Douglas Blazek

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Douglas Blazek (born 1941) is a Polish-American poet and editor who published the literary chapbook Ole and was proprietor of the Open Skull Press.

He is one of the founders of the Mimeo Revolution, a literary movement that sprang up concurrently with The Beats. He was instrumental in bringing non-establishment poets such as Charles Bukowski into the limelight by publishing their work.

As described in the introduction to James DenBoer's A Bibliography of the Published Works of Douglas Blazek: 1961-2001 (Glass Eye Books, 2003), Blazek is noteworthy for his prolific early period (1964-1978), followed by an extended hiatus. Between 1978 and 2009, Blazek published only one book, but this was also a time of intense creativity, as the poet focused on rewriting all his previously published work. The first book-length results of this labor, Aperture Mirror and Gutting Cats in Search of Fiddles were published in 2012 by Edition Muta with more titles forthcoming.

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  • We can be Gentle and Undeceived Both (Andabata Press, 1964)
  • Long Dongs (with Joe Nickell & Steve Richmond) (7 Flowers Press, 1966)
  • Life in a Common Gun: An Informal Book of Communications (Quixote, 1968)
  • All Gods Must Learn to Kill (Analecta Press, 1968)
  • Forever Worship the Second Coming (editor) (San Francisco, CA: Black Rabbit Press, 1968)
  • Broken Knuckle Poems (San Francisco, CA: Black Rabbit Press, 1969)
  • Battlefield Syrup (San Francisco, CA: Lone Ranger Biology Press, 1969)
  • I Advance With a Loaded Rose (Twowindows Press, 1969)
  • Fuck Off Unless You Take Off That Mask (Gunrunner Press, 1969)
  • Climbing Blind (Second Aeon Publications, 1970)
  • Flux & Reflux: Journeys in a Magical Fluid (Oyez, 1970)
  • Skull Juices (Twowindows Press, 1970)
  • Why Man Goes To The Moon (Morgan Press, 1970)
  • Zany Typhoons (Open Skull Press, Sacramento, CA, 1970)
  • This Is What You Wanted, Isn't It?: Poems by Douglas Blazek (pamphlet) (Watertown, MA: AugTwoFive, 1970).
  • Inner marathons (chapbook) (Killaly Press, 1973)
  • A Bukowski Sampler, editor (Druid Press, 1973)
  • I Am a Weapon (chapbook) (Ox Head Press, 1975)
  • Lethal Paper (chapbook) (The Stone Press, 1975)
  • Exercises in Memorizing Myself (Twowindows Press, 1976)
  • Edible Fire (Morgan Press, 1978)
  • We Sleep as the Dream Weaves Outside Our Minds (Alantansi Press, 1994)
  • A Bibliography of the Published Works of Douglas Blazek: 1961-2001 (Glass Eye Books, 2003)
  • News of a Useless Thing (Prismatic Navigator Press, 2009)
  • The Pied Piper of Advanced Perception (48th Street Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2010)
  • The Song That Ends Ends Our Singing (48th Street Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2012)
  • Aperture Mirror (Edition Muta, Easthampton, MA, 2012)
  • Gutting Cats in Search of Fiddles (Edition Muta, Easthampton, MA, 2012)
  • The Blindfold Alphabet (Edition Muta, Easthampton, MA 2014)
  • Ventriloquy of Light (Edition Muta, Easthampton, MA 2014)

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