Open Space #4. White Hope Issue
[San Francisco]: Open Space, 1964. First edition. 4to, unpaginated, offset printed from typescript on rectos only, and stapled once at the upper left hand corner iunto an illustrated cover sheet. Two unattributed visual works within.
Single issue of this longrunning, fugitive little magazine that was very much a mouthpiece for the poets that centered themselves around Gino & Carlo's Bar in San Francisco - a group which included Jack Spicer and some of the other gender non-conformative poets of the San Francisco Renaissance. The colophon even notes that manuscripts could be dropped off at the bar. Open Space was one of the most experimental and visually striking publications of the Mimeograph Revolution, with erratic numbering and lots of visual art thrown into the mix. The radical awareness of the form of the little mag and its ludic possibilities make Open Space, like My Own Mag, one of the most important formallly innovative publications of the Mimeograph Revolution.
This issue includes work by Joanne Kyger, Harold Dull, Deneen Brown, E. Poe, Bill Brodecky, George, and Jess (a superb dream text entitled Critical Dreams IV (Haven). Item #29263