Light years : an anthology on sociocultural happenings (multimedia in the East Village, 1960-1966) (Book, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
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Light years : an anthology on sociocultural happenings (multimedia in the East Village, 1960-1966)

Author: Carol Bergé
Publisher: New York : Spuyten Duyvil ; Santa Fe, NM : AWAREing Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emerging after a quarter century of economic collapse, protracted war, and stifling social conservatism, poets in the two decades after WWII reintroduced and supercharged the ecstatic celebration of Modernism's interrupted first phase. In Lower Manhattan, they did this in conjunction with the upwelling of all arts that established New York as the arts capitol of the world. Poets in groups as loosely or tightly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Literary collections
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Bergé
ISBN: 9781933132464 1933132469
OCLC Number: 301948280
Notes: "New York's East Village poets & multimedia artists of the 1960s" (list indicating members of the Light Years group): p. 622-625.
Essays by W. Terry Abbott, David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Carol Bergé, Paul Blackburn, Roberts Blossom, Kirby Condon, Philip Corner, Fielding Dawson, George Economou, Nancy Ellison, Serge Gavronsky, Carl Ginsburg, Hannah Harris, Calvin Hernton, Neil Holstein, Allen Katzman, Don Katzman, Martha King, Steve Kowit, Jackson Mac Low, Judith Malina, Robert Newman, Robert Nichols, Rochelle Owens, Margaret Randall, Jerome Rothenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Armand Schwerner, Susan Sherman, Ronald Tavel, Lorenzo Thomas, Diane Wakoski, Barry Wallenstein, Hannah Weiner, and Robert A. Wilson.
Description: v, 625 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Poetry's motion on and off the page into multimedia: a study of the participants in the Light Year Group --
Inscription --
Proofreader's Note --
W. Terry Abbott --
Glimpses --
David Antin --
Remembering the Downtown Scene --
Eleanor Antin --
New York in the 1960s --
Carol Bergé --
Remembrance of Things to Come --
Paul Blackburn --
Listening to Sonny Rollins at the Five-Spot --
Dear Carolee --
Roberts Blossom --
Filmstage --
Kirby Congdon --
The Coffeehouse Scene and the Mimeograph Revolution --
Philip Corner --
From Morningside Pits to the Higher East Side (or: "Heavy Years") --
Fielding Dawson --
Cubby and Gil --
George Economou --
A View of the New Oral Poetry --
Nancy Ellison --
Cockroaches and Coffee: Home of My Lower Case "i" --
Serge Gavronsky --
Memories of a Peripheral Poet, or, 185 Avenue C --
Carl Ginsburg --
Flames and Roots: The Poetry Scene of the Sixties --
Hannah Harris --
My Mother, Marguerite --
Calvin Hernton --
Les Deux Megots Mon Amour --
Neil Holstein --
Mickey Ruskin --
Allen Katzman --
Dear Carol, --
Don Katzman --
Coffeehouse Poetry on the Lower East Side --
Martha King --
Arrivals --
Steve Kowit --
The 97,000-mile-a-minute poetry machine --
Jackson Mac Low --
The Coffeehouse Poetry reading scence in New York 1960-1967 --
Jackson Mac Low Interviewed by Nicholas Zurbrugg --
Some Thoughts on Jackson, by Mordecai-Mark Mac Low --
Judith Malina --
The Living and the Poets --
Robert Newman --
Gain Ground Opens New Territory --
Robert Nichols --
Deux Megots --
Rochelle Owens --
Les Deux Megots --
Margaret Randall --
Poet is Who I am: Les Deux Megots --
Jerome Rothenberg --
Some Lines about Paul Blackburn and Jackson Mac Low --
Carolee Schneemann --
Free Form Recollections of New York --
Armand Schwerner --
The Aquarium Fancier --
Susan Sherman --
Home: The Deux Megots, The Hardware Poets Playhouse --
The Metro Cafe --
Ronald Tavel --
Sound of the Serpent --
Lorenzo Thomas --
Alea's Children: The Avant-Garde on the Lower East Side, 1960-1970 --
Diane Wakoski --
Remembering the New York 1960s Coffee House World of Poetry --
Barry Wallenstein --
Seeking my Niche on East 4th --
Hannah Weiner --
The 60s --
About Hannah: Bergé, to E. Antin --
Robert A. Wilson --
"The Phoenix" --
18 Cornelia Street --
Bookshop to the Poets --
Light Years Group Chart.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Carol Bergé.
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"Emerging after a quarter century of economic collapse, protracted war, and stifling social conservatism, poets in the two decades after WWII reintroduced and supercharged the ecstatic celebration of Modernism's interrupted first phase. In Lower Manhattan, they did this in conjunction with the upwelling of all arts that established New York as the arts capitol of the world. Poets in groups as loosely or tightly defined as Fluxus and Black Mountain, Beat and New York School, Deep Image and Umbra, shared the drive to be HEARD, to make their art public, physical, and immediately interactive. Moving into the cacophonous collage of a teeming urban environment from which they drew many of their ideas and and an uproarious arts scene hell-bent on including everything perceptible and imaginable, they produced the most dynamic reading scene the world has ever known. American poetry has drawn from this milieu ever since; yet the scene itself has largely been forgotten or viewed as a transition instead of the golden age it was."--(p.4) of cover.

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The Scene as Poetry...

by WoodCoin (WorldCat user published 2010-12-03) Excellent Permalink

Wow, man. Like, I dig this post-beatnik pre-hippie compendium of mostly irreverant personal essays on what it was like, you know, living in the early 1960s "bohemia" of what was becoming known as the East Village of Manhattan. Let's trip out... on words and LSD and stuff. Cool, baby.

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