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Dear friends of Radical Archive,

There’s a new blog that you folks are going to love!


It’s just like this blog, but with poetry and literature!
It’s called The Gotham Book Mart Project


Here’s the story. In addition to collecting old left-wing literature in my free time and posting it to…

'F.R.A.E. [Revolutionary Anti-Electoral Front] At Lares', Revolutionary Anti-Electoral Front, El Comite M.I.N.P., New York, 1976. The F.R.A.E. was a coalition of Puerto Rican Communist Party, Popular Socialist Movement and the Socialist League of Puerto Rico.

'A New Organizational Policy For A New Political Situation', Juan Mari Bras, Ediciones Puerto Rico, [New York], 1977. Juan Mari Bras was the General Secretary of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP).

'The MLN And The Freedom of the Four', [Movement for National Liberation], no place given, [mid-1970's]. On the struggle to free four Puerto Rican political prisoners.

'Tasks of the Puerto Rican Liberation Movement', Revolutionary Anti-Electoral Front, El Comite M.I.N.P., New York, 1975.

'The MSP [Movimiento Socialista Popular] of Puerto Rico', El Comite - Movimiento De Izquierda Nacional Puertorriqueno, New York, 1975.

Dear friends of Radical Archive,

There’s a new blog that you folks are going to love!


It’s just like this blog, but with poetry and literature!
It’s called The Gotham Book Mart Project


Here’s the story. In addition to collecting old left-wing literature in my free time and posting it to this blog, I also have a ‘day job’ at the University of Pennsylvania library where I specialize in rare books. This spring I
was promoted to a very exciting position—unpacking and organizing the contents of the Gotham Book Mart, one of the 20th century’s greatest bookstores!


The Gotham Book Mart (1920-2007) was located in New York City and was a major center of the literary scene, especially the world of modern poetry. Everyone hung out there, from Man Ray to Patti Smith, from Anis Nin to Amiri Baraka (who worked there too!). The entire contents of the store and its archive was donated to Penn, and as you might imagine it’s a huge collection that is filled to the rafters with amazing and unusual books, chapbooks and ephemera. It’s an amazing collection for anyone
interested in poetry, experimental literature, theater, 20th century art, and independent publishing.

And while much of the material isn’t political in the strictest sense, there is definitely plenty of stuff that radicals and leftists will appreciate.

For example the blog will showcase many classic books from the Black Arts Movement, a literary movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s that was heavily influenced by the Black Power movement and revolutionary struggles in the African diaspora. This includes radical poetry publishers like Third World Press and Broadside Press. The collection includes some rare early editions of African American literary classics!

The blog also has lots of items from the renaissance of queer publishing in the 1970’s, including many LGBTQ poets, artists, and collective printing presses.


The blog will also highlight the hundreds of poets and publishers who were influenced by the women’s liberation movement and the radical ferment of the 1960’s more generally.  So expect to see poetry chapbooks that are a direct product of the various struggles for human liberation that shook the 20th century.

The Gotham Book Mart Project blog will also feature lots of poetry related to Latin American politics, from guerrilla insurgencies, to political repression to immigration, identity and imperialism.

And if you’re also interested in avant-garde literary movements from the 20’s to the 90’s, well then you’re doubly in luck.

No matter what your passions or interest, the Gotham Book Mart archive probably has an obscure poetry book that will blow your mind.
So please follow this new blog, you won’t be disappointed!  And don’t worry, I’ll still be working on this blog when I’m not at work!

Bibliophile regards,
Brad Duncan

'Britain Out Of Ireland - Self-Determination For The Irish People', May 8th Demonstration Organizing Committee, London, 1982. Flyer for a demonstration in Hyde Park sponsored by the Troops Out Movement, Irish Republican Socialist Party, Veterans Against the War, Labour Committee on Ireland, Indian Workers Association and the Armagh Coordinating Committee. 'Britain Out Of Ireland - Self-Determination For The Irish People', May 8th Demonstration Organizing Committee, London, 1982. Flyer for a demonstration in Hyde Park sponsored by the Troops Out Movement, Irish Republican Socialist Party, Veterans Against the War, Labour Committee on Ireland, Indian Workers Association and the Armagh Coordinating Committee.

'Britain Out Of Ireland - Self-Determination For The Irish People', May 8th Demonstration Organizing Committee, London, 1982. Flyer for a demonstration in Hyde Park sponsored by the Troops Out Movement, Irish Republican Socialist Party, Veterans Against the War, Labour Committee on Ireland, Indian Workers Association and the Armagh Coordinating Committee.

'Self-Determination Is A Human Right! Forum in Solidarity with Black People's Struggle for Human Rights and with the Republic of New Afrika 11’, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, San Francisco, 1979.

'Free Sundiata Acoli And All African National Freedom Fighters', African People’s Socialist Party, St. Petersburg, Florida, [mid-1970’s].

Black Graphics International’, Detroit, Michigan, 1974. Edited by poet Ibn Pori, features material on the independence struggle in Mozambique, Maoism, and the role of art in revolutionary movements.

'450 Years of Chicano History in Pictures', Chicano Communications Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1976.

'Employed / Unemployed - Same Crisis / Same Fight', button produced by the United Workers Organizing Committee, affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party, United States, [mid-1970’s].

'Akwesasne Notes', Mohawk Nation, Rooseveltville, New York, 1972.

'New Breed', Association of Metis and Non-Status Indians of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1976.