitled,” “Untitled 2”); Jeremy Prynne (“On Maximus IV, V, & VI”); Derryl White (“Kootenai Song” & “re TURNING”); Karl Siegler (“1-2 Sonnets to Orpheus”); Brian Fawcett (“Pachena Bay”); Robert Creeley (“An Alternative for Opposites”); Brett Enemark (“High Water”); Tom McGauley (“Deer Park”) and the aforementioned Linda Parker (“Notes for the Biographer” & “From the Desk of the Editor”). Magazine in stapled wrappers: the first and only printing of this definitive, small press publication. In fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear, bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back wrappers; mild-to-moderate rubbing, age-typical browning & toning to select exhibits of same; faint creasing, yellowing near staples at exterior. Fine. [Item #5196]

Price: $100.00