[Item #5952] The Noisless Spider Vol. IV No. 1 (No. 7, Fall 1974). Allen Ginsberg.
The Noisless Spider Vol. IV No. 1 (No. 7, Fall 1974)
The Noisless Spider Vol. IV No. 1 (No. 7, Fall 1974)
The Noisless Spider Vol. IV No. 1 (No. 7, Fall 1974)

The Noisless Spider Vol. IV No. 1 (No. 7, Fall 1974)

New Haven, CT: The University of New Haven, 1974. First Printing. Staplebound. “The editorial board of ‘The Noiseless Spider’ agrees with Henry Miller that the pangs of birth relate not to the body but to the spirit. It was demanded of us to know love, experience union and communion, and thus achieve liberation from the wheel of life and death. But we have chosen to remain this side of paradise and to create through art the illusory substance of our dreams. In a profound sense we are forever delaying the act. We flirt with destiny and lull ourselves to sleep with myth. We die in the throes of our own tragic legends, like spiders caught in our own web” (“Statement of Editorial Policy,” on front cover wrapper recto). Your Devoted Managing Curator cannot help but chortle to himself and think, “Wow: I can’t imagine being alive at a time when the acid was still that good” upon reading this admirably collegiate “Editorial Statement” of The University of New Haven’s “English Club” — a consortium of aspirant litterateurs responsible for the publication of “The Noiseless Spider” (and of its seventh issue, of course, offered here on account of association). Association with whom, the curious reader of this description (or, if in-store, description-card) might well ask: Allen Ginsberg of course! Who else? The Beat Generation’s cosmopolitan handshaker here strikes again, — somehow finding both the time and the energy to give the full force of his [literary] consciousness to a group of hip unknowns for a long afternoon. Ginsberg’s contribution is further made desirable by the presence of uncirculated photographs taken the day AG’s interview was conducted. These are ostensibly photographs taken during the interview, itself — ‘live, in-studio shots’ in the adjacent though ultimately denotative sense. The interview itself evidently ran longer than the editors could make room for, and likely could afford to typeset. With his typical effusive magnanimity, Ginsberg, ever the model New Yorker, gave these chipper youths MORE than “All The News That’s Fit to Print,” — much more. The interview itself spans a full fifteen pages — the inaugural fifteen pages of this slim little magazine, but YDMC would like to put a bow on things, here by quoting what the students, themselves wrote of AG’s visit, in full. It is a perfect exemplification-embodiment of Ginsberg’s superhuman ability to network and proselytize; speaks, once again to his legendary knack for (what this writer calls) “preaching on the salesfloor.” “Allen Ginsberg, the controversial American writer and culture hero whose latest published volume of poems THE FALL OF AMERICA won the prestigious National Book Award for Poetry in 1973, spent a memorable day on the University of New Haven campus at the invitation of the UNH English Club on November 12, 1973. After a five-hour performance that included a poetry reading, press conference, song- and mantra-fest, and discussions with students which were energetic enough to exhaust half a dozen seasoned performers, Allen gave the English Club an extremely interesting two-hour interview, a portion of which was filmed. The following is a transcript of some of the more numinous moments of that interview” (pg. 2). What more could one want? A final note: this volume is not in the Morgan bibliography We at TMB reference during our trademark curatorial process. Small-format literary journal: the first and only printing of this charmingly collegiate, Allen-backed periodical. In strong near fine condition with only mild-to-moderate shelf-wear, light bumping & select, low-visibility exhibits of bump-creasing to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; similarly mild rubbing & age-toning to same; moderate-to-enunciated rusting, bleeding to staples at interior & exterior, else pristine. Near Fine. [Item #5952]

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