THE MAGAZINE OF HAPPY OBSCENITY (Endtales. Intrailz, Endtrails)

Nos. 1-5 (all publ.) New York and Homestead, FL: Whispershit Press / Olivant Press, 1966-1967. Four quarto issues (ca.23-28cm) and no. 4 slightly smaller. Mimeographed, offset-printed, and photostatically reproduced sheets, side-stapled into illustrated wrappers; 100; 83; 112; 72; 45pp; illus. A very nice set,
Laid into Issue 1 is a mimeographed leaflet , titled "Entrails: A New Shattering Poetry and Literary Magazine Will Resound with Bombastic Thuds Upon the Open Mind," followed by six quotes praising the publication.
Edited by Gene Bloom. Contributors include Charles Bukowski, Douglas Blazek, Tuli Kupferberg, d.a. levy, Clarence Major, Carl Larsen, William Wantling, Steve Richmond, Ted Berrigan, John Fowler, D.R. Wagner, Sid Rufus, Harold Norse, Donald Cauble, and Mike Berardi, and others. Complete run of Brooklyn poet Gene Bloom's "magazine of happy obscenity," published between 1966-67. Bloom moved from his native Brooklyn to the Lower East Side in 1965, where he immediately wanted to immerse himself in the thriving poetry scene. "Since I was an imported poet of lower case renown, the answer was easy; put out a poetry magazine, get to know as many artists and poets who lived in the area and produced. So I did, naming my small press publication "Entrails" dedicated to Lenny Bruce who was being legally hounded for using sexual expressions in his act" Condition: nice set,. Issue one shows two tiny stains along upper edge of front wrapper, else Near Fine. Issue 2 is edgeworn, dust-soiled, and lightly toned, with rear wrapper pulling away from staplesand lacking the requisite "Beat Nickel Bag" affixed to inner rear wrapper; Very Good only. Issue 3 shows light foxing to text edges, light wear to wrapper extremities, with a faint cup-ring to upper front wrapper; contains the requisite paper yarmulke stapled to inner rear wrapper; Very Good+. Scattered foxing to lower front wrapper of Issue 4, with some mild dustiness to Entrails Anthology, else Near Fine. Not in Clay & Phillips.

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