[Item #6019] Nice: A One Shot Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1. Tom Clark, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Richard Brautigan, Clark Coolidge, Frank O'Hara, John Perreault, Aram Saroyan, peter Schjeldahl.
Nice: A One Shot Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1
Nice: A One Shot Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1

Nice: A One Shot Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1

Brightlingsea, England: Tom Clark, n/d (c. 1966). First Printing. Stapled Sheets. "There is more than one way to kill a chicken, and there is more than one way to live a life. Some people think that life is just a river and that we just float around it trying not to drown. This is not true. Life is not just a river. Life is wonderful, and you can do with it whatever you want to do with it. You can live your life anyway you want to live your life. Jesus walked on water, and so can you." (from "Life" by Joe Brainard, first page, unpaginated) We present the epitome of the Mimeograph Revolution: The first-&-only issue of NICE, "a one shot magazine" edited, published & with contributions by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the prodigious poet, editor & biographer who started off with a bang during the 1960s & carried on prolifically even as his star faded, leaving us a vast & brilliant legacy that exemplifies our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." The first page states "no copyright no nothin(sic)," but we're fairly certain that this production dates from 1966, the copyright date of some of the works therein. With prose & poetry by Joe Brainard (1942-1994, another P&U legend) who also provides the front cover illustration (unsigned but we're quite sure); New York School-&-Beyond Great Ted Berrigan (1934-1983), solo & in collaboration with Peter Schjeldahl (1942-2022, who would go on to eminence as the chief art critic for The New Yorker & The New York Times); cult favorite Richard Brautigan (1935-1984); Clark Coolidge (b. 1939), another NYS&B Giant; the immortal NYS Greatest-of-them-all Frank O'Hara (1926-1966); the noted critic-curator John Perrault (1937-2015); Aram Saroyan (b. 1943), acclaimed author & son of the Canonical William Saroyan); & more. Large mimeographed sheets, stacked & stapled incl. illustrated front cover & blank rear cover. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), a noted Mimeograph Revolutionary poet who co-founded the Detroit Artists' Workshop with John Sinclair & is our nearby friend. See our many, many items & contributions by the above writers, especially Clark. An outstanding, extremely rare collectible with a jaw-dropping roster of contributors & distinguished, very relevant provenance. In relatively especially very fine condition with only very slight rubbing & browning to front & rear cover sheets; a hint of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; (four) staples just beginning to rust with no discernable bleeding; mild browning, rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only very slight browning to page leaves (which are printed on recto only); tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Very Fine. [Item #6019]

Price: $100.00