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Jargon Society:

A Checklist

Aside from minor revisions and the inclusion of texts brought out by the Jargon Society since 1991, the list below is built on two publications: J.M. Edelstein’s A Jargon Society Checklist (Books & Company 1979) and Michael Basinski’s additions to Edelstein’s list in Jargon at Forty: 1951-1991 (The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, SUNY at Buffalo 1991). Unlike Edelstein’s checklist and Basinski’s additions, the list here contains only those titles appearing in the sequence beginning with Jonathan Williams’ Garbage Litters the Iron Face of the Sun’s Child (Jargon 1). Given time constraints, Jargon Society postcards, broadsides, billboards and other ephemeral items are not included here. These can be investigated further at the Poetry / Rare Books Collection, SUNY at Buffalo.

1. Jonathan Williams. Garbage Litters the Iron Face of the Sun’s Child. Engraving by David Ruff. San Francisco, 1951.

2. Joel Oppenheimer. The Dancer. Drawing by Robert Rauschenberg. Black Mountain, 1951.

3. Jonathan Williams. Red / Gray. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth. Black Mountain, 1952.

4. Victor Kalos. The Double-Backed Beast. Drawings by Dan Rice. Black Mountain, 1952.

5. Jonathan Williams. Four Stoppages / A Configuration. Drawings by Charles Oscar. Stuttgart, 1953.

6. Kenneth Patchen. Fables & Other Little Tales. Karlsruhe, 1953.

7. Charles Olson. The Maximus Poems / 1-10. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Suttgart, 1953.

8. Robert Creeley. The Immoral Proposition. Drawings by René Laubiès. Karlsruhe, 1953.

9. Charles Olson. The Maximus Poems / 11-22. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Suttgart, 1956.

10. Robert Creeley. All That Is Lovely In Men. Drawings by Dan Rice. Photograph by Jonathan Williams. Asheville, 1953.

11. Kenneth Patchen. Poem-Scapes. Highlands, 1958.

12. Louis Zukofsky. A Test of Poetry. New York, 1964.

13. Jonathan Williams. Poems, 1953-1955. Three volumes.

13a. Amen / Huzza / Selah. “A Preface?” by Louis Zukofsky. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Black Mountain, 1960.

13b. Elegies and Celebrations. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1962.

13c. Jammin’ the Greek Scene. Nota by Charles Olson. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. James Jaffe notes, “Approximately 4 proof copies were produced for a projected edition of 300 copies, but the book, with a cover designed by Fielding Dawson, was never published.” Karlsruhe, 1959.

14. Robert Duncan. Letters: Poems 1953-1956. Drawings by Robert Duncan. Highlands, 1958.

15. Louis Zukofsky. Some Time. A song setting on the cover by Celia Zukofsky. Sutgart, 1956.

16. Joel Oppenheimer. The Dutiful Son. Frontispiece by Joseph Fiore. Highlands, 1957.

17. Stuart Z. Perkoff. The Suicide Room. Drawing by Fielding Dawson. Photograph by Charles Kessler. Karlsruhe, 1956.

18. Irving Layton. The Improved Binoculars. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Highlands, 1956. Second edition includes thirty additional poems.

19. Denise Levertov. Overland to the Islands. Drawings by Al Kresch. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1958.

20. Michael McClure. Passage. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Big Sur, 1956.

21. Kenneth Patchen. Hurrah for Anything. Drawings by Kenneth Patchen. Highlands, 1957.

22. Henry Miller. The Red Notebook. Drawings by Henry Miller. Phorograph by Wynn Bullock. Highlands, 1958.

23. Mina Loy. Lunar Baedeker and Time-Tables. Introductions by William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth and Denise Levertov. Drawings by Emerson Woelffer. Highlands, 1958.

24. Charles Olson. The Maximus Poems. Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published in association with Corinth Books. New York, 1960.

25. Paul C. Metcalf. Will West. Asheville, 1956.

26. Robert Creeley. The Whip. Cover design by René Laubiès. Drawings by Kirsten Hoeck. Highlands, 1957.

27. Peyton Houston. Sonnet Variations. Photograph by Henry Holmes Smith. Highlands, 1962.

28. Irving Layton. A Laughter in the Mind. Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Highlands, 1958.

29. Bob Brown. 1450-1950. Photograph by Jonathan Williams. New York, 1959.

30. Jonathan Williams. The Empire Finals at Verona. Drawings and collage by Fielding Dawson. Highlands, 1959.

31. 14 Poets, 1 Artist. Poems by Paul Blackburn, Bob Brown, Edward Dahlberg, Max Finstein, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Goodman, Denise Levertov, Walter Lowenfels, Edward Marshall, E.A. Navaretta, Joel Oppenheimer, Gilbert Sorrentino, Jonathan Williams and Louis Zukofsky. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. New York, 1958.

32. Walter Lowenfels. Some Deaths. Introduction by Jonathan Williams. Photographs by Robert Schiller. Highlands, 1964.

33. Robert Creeley. A Form of Women. Photograph by Robert Schiller. Published in association with Corinth Books. New York, 1959.

34. Bob Brown. The Selected Poems. Introduction by Kay Boyle. Drawing by Reuben Nakian. Jargon 34 was projected but never published.

35. Irving Layton. A Red Carpet for the Sun. Photograph by Harry Callahan. Highlands, 1959.

36. Larry Eigner. On My Eyes. Introduction by Denise Levertov. Photographs by Harry Callahan. Highlands, 1960.

37. Russell Edson. What a Man Can See. Drawings by Ray Johnson. Highlands, 1969.

38. Giuseppe Gioachino Belli. The Roman Sonnets. Translated by Harold Norse. Preface by William Carlos Williams. Introduction by Alberto Moravia. Cover by Ray Johnson. Collage by Jean-Jacques Lebel. Highlands, 1960.

39. Jonathan Williams. Lord! Lord! Lord!: Traditional Funeral Music. Handset and printed “for the friends of the Jargon Press” by Igal Roodenko. Highlands, 1959.

40. Gilbert Sorrentino. The Darkness Surrounds Us. Introduction by Joel Oppenheimer. Collage and drawings by Fielding Dawson. Highlands, 1960.

41. Lou Harrison. Three Choruses from Opera Libretti: Jargon’s Christmas in 1960. Highlands, 1960.

42. Ronald Johnson. A Line of Poetry, A Row of Trees. Drawings by Thomas George. Printed by the Auerhahn Press, San Francisco. Highlands, 1964.

43. Paul C. Metcalf. Genoa: A Telling of Wonders. Iconography by Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1965.

44. Buckminster Fuller. Untitled Epic Poem on the History of Industrialization. Introduction by Russell Davenport. Highlands, 1962.

45. Sherwood Anderson. Six Mid-American Chants. Photographs by Art Sinsabaugh. Preface by Edward Dahlberg. Postface by Frederick Eckman. Highlands, 1964.

46. Guy Davenport. Flowers and Leaves. Photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Highlands, 1966.

47. Merle Hoyleman. Letters to Christopher. Introduction by George Marion O’Donnell. Jargon 47 was projected but never published.

48. Lorine Niedecker. Tenderness & Gristle: The Collected Poems (1936-1966). Plant prints by A. Doyle Moore. Penland, 1968.

49. Alfred Hamilton Starr. Poems. Intorduction by Geof Hewitt. Drawings by Philip Van Aver. Photograph by Simpson Kalisher. Penland, 1970.

50. Doris Ulmann. The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann. Introduction by John Jacob Nies. Preface by Jonathan Williams. Penland, 1971.

51. Thomas Meyer. A Valentine for L.Z. Highlands, 1979.

52. Peyton Houston. Occasions in a World. Drawings by Bob Nash. Penland, 1969.

53. Mina Loy. The Last Lunar Baedeker. Edited and introduced by Roger Conover. Designed by Herbert Bayer. Highlands, 1982.

54. Mason Jordan Mason. The Selected Poems. Introduction by Judson Crews. Photographs by Ron Nameth. Jargon 54 was projected but never published.

55. James Broughton. A Long Undressing: Collected Poems, 1949-1969. Photograph by Imogen Cunningham. New York, 1971.

56. James Broughton. High Kukus. Preface by Alan Watts. Drawings by Hak Vogrin. New York, 1968.

57. Joel Oppenheimer. Just Friends / Friends and Lovers (Poems 1959-1962). Photograph by Bob Adelman. Highlands, 1980.

58. Paul C. Metcalf. Patagoni. Iconography by Jonathan Williams. Penland, 1971.

59. Joel Oppenheimer. Names & Local Habitations (Selected Earlier Poems, 1951-1972). Accolade by Hayden Carruth. Introduction by William Corbett. Illustrated by Philip Guston. Winston-Salem, 1988.

60. James Broughton. 75 Life Lines. Designed and produced at the Arion Press, San Francisco. Winston-Salem, 1988.

61. Jonathan Williams. Lullabies Twisters Gibbers Drags. Cover by R.B. Kitaj. Highlands, 1963.

62. Jonathan Williams. Emblems for the Little Dells, and Nooks and Corners of Paradise. Highlands, 1962.

63. Simon Cutts. Seepages (Poems 1981-1987). Winston-Salem, 1988.

64. Tom Patterson. St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan (The Life and Times of Eddie Owens Martin). Photography by Jonathan Williams, Roger Manley and Guy Mendes. Foreword by John Russell. Highlands, 1987.

65. Edwin Morgan. The Siesta of the Hungarian Snake. Several formats designed and printed by students of A. Doyle Moore in 1971 but never officially published.

66. Jonathan Williams, editor. Madeira & Toasts for Basil Bunting’s 75th Birthday. Designed by A. Doyle Moore. Cover portrait by R.B. Kitaj. Highlands, 1977.

67. Guy Davenport. Do You Have a Poem Book on E.E. Cummings? Drawings by Guy Davenport. Penland, 1969.

68. Ian Hamilton Finlay. The Blue and the Brown Poems. Prefaces by Michael Weaver and Jonathan Williams. Notes by Stephen Bann. Calendar design by Herbert M. Rosenthal. Aspen, 1968.

69. Thomas Meyer. The Bang Book. Drawings by John Furnival. Highlands, 1971.

70. Richard Emil Braun. Bad Land. Photograph by Fredrick Sommer. Penland, 1971.

71. Ross Field. Plum Poems. Drawings by Dan Rice. Accolade by Gilbert Sorrentino. New York, 1972.

72. Ronald Johnson. The Spirit Walks, The Rocks Will Talk. Drawings by Guy Davenport. Penland, 1969.

73. Douglas Woolf. Spring of the Lamb. “Broken Field Runner: A Douglas Woolf Notebook” by Paul Metcalf appended at back. Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Highlands, 1972.

74. Jonathan Williams, editor. Epitaphs for Lorine. Frontispiece by A. Doyle Moore. Back cover by Ian Hamilton Finlay. Photograph by Diane Tammes. Penland, 1973.

75. Thomas A. Clark. Some Particulars. Photograph by Bart Parker. Highlands, 1971.

76. Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The Family Album of Lucybelle Carter. Texts by Jonathan Greene, Ronald Johnson, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Guy Mendes, Thomas Meyer and Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1974.

77. Lyle Bongé. The Sleep of Reason. Texts by James Leo Herlihy and Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1974.

78. Paul C. Metcalf. The Middle Passage (A Triptych of Commodities). Highlands, 1976.

79. Jonathan Williams and Thomas Meyer. EPitaph. Corn Close, 1972.

80. Jonathan Williams. Pairidaeza. Lithographs by Ian Gardner. Dentdale, 1975.

81. Simon Cutts. Quelques Pianos. Accolade by Ian Gardner. Highlands, 1976.

82. Jonathan Williams. Who Is Little Enis? Photograph by Guy Mendes. Corn Close, 1974.

83. Thomas Meyer. The Umbrella of Aesculapius. Introduction by Robert Kelly. Drawings by Paul Sinodhinos. Highlands, 1975.

84. Ronald Johnson. Eyes & Objects (Catalogue for an Exhibition: 1970-1972. Foreword by John Russell. Highlands, 1976.

85. William Anthony. Bible Stories. Drawings and texts by William Anthony. Introduction by Gilbert Sorrentino. Highlands, 1976.

86. Thomas A. Clark. A Still Life. With six variations on a Chrysanthemum of William Morris by Ian Gardner. Dentdale, 1977.

87. Peter Yates. The Garden Prospect: Selected Poems. Introduction by Peyton Houston. Illustrations by Susan Moore. Highlands, 1980.

88. Thomas Meyer. Staves Calends Legends. Emblem by John Furnival. Highlands, 1979.

89. Lyle Bongé. The Photographs of Lyle Bongé. Introduction by A.D. Coleman. Afterword by Jonathan Williams. Text by Lyle Bongé. Highlands, 1982.

90. William Anthony. Bill Anthony’s Greatest Hits. Foreword by Robert Rosenblum. Flafdoodle by Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1988.

91. Jonathan Williams. Elite / Elate Poems (1971-1975). Photographs by Guy Mendes. Highlands, 1979.

92. Paul C. Metcalf. BOTH. Highlands, 1982.

93. Thomas A. Clark. Ways Through Bracken. Kendal, Cumbria, 1980.

94. Simon Cutts. Pianostool Footnotes. Kendal, Cumbria, 1982.

95. William Innes Homer, editor. Heart’s Gate (Letters Between Marsden Hartley and Horace Traubel 1906-1915). Introduced by William Innes Homer. Highlands, 1982.

96. Peyton Houston. Arguments of Idea. Highlands, 1980.

97. John Menapace. Letter in a Klein Bottle: Photographs by John Menapace. Introduction by Donald B. Kuspit. Afterword by Jonathan Williams. Highlands, 1984.

98. Richard C. Notches. Along the Bible Belt. Jargon 98 was projected but never published.

99. Thomas Meyer. Sappho’s Raft. Frontispiece drawing by David Hockney. Designed by Ken Carls. Highlands, 1982.

100. Lorine Niedecker. From This Condensery: The Complete Writings of Lorine Niedecker. Edited by Robert J. Bertholf. Highlands, 1985.

101. Ernest Matthew Mickler. White Trash Cooking. Photographs by Ernest Matthew Mickler. Highlands, 1986.

102. Thomas Meyer. At Dusk Iridescent: A Gathering of Poems, 1972-1997. Photograph by Reuben Cox. Winston-Salem, 1999.

103. Jonathan Williams, editor. DBA at 70. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Design by Jonathan Greene. Winston-Salem, 1989.

104. Mark Steinmetz. Tuscan Trees: Photographs. Text by Janet Lembke. Winston-Salem, 2001.

105. Reuben Cox. The Work of Joe Webb: Appalachian Master of Rustic Architecture. Text by Reuben Cox. In association with the University of Georgia Press. Highlands and Athens, 2009.

106. Peyton Houston. The Changes Orders Becomings. Drawings by James McGarrell. Highlands, 1990.

107. Richard Emil Braun. Last Man In. Photograph by Ron Nameth. Highlands, 1990.

108. Williams, Jonathan. A Hornet’s Nest. Quotes compiled by Jeffery Beam. Drawing by James McGarrell. Frontispiece by Sandra Reese. Photograph by Dobree Adams. Published in association with Green Finch Press. Highlands and Chapel Hill, 2008.

109. Paul C. Metcalf. Araminta and the Coyotes. Highlands, 1991.

110. Lou Harrison. Joys & Perplexities: Selected Poems of Lou Harrison. Accolade by Ned Rorem. Winston-Salem, 1992.

111. David M. Spear. The Neugents: “Close to Home.” Afterword by Jonathan Williams. Second edition published by Gnomon Press. Highlands, 1993.

112. Elizabeth Matheson. Blithe Air: Photographs from England, Wales and Ireland. Illuminations and pyrotechnic display by Jonathan Williams. Accolade by Thomas Meyer. Winston-Salem, 1995.

113. Jeffery Beam. Visions of Dame Kind. Accolade by Thomas Meyer. Winston-Salem, 1995.

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