San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"Poetry is no more a civilizing manoeuvre, areplanting of the bamboozled gardens; it is a holocaust, a violent and somnambulistic jazzing of the hymning five, a sowing of the tempestual hunger" (from "Weekly Manifesto of the Hungry Generation"). First issue of landmark literary journal published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic Beat imprint City Lights Books. Ferlinghetti, who co-founded the press (and bookshop) City Lights in 1955 with the now iconic Pocket Poet Series, took inspiration from "literary foci of other decades," such as Marguerite Caetani's Botteghe Oscure, the Dadaist Transition, and the annual American anthologies from New Directions. Includes contributions from numerous members of the Beat pantheon, such as Ed Sanders, Richard Brautigan (with a selection from Trout Fishing In America years before the book's publication), Jack Kerouac, Ted Joans, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski. The magazine ultimately ran to four issues, ceasing publication in 1978. Illustrated with several black-and-white photos. Light edgewear and toning. Near fine. Item #2461