BROADSIDE: WEDNESDAY EVENING POETS' READING - LES DEUX MEGOTS. POETRY, NEW YORK.

BROADSIDE: WEDNESDAY EVENING POETS' READING - LES DEUX MEGOTS

New York: Les Deux Mégots, [1962]. Advertising broadside for poetry readings at Les Deux Mégots, a short-lived but significant nexus for poetry readings on the Lower East Side. Located in the basement of an old brick townhouse at 64 East 7th Street, and co-owned by Mickey Ruskin and Bill Mackey, Les Deux Mégots ("The Two Cigar Butts" - a play on the name of the Parisian café Les Deux Magots) opened in 1962. "Shortly thereafter, Ruskin sold his half of the establishment to Mackey, who became the Mégots' sole proprietor and garrulous fixture behind the café's pastry counter...Located between Second and Third Avenues, Les Deux Mégots was one of the first artistic sanctuaries on the Lower East Side, which, at that time, was primarily a working-class Jewish and Italian neighborhood. The coffeehouse was open from 4 p.m. until midnight and held readings on Monday and Wednesday nights under the auspices of Paul Blackburn...In February 1963 - after less than one year of operation - the coffeehouse closed down, reopening as a restaurant the following year. Many of the poets from Les Deux Mégots would go on to read at Café Le Metro and, later, at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery" (Diggory, Terence. Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, p.289). This broadside presents the Wednesday night line-up for the Fall of 1962: Judith Bishop, LeRoi Jones, Milton Resnick, Jackson Mac Low, John Wieners, Spencer Holst, John Harriman, Julian Beck, and Vera Lachmann. A scarce, fragile survival; not found in OCLC. Item #3919

Broadside, letterpress printed in black on light brown pulp paper, measuring 8.5" x 14" (21.5cm x 35.5cm). A few old folds smoothed-out, handful of closed tears and tiny splits, with a tiny pin-hole at upper margin, a few faint soil spots, and a small ink stain; brief holograph note (in pencil) on verso; unrestored; Very Good or better.

Price: $750.00

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