Shortly following the publication of the Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman by City Lights last year, poet S.A. Griffin discovered one last poem had managed to escape inclusion in the volume. Collecting the entire body of Kaufman’s work was certainly no easy task. Kaufman was somewhat infamous for his devil-may-care attitude toward the preservation of his own work, and much of what he left behind—that is, the stuff he actually wrote down—survives in the form of loose papers, publication in small magazines and journals, and collections both publican and private.
“Tin Pan Alley” was originally published in the July 1961 issue of Swank magazine. It now appears in the gorgeous letterpress broadside, printed by IMPART INK in an edition of 61 numbered copies. The broadside is available for $50, and all proceeds benefit Bob Kaufman’s son, Parker, who turns 61 this month.