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The cover of this blue-tinged issue is a black and white abstract illustration by Harland Ristau entitled “Neurotic Vulture.”. The table of contents is broken into three sections: an opening section of fiction, nonfiction, and a review; Poetry, and Art Work. Each section of the table of contents is in order by when that section appears. In the first section the page numbers are listed as 5, 14, 33 and 46. In the poetry the page numbers include 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 23 etc.
After the table of contents this issue transitions to a white, more paperback, kind of a color rather than the blue tinge reminiscent of a pamphlet. The first poem is called “Street Protest,” which is about a group protesting in the middle of an intersection. The first story follows, “Local Color,” about a man named Jack Nichols, who crashes his plane into a mountain as part of a stunt in front of the press and a crowd. Some in the crowd are disappointed that it didn’t explode, saying it would have been better to watch on T.V. The short narrative poem that follows is untitled and narrates the life of Willie from beginning to the end. The next page is a photograph by Barry Eckstein of a group of six men talking to one another in front of a blank billboard, and a building
Two poems follow, the “Town Queer and “Down Franklin Avenue.” Another short story follows, “The Lady and the Bitch,” which is “taken from a novel in progress by Mel Conway.” At the end of this story is a drawing by Richard Latta.
A series of short poems then follow: “Love Poem” by Stephen Broyhill “First Goodbye by Becky Fogle, “Winter Rooms,” and “The Fisherman,” by Frederic Matteson, “Tess,” by Diane Stein, “A Well and a Fig Tree,” by Lori Petri, “Sunday Afternoon,” by Esther M. Leiper and “Great Mother,” by Patricia Baker. The next two-page poem “Spring Irony” written by Robin Becker, is printed in landscape format. The sequence of poems concludes with “Partial Evolution” by Barbara A. Holland and “Broadway 8 A.M.” by Dierdre MacGuire.
The next piece is “Inflation and the Nixon N.E.P.,” a short essay about the inflation occurring during the Nixon administration by William Blum. After the essay the poem “Expatriots,” written by Cynthia Day Roberts, is about how wars aren’t affecting the U.S anymore as they are “elsewhere”. The next page has black and white abstract art by Harland Ristau titled in the Table of Contents “Harbor of Fear.” The nextpiece is by the French-American Paulette Carroll, an “Instruction Manual for the French Ballade,” details meters, breaks and syllable counts. A poem “Limbo” follows, a poem adapted into English from the French by Carroll. “Lisaveta to Raskolnikov,” written by Barbara F. Lefcowitz, is a love poem written to a male Russian lover.
“The Summer before Darkness” is a review by Ellen Schwartz of a special issue of the Harvard Advocate: Feminine Sensibility (Winter 1973) and Doris Lessing’s novel The Summer Before Darkness.. Four more poems follow this review: “Off Hand,” written by Emile Glen “Empty Cola Can,” by Anthony P. Nasta, “Here I Is,” by Harland Ristau, and “Word Balloons.” by Geraldine Sanford. “Off Hands” is an angry poem telling someone’s spouse that they are through and to drop dead, and “Empty Cola Can” is about a man writing to Congress protesting the Vietnam War and how the Fenway is blocked with protestors. “Here I Is” is about a Civil Rights Protester in Alabama who can’t go too far into the protest because he has work tomorrow, and “Word-Balloons” is about a lover who is not listening to the other and just day dreaming of the past, when the relationship was easy.
This next section is called "Small Presses" and it starts of with an ad for Poets to submit their poems to the "NEW NEWSPAPER" in Wichita, Kansas. The ad was written by Edward J Hogan and it says to address all poems and inquires to Theodore Gott. What follows is a review section of four books and all of the reviews were written by Edward J Hogan. The first book is called, "A BOOK ABOUT LOVE & WAR & DEATH," by Dicks Higgins and published by “Something Else Press” and it is 240 pages long. Hogan finds himself lost due to the weight and philosophy of the text. The next book reviewed is “THE CATS IN THE COLLOSSEUM” by John Stevens Wade and published by “The Crossings Press” and it is 36 pages long. Hogan is impressed by Wade’s writing and Hogan says that it is timeless or unmodern as it discusses love in a cornfield or fishing in dark pounds. The next book, “FREE FIRE ZONE” by Vietnam, Veterans, meaning there is more than one author and they aren’t all listed. “FREE FIRE ZONE” was published by “1st Casualty Press”. While Hogan says there are excellent and poor entries out of the 24 poems in “FREE FIRE ZONE” the most important part is that it helps understand Vietnam from the soldiers who fought in Vietnam. The one poem Hogan credits is “Candidate” by James Shield and the entry provided is about train tracks. The final book reviewed is “PLANNING ESCAPE” by Alan Ziegler and published by “Release Press.” Hogan does not say much about “PLANNING ESCAPE” other than to understand “PLANNING ESCAPE” one must read it and that it is a fine collection of poems. 24 “DRAWINGS” is the last book reviewed and it is a collection of art by Paul Oppedisano and Harry Zirlin. It was published by “Release Press” and has 300 printed and 100 hand-colored drawings.
Small Press continues after describing books three magazines that have all been reviewed by Edward J Hogan. The first magazine reviewed is LUDD’S MILL of Almondbury, Huddersonfield, England. It is described as delightfully chaotic and it contains social commentary, reviews, and some absurd jokes, among other topics. The second magazine reviewed called “STAR-WEB PAPER,” by editors Thomas Michael Fisher and Richard Blair and it is published by St. Andrews College. Not much is said by Hogan about “STAR-WEB PAPER,” other than that it was well illustrated and mentions poems by David Meltzer, Larry Zirlin, and Emilie Glen but not the name of the poems they contributed. The final magazine reviewed is “THE WHITE ELEPHANT,” and it was edited by Stephan Morse, Clifton Simms, and Mary Jane Morse. It was published in Oakland, California. Hogan describes it as more accessible than most little magazines. The issue ends with the “People Inside” that credits all who contributed to the issue of Aspect Magazine.
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Hogan (Editor), Edward J.; Schwartz (Editor), Ellen; Braatelien (Editor), Gail; Gravett, Marilyn; Atchity, Kenneth John; Ward, Michael; Marchand, Millie; Combellick, Henry; Conway, Mel; Broyhill, Stephen; Latta, Richard; Fogle, Becky; Matteson, Frederick; Stein, Diane; Petri, Lori; Leiper, Esther M.; Baker, Patricia; Becker, Robin; Holland, Barbara A.; MacGuire, Deidre; Blum, William; Roberts, Cynthia Day; Carroll, Paullete; Lefcowitz, Barbara F.; Lessing, Doris; Glen, Emilie; Nasta, Anthony P.; Ristau, Harland; Sanford, Geraldine; Mason, John; and Driscoll (Student Commentator), Patrick, "Aspect Magazine vol. 9, issue 51, July-August 1973" (1973). Aspect Magazine. 16.