ONION I: POETRY + SHORT WRITING
Place Published: Sepulveda
Publisher: Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society
Date Published: 1975
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 894
Octavo (21.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 80pp; illus. About Fine, with just the barest hint of toning along the spine edge to note.
First (and likely only) issue of this poetry magazine published by The Unitarian Universalist Society, perhaps better known as 'The Onion Church.' The Onion was a Unitarian church where the first Los Angeles acid trip was held in 1966 - free LSD, The Grateful Dead, Neal Cassady, Wavy Gravy, and the Merry Pranksters (minus Ken Kesey). Although he wasn't present for the occasion, Tom Wolfe immortalized the scene in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The Onion was otherwise a place of historical significance in Los Angeles, serving as the hub for a number of anti-war protests. A valuable piece of hippie history containing poetry by various contributors, including African American activist Kika Epstein Warfield and poet Herb Grade, et al. The volume also features superb artwork by Israeli artist Yuval Golan, a prolific political protest artist of the period. While the rear panel mentions issues II - VI in preparation, we have been unable to locate a single copy. Not found in OCLC, and virtually unseen in commerce.