Washington, D.C. The New Classroom, 1972. Black cardboard box with folding flap, approximately 4.25” x 7.25” which houses two audio cassette tapes and a yellow printed insert, “Liner Notes (#1), folded to make six panels (5” x 10.5” unfolded). Liner notes are a touch wrinkled, with wear to box and a small indentation on front, both cassette tapes are in excellent condition. Overall VG+.
Typed address label (with August 1972 postmark) to Gerard Dombrowski at ABYSS Publications in Somerville, MA. Dombrowski was one of the founding editors of the experimental poetry magazine Abyss, which launched in 1967 and is notable for publishing, among others, Charles Bukowski, who was a friend of Dombrowski. In fact, in 1969, ABYSS Publications published Hugh Fox’s critical study of Bukowski; that year, Bukowski wrote a letter to Dombrowski telling him his thoughts: “You want it straight? It was dull, straight, academic and uncourageous.”
Cassettes include a total of three hours of recordings from Etheridge Knight, Marge Piercy, James Tate, Jerome Rothenberg, Pablo Neruda (translated by Andrea Wyatt), Dennis Schmitz, Judy Simmons, Michael Rossman, Edward Gold, Todd Gitlin, Sha’ir Rasul, Edmund Skellings, Dan McCrimmon, Siv Cedering Fox, and Doug Anderson. The New Classroom was a nonprofit educational cooperative (with Etheridge Knight on staff as coeditor for Black Poetry) that was partially supported by an NEA grant. The Black Box series ran from 1972-1979. Item #807