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A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980
Steven Clay and Rodney Phillips; preface by Jerome Rothenberg
A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, based on a 1998 exhibition at The New York Public Library, documents the confluence of the New American Poetry with the mimeo revolution. The various strains identified in Donald Allen's watershed anthology The New American Poetry, 1945-1960 (Grove, 1960)--Beat, Black Mountain, New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, and others--extended into and evolved throughout the 60s and 70s, finding expression in "underground" magazines and presses. Focusing on the small press publishing scene on the West Coast and in downtown New York City, this book offers a glimpse into that mimeo revolution, through descriptions and checklists for over 80 magazines and presses. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side includes a Pre-Face by Jerome Rothenberg, contributions from many of the original editors and publishers, and over 200 black-and-white images.
352 pages, over 200 black-and-white illustrations. Published by The New York Public Library and Granary Books, 1998.
Hardcover. $27.95. ISBN 1-887123-20-2.