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925: The Works (Scarce Underground Australian Poetry Magazine - All 20 ISSUES COMPLETE bound together in TWO VOLUMES) (9-2-5)
925, Melbourne - 925: The Works - Scarce Underground Australian Poetry Magazine. All 20 ISSUES COMPLETE, bound together in TWO VOLUMES, a total of almost 1200 pages. Several contributors. Edited by Pi O. Numerous b&w photographs & illustrations throughout. The 20 issues of 925 were individually published between 1978 & 1983. Apparently each issue was issued in a print run of between 500 (the earlier issues) up to 3000 copies (the 7th issue onwards). The rear cover of the 8th issue contains a poem by Charles Bukowski titled "Looking for a Job", which basically sums up the underground working-class mentality of the magazine. The Australian ABC website notes that "9-2-5 was a unique poetry magazine which existed in Australia between 1978 & 1983. Its credo was 'poetry for the workers, by the workers, about the workers' work!'" The editor of each issue of 925, Pi O (Peter Oustabasides), "born 1951, is an Australian, working class, anarchist, poet of Greek origin. Born in Katerini, Greece, Pi O came to Australia with his family around 1954. The family eventually settled in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. Pi O was inspired to start writing poetry in 1970 when he heard Johnny Cash reciting (religious) poetry while tuning his guitar. Pi O thought he could do as well or better. His work ranges from standup-type rants to 'conceptual' page poetry & concrete poetry, with a heavy emphasis on wordplay & capturing the vitality of everyday speech. Thematically, he commonly portrays the issues of non-Anglo-Celtic working class life. He has had numerous books published since his first, Fitzroy Brothel in 1974, more notably the epic verse novel 24 Hours. From 1978 to 1983, he was involved in producing the radical poetry magazine 925. He is a fixture of Melbourne's performance poetry scene & has edited an anthology of performance poetry (Off the Record) for Penguin." Regular contributors to 925 magazine included Pi O, his sister and fellow poet Thalia, Jeltje Fanoy, Jas H. Duke, Cathy Messenger, Barry McDonald, Wayne Cooper, Betty Ory, Tony Birch, & photographer Peter Lyssiotis, along with many others. The rear endpapers of the first volume contains a handwritten (in pencil) list of over 100 contributors. Issue 10 includes the Special Tear Out Supplement (a poem by Jas H. Duke titled Shit Poem which was censored by the ABC). "In 1979 Pi O first published 925, a magazine dedicated to the poetry & creative output of workers, paid or unpaid, employed or unemployed, distributed free & produced by the contributors. This was a very noble anarchist experiment that saw the magazine grow to a distribution list of 3000 copies per issue, running for 20 issues & ending in 1983. In issue 15 of 925 Pi O announced he had approached Penguin to publish 'The Works', all 20 issues in one volume, & they had refused, considering the project not commercially viable. The front cover of issue 15 bore a penguin with a red cross through it & a call from the editor for a ban on Penguin. Issue 16 followed with a similar serving of vitriol towards Penguin & mainstream publishing in general." Printed in Australia. All 20 issues complete, with original front & rear colour covers, all bound together into two hardcover volumes (issues 1 to 10 in the first volume, plus issues 11 to 20 in the second volume). Two matching volumes custom-bound in full bright-red cloth with gilt lettering to front board & spine. Slight handling wear, former owner's small ink stamp to ffep of the first volume & tiny handwritten ink number to the upper corner of rear pastedown of each volume, otherwise a very nice clean tight solid hardcover set. Unpaginated (a TOTAL of 1188 PAGES plus 20 front & rear covers). Individual issues of 925 are scarce, the entire run is RARE. SB-196. Size: 22 x 14cm [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bookwood]
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