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George Schneeman and Anne Waldman, Imaginary Relish, 2005, mixed media on paper, 19 1/2 × 26".

George Schneeman

Poets House

George Schneeman and Anne Waldman, Imaginary Relish, 2005, mixed media on paper, 19 1/2 × 26".

I HEARD THE VOICE OF THE PORK CHOP SAY, COME UNTO ME AND REST. This block-lettered gospel fills two opposite corners of Pork Chop, 1970–73, a collaborative collage by the painter George Schneeman and the poet Larry Fagin. An upside-down, ochre-colored sofa sectional hovers in the bottom-left corner, while in the top right, a cartoon-strip cel captions a high-speed car crash: WHUMMP!

A fixture on the scene at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, Schneeman (1934–2009) thrived on these kinds of freewheeling collaborations, churning out myriad collages, book covers, and paintings of and alongside second-generation New York School poets such as Fagin, Ted Berrigan, Peter Schjeldahl, and Anne Waldman. His graphic sensibilities sampled heavily from pop culture, with an audacity and deftness that suggests an East Village answer to Eduardo Paolozzi. That Schneeman’s own oeuvre is not better

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