Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Called “the best concrete and visual poet in Canada” as well as the third largest collector of small (& micro) press in Canada, Ottawa writer/editor/publisher/bookseller jwcurry is going through financial straits, so I am posting this list of some (selected) items you can purchase directly from his Room 302 Books; other items available by various writers such as Stuart Ross, bpNichol, Frank Zappa, Nicholas Power, Peggy Lefler, Nelson Ball, David UU, Daniel f. Bradley, Mark Laba, Lillian Necakov [see her 12 or 20 questions here], Steven Smith [see his 12 or 20 questions here], Laurie Fuhr, William Hawkins, Steve McCaffery, issues of Open Letter, The Berkeley Horse and others; check with curry directly for other lists, titles, etcetera. If you want to know more about some of jwcurry’s publications, check out the piece I wrote on him in Open Letter (or wait a few weeks for the same piece to run in my collection of literary essays); he’s an indispensable resource that isn’t taken advantage of nearly enough. Items run from into the hundreds of dollars to mere a penny; annual subscriptions available.

this list selected from 1 of 3 different catalogues (more to come later):

from list #10A, jwcurry, separate publications
3. (w/ Lillian Necakov) 2 Collages. North Vancouver, Silver Birch Press, aug89 (The Berkeley Horse #19) 1/100 copies. 16 pp/10 printed, offset. 4 ½ x 5 ½, stapled wrappers, 2 volumes of 8 pp each w/ rear covers tucked together. poetry & collage. $7.50
19. a mo(nu)ment for bpNichol. Toronto, 1cent, 28nov88 (1cent #214) 1/54 trade copies of an edition totaling 78. 8 ½ x 11, silkscreen & rubberstamp broadside. a concrete poem. $10.00
23. a necessarily vague outline of MAKING TRACKS. Toronto, privately published, 29jul92. 1/6 copies. 34 pp/17 printed, photocopy. 8 ½ x 11, leaves stapled at corner. a project description prepared to accompany a grand proposal, consisting of a cover letter, poem, correspondence excerpt & a cover photograph by Lance LaRocque. somewhat rumpled. $40.00
24. an excerpt from KNOTS. being a homolinguistic translation of R.D. Laing. Toronto, Curvd H&z, 25may82 (Curvd H&z #135. Pomez A Penny #83. Th Wrecking Ballzark #38) 1/75 copies. 4 pp/3 printed, rubberstamp. 6 ½ x 4 ¾, leaflet. a concrete poem. $17.50
38. a talk by Marvin Sackner. Toronto, Room 302 Book for Birganart Gallery Framing, 5oct90. 1/200 copies. 8 ½ x 11, photocopy broadside. a visual poem on flyer for Sackner’s talk 20oct90, incorporating a portrait of Sackner from a photograph by Chuck Fadely. $3.00
48. BODY OF DOG. Toronto, Curvd H&z, 3mar84 (Curvd H& #281) 1/90 #d trade copies of an edition totaling 100. 156 pp/7 printed, rubberstamp w/ 3 colour photocopy plates. 4 x 5 ¾, stapled wrappers. serial graphics & a poem. $15.00
49. ____ ____ 1/10 copies letters & signed, 19jan86. 20 pp/7 printed, as above but w/ silkscreen cover, 4 ½ x 5 ¾, sewn in cloth boards. $175.00
51. bpNichol 1944-1988. Toronto, Trystero, 26apr94. 1/125 trade copies of an edition totaling 127. approx. 1 ¼ x 1 ½, rubberstamp broadside. a portrait from a photography by Karl Jirgens. postage stamp on ungummed stock “Commemorating the naming of bpNichol Lane, 30apr94, BRoNK mailout #L & the inaugurative issue of the Trystere PX (est.c.1585)”. printed on 5 #d sheets of 25 – plus 2 unique proofs – 2 of the sheets were kept intact, the other 3 broken up into 75 individual stamps, the selvedge discarded, of these 75, 26 were cancelled by W.A.S.T.E. on GRoNK MAILOUT #L. many others similarly used, not a lot of exemplary copies distributed. $8.00
62. CLAM CHOWDER. Toronto, Curvd H&, 3aug83 (Curvd H&z #225) 1/110 copies. 6 pp/3 printed, rubberstamp. 4 ½ x 7, leaf laid in wrappers w/ plain cover label. a poem. $1.00
75. curryafterlabaafterspicer. 3 Wordsearches Translated From 3 Poems Translated From Jack Spicer. Scarborough, No Guff Stuff, 12jan84 (No Guff #6) 1/99 copies. 6 pp/4 printed, photocopy in rubberstamp covers. 8 ½ x 11 broadside folded into 7 x 10 ¾ bag. w/ 3 poems by Mark Laba for the wordlists. $7.50
80. David UU : No Sleight of Hand. Toronto, Room 302 Books, 23dec92 (List #7) 1/102 copies. 24 pp printed, photocopy. 5 ½ x 8 ½, stapled wrappers. bibliographical sketch, w/ illuss. by Barbara Caruso, Ingrid Harris, Damian Lopes, B.P.Nichol, UU. $3.00
91. EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOP. London, Writers Forum, for 25jan92. 8 ½ x 11 ¾, photocopy broadside. poster by Bob Cobbing reprinting Curry’s “THESE”, the workshop including a performance by Bill Griffiths & the :launch of a new publication by jwcurry THAT FUCKING LINE THAT”, creased horizontally. $25.00
92. EXPOSURE. Toronto, Ganglia Press, 18oct82 (GrOnk Flash #4) 1/50 copies. 14 pp/6 printed, photocopy. 9 ½ x 14 ¾, 6 leaves laid in plain plastic folder. a serial concrete poem, cover xerographic by B.P.Nichol. $20.00
113. Gesture Press. a checklist for 19’nov’82 – 27’feb’92 in recognition of the end phase 1 & the beginning of all the rest. Toronto, Room 302 Books, 27feb92. 1/53 trade copies of an edition totaling 96. 36 pp/25 printed, photocopy & rubberstamp. 5 ½ x 8 ½, sewn wrappers w/ cover label. bibliography, reprints poetry by Gary Barwin, Randall Brock, Greg Evason, Nicholas Power, Yves Troendle, w/ a rubbercut cover portrait of Power from a photograph by Stuart Ross. $10.00
122. (editor, w/ Michael Dean) HEADS & H&Z. Toronto, Underwhich Editions, 3jul85. 1/200 copies #d & signed by the editors. 360 pp/213 printed, photocopy, rubberstamp, offset, silkscreen, typescript & holograph. 9 x 11 ½ x 1 ½, 68 leaves, leaflets, envelopes & variously-bound pamphlets in box w/ detached lid & cover label (some copies have an interior ISBN label). a collection of reissue of early Curvd H& publications (mar79-apr82), many in revised formats. contributors include David Aylward, Brian Dedora, R.D. Hanson, Mark Laba, Peggy Lefler, Steve McCaffery, Bonnie McDowell, B.P.Nichol, David UU… $29.99
129. (w/ Qaani Curry) HOLY MOLEY MR. RABBIT. It’s Qaani’s Birthday Party. Toronto, privately published, for 11oct86. not more than 14 copies. 4 pp printed, rubberstamp. 3 ¼ x 4 1/4, leaflet. invitation to Qanni Curry’s 7th birthday party w/ collage interior. $12.50

write to jwcurry for this and other catalogues:
#302 – 880 Somerset Street West
Ottawa Canada K1R 6R7
(613) 233 0417

coming soon: selections of List #10C: jwcurry: contributions to periodicals and List #10-D: jwcurry: editorial responsibilies

related notes: jwcurry in Calgary; jwcurry & Richmond Landing: The Martyrology Books 4 and 5; a bpNichol cerebration: jwcurry reading the entirety of The Martyrology in Toronto; jwcurry reading The Martyrology; an all-weather event

related (other) links: John W. MacDonald on curry; Messagio Galore website;

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