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The Mimeograph Revolution

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A few years ago we purchased a collection that contained a sizable number of mimeograph and literary magazines. We naturally did what any good bookseller would do. We pulled out the books and ignored the rest. Well, that's a bit of an overstatement. Certainly a few of the magazines were cataloged but most were placed on shelves to be taken care of at a later time. That time came when I showed some interest and was promoted to "Head of the Mimeos." (Don't be too impressed, in the last week alone I've been promoted to "Head of Wrestling Photos," "Head of Reference Guides" and, my favorite, "Head of Children's Books About Ducks.")

I immediately took to the mimeographs and the closely related literary magazines, first for their anything-goes aesthetic, but also because of the genuine sense of discovery they stirred. Many of these magazines and their contents have yet to be fully documented. They contain little-known first published appearances, overlooked poems and stories, and covers both achingly beautiful and wonderfully wretched.

The do-it-yourself nature of mimeographs meant they could be produced by anyone, anywhere with varying levels of sophistication, from a professional-looking magazine with established writers to a cheaply produced booklet filled with contributions from the aspiring and unpublished. What's more, many of these mimeos are next to impossible to find, with print runs that exist in the low hundreds, making complete sets next to impossible to assemble.

For the sake of this catalog the mimeos and literary magazines are divided into three periods for easier reference. The dates below may seem arbitrary, but I believe movements have a way of defining themselves. They are:
. 1929 – 1957: Starting with Ivor Winters' The Gyroscope at Stanford.
. 1958 – 1970: Beginning with the publication of both Yugen and the suppressed issue of the Chicago Review (later reprinted as Big Table #1).
. 1971 – 1985: Following the deaths of Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson less than three months apart.

Finally, it's important to note that these magazines can be frustrating to catalog thoroughly because they often featured dozens of contributors. The usual method involves listing a few of the most popular writers then placing "and many others" after the last name on the list. This catalog follows that time-honored practice for the sake of space (and boredom) but our website description for each item includes a complete list of all contributors no matter how obscure or how numerous, with only a few exceptions. So if you're looking for that poem your friend claims to have "published" in college, you would do well to search their name on our website.

- Matt Histand

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Cover Image: Golden Goose -- Volume 4, Number 6 by (CREELEY, Robert, Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, et al.)


(CREELEY, Robert, Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, et al.)

Golden Goose -- Volume 4, Number 6

Sausalito: Golden Goose Press 1953. Magazine. Wrappers. Very near fine. Periodical that includes poetry by Robert Creeley, Kenneth Rexroth, Denise Levertov, and others. more>>

Cover Image: Mica 3 by (CREELEY, Robert, R.D. Lancaster, Curtis Zahn, David Rafael Wang, Anne Hyde Greet, Gail Turnbull, Tracy Thompson, Robert Peterson, W. Price Turner, Leslie Daiken, William J. Margolis, Tom Rworth, and Mary Graham Lund) BONHEIM, Helmut and Raymond Federman, edited by


(CREELEY, Robert, R.D. Lancaster, Curtis Zahn, David Rafael...

Mica 3

Santa Barbara, California: [Migrant Books] June 1961. Magazine. Cover by Tony Guido. Octavo. 32pp. Stapled wrappers with a tiny faded price on the front wrap, a tiny corner chip, and toned... more>>


ref. info

(CREELEY, Robert, Robert Duncan, Dorothy Donnelly, Louis...

Burning Deck 1

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Burning Deck Fall 1962. Magazine. Octavo. 59pp. Stiff stapled wrappers. A bit of sunning along the spine, near fine plus. A magazine of experimental poetry...

Cover Image: Lillabulero. Volume 2, Number 6 by (CREELEY, Robert, W.S. Merwin, Dabney Stuart, Floyce Alexander, Doug Collins, Howard McCord, Banks, Greg Kuzma, George Hitchcock, Robert Morgan, Kathy Quick, Stanley Cooperman, Dave Kelley, Kenneth O. Hansen, James Tate, Robert Bonazzi, William Witherup, Dennis Trudell, Peter Wild and Jean Follain) BANKS, Russell and William Matthews, edited by


(CREELEY, Robert, W.S. Merwin, Dabney Stuart, Floyce...

Lillabulero. Volume 2, Number 6

Northwood Narrows, New Hampshire: Lillabulero Press Fall/Winter 1968. First edition. Cover by Lee Vecchiola. Small quarto. 76pp. Paper wraps. Some bumping to the yapped edges, near fine. A magazine of... more>>


(CRUMB, Robert, James Wright, William Burroughs, Allen...

Unmuzzled Ox -- Volume One, Number Two

New York: Unmuzzled Ox February 1972. Magazine. Cover by Robert Crumb. Octavo. 87pp. Stapled wraps. Fine. A poetry anthology that features several pages of illustrations by...


(CRUMB, Robert, Robert Creeley, Charles Bukowski, David...

Unmuzzled Ox -- Volume One, Number One

New York: Unmuzzled Ox November 1971. Magazine. Cover by Robert Crumb. Octavo. 68pp. Stapled wraps. Fine. A poetry anthology that features two pages of illustrations by...

Cover Image: Supplement to Now by (DAWSON, Fielding, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Hubert Selby, and Jonathan Williams). SORRENTINO, Gilbert, edited by


(DAWSON, Fielding, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Hubert...

Supplement to Now

(Brooklyn, New York / Kirkwood, Missouri: Kirkwood Press / Neon 1958). First edition. Edited by Gilbert Sorrentino. Designed by Fielding Dawson. 12mo. Stapled illustrated wrappers. Age-toning to the... more>>


(di PRIMA, Diane, Diane Wakoski, Gerald Malanga, Fred...

Graffiti III

Washington, DC: Graffiti Publications 1966. First edition. Quarto. (94)pp. Stapled and tape bound in stiff card wrappers. A hard-to-find literary journal that features an...


(di PRIMA, Diane, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, Tuli...

Yugen 2

New York: Totem Press 1958. Magazine. Cover by Tomi Ungerer. 24pp. Stapled wrappers. Fine. One of the most influential of all the "little magazines" published...

Cover Image: Analecta 1 by (Diane Wakowski and Donald Freed) GOLDEMBERG, Robert L. and Patricia A., edited by


(Diane Wakowski and Donald Freed) GOLDEMBERG, Robert L. and...

Analecta 1

Demarest, New Jersey: [no publisher] Fall 1967. Magazine. Octavo. 81pp. Near fine in lightly rubbed glossy illustrated wrappers. Contributors include Diane Wakowski and Donald Freed. more>>

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