OCULIST WITNESSES

[#19046]
Nos. 1-3 (all published). Dorchester, MA: Other Publications, 1975-6. 4to. First two issues mimeographed; third issue photocopied. Stapled in illustrated covers.

EUR 600.00

Edited by Alan Davies. Complete set of this little magazine of experimental poetry. A short manifesto in the first issue outlined the magazine's goal, which was to print several poems by each poet alongside other writings, such as letters or criticism. The quality of the contributors and the submissions was very high. Issue one features a great self-referential and visually punning cover by George Schneeman. The scarce second issue features a great drawing by Joe Brainard, who also contributes four short stories to the issue. Other contributors to the first two issues include John Wieners, Fielding Dawson, Gerard Malanga, Lewis Warsh, Aram Saroyan, Bernadette Mayers et al. The final issue inaugurates a shift towards the language tendency, including Ron Silliman's "OF NOTE CONCERNING THE CURRENT STATUS OF aRb" and foreshadows the editor's little magazine A Hundred Posters, which would become one of the seminal publications of the Language Poets. Some scattered foxing and spots soiling, still very good.

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