grOnk magazine: third series, issues 3, 4, 7, 8 1969 (part 5)

After taking a brief hiatus from digitizing the issues of grOnk magazine that Nelson Ball so generously donated to me, I’m happy to present to you here the rest of the third series of grOnk, published by bpNichol mostly throughout 1969. While there are eight issues in this series, I only have issue 1 (available here), 3,4, 7, and 8.

Issue 3 consists of Phone Book, by Gerry Gilbert, with a found prose insert (I assume also by Gerry Gilbert but, as jwcurry points out in a comment to this post, it could just have easily have been included by bpNichol. The Gerry Carrier was a brand-name for, of course, a carrier). Phone Book is a typewritten book of poetry published in association with Nelson Balls’ Weed Flower Press in 1969. The cover design is by the painter Barbara Caruso, with whom Nichol worked collaboratively on a number of occasions (the most stunning, beautiful example is, in my opinion, The Adventures of Milt the Morph in Colour).

Issue 4 is another typewritten, concrete poetry-esque collection: Nelson Ball’s Force Movements. The digitized version I’ve made available here is actually a second edition, slightly revised, that Curvd H&z published in November 1990. It was first published by Ganglia Press as grOnk 3:4 in July 1969.

Issue 7 is a long, narrow, typewriter-concrete poem Sprouds and Vigables by D.R. Wagner. It was published in an edition of 250, also in July 1969. Note that the text of the first poem echoes a later Four Horsemen sound poem, “In the Middle of a Blue Balloon,” from their 1973 album CANADADA.

Issue 8 is a short, untitled piece by John Riddell – like the others in the third series, this too is typewritten concrete but with the difference that here Riddell also explores, or explodes?, geometrical shapes and patternings which intersect and break up the typewritten language.

Finally, for the first time I’m also making available a pdf of the “BIG MID-JULY GRONK MAILOUT” – a kind of newsletter that accompanied third series issues 3 through 7. The “mailout”, three sheets of different coloured paper stapled together, includes an announcement about the third series, details on how to order copies, as well as bits of news about forthcoming pieces not only from Ganglia/grOnk but also Coach House Press, an issue of Stereo Headphones – a small journal published by Nicholas Zurbrugg in England that was about “THE DEATH OF CONCRETE” – and a series of cassette tape recordings by David UU. These mailouts are fascinating to me because they read as a bookbound version of an equally community-driven blog or twitter feed about contemporary, non-mainstream poetry and poetics.

> See also grOnk magazine: Canadian Concrete Poetry 1967-1988 (Part 1)

> See also bpNichol’s “Singing Hands Series”: Canadian Concrete Poetry 1966 (Part 2)

> See also grOnk magazine: first and second series 1967 – 1970 (Part 3)

> See also grOnk magazine: third series, issue 1 1969 (part 4)

7 thoughts on “grOnk magazine: third series, issues 3, 4, 7, 8 1969 (part 5)

  1. jwcurry

    Lori, you continue to amaze me with the slipshod approach to “scholarship” you seem to be semiëngaged with. anyone looking at yr scan of Nelson’s FORCE MOVEMENTS above would be sorta shocked to find it’s not a square book atall but quite rectangular (see, where you’ll also be able to link to an image of the 1st edition from grOnk). what were you thinking? “o, it’s just more black, we’ll just cut it off”? & Nelson was not the publisher of the reprint, Curvd H&z was. it took Nelson many years to come around to allowing me to reprint it, which he only acceded to because of the piece of bp’s that references it that was in ART FACTS, thinking it’d be nice if people could have access to the text that Barrie was playing off.
    y’know, i want to like what y’r doing here but it’s damned hard to when stuff gets so misrepresented, like with the GERRY CARRIER instructions that accompanied Gerry Gilbert’s PHONE BOOK. it’s not that it was “attributed to” the pseudonym “Gerry Carrier”: the Gerry Carrier was simply a cute brand name for a type of child pouch (Gerry Carrier, Lazy Susan, Peter Heater…you know the kinds of stupid brand names that get applied to things). did bp find this & think it was funny enough to include or was it Gerry that sent it along? i don’t know for sure but i would suspect it was bp’s contribution: the paper & printing are right along the lines of what was coming off the Therafields presses around that time.
    yr enthusiasm is admirable but yr commentaries leave a lot to be desired. FORCE MOVEMENTS is “concrete poetry-esque”? how do you figure?
    it makes me nervous to look at the rest of what you might’ve done to this stuff.
    do take a look at the Flickr site i’ve been building. besides the graffiti & railway photography & other sheer whatnottery, i’ve scanned over 1ooo titles over the last week toward building an image base for the cyclopœdia beepliographica (not all public until i get the minor acknowledgements typed in). eventually, the whole archive’ll get tucked in there, as complete a gallery of covers as i can possibly make it (since it’s based primarily on my own collection, which ain’t anywhere near complete, i’ll be importing some images from elsewhere (like the cover of ANEMIC ENVELOPE)). maybe some of the accompanying information’ll be of use to you.

    1. Lori Emerson

      jw, thank you for your comment with this information – even though you may not be a fan of what I’m doing here, I do appreciate – and need – more information about these issues of grOnk. Please do let me know if you know anything else about any of the other works I’ve posted here on my blog.

  2. jwcurry

    somewhere in fantasyland is a long response to the above that got obliterated when i had to forcequit: i accidentally hit a click over one of yr covers & got sent into a 4-hour wait for nothing. had some dinner, had a nap, came back to find the screen still in loading mode. this happened the other day, too, so there’s something more wrong with yr site than just bad information. i’m disheartened, a night’s work lost for me just because i didn’t want to lose what i’d written to you, only to have to lose it anyway. i won’t attempt to recapitulate (though i’ll pop in here a very salient point: Ganglia Press doesn’t represent a bibliographical “nightmare” but a bibliographical adventure).
    i wrote a piece on grOnk that appeared in what magazine years back that might be of interest/help to you: 5 bucks & it’s yrs.
    y’know, i have my own massive Nichol project to deal with & can’t spend all my time correcting or helping you at the expense of my own (as has just happened tonight, which is what’s making me a little more cranky than usual in this response). still, one more thing before i try to get in a bit more work before it’s lights up: no issue of grOnk ever appeared in an edition of 2o, as you state. the shortest run was 5o copies, the largest 5oo, most in the 2oo to 4oo range. the tiny editions were primarily the Tonto Or series & a few things that didn’t get slotted into series (/i>you there, for instance, & last poem with you in mind). you can see the covers to some of this stuff at my Flickr site.
    again, please pardon my shortness here; i’m distressed at losing an entire evening for nothing.

      1. jwcurry

        if that’s the kind of response y’r going to come up with in return for my attempting to be helpful & give you accurate information, then y’r welcome to stay baffled & confused. just do everyone a favour & don’t spread yr confusion around, OK?

  3. jwcurry

    whoa! i apologize most profusely for that leap off a cliff. i seem to be somewhat confused myself. so who is this guy & why does he think i or we “crazy”?

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