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...a website created as a living compendium to document and describe little mags and small presses from the mimeo era and beyond. Its foundation is "A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980," the 1998 New York Public Library exhibition and book curated and written by Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips, with a preface by Jerome Rothenberg and contributions from dozens of poets, editors, and publishers. This newly launched site includes the original text of the book—revised, corrected, and expanded.
Above: A sampling of some new additions to the site.
From a Secret Location is an ongoing project. At the outset, some magazines and presses will be listed with the barest of facts: editor(s), dates and location(s) of operation, and, in the case of magazines, what comprises a complete run. In the future we will add expanded descriptions with annotations, enhanced with photographs and other documents. We especially look forward to adding curated sections covering the many vital local and international scenes and phenomena from Kansas, Iowa City, Placitas, Bolinas, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Providence, Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Vancouver, Toronto, Great Britain, Europe and beyond. We will also be creating special sections covering movements and developments such as Concrete, Visual, and Sound Poetry.
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Perfect bound. 5 1/4 x 7 inches, 28 pp. Edition of 150 of which 26 are lettered and signed.
Granary Books and Jeff Maser, Bookseller are pleased to announce...
Broadsides proliferated during the small press and mimeograph era as a logical offshoot of poets assuming control of their means of publication. When technology evolved from typewriter, stencil, and mimeo machine to moveable type and sophisticated printing, broadsides provided a site for innovation with design and materials that might not be appropriate for an entire pamphlet or book; thus, they occupy a very specific place within literary and print culture.
Robert Creeley. For Benny and Sabina. 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches. Photograph by Ann Charters. Portents 18. Portents, 1970.
Poem on the Page: A Collection of Broadsides includes approximately 500 broadsides from a diverse range of poets, printers, designers, and publishers. It is a unique document of a particular aspect of the small press movement as well as a valuable resource for research into the intersection of poetry and printing.
Above left: Lyn Hejinian. The Guard. 9 1/4 x 18 inches. Illustrated by Ruth Lingen. Printed in three colors. Printed by Black Mesa Press for Woodland Pattern in an edition of 150 copies, this one signed. Woodland Pattern, 1983.
Above right: Allen Ginsberg. Who Be Kind To. 16 1/4 x 30 3/4 inches. First printing. Designed by Wes Wilson, photography by Larry Keenan, Jr. Cranium Press, n.d.
(This collection has been sold)
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Cloth over boards. 9 3/16 x 11 3/16 inches, 56 pp. 35 for sale from an edition of 45 signed copies.