Caterpillar: A Magazine of the Leaf, A Gathering of the Tribes. Complete set Nos. 1-20 (in 17 volumes)
New York and Sherman Oaks: Clayton Esghleman, 1967-1973. Issues 3/4. 8/9. 15/16 are issued together. Caterpillar provided considerable space, over the course of its twenty issues, for work by a wide range of younger writers and artists as well as many of those associated with its precursors, The Black Mountain Review and Origin. Says Eshleman: “I saw a poetry magazine as a granary of sorts, where writing could be stored until it was to be consumed or consummated in a book, a midpoint between its inception and its ultimate form.” Regular contributors included Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Margaret Randall, Cid Corman, Diane Wakoski, Robert Kelly, and Jerome Rothenberg. On the name of the magazine, Eshleman recalled, “That special word was given me by Will Petersen on a Kyoto street corner in 1963, when he quoted Blake’s couplet, ‘The Caterpillar on the Leaf / Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief.’”. ISBN: 281AIB1048858.
First edition (first printing). Very good copies in illustrated wrappers (paperback).