Poets of the non-existent city : Los Angeles in the McCarthy era

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  • "Two Los Angeles literary journals, The California Quarterly and Coastlines, made a strong stand against McCarthyism. The two published many of the same writers and artists and shared the same liberal politics. Combined, they represent almost thirteen years of poetry and graphic arts in Los Angeles. Poets of the Non-Existent City collects for the first time the poems, artwork, and commentary of these journals, long buried in literary archives. Brief memories from some of the poets who are still living are also included, and the editor places the poetry in the context of the Beat movement and the fashion of reading poetry aloud and with jazz, as well as in the context of McCarthy censorship." "As this collection demonstrates, the poets and artists were not intimidated by pressure to refrain from social and political commentary or to write about the uncontroversial. Two of their number were brought before the committee; one was blacklisted, and the first issue of Coastlines was enshrined in the files of the FBI. But Poets of the Non-Existent City also shows us a community of writers and artists sustained not by their politics but by their passion for language and the things of this world."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274) and indexes.


  • Thomas McGrath -- Edwin Rolfe -- Don Gordon -- Naomi Replansky -- William Pillin -- Henri Coulette -- Curtis Zahn -- Lawrence Springarn -- Burt Meyers -- Mel Weisburd -- Eugene Frumkin -- Alvaro Cardona-Hine -- Stanley Kiesel -- Josephine Ain -- Sid Gershgoren -- Estelle Gershgoren Novak -- Ann Stanford -- Peter Yates: Reading Poetry Aloud -- Two Poets on the Beat Fringes -- Lawrence Lipton -- Charles Bukowski -- Moved On, by Alexandra Garrett: Coastlines Saying Goodbye -- Coastlines: a Post-mortem -- Complete List of Coastlines Contributors
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