by Steven Clay, Rodney Phillips
"Genuinely a must-have book." - Ron Silliman
With a Pre-Face by Jerome Rothenberg, this book documents and expands upon the acclaimed exhibit at the New York Public Library, January-July, 1998. Over 80 presses and magazines at the confluence of the New American Poetry and the Small Press Revolution are described, frequently in the words of the editor(s) involved. Among those included are: J, Open Space, White Rabbit, Oyez, Yugen, Floating Bear, Measure, Semina, Beatitude, Black Mountain Review, Origin, Poems from the Floating World, Some/thing, Maps, Matter, Set, Something Else Press, Duende, Wild Dog, Umbra, Hambone, White Dove Review, "C", Fuck You, Living Hand, Angel Hair, Big Sky, The World, Z, United Artists, Center, 0 to 9, Lines, Adventures in Poetry, Siamese Banana, Dodgems, Vehicle, Telephone, MagCity, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, Joglars, This, Tottel's, Hills, The Figures, Roof, Sun & Moon, and Tuumba.
This is a monumental catalog, especially considering the ephemerality of the mimeo publications and their histories. It serves not only as a checklist and documentary of an era in American literary history, but as inspiration for poets, artists, editors, and publishers. Illustrated with over 200 black and white photographs. Checklists are provided; another 500 presses and magazines are cataloged in an appendix. There is also an extensive index, a 50 page introduction by Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips, and a gatefold pullout literary chronology of the 1950-1980 period.
Co-published with the New York Public Library. Designed by Marc Blaustein. 1,000 copies bound in cloth over boards; 4,000 copies bound in paper wrappers.