Floating Bear Archive

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Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker

Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

For more information about Floating Bear, see Jed Birmingham’s articles on Floating Bear and Floating Bear 24. You can also download this spreadsheet mapping the recipients to whom copies of Floating Bear were mailed.

Floating Bear 1

Floating Bear 1
February 1961


Floating Bear 2

Floating Bear 2
February 1961


Floating Bear 3

Floating Bear 3
March 1961


Floating Bear 4

Floating Bear 4
March 1961


Floating Bear 5

Floating Bear 5
April 1961


Floating Bear 6

Floating Bear 6
April 1961


Floating Bear 7

Floating Bear 7
May 1961


Floating Bear 8

Floating Bear 8
May 1961


Floating Bear 9

Floating Bear 9
June 1961


Floating Bear 10

Floating Bear 10
June 1961


Floating Bear 11

Floating Bear 11
July 1961


Floating Bear 12

Floating Bear 12
August 1961


Floating Bear 13

Floating Bear 13
September 1961


Floating Bear 14

Floating Bear 14
October 1961


Floating Bear 15

Floating Bear 15
November 1961


Floating Bear 16

Floating Bear 16
December 1961

Label to Frederick Bock


Floating Bear 17

Floating Bear 17
January 1962

Label to John Wieners


Floating Bear 18

Floating Bear 18
February 1962

Label to John Wieners


Floating Bear 19

Floating Bear 19
March 1962


Floating Bear 20

Floating Bear 20
May 1962


Floating Bear 21

Floating Bear 21
August 1962


Floating Bear 22

Floating Bear 22
August 1962


Floating Bear 23

Floating Bear 23
September 1962


Floating Bear 24

Floating Bear 24
September-October 1962


Floating Bear 25

Floating Bear 25
November 1962 – March 1963

Label to Bill Deemer


Floating Bear 26

Floating Bear 26
October 1963

Label to Larry Eigner


Floating Bear 27

Floating Bear 27
November 1963


Floating Bear 28

Floating Bear 28
December 1963


Floating Bear 29

Floating Bear 29
March 1964


Floating Bear 30

Floating Bear 30
November 1964

Label to Chic Cicarelli
Label to Larry Schnell


Floating Bear 31

Floating Bear 31
June 1965


Floating Bear 32

Floating Bear 32
February 1966

Label to Dave Ossman
Label to Ed Sanders
Label to James Lowell
Label to Linda Francis


Floating Bear 33

Floating Bear 33
February 1967

Label to Josephine Miles
Label to Ida Hodes


Floating Bear 34

Floating Bear 34
November 1967

Label to Josephine Miles


Floating Bear 35

Floating Bear 35
April 1968

Label to B. Dawson
Label to Josephine Miles
Label to Seamus Cooney


Floating Bear 36

Floating Bear 36
January – July 1969


Floating Bear 37

Floating Bear 37
March – July 1969


Floating Bear 38

Floating Bear 38
Summer 1971


Created by Jed Birmingham and published by RealityStudio on 3 October 2006. Updated February 2010.
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Comments Total: 6
Ellen Pearlman
Jan 10 2008
5:25 pm

thank you so much for doing this. Are the covers copyrighted? I would like to use one of them for a book I am writing for Wesleyan University Press on the influence of Buddhism on the NY avant garde.
Thanks,
Ellen

jed
Jun 13 2009
6:48 am

Here is a brief introduction by Robert Duncan from a reading in New Mexico in 1964. He mentions Floating Bear and particularly its status as a New York magazine and what it meant for a SF poet to appear there. This highlights Di Prima and Jones’ willingness to tear down borders and publish anything that was considered new writing. It also foreshadows the Bear’s shift to SF in the later issues when Di Prima moved there. Also note that the parochialism of the SF writers would be a big source of tension in the SF Renaissance period when the East Coast Beats blew into town and brought loads of media attention.

http://media.sas.upenn.edu/pennsound/authors/Duncan/Albuquerque-64/Duncan-Robert_04_Introducting-Night-Scene_Albuquerque_02-29-64.mp3

jed
Jun 13 2009
9:03 am

Duncan’s Night Scenes appeared in Issue 19 of FB. You can see the first few stanzas in the archive. Duncan also appeared in Fuck You, the 5/7 issue that also included William Burroughs and in Robert Kelly’s Matter so he was in other NY mimeos but you were more likely to see him in West Coast mimeos like J (a classic mimeo that you almost never see copies of), Wild Dog, and Sum. Fred Wah (of Tish) edited Sum when he was a grad student at the University of New Mexico when Robert Creeley was a lecturer there. Given Wah and Creeley’s presence in NM you can see why Duncan read there in 1964.

Jed
Jun 29 2009
12:46 am

There is an Ed Sanders exhibit at The Arm in Brooklyn. Details: http://thearmnyc.com/news/2009/06/ed_sanders_show_at_the_arm

I hear there are paste-ups of the various Fuck You, a magazine of the arts issues as well as rare and virtually unseen ephemerial items. The opening in on July 10th.

Luke
Aug 19 2010
9:31 pm

hi there, is there any way to get copies of the floating bear issues? my grandfathers name (bobby driscoll) was mentioned in a few of them and i would love to see them personally

jed
Jan 6 2011
7:44 am

Luke,

I just saw this comment. Go to Abebooks.com and search for Floating Bear and the number of the issues you want.

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