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LOCUS SOLUS I - Winter 1961

SCHUYLER, James (Editor)

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Locus Solus, 1960. First Edition. Small 8vo. Original printed wraps. Covers lightly toned and edgeworn. Spine creased, faint stains on rear wrap. Very good. (Item ID: 22112)

Though LOCUS SOLUS has often been called "the overseas wing of the New York School" (Clay and Phillips p. 169), it was in many ways the defining publication of the first generation of that movement. Edited by three of its major members (Ashbery, Koch, and Schuyler - who shared duties on a rotating basis), it was intended - in the words of Schuyler, who edited this premier issue - as "a riposte at THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY, which has so thoroughly misrepresented so many of us" (quoted from a letter to Ashbery in Daniel Kane's ALL POETS WELCOME p. 24). It is unsurprising, therefore, that no other journal focused so intently on the writers best associated with the New York School, as well as on their influences (mainly French) and disciples (Berrigan, Ceravolo, etc.). Indeed, as (again) Schuyler wrote to Ashbery in preparing this first volume: "Secretly, I don't think K. [Koch] believes anybody except you, he, Frank [O'Hara] & me has anything to offer...While I am of this opinion too, of course, it seems rather limiting for a magazine" (quoted in THE LAST AVANT-GARDE, David Lehman, p. 12). Despite this focus (or perhaps because of it), the result was "high-quality literature - simply and elegantly presented with care and respect [...] Their taste was impeccable" (Clay and Phillips). And though O'Hara was not involved with the production of LOCUS SOLUS, he was one of its most frequent contributors (with ten poems alone in this issue, more than any other contributor) and was arguably the most important member of the group.


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