The Angel Hair Collection

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 to Saturday, September 25, 2021
Detail of the cover of Angel Hair Magazine, no. 6. Features a line-drawn black and white illustration of a man and a woman driving through the countryside in a convertible.

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This exhibition presents materials from a major recent library acquisition, the Angel Hair Books collection. Angel Hair was the brainchild of poets Anne Waldman and Lewis Warsh, who started the imprint in New York City in the spring of 1966 (when both were just 20 years old). Waldman and Warsh would go on to become iconic figures of poetry's New York School in their own right, and the books and journal they published through Angel Hair chart major shifts in mid-century poetry. Between 1966 and 1978, Angel Hair published important works by Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Clark Coolidge, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, along with early work by Warsh and Waldman.

The Poetry Center acquired a complete collection of Angel Hair publications in 2020. In this exhibition, we invite you to view a sampling from this astonishing collection, including chapbooks, broadsides, and archival press ephemera.