A POETRY READING AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR; [Together with prospectus/subscription form for “The Sixties: A Magazine of Poetry and Opinion"].
(Madison, Minn.): The American Writers against the Vietnam War / The Sixties Press, 1966. First edition. Expurgated due to lack of permission to include Cummings poems. This copy with formerly blacked-out portions on cover and several pages softened to gray so that while a tad messy they are nonetheless readable. Collects poems and prose by Bly, Ray, Cummings, Jeffers (“To Kill in War Is Not Murder”), Galway Kinnell, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, JFK, William Stafford, LBJ, Robert Creeley, et al. 8vo off-white paperwraps printed in blue and white; 63 pages; label on copyright page reading, "The blacked-out spaces are in mourning for/ the poems of E. E. Cummings, for which permis-/ sion was refused by Harcourt Brace" and pages 21-24 excised as called for. Formerly blacked-out portions softened to gray are Cummings’ permission credit on copyright page; quote, p.15 (“a politician is an arse upon...”); final 3 stanzas of poem, p.25 (from “I Sing of Olaf Glad and Big); and poem, p.41 (“Next to of course God”). Near fine with tiny chip to lower front corner. Re-set and re-published the following year without the Cummings material. This first, expurgated edition relatively scarce. TOGETHER WITH prospectus/subscription form for “The Sixties” magazine edited by Bly and William Duffy (formerly “The Fifties”) which is laid in at rear. Single 9.5 x 8.25” leaf folded once to make 4 pages including covers; off-white paper, printed in black. Fine.