New York: Hardware Poets, 1964. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 pages; 217 x 140 mm), 31,  mimeographed stapled pages. The scarce third issue of a newsletter issued to support the activities of the Hardware Poets Theatre, an Off Off Broadway venture featuring plays, poetry readings, films, and music. The theatre was located in a drafty loft above a hardware store on West 54th Street. The founders were Peter Levin, Audrey Davis, and Jerry and Elaine Bloedow, who subsidized the running costs. (For more on this group, as well as other Off Off Broadway companies, see the invaluable "Playing Underground: A Critical History of the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway Movement," by Stephen J. Bottoms, The University of Michigan Press, 2006.) Contributors include the poet Diane Wakoski, writing about a discussion she had with her eighth-grade students about child poverty; Jerry Bloedow on poetry readings; and poems by Rochelle Owens, Margaret Randall, George Economou (misspelled here as Economu), David Antin, and others. A scarce bit of ephemera from an exciting time in the Off Off Broadway and New York poetry scene. There were no other copies in commerce as of September 1, 2019. SCARCE. Item #2053
CONDITION: Light toning along page edges, otherwise clean, bright, and unmarked. A Very Good or better copy.