Thinking about magazine culture this week, I got a hankering to highlight some favs from yesteryear in an effort to isolate what works (for me) in a poetry magazine. Leland Hickman's Temblor is a bonified classic—a magazine I still find scattered throughout Bay Area bookstores in the often neglected journal section (if said bookstore even has a journal section! Props to Moe's and Green Apple). For me, Temblor stands as a kind of paradiscal model of what a magazine can be. The large 8 x 11 format means lots of room on the page, and lots of space for longer contributions. Notice how often the word "complete" appears on the cover?
The design here is super simple and immediately offers up what's inside. The solid color changes with each issue. No nonsense here, for sure (this was certainly a model we were mindful of when designing ON: Contemporary Practice). And holy cow: take a look at Hickman's chops as an editor: Shurin's City of Men, Scalapino's Delay Series, Howe's Heliopathy, Cole's Letters of Discipline. And needless to say, these early issues are critical to scholars of late 20th-century poetry as many poems featured here only appeared here, or at least in dramatically different drafts.
I'm thinking now that it would be super useful to start digitizing the Temblor run, along with, say, ACTS, Maps, etc. Craig Dworkin has already started archiving crucial magazines such as LANGUAGE, THIS, Tottels, etc. at Eclipse. What do you think, Craig? Anyone interested in helping to scan?