Some/thing #3, Vol. 2, No. 1,



David Antin and Jerome Rothenberg, eds.


Some/thing #3, Vol. 2, No. 1,


Winter 1966.


This important “little magazine” of poetry and art was published during a time when little magazines were frequently the voice of the counterculture. A special “Vietnam Assemblage” issue, it features a cover by Andy Warhol and is described as “an overall structure made up of words, a language trap to close—with a state, a process, a system—something afflicting & evading all of us.” The cover is a sheet of real glue-backed, perforated stamps that can be easily torn out and pasted on anything. The contents include works by Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg and Denise Levertov, among many others.

This is my favorite from my collection of 1960s mimeograph and serial publications produced in New York City. It showcases work from an artist I admire who embraced the literary imagination and made it his own. Whether the viewer decides the cover is an extension of Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series or another of his recycled images attests to the fact that it always takes two to make a book: the creator and the reader.


Anne H. Young