Cow Soup Issue (1965)
Cow: Un-escalation Issue (1965)
Cow: Pregnant Cow Issue (1966)
When I saw this mimeo, I wondered what in the heck it was. It is not mentioned in A Secret Location. It was suggested to me that the magazine might have ties to Wild Dog, but a quick look at the contributors (Jack Spicer, Harold Dull, Ronnie Primack, Joanne Kyger, Stan Persky, and Robin Blaser) made clear to me that this was a San Francisco mag centered around Jack Spicer like J, M, and Open Space. There is only one place to find out: Poet Be Like God, Killian and Ellingham's biography of Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance.
Well, the answer is there on page 352. The editor of Cow was Luther T. Cupp, described by Killian and Ellingsham as Spicer's final Rimbaud. Spicer nicknamed Cupp "Link" and he went by the name of Link Martin. Inspired by Stan Persky's Open Space, Luther/Link hoped to publish his own magazine, seeking the advice and approval of Spicer at every turn. Spicer died before the first issue and Spicer's ghost haunts all three issues of Cow I own. Link became known around town as the Spicerian version of Ruth Kligman, Jackson Pollock's last lover. Frank O'Hara nicknamed Kligman, "Death Car Girl," after she survived Pollock's fatal car crash.
Like Open Space and J, Cow is inside, intimate, and insular, the epitome of coetrie publishing. Although Cow may not be as famous as Floating Bear, C, or Fuck You, it is classic mimeo and a textbook example of the medium.