Editor's choice: literature & graphics from the U.S. small by Morty Sklar, Jim Mulac

By Morty Sklar, Jim Mulac

Poetry, brief tales, essays and paintings chosen from nominations made by way of editors of small self sustaining and collage presses and magazines.

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Probably a million people gave a stab at writing, and sent their work wherever they knew to send it or wherever they thought they'd get published. And, of course, it's still going on in 1980, bigger than ever. We wanted to stay contemporary, so 1965 seemed a good target for the '60snot too far from the year we'd have to close. We used the newsletters over and over again, asking people to spread the word. We used direct mailings from lists of registered presses old and new. Eventually we used the telephone, tracking people however possible.

A gray-haired laureate has a metaphor locked in a vise and is filing off rough edges. The foreman distributes book reviews and then snaps a prize-money whip over the workers' heads. A sonneteer is at the took cage checking out a rhyme. ''Stay on the other side of the yellow safety lines," warns a cautious editor. The grinders are run only by imagists, and they have a special union. A ballad-maker comes in late with his black lunch box under his arm and begins to sweep broken voices out of the aisles.

M. M.  . And you back to other men, Jim Beam, New Year's Eve New Kings Hotel five lays in one night a case of clap, a trip to Olongapo what difference does it make? The revolution may be a long time coming I do not know what will become of you or me, Page 39 I know we were wild and young once & we keep it it is not time for us to be old I dance your silly dances in love for my wife you make my silly faces we give others what we first gave each other out of mud spotted faces ferocious eyes. Page 40 Apolitical Intellectuals Otto Rene Castillo / 1936-1967 from Camels Coming : 1967 San Francisco Editor: Richard Morris One day the apolitical intellectuals of my country will be interrogated by the simplest of our people.

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