BIG SKY, NO. 6 (DOUBLE ISSUE)
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"March 22. I will go to a place and be there, remain there, for the duration." This excerpt from Barrett Watten's diary-poem can be taken as a prelude to the feeling reading this Big Sky encapsulates, as though this chorus of writers seems to have happened here, in one publication, all at the same time. Editor Bill Berkson's magazine features poetry that stretches its own definition––scattering into kinds of prose, plays, experiments in form and collages of imagery. The typeset and tone of Big Sky immediately convey an aesthetic and identity specific to the time, when collectively-driven, self-published passion projects like itself embodied a possibility for poetry and print to reach out to the world.
Features include "19 Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt," a set of black & white people-scapes wonderfully preserved in black & white; poems and a play between eyes one two and the infamous three by Ted Greenwald; free-verse poetry that reconfigures the margins by poets like James Schuyler, Anne Waldman, and Dick Gallup; texts dedicated to celebrities and dead friends; facsimile handwritten edits in what might be Berkson's own cursive hand; and an overall editorial effect of abundance.
Ed. by Bill Berkson.
Cover by Norman Bluhm.
“Ear” watercolor by Bill Berkson, Tom Clark, & George Schneeman.