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Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present$
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Ross Hair

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383292

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383292.001.0001

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Small is Quite Beautiful: Tarasque Press

Small is Quite Beautiful: Tarasque Press

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(p.137) Chapter Four Small is Quite Beautiful: Tarasque Press
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Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present
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Ross Hair

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383292.003.0005

The 1960s saw an explosion of mimeographed poetry magazines and books on both sides of the Atlantic. Chapter four provides a broad overview of this ‘mimeo revolution,’ tracing its origins back to the do-it-yourself ethos of Black Mountain and the burgeoning of the ‘New American Poetry.’ As chapter 4 discusses, with this explosion of small-scale publishing, however, came more problematic issues of quality, both with regard to the production standards of the publications and the poetry they published. Chapter 4 examines how the British little magazine Tarasque and the eponymous small press established by Stuart Mills and Simon Cutts responded to this side of the mimeo revolution with a potent mix of trenchant irony and a championing of the small poem—as practiced by Finlay and Williams—that emphasized impersonal, constructed formal objectivity in answer to the expressive solipsism of the time.

Keywords:   Simon Cutts, Stuart Mills, Tarasque Press, Tarasque magazine, small poems

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