Brooklyn: Hanging Loose, winter/spring 1967. Forty-four mimeographed typed pages, measuring 9 x 6 inches. Loose as issued in original pictorial mailing envelope, with address label; index card inscribed “compliments of the editors,” initialed by Dick Lourie, laid in. Light shelfwear.
Second number of this long-running little magazine devoted to emerging and underrepresented writers, founded in 1966 at the Brooklyn apartment of poet and contributing editor Denise Levertov, who had taught Jarrett and Laurie. Simultaneously democratic and ephemeral, its original format, a sheaf of loose mimeographed sheets tucked in a mailing envelope, inspired its name: “If you liked a poem, you could pin it to the wall. If you didn’t like a poem, you could use it as a napkin.” This number features poems by Marge Piercy and a story by Elia Katz, among others. The envelope, illustrated by Mimi Gross, is addressed to Indiana writer and early subscriber Roger Pfingston. Over the following decades, Hanging Loose would publish new writing by Dorothy Allison, Ha Jin, Wayne Koestenbaum, Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, and a teenage Emma Straub, and publish the first books of Sherman Alexie, Eula Biss, Kimiko Hahn, and Maggie Nelson under its Hanging Loose Press imprint. An early and complete issue, scarce in commerce, of this landmark Brooklyn poetry ‘zine.