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“Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal Issue #10”

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Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore founded Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal in 2001. An offshoot of his label, Ecstatic Peace Records + Tapes, it was envisaged as a means of gathering downtown writers with affinities to art and music. Celebrating its tenth issue (coedited with Byron Coley and Eva Prinz), this show positioned the journal—proudly black-and-white and stapled—as faith keeper for the mimeo revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, when little magazines mushroomed in the East Village, North Beach, and points between. Arcing back to Charles Henri Ford’s 1940 volume of poems, ABC’s (with a cover drawing by Joseph Cornell), and forward to zines such as Teenage Wasteland Gazette (with a cover photo featuring nonairbrushed cunnilingus), the exhibition linked Surrealists to Beats to New York Schoolers to transdisciplinary post- or chamber-punks. Culling from his personal collection and organizing

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