The Good Taste Press, 1963. Item #3204
Corner-stapled, mimeo, 8 1/2 x 14 in., 20 numbered leaves plus front cover. The Censored Review, edited by Ron Padgett, was a one-off publication produced on the occasion of a decision to censor poems written by Ted Berrigan and David Bearden that had previously been accepted for the spring issue of The Columbia Review, edited by Jonathan Cott and Mitchell Hall. The editors resigned in protest, and the contents of the issue were published as The Censored Review under the imprint of The Good Taste Press in April 1963. Berrigan and Padgett designed the cover, which was the immediate precursor to C: A Journal of Poetry, whose first issue came out the following month. Given the cloud of scandal and censorship that accompanied The Censored Review, the 800 copies printed were quickly distributed on the Columbia University campus and immediately sold out. Contributors include Dick Gallup, Jonathan Cott, Nancy Ward, Ronald Padgett, and Ted Berrigan. Contributor “Noble Brainard” is a pseudonym for Padgett and Berrigan.
Front page is detached from the staple and is quite fragile with several missing portions (see photo). Interior is clean though shows edge-wear, toning, and soiling to extremities. Last page is detached from staple, chipped and rumpled along bottom edge, less so to sides and top. Scarce.
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