HOLLOW ORANGE Numbers 1-6 San Francisco Cranium Press Poetry BRAUTIGAN et al 1966-1970
HOLLOW ORANGE 1-6. A complete run of this short lived poetry publication that thrived in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury District during its heydays. Published and edited by Clifford Burke at his Cranium Press which was located on Shrader Street in the heart of the Haight.
Six thin little chapbooks, paper wrappers, sewn bound except for #6 which is unbound (as is almost every copy I have seen except for a few that were staple bound perhaps by a previous owner), 5x7 inches, approximately 20-30 pages each.
Includes the three scarcest issues: Orange One (the first issue), Orange 4 (which includes four early poems by Richard Brautigan), and Orange 3 (the women poets issue which includes a poem by Mary Norbert Korte).
Included with the six issues is an orange printed card announcing a poetry reading by Clifford Burke and Sue Diridoni at the INTERSECTION (Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco), undated but circa 1968. Sue Diridoni had poems in two of the issues.
All six chapbooks are in NEAR FINE to FINE condition, the nicest set of these publications I have seen.
Susan Diridoni was a psychotherapist and poet. She was well known in the San Francisco Bay Area haiku poetry community. She died on July 30, 2022. These came from her estate.
About CLIFFORD BURKE (from his Desert Rose Press website):
******I first became interested in type and printing when I was in college, working at a summer job for a small local newspaper. A working print shop in those days, with its antique equipment and fascinating denizens, was still so much like one of the ancient craft guilds that being introduced to the "mysteries" as a youngster made a powerful lasting impression. I can still remember that funky small town shop and the training I got there in vivid detail.
That training outlined a path; subsequent opportunities seemed always to veer toward printing. I found myself in the early Sixties smack in the middle of the political and literary upheavals of Berkeley and San Francisco and so the craft of printing and political activism and literary bookmaking all came together in an "underground" print shop called CRANIUM PRESS.
Through the following years of writing, environmentalism, community work and raising kids, bits and pieces of the old Cranium Press stayed with me...******