All issues published of one of the strangest, gossipiest Bay Area zines of the Mimeograph Revolution - sort of a Sinking Bear for the Bay Area set. Cow was edited by Martin Link, who was a member of the Cockettes, an associate of Helen Adam, and a lover of Jack Spicer. Each issue has it’s own separate name. The first issue is entitled Cow: The San Francisco Magazine of Livestock; the second is the “Pregnant Cow Issue”: the final issue is subtitled “The Magazine of Afro-Judeo Culture.” Issue 2 contains one of Blaser’s Nerval translations, the same translations which would eventually lead to a falling out between Duncan and Blaser, which is alluded to in a couple of other places in Cow, included the final page of the last issue, which prints “reviews” of Blaser’s book of translations, with the following note attributed to Duncan - “I’m going to re-translate ALL of Nerval”. This issue also prints a brief remembrance of Spicer by SMN. With work across the issues by Helen Adam, Doug Palmer, Deneen Brown, Larry Fagin, Harold Dull, George Stanley, Robin Blaser, J. Mac Innis, Stan Persky, Joanne Kyger, Jack Spicer, Ronnie Primack, Bill Deemer, Andrew Hoyem, Stephen Mindel, Michael Ratcliffe, H. M. Wickenheiser, Jim Semark, Gordon Gatom, Mike Hannon, Jim Thurber, Bill Brodecky, Geoff Brown, Jamie MacInnis, Luis Garcia, J. C. Alexander, Gail Dusenbery, and Hunce Voelcker.
More information here. From our new short list devoted to Jess, Robert Duncan and their circle, which can be seen here.