Supplementing the flowing content that characterizes the Jacket2 interface, Reissues offers a stable archive of digitized journals and magazines primarily focused on poetry and poetics. This landing page will feature updated links to the full Reissues inventory as it continues to grow. Reissues is inspired by archival platforms ranging from Eclipse and UbuWeb to The Modernist Journals Project and The International Dada Archive. Just as Jacket2 is built upon the preservation of forty issues of John Tranter’s Jacket magazine, Reissues seeks to re-present periodicals in conversation with contemporary issues in poetics.
We publish fully searchable facsimile PDF editions, scanned in high resolution and organized with bookmarked content for easy navigation to individual works within each magazine. In addition to the PDF features, each issue is accompanied by a full listing of contents arranged by print pagination in an attempt to preserve original formatting where possible. Like PennSound, we focus on free distribution within fair use and permission-based parameters. Links to pages hosting the reissues follow below while the sidebar maintains a complete index to the collection.
Reissues is delighted to return with all ten volumes of Ken Edwards’s remarkable Reality Studios. Released in variable formats from 1978 until 1988, this London-based magazine charted new directions in language arts on both sides of the Atlantic. Introducing Language poetry to England on one hand while tapping into new currents in the British Poetry Revival on the other, Reality Studios presents a compelling record of experiments in poetry and poetics at the conclusion of the mimeograph era. Find full contents and PDFs for each issue here, or download the entire set as a ZIP file [432 MB] to read at your leisure. Previous reissues include Infolio, New Wilderness Letter, Big Allis, M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Roof, Zuk, Chain, Secession, Alcheringa, and Combo. Shortly forthcoming is a large set of recently scanned magazines including Calque, Object, Antennae, Oblēk, Crayon, Vanishing Cab, Hills, Wch Way, and Jimmy & Lucy’s House of “K.” For commentary on reissued material, please jump to Of Periodical Transcoding.
— Danny Snelson, 2.14.15
Dir. Gorham B. Munson
Editorial Selections from Secession
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Secession, founded in 1922 by Gorham B. Munson, sought to give corner to the “youngest generation” of interwar modernists. Printed at various junctures in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Florence, and Reutte (Tyrol), Secession nevertheless became an important platform distributing literary Dadaism to New York.
|No. 2, July 1922
||No. 3, August 1922
|No. 5, July 1923
||No. 6, Sept. 1923
||No. 7, Winter 1924
||No. 8, 1924|
Ed. Dennis Tedlock and Jerome Rothenberg
Dennis Tedlock’s Introduction
Record Inserts [also on PennSound]
External Site [this portion of Reissues operates on ethnopoetics.com]
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Alcheringa was a trailblazing ethnopoetics journal edited by Dennis Tedlock and Jerome Rothenberg over a thirteen-issue run from 1970 to 1980. Featuring a diverse array of scholars, ethnologists, poets, and translators, Alcheringa presents a rich and varied historical document while opening a vital set of questions for the practice of poetics and ethnography.
|Vol. 1, No. 1, 1970
||Vol. 1, No. 2, 1971
||Vol. 1, No. 3, 1971
||Vol. 1, No. 4, 1972
|Vol. 1, No. 5, 1973
[Note: these issues currently employ external links; PDF links may be found in the sidebar.]
|Vol. 1, No. 1, 1975
||Vol. 1, No. 2, 1975
||Vol. 2, No. 1, 1976
||Vol. 2, No. 2, 1976
|Vol. 3, No. 1, 1977
||Vol. 3, No. 2, 1977
||Vol. 4, No. 1, 1978
||Vol. 4, No. 2, 1980
Ed. James Sherry
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In ten packed issues published between 1976 and 1979, Roof's stable of poets came to define the movement known as Language poetry. The magazine housed an emerging community of writers performing a fantastic — and remarkably focused — set of poetic explorations. A snapshot of the passage from Naropa to the Ear Inn, Roof delivers a captivating narrative of transition in twentieth-century poetry.
New Wilderness Letter (1977–1984)
Ed. Jerome Rothenberg
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Immediately following the ethnopoetics journal Alcheringa, Rothenberg’s New Wilderness Letter sends its readers into the “coarse and broad” expanse of poesis. Shaking out the unlikely — and uncharted — wilds of prosodic experiment, the magazine features the anthologizing Rothenberg in top form. Twelve numbers in ten editions, with special issues on the poetry of number, performance, the book, and many other explorations into the news that stays news.
(Wch Way 5) 1984
Reality Studios (1978–1988)
Ed. Ken Edwards
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From a monthly mimeograph to the interface of Apple II, Reality Studios gathered a wide range of experiments in language arts across its ten collected volumes. This poetry and poetics magazine hosted, evaluated, and intertwined various strands of international writing, with a special emphasis on Language poetry in the US and the British Poetry Revival in the UK. Questioning the possibilities of oppositional poetics throughout, the magazine adds another layer of complexity to any tidy narrative of late twentieth century poetry.
|Vol. 1, 1979
||Vol. 2, 1980
||Vol. 3, 1981
||Vol. 4, 1982
|Vol. 5, 1983
||Vol. 6, 1984
||Vol. 7, 1985
||Vol. 8, 1986
|Vol. 9, 1987
||Vol. 10, 1988
Ed. Tom Raworth
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With forty daily issues, sixty weekly issues, and sixteen biweekly alphabetical issues, Infolio presented an incredible array of art and poetry over the course of its four years of publication. While inspired by Royet-Journoud’s L’In Plano (and anticipates Zuk, featured here), the aesthetic of Infolio could not be more different. Handwritten editorial notes, just-in-time sketches and collages, colorful cork stamps, and scaled reproductions of manuscript submissions mark Infolio’s exceptional approach to the magazine format.
Ed. Claude Royet-Journoud
“La poésie au format Zuk,” translated from the French by Abigail Lang
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Redefining the little magazine, Zuk presented a single sheet folded into four delicate pages measuring just 6.3” high and 4.3” wide. Claude Royet-Journoud released twenty-four issues of Zuk in as many months. Printed in Le Revest-les-Eaux, France, the magazine offered new translations of English and American poetry alongside French poets writing under the sign of Zukofsky.
Ed. Susan Bee and Mira Schor
Founded in December of 1986, M/E/A/N/I/N/G provided a timely vehicle for an expanded practice of art criticism from its locus in New York City. In twenty issues published over the course of a decade, M/E/A/N/I/N/G offers a wide range of critical perspectives on “contemporary art issues.” Designed by Susan Bee, the 8.5” by 11” magazine is side stapled for the first four issues and perfect bound thereafter.
Big Allis (1989-2000)
Ed. Melanie Neilson and Jessica Grim
Introduction and Commentary on the Digital Reissue of Big Allis
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Rising out of New York City in the nineties, Big Allis generated a wide array of innovative writings — primarily composed by women — over a vibrant decade in American poetics. The magazine pays homage to its supergenerator namesake with an electrifying body of literary experiment arcing across its nine tightly constructed issues.
|No. 1, 1989
||No. 2, 1989
||No. 3, 1990
|No. 4, 1991||No. 5, 1992||No. 6, 1993|
|No. 7, 1996||No. 8, 1998||No. 9, 2000|
Ed. Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr
Some Facts About Chain
Chain was founded at the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1994. Each of the twelve issues of Chain is organized around a special topic with the content organized alphabetically by author. Under the editorship of Osman, Spahr, and others, this magazine presents an expansive index to key concerns in poetic practices around the turn of the millenium.
Ed. Michael Magee
Editorial Selections from Combo
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Edited by Michael Magee and published in association with the Kelly Writers House, Combo published a vital selection of younger poets over its twelve-issue run from 1998 to 2003. Over the course of these twelve issues, a reader might chart the emergence of Flarf and related developments in poetry around the millennium.