New York: Telephone Books, 1978. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's stapled illustrated wraps.
"Wiping my ass with pringles / & eating the charmin / I feel just like an impure bar / of ivory soap / that sank" ("Poem for Procter & Gamble" by Jnana). Fourteenth issue of editor and writer Maureen Owen’s seminal poetry magazine, Telephone. Founded in 1969, the biannual was conceived in part in response to Owen's observation of the paucity of women in poetry anthologies. Taking instruction from fellow New York poet Larry Fagin, who was publishing Adventures in Poetry in mimeo format, Owen set to work using the Gestetner machine at New York's Poetry Project. This issue includes work from several preeminent poets and writers such as Fanny Howe, Eileen Myles, Barbara Barg, and Ruth Krauss. When asked how she came up with the name for her magazine in a 1999 interview with Marcella Durand, Owen replied: "I had been living on the West Coast and in Minnesota. You just got up and dropped in on people. Very casual and wide-open. In New York, people call first….Oh my god, everybody calls first. I became aware of the telephone in a way I never had before. Of how it might function as an avenue of communication to facilitate communication." Illustrated with two black-and-white photos; wraps illustrated by Hugh Kepets. Minor rubbing and soiling. Near fine. Item #2190