March 23, 2015


The Floating Bear

An American, mimeographed poetry newsletter, The Floating Bear, was edited in New York City by Diane di Prima and LeRoi Jones (later, Amiri Baraka) from 1961-1971. The final issues, after number 25, were edited by di Prima alone from Topanga, California.
      The newsletter was mailed out to a private list every month, filled with poetry, commentary and other poetic information on numerous figures of several perspectives of U.S. poetry, including poets associated with the Black Mountain aesthetic (Charles Olson, Ed Dorn, Robert Creeley, John Wieners, and others), with the New York School (Frank O’Hara, etc.), the Beats (Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, and Jones’ own work), and numerous others, including Diane Levertov, Philip Whalen, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Spicer. 
      The newsletter, not for sale, survived by donations. And individuals on the mailing list often thought of themselves as a kind of creative community.
      37 issues of The Floating Bear were published, the last issue describing itself as “The Intrepid-Bear Issue.” 
      For issue no. 9, containing his homoerotic play Dante’s System of Hell, Jones was arrested by the police.

For a copy of issue #13 on line, go to:

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