As popular as some enabling local fictions are, we should not be surprised by how illusory certain perceptions of recent American poetry might prove to be.
The notion, for instance, that there is far less substantial difference between San Francisco on one hand and Los Angeles on the other, in terms of poetry in might strike some critics as heresy. In , Cambridge University Press published a volume entitled A History of California Literature , which replicates the usual north-south distinctions. Brian Kim Stefans is equally neglectful, though one senses his regret at having to compress and exclude several significant small press publishing projects. As against the national boundaries that give rise to political belief and nationalist feeling, the world of letters creates its own geography and its own divisions.
The territories of literature are defined and delimited according to their aesthetic distance from the place where literary consecration is ordained.
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The cities where literary resources are concentrated, where they accumulate, become places where belief is incanted, centers of credit, as it were. Indeed, they may be thought of as central banks of a specific sort. The existence of a literary center is therefore twofold: it exists both in the imaginations of those who inhabit it and in the reality of the measurable effects it produces Casanova , Republic , Perhaps one could be skeptical of this attempt to create a West Coast canon through a blend of predominant work in this region, but let us remember what I just cited to the effect that the imagination has real effects.
In listing poets who had books published by these ventures, one will note that a majority of these presses were headed up by individuals who went on to achieve distinction as poets themselves. In this regard, the influence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti deserves more than passing acknowledgement. Although the above chart cites poets, it is worth noting that Young eventually shifted from being a printer on the first floor of his shop to the second floor, where he focused on editing.
Indeed, Capra Press largely flourished because Young had an uncanny ability to spot social trends. Andrew Ross, for instance, excoriated many of the poets in the above columns, especially those in the top three:. I n most of the work of the Beats and Black Mountaineers, modernity — urban, technological, and massively commodified — is passed over entirely for some preindustrial cause or pilloried for its dark Satanic birthright in Capital ….
In an age in which the established roles of an avant-garde no longer exist,;… how does the old necessity of producing some kind of oppositional response come into conflict with the new necessity of recognizing or coming to terms with a massive commodification of experience governed by a rationality that increasingly insists that all culture now is mass, or popular culture?
Ross, This opposition, in fact, begins before Ferlinghetti; I selected him as a starting point merely because he is the best known early example, and it serves a short paper better to focus on the immediately recognizable. Inferno magazine, founded in Los Angeles by a World War II veteran named Leslie Woolf Hedley, had already begun publishing books in and had over a half-dozen titles out by the time Ferlinghetti self-published his first book in 10 ; among the poets published by Hedley in his magazine, Inferno : Lawrence Ferling, who went on to make use of the full-length version of his name.
The extent to which the above chart represents only a small portion of the production that needs to be accounted for in any comprehensive assessment of this renaissance cannot be emphasized enough. There are at least a half-dozen presses and editor-publishers that could justifiably lodge a vociferous public complaint in regards to their absence from these columns.
- Emily Murphy: Rebel.
- MEMOIRS OF A SURREY LABOURER.
- Twisted Vine: An Anthology of Short Stories and Poems.
- Muslim Spaces of Hope: Geographies of Possibility in Britain and the West/.
Jack Shoemaker, who began publishing in Santa Barbara in the late s and then either founded or directed the operations of several independent publishing projects in Northern California, is one of the most important contributors to this assemblage; all by himself, he could add another three distinct columns to the above chart. Alongside Jack Shoemaker one would have to include individuals who began largely as editors of anthology-styled magazines, such as Ishmael Reed, an African-American novelist whose eponymous publishing house has been active in this century, although he might be best known as an editor for Yardbird Reader , an annual volume that eventually became a magazine in the s.
The contraction of production labor into the instance of editor-publisher-designer-typesetter-paste-up artist marked the viability of many of the above projects. A thorough census of the presses in California that made up the entirety of this legacy would require access to an archive of work-order sheets at places such as the West Coast Print Center and NewComp Graphics Center.
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In compiling such a list, one would have to cross-reference the collected reviews of critics such as Robert Peters, in whose commentary one can note the prevalence of the presses based between Los Angeles County and the Bay Area. His attention to small presses at work across the United States made him the single most important book reviewer of independent presses in the and s.
If male poets on the West Coast often felt that there was little chance for their writing to be taken seriously by the networks of institutionally shaped canons of decorous taste on the East Coast, then how little access must women poets on the West Coast have perceived as being responsive to their manual typewriters? The decision an artist makes, to speak for women and to speak as a woman and likewise as a member of any group, a Lesbian, a Jewish, Black, working class person, etc. For in making it, she chooses autonomy, she chooses to stand somewhere in particular, to speak out to her society.
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