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<p>Though unacknowledged by the larger literary world, which looked down on Southern California as a cultural desert, poetry flourished in the Los Angeles of the 1950s. But the very period during which the arts were burgeoning was shadowed by the work of the regional committees that brought the anti-Communist investigations of Senator Joseph McCarthy to Hollywood.</p> <p>Two Los Angeles literary journals, The California Quarterly and Coastlines , made a strong stand against McCarthyism. The two published many of the same writers and artists and shared the same liberal politics. Combined, they represent almost thirteen years of poetry and graphic arts in Los Angeles. Poets of the Non-Existent City collects for the first time the poems, artwork, and commentary of these journals, long buried in literary archives. Among the nineteen poets whose work is presented here are Tom McGrath, Naomi Replansky, Charles Bukowski, Gene Frumkin, Sid Gershgoren, and Josephine Ain. Brief memories from some of the poets who are still living are also included, and the editor places the poetry in the context of the Beat movement and the fashion of reading poetry aloud and with jazz, as well as in the context of McCarthy censorship.</p> <p>As this collection vividly demonstrates, the poets and artists were not intimidated by pressure to refrain from social and political commentary or to write about the uncontroversial. Two of their number were brought before the committee; one was blacklisted, and the first issue of Coastlines was enshrined in the files of the FBI. But Poets of the Non-Existent City also shows us a community of writers and artists sustained not by their politics but by their passion for language and the things of this world.</p>

Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-274) and indexes.

$19.95 prolam 5-2003

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. xiv)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xvi)
  • Foreword (p. xvii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • You Can Start the Poetry Now!! (p. 59)
  • First Editorial Statement: California Quarterly (p. 59)
  • Thomas McGrath (p. 60)
  • Homage to Thomas McGrath: E. P. Thompson (p. 61)
  • Statement to the House Un-American Activities Committee (p. 61)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Foxbright X Muddlehead, At Home (p. 62)
  • All the Dead Poets (p. 63)
  • A Note on Tom McGrath--the Early 50s: Gene Frumkin (p. 65)
  • Escape (p. 66)
  • The Roads into the Country (p. 66)
  • On Writing "Letter to an Imaginary Friend" (p. 67)
  • Letter to an Imaginary Friend (p. 68)
  • From Letter to an Imaginary Friend (p. 74)
  • Entry in Ann Stanford's Diary on Tom McGrath (p. 78)
  • Complaint (p. 78)
  • Successions (p. 78)
  • Longshot O'Leary Says It's Your Duty to be Full of Fury: Alice McGrath (p. 80)
  • Alabanza para Thomas McGrath: Sergio Ramirez (p. 80)
  • Edwin Rolfe (p. 83)
  • from "Foreword," Permit Me Refuge: Thomas McGrath (p. 83)
  • Sentry (p. 84)
  • Bon Voyage (p. 85)
  • Editors of The California Quarterly on Rolfe's death (p. 85)
  • Elegy for a Soldier of the Spanish Civil War: Eugene Frumkin (p. 86)
  • "Dedication," Coastlines, spring 1955 (p. 89)
  • "A Note on Independent Publishing" from the Editors of The California Quarterly (p. 89)
  • Poem (p. 90)
  • Idiot Joe Prays in Pershing Square and Gets Hauled in for Vagrancy (p. 91)
  • Editorial: The California Quarterly (p. 91)
  • Don Gordon (p. 92)
  • The Dissenter (p. 93)
  • The Travelers (p. 94)
  • the investigation (p. 94)
  • At the Station (p. 96)
  • Consider the Meaning of Love (p. 97)
  • The Middle Passage (p. 98)
  • Naomi Replansky (p. 100)
  • Ring Song (p. 101)
  • Housing Shortage (p. 102)
  • The Art Editor on Art in The California Quarterly (p. 102)
  • Night Prayer for Various Trades (p. 103)
  • You Walked a Crooked Mile (p. 104)
  • Epitaph: 1945 (p. 105)
  • William Pillin (p. 106)
  • "Statement," Epos: Poetry Los Angeles: A Special Issue (p. 106)
  • Alvaro Cardona-Hine on William Pillin (p. 107)
  • Sabbath (p. 108)
  • Aubade (p. 109)
  • Two Jewish Poems (p. 110)
  • Ocean Park (p. 112)
  • That which is good is simply done (p. 113)
  • Miserere (p. 114)
  • Henri Coulette (p. 115)
  • Migration (p. 116)
  • The Head's Dark House (p. 117)
  • The Problem of Creation (p. 118)
  • Curtis Zahn (p. 119)
  • The People's Choice (p. 120)
  • Unposed Photograph of I. I. Freitag, Esq. (p. 121)
  • Josephine Ain on Curtis Zahn (p. 122)
  • Officers, Gentlemen, Reluctant Violence (p. 123)
  • Tijuana (p. 124)
  • One Star for "P.R." (p. 126)
  • Southern California as the State of the Union (p. 128)
  • Announcement for Poetry Reading: McGrath, Boyer-May, Spingarn, Ain, and Zahn (p. 129)
  • Lawrence Springarn (p. 130)
  • Night in the Funeral Range (p. 131)
  • The Ship of Fools (p. 132)
  • an imperial fragment (p. 132)
  • Rococo Summer (p. 134)
  • Jack of Diamonds (p. 135)
  • The Grammarian: Parts of Speech (p. 136)
  • Burt Meyers (p. 137)
  • Letter: Bert Meyers to John Haines (p. 137)
  • In the Alley (p. 138)
  • "The Daily Reality," Bert Meyers's Early Rain. Reviewed by Gene Frumkin (p. 139)
  • I Dreamed (p. 141)
  • Picture Framing (p. 141)
  • Because There's So Much Speed (p. 142)
  • Mel Weisburd (p. 143)
  • Editorial: First Issue of Coastlines (p. 144)
  • My Father (p. 145)
  • A Crow Black With Purpose (p. 146)
  • On Coastlines: From an Interview with Mel Weisburd (p. 148)
  • When I Go Down to That Sleep (p. 148)
  • Dreamsong: a Sirvente for Mel Weisburd: Thomas McGrath (p. 149)
  • Editorial (p. 150)
  • "Lysergic Acid and the Creative Experience" (p. 152)
  • Commentary from "The Merchant of Venice" (p. 160)
  • Between Chicago and St. Paul (p. 160)
  • Report From Evanston (p. 162)
  • Announcement for Coastlines-Forum concert (p. 161)
  • Letter: Mel Weisburd to Coastlines' Final Issue (p. 164)
  • Eugene Frumkin (p. 166)
  • "A Note on Tom McGrath--the Early '50s" (p. 167)
  • Elegy for a Tailor (p. 168)
  • The Waiting Room in the County Hospital (p. 168)
  • Regarding a Proposal to Merge Coastlines and The California Quarterly into One Magazine (p. 170)
  • Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska (p. 170)
  • The Clue (p. 171)
  • "A Birthday Editorial," Coastlines (p. 174)
  • The Debt (p. 175)
  • Men Fail in Communion (p. 176)
  • "The Great Promotor: A Hangnail Sketch of Lawrence Lipton" (p. 177)
  • Alvaro Cardona-Hine (p. 189)
  • Three Personal Poems of Grandeur and Magniloquence (p. 190)
  • Vindication (p. 196)
  • Letter: Cardona-Hine on Coastlines (p. 198)
  • Doomsday and Components (p. 198)
  • Letter: Cardona-Hine on Editing Coastlines (p. 199)
  • The Train of the Wounded. Miguel Hernandez--translation by Cardona-Hine (p. 199)
  • Stanley Kiesel (p. 201)
  • Gregg (p. 201)
  • Joey (p. 202)
  • Seven Children (p. 203)
  • Josephine Ain (p. 204)
  • You There, Weeping (p. 205)
  • Magdalen (p. 206)
  • Don Quixote (p. 207)
  • Seven Haiku (p. 208)
  • Aspects (p. 208)
  • Letter: Alvaro Cardona-Hine on Readings at the House of Josephine Ain (p. 212)
  • Number XVI from The Flesh of Utopia to Bob Chuey: Cardona-Hine (p. 213)
  • Sid Gershgoren (p. 214)
  • The Frugal Repast (p. 214)
  • Cleaning Woman (p. 216)
  • The Trouble with the Times (p. 217)
  • Estelle Gershgoren Novak (p. 218)
  • Legend (p. 219)
  • The Time Machine of War (p. 219)
  • Hiroshima Woman (p. 220)
  • The Shape of a Pear (p. 221)
  • Scars (p. 221)
  • Ann Stanford (p. 222)
  • Pandora (p. 222)
  • The Burning Glass (p. 223)
  • The Weathercock (p. 224)
  • The Bear (p. 225)
  • A Summer Walk (p. 226)
  • The Window (p. 228)
  • Peter Yates: Reading Poetry Aloud (p. 229)
  • Two Poets on the Beat Fringes (p. 235)
  • The Pocket Poet Series (p. 237)
  • Lawrence Lipton (p. 240)
  • Lawrence Lipton on "America's Literary Underground," Coastlines (p. 240)
  • Rainbow at midnight (p. 241)
  • Night Flight (p. 242)
  • Poetry, Jazz, Etc., by Thomas McGrath (p. 247)
  • I Was a Poet for the FBI (p. 251)
  • Lipton's Message in Coastlines' Final Issue (p. 253)
  • Charles Bukowski (p. 254)
  • Dow Jones: Down (p. 255)
  • everything (p. 256)
  • Moved On, by Alexandra Garrett: Coastlines Saying Goodbye (p. 257)
  • Coastlines: a Post-mortem (p. 259)
  • Complete List of Coastlines Contributors (p. 259)
  • The Artists (p. 263)
  • Title Index (p. 267)
  • Index of First Lines (p. 270)
  • Works Consulted (p. 273)

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