The Beat & Little Magazine Collection

The Beat Poetry and Little Magazine Collection, a gift from the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation is also housed in this area. An important collection, it chronicles the "Beat Movement" in American literature and history through primary sources including over 2300 books and pamphlets, 1400 Beat magazines, 150 anthologies and approximately 35 broadsides and posters. This core collection was later joined by a second gift from the Caine Foundation: the "Little Magazine" collection which extends and compliments the first, larger collection. The library continues to add Beat materials as they become available. The present collection already contains over 5,000 annotated items. Beat materials generally do not circulate but can be accessed in the Art Book Room. The Beat collection includes a selection of AV materials that do circulate.
Here is a sampling of 25 records from the database of 4551. (View All)
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Inter(ir)ruptions: Poems
Lazar, Hank
Generator Press
Mentor, Ohio
PS 3562 .A986 I5
Paper, staplebound in bright pink wrappers. One of The Generator Press Chapbook Series. The book is a collection of ten collage-poems incorporating a wide range of layouts and materials. SIGNED by Lazar on verso. LAID IN (inside back cover): Typewritten letter to David Antin (for whom the book was dedicated) from Lazar; and PUBLISHER'S BLURB on the book.
Harmonies & Fits
Economou, George
Point Riders Press
Norman, Oklahoma
PS 3555 .C6 H37
Trade paperback in printed, sage-green wrappers, pale gray pages. Collection includes Ameriki, Books 1 and 2. 63 p. ; 23 cm. Poems. Includes notes on poems. SIGNED & INSCRIBED on title page: "11/7/87 For David & Eleanor, With Love, George". Also, LAID IN: Letter from Economou to David [Antin] on University of Oklahoma stationary, bemoaning his job chairing the English Dept. there.
Mother Poem
Brathwaite, Edward Kamau
Oxford University Press
1977/ 1988
PR 9230.9 B68M6
Paperbound in turquoise wrappers illustrated with antique map. This is a 1988 reprint of the original 1977 publication. "Mother Poem" is the first book in a new sequence by the poet about his homeland, Barbados, West Indies. Brathwaite is reputed to be the father of "dub", melding music and the drum beat with verse. He is one of the foremost writers and intellectuals to emerge from the Caribbean. The native of Barbados has taught at the University of the West Indies, Harvard and Yale and is at present Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Brathwaite is the founder of the Caribbean Artists' Movement and has been actively involved with such Caribbean magazines as 'Savacou', 'Bim', 'Caliban', and 'Okike'.
Jack Kerouac: the Bootleg Era -- an annotated list
Anstee, Rod
Water Row Press
Sudbury, MA
PS 3521 .E735 Z559
Paper, staple bound in violet illustrated card binding. Rod Anstee has brought together for the first time 59 Kerouac items that were produced after Jack's death in 1969 as unauthorized publications. This bibliography of bootlegged items also contains photo-reproductions of many of the publications; includes a drawing of Kerouac by R. Crumb in inside cover. With afterword by Anstee
Choice, A Magazine of Poetry and Graphics
Magazine/Logan, John (ed.)
The Poetry Seminar, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
PN 6101.A2 C5
Choice. A Magazine of Poetry and Photography. 1963. Paper. Chicago. 1961-1967. Issued occasionally, this short lived periodical was editied by Aaron Siskind and John Logan. Chicago Choice, Vol. 1, Spring 1961: Contributors include Robert Bly, Paul Carroll, John Ciardi, E.E. Cummings, Dudley Fitts, Galway Kinnell, Denise Levertov, W.S. Merwin, Howard Nemerov, Ned O'Gorman, James Wright et al. Choice, Number 2, 1962: Featuring Los Angeles poets / portfolios of photography by Callahan and Frank / comment by Paul Carroll, Robert Bly, Gene Frumkin / poems by Brother Antoninus, Robert Creeley, James Dickey, Richard Wilbur, A. R. Ammons, more. Choice, Number 3, 1963: Featuring portfolios of photography by Steffens Lienwohl and Rodney Galameau / comment by Robert Bly / poems by Dennis Schmutz, William Hunt, Saint Giraud, James Wright, Gene Frumkin, David Cohen, Paul Carroll, more. Choice, Number 4, 1965: Featuring poems by George Hitchcock, Richard F. Hugo, David Cohen, Paul Blackburn, Paul Carroll, James Koller, Thomas McGrath, Peter L. Simpson, Mark Strand, James Wright, and more. Choice Number 5, 1967: Featuring two portfolios of photographs by Aaron Siskind, comment by Paul Carroll; poems by Bly, Creeley, Merwin, Stafford, Kinnell, Schmitz, Ignatow, Wright, Carroll, Bukowski, Posner, Nims, Sund, Hugo, Frumkin, Hunt, Knott, and more. Choice Number 6, 1970: Featuring poets from New York City, Buffalo, Iowa City, San Francisco, Canada, and in Translation; Photographic folio by Charles Swedlund; more. Choice Number 7/8, 1972: Poetry by Mindy Aloff, Robert Bly, Ann Darr, Dennis Grunes, Colette Inez, Toby Olson, David Ray, and many others. Graphics by Mike Finn and Sanford Goodman. Contains handwritten note from Milton Kessler inviting submissions (dated June 4, 1973).
Journal of Voyages [3 volume set]
Resnick, Milton
New York
PS 3568 .E68 J68
Paper, 3 small booklets bound in different colored side-stapled wraps. Vol. 1(deep violet wraps) pp. 27; Vol 2 (blue wraps): pp. 24; Vol 3 (terra-cotta wraps) pp. 14. A collection of poems written during trips to Paris and Amsterdam. Milton Resnick is a member of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists, a member of the New York School along with Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Willem DeKooning. He has gained acclaim throughout his career as an artist who continuously explores the possibilities of "paint as paint."
Seedings & Other Poems
Rothenberg, Jerome
New Directions
New York
PS 3568 .O86 S38
Trade paperback in photo-illustrated wrappers. Cover photograph by Diane Rothenberg. Selected poetry by the premier American avant-gardist. The long title poem is a celebration of poets and friends -- such as Robert Duncan, George Oppen, and Paul Blackburn. Also, includes the emotional long poem, "14 Stations", referring to the train stations of the fourteen Nazi death camps. Rothenberg is an experimental poet (even a "L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E" poet), an ethnic poet, a performance poet, a translator, an editor, and a teacher. He also was the editor/publisher of Hawk's Well Press in the early 1960s and of four poetry magazines since then: 'Poems from the Floating World'; some/thing' (with David Antin);' Alcheringa: Ethnopoetics' ("a first magazine of the world's tribal poetries"); and 'New Wilderness Letter' (a magazine of poetics across the spectrum of the arts).
Hemisphere's Planetarium Petals and Three Algonquins
Lyons, Kimberly
New York City
PS 3562 .Y4484 H4
Paper, chapbook, printed on parchment-colored paper, staple-bound in brown card wrappers with a brown on brown high contrast photo-illustration barely dicernable on the cover. 30 pages. Formerly the director of the Poetry Project at St. Marks in New York, Kimberly Lyons works as a pyschiatric social worker in Coney Island, NY.
Inter(ir)ruptions: Poems
Lazer, Hank
Generator Press
Mentor, Ohio
PS 3562 .A984 I5
Paper; staplebound in bright pink, text-covered wrappers. SIGNED (and dated) on verso. The book is dedicated to David Antin. LAID IN: Typewritten letter to Antin from Lazer, presenting the book to him. Also included is the press release with reviews. INTER(IR)RUPTIONS (Generator Press) is a series of ten collage-poems which incorporates a wide range of layouts and materials, from baseball batting averages to critical theory, from fashion and interior design columns to research in neurophysiology.
Here: 50 Years of Poetry in Buffalo
Bertholf, Robert J.
University at Buffalo (State University of New York)
Buffalo, New York
Z 733 .S838 H47
CD-ROM: Multi-media presentation. The University at Buffalo's Poetry Collection has accumulated over 100,000 volumes of poetry, thousands of reference books, about 4,500 runs of literary magazines, and over a million manuscript items. It's manuscript collection features James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Graves, William Carlos Williams, and Robert Duncan, among others. This CD-ROM began as a library exposition entitled "Here: 50 Years of Poetry in Buffalo", prepared in honor of Robert Creeley's 70th birthday, celebrated in October, 1996 in Buffalo. The exhibition featured hundreds of books, chapbooks, broadsides, and little magazines. It highlit the achievements of Buffalo's small presses, editors, and poets. It also payed tribute to the University of Buffalo's long tradition on maintaining poet scholars as English Department faculty.
Stealer's Wheel
Stroffolino, Chris
Hard Press
West Stockbridge, MA
PS 3569 .T69717 S73
Paper, trade edition, in full-color (mostly orange, yellow & black) illustrated wrappers. Cover art unattibuted. Stroffolino's debut book. Chris Stroffolino, a contemporary North American poet, is a (self-described) 'pro-Beatnik' who teaches Shakespeare. This is a "Review Copy" (as printed on back cover). One of the "lingo books" series.
Grass, Gunter
Darmstadt / Germany
PT 2613 .R338 G57
Clothbound in illustrated boards with dustjacket, also illustrated. Contains 55 poems by the famed German writer, plus a selection of his drawings (18 b&w illustrations of which 8 are full pages by Grass). Text in German. 'Gleisdreieck' was inspired by the train station of the same name on Berlin's elevated railway. Prior to the Berlin Wall it was where one crossed the frontier from west to east. Grass uses it as a metaphor for the rootlessness of postwar German society.
Sulla Mia Costa : Up my Coast
Kyger, Joanne
Caos Press
PS 3561 .Y35 U616
Paper, staple bound in illustrated black & orange card wrappers. One of 330 copies of the Italian translation by Franco Beltrametti of the earlier Floating Island publication of Up My Coast, a series of 10 poems based on Coastal Miwok Indian stories from California as collected by C. Hart Merriam. Signed and inscribed: "Bill San Frog Man. Joanne San." Gift from Ernesto Edwards.
Literal Madness: Three Novels
Acker, Kathy
Grove Press
New York
PS 3551 .C44 L5
Cloth with dustjacket. Includes Kathy Goes to Haiti; My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini; Florida.
The Best American Short Stories, 1994
Wolff, Tobias (ed.)
Houghton Mifflin
PS 659 .B53
Advance Uncorrected Proof. Paperbound. Includes stories by Robert Butler, Stuart Dybeck, and John Gardiner, among others.
I Smell Pink Rose
Devivo, Joanne
none listed
PS 3554 .E928 I86
Single sheet, 11 x 17 in. pearl grey paper printed in dark pink ink with lighter rose flower decorations. Printed on both sides, 16 poems in all. Folded 3 times into a narrow pamphlet shape; unknown author.
Highway Sandwiches
Disch, Thomas M. [et al]
PS3554.I8 H54
Thomas Disch and Marilyn Hacker; first edition. Pictorial white wrappers, wraparound design by Charles Platt. A creative poetic experiment within traditional form, this is a collaborative sonnet cycle created by Marilyn Hacker and Thomas Disch written on a road trip. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
He Dreams What Is Going On Inside His Head: Ten Years of Writing by Jonathan Cott
Cott, Jonathan
Straight Arrow Books
San Francisco
NX 65 .C67
Paperbound. Essays on John Lennon, Bob Dylan, film, reviews, poems, interviews, plus photographs. Profusely illustrated with photographs including the famous "Two Virgins" of Lennon and Ono.
The Drunken Boat
Berrigan, Ted
No publisher (Adventures in Poetry?)
not mentioned
PS 3552 .E74 D7
Paper, side-Stapled between white card illustrated wrappers. (32pp), 13 b&w illustrations + cover, designed by Joe Brainard. This is number 20 of a presumed special printing of 26 copies SIGNED by Berrigan and Brainard. Scarce. Ted Berrigan's quirky homage to Arthur Rimbaud's "The Drunken Boat" produced in collaboration with noted Pop Artist/ literary titan, Joe Brainard. All of the text was rendered holographically by the artist, along with the cover and all accompanying illustrations.One of the finest collaborations between Berrigan and Brainard.
The New Writing in the USA
Allen, Donald Merriam
PS 536.2 .A4
Paperbound. Robert Creeley, joint compiler.Over thirty contributors including Zukofsky, Burroughs, Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, Levertov, Ginsberg, Corso, Snyder, and others.
Looks Like I'm Walking
Greenwald, Ted
Case Books
Salisbury, CT.
PS 3557 .R3968 L6
Paper, side-staple bound in white (top) and flecked-grey (bottom) card wrappers. Poems printed recto only. Cover illustrated with black & white collage. SIGNED on Title page: "for Ed & Lori -- Best, Ted."
Tod Kabza
Annex Press
Ithaca, New York
PS 615 .A56
Paperbound in white glossy wraps, illustrated in navy. Annex 4 (1982). Literary magazine covering writing, performance and video. This issue has works by Anne-Marie Albiach; Keith Waldrop; Rosemarie Waldrop; Charles Bernstein; Bob Perelman; Tod Kabza, and others.
Point Reyes Poems
Bly, Robert
Half Moon Bay
PS 3552 .L9 P64
Paper, hand-sewn binding in illustrated blue card wrappers; cover illustration from an oil painting by Arthur Okamura. This first edition was limited to 300 copies. These prose poems were written by Robert Bly during the year he spent in Inverness while engaged active protest against the Vietnam War, then published in the local newspaper, the Point Reyes Light.
Stones: Poems
Clark, Tom
Harper & Row Publishers
New York
PS 3553 .L29 S7
Paper, bound in black & yellow paper wrappers; Cover design by Joe Brainard. First paper edition. Blurbs by John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley. The author's first book of poetry [although it was proceeded by at least 8 earlier small press titles.] Contains 50 poems in all (including 12-line poem on title page).
Two Voices
Thomas, D. M.
Cape Goliard
PR 6070 .H58 T9
Trade paper in white card covers with b/w photographic wraps, red titles. Gold endpapers. Photographic collage Tipped-on wrappers, with positive image applied to front and negative image to rear. Early collection of poems from D M Thomas, including the moving 'Requiem for Abarfan', written in memory of the 116 school children and 28 adults who were killed in the Aberfan coal tip disaster in October 1966.