Item #H34848 Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor. Karl Kempton, ed.
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor
Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor

Kaldron nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9 (1978-1979) plus two important letters & postcard to contributor John Alfred Taylor

Grover City, CA: Karl Kempton, 1978-1979. Newsprint, 17.5 x 11.5 inches and 15 x 12 inches for no. 7, very good with inevitable tanning. Limited to 1000 copies each. Issues 6 & 7 are a mixture of lyrical and visual poetry; issue 8 is devoted solely to visual poetry, mail art, visual text art, and concrete poetry, as is issue 9, which includes a page "curated" by John Alfred Taylor, a poet and horror story writer who taught at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington PA. The first letter, dated Feb. 20 (1979) discusses being inspired by Taylor's letter to do a 3 page spread of ancient visual poetry for issue 9, discusses other artists, and contains a gem of a statement about visual poetry: "my feeling about the origin of the visual poem is as follows. they derive from amulets which in turn derive from knots which were worn at one time as rings, necklaces, etc before the age of metals. thus, these roots disappear beyond the ice. in such languages as hebrew, russian, aramaic, egyptian, greek & latin, the word knot is related to the word amulet. and from lore we know that such sources as cracked tortoise shells, cracked skulls, crane flight patterns, ash twig textures against the sky, lines between stars...triggered writing. and contrary to the archeological claim that writing derived from the traders' desire for accurate book keeping, it was the poets who invented writing..." The second latter, dated March 20, continues an exposition of the nature of visual poetry and its roots in knots, rites, ceremonies and magic, plus an enclosed flyer of Kempton's own work in visual poetry. The postcard, dated March 6, reminds Taylor of the deadline for issue 9. and notes that he is "familiar with bone counts of moon during the ice. temple up keep for my way of thinking would be thru offerings from people. city-state time of division of labor. poet-sham during time prior to city-state." Issue 9 did indeed include a page curated by Taylor, along with work by DA Levy, Bern Porter and other notable practitioners of avant-garde visual poetry. Kempton was a pioneer in the promotion of these poetic forms and Kaldron was one of a very few -- perhaps the only -- literary journal concerned solely with such forms. . It is worth quoting at length from Kempton's website page on Kaldron: " i began publishing kaldron in the spring of 1976, about nine months after moving to shell beach, california, northern pismo beach. contents focused on lyrical and narrative lexical poetry accompanied by smatterings of contemporary and historic visual poetry. tabloid format (11x17); each run, 1000 copies. issues 1-10 are newsprint, 11-21/22 book paper. 21/22 is bound by staples, slick cover stock, 11x14. number of pages increased over the years from 12 to 24; the last double issue, 52. individuals on the bulk mailing list received copies gratis, an example of free enterprise. copyright belongs to contributors. in 1978 for issue #8, i decided to change contents to only visual poetry and language art (visual text art). at that time while small magazines were including concrete and visual poetry, no small or large press devoted itself solely to visual poetry and visual text art in the states. to begin with a bold national and international statement, i thought making the issue a catalog for an international exhibition. i asked david and patty arnold, living in oceano at the time, to join in curating. thus was born the visualog exhibition series associated with kaldron. the gallery director at california polytechnic state university in san luis obispo provided the exhibition space in the university gallery. glenna luschi of cafe solo press opened her doors for us (mainly david and patty) to publish a special issue of cafe solo. it is a slick cover edition with half tones printed on book paper. it too was 11x17. thus, visualog 1 is cataloged by kaldron 8 and cafe solo, series 2, numbers 3 & 4. the intent of the new direction for kaldron was publishing the best national and international work possible. egalitarian, it was open to all schools and nations. business model, maintain free enterprise with first bulk mailing free to those wishing a copy. efficient use of the mail systems, publish the addresses of each contributor for easy contact (a straight line is quicker than a triangle)." All of this is housed in the original mailing envelope with notes on it by Taylor and a sketch of a celtic knot, probably also by Taylor. Copies of Kaldron are rare in the trade but fairly well represented in institutions according to OCLC. Very good. Item #H34848

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