Semi-Colon, Vol. 1, No. 3

Edited by John Bernard Myers, Tibor De Nagy Gallery, 206 East 53rd Street, New York, NY, c. 1954,. Ephemera, 8.5 x 11”, single sheet folded once to make four pages; with black ink printed on all sides on a neutral colored stock. Condition: Near Fine. From its inception in 1950, Meyer’s (1920–1987) directed the Tibor De Nagy Gallery until 1970; famous for invigorating New York School’s second generation of painters. Semi-Colon was Myers little-known poetry broadside (or “newspaper” as he called it) published from c. 1953–1956 (ten issues) with experiments from American “house” poets such as: John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch and James Schuyler alongside contributions from authors such as: Saul Bellow, James Ingram Merrill, Wallace Stevens and others. Individual numbers were produced in small quantities of “three hundred copies” sold for one dollar for six copies or twenty cents each. Issue number three includes the following contributions: Hoboken (A collage made from Roget’s Thesaurus) by John Ashbery; A Footnote to Saul Bellow’s “Pains and Gains” by Wallace Stevens; Scene 21 translated by Theodore Hoffman; Aphorisms by Francis Golffing; The Drifter by Meyer Liben; Saint Sophia by Torchlight by Jascha Kessler; A View from a Side-Street by David Jackson and Liptwitch by Edwin Kennebeck. Rare. Nearly fine; once folded into thirds with fold marks. (#KC15817) $250.00

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