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The following is a copy of the Original CONTACTS page of the MVSR Website, for officiandos of the old MVSR (small-print, poetry, art, books and reviews) subscription website.

It is interesting to note that Mungo vs Ranger is mentioned in a Wikipedia reference as the source of a poem by Dale Smith, on this Wikipedia page.


Booksartistic passion

The Adventures of Yaya and Grace, by Rachel Levitsky.
Potes & Poets Press, 181 Edgemont Ave., Elmwood, CT 06110-1005. $7.

Cartographies of Error, by Rachel Levitsky.
Leroy Press,
17A Chattanooga Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

I Saw the Letter 5, by Bill Scheffel.
Three-Legged Dog Press.

Like Rain, by Kevin Opstedal.
Angry Dog Press, 3464 26th St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Poems from Naltus Bichidin, by Carl Thayler. See Skanky Possum in Magazines below for address and email contact.

811 BOOKS, edited by Joshua Beckman. $3 each!
YMCA (Writer’s Voice), 350 North 1st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003


Blue Book, Michael Price and Kevin Opstedal, eds.
c/o Blue Press, 436A 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Clamour, Renee Gladman, ed.

Skanky Possum, Hoa Nguyen and Dale Smith, eds.
2925 Higgins St., Austin, TX 78722

$5 per issue, $20 for a 4-issue subscription.

Click HERE to return to the INBOX.

This is a historical snapshot of a page which was available on the Archive Org website. We hope it helps anyone looking for one of these publications. Please tell us about you quest for a “hard to find book” in the comments, specially if you found a new source for that publication.


INBOX – The INBOX Page from the original MVSR Website Reproduced for Old Subscribers


The editors have been reading a lot lately, so a mild San Francisco summer hasn’t proven much of a bother. At a reading at Dog-Eared Books last month a friend stumbled across the work of JEN HOFER, whose as far as, an engaging and attractively produced chapbook, invites thoughtful and repeated readings (Jill Stengel, a+bend press, 3862 21st St., San Francisco, CA 94114, $5 +$2 shipping).

Jeremiah’s been doing a lot of underlining in Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Wayne State University Press), which he calls “a brilliant critical investigation of the world’s most underrated and overindulged television show, questioning boundaries between art and commerce all along the way.”

So there you go. On more than one recent occasion we’ve caught Jeremiah mulling over his old DIARY quite a bit, and has this to say: “Never have so few done so little in so much time.”

He’s also been savoring old issues of Unpaved Road, an Oklahoma-based zine of the backwoods in which JOSHUA BLEVINS PECK explores regional eccentricities and interviews his porch-sitting, buckshot-loading grandparents. Peck also has a fat chapbook of poetry, where I was, available from Inklab Works (P.O. Box 4126, Seattle, WA 98104) –

– and all between marathon stints of web work on the new issue of MICHAEL ROTHENBERG’s massive poetry site BIG BRIDGE, which you may notice is accessible directly from our home page. There’s a feast of exciting work there, including a web version of an 80-page chapbook collaboration between ROBERT CREELEY and Bay Area artist ARTHUR OKAMURA.

Other good books we keep picking up: contributor JOHN BIRKBECK’s Longitudes (Carmine Creek Press, 121 E. Washington Street, Iowa, IA 52240-0075), ditto Rothenberg’s Favorite Songs (available through the Big Bridge website), the Moyer Bell Grant Seekers’ Guide (any leads, anyone?), the new Gary Snyder Reader, The Baffler #12 and its purity of essence, Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler, HOA NGUYEN’s Dark (Mike & Dale’s Press, 1999) RACHEL LEVITSKY’s Cartographies of Error (Leroy Press, 1999) and The Adventures of Yaya and Grace (Potes and Poets, 1999), KEVIN OPSTEDAL’s Like Rain (Angry Dog Press, 1999), CARL THAYLER’s Poems From Naltus Bichidin (Skanky Possum, 1999), BILL SCHEFFEL’s I Saw the Letter 5 (Three-Legged Dog Press, forthcoming), Clamour #4, Vol. 7 of Charles Olson and Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence (Black Sparrow Press, 1987), the many fine chapbooks in JOSHUA BECKMAN’s 811 Books (including Arabia Felix by DALE SMITH, Blueprint by RICK SNYDER and Fraction Anthems by CATHERINE WAGNER, the instalments in the series –

– nine so far — are only $3 each) and RODERICK NASH’s Wilderness and the American Mind (Yale University Press, 1968). June’s Blue Book #3 (Blue Press) features work by DALE SMITH, JENI OLIN, LISA MILLER and MICHAEL PRICE, each of whose work can be found in this online issue or in our archive, and also features work by Lewis MacAdams and Duncan McNaughton, whose work we have reviewed in MVSR (both reviews are online).

We’ve also been enjoying the second issue of Skanky Possum, an inspiringly high-quality poetry magazine published out of Austin, TX by HOA NGUYEN and DALE SMITH. So much so, in fact, that we asked the two poet-editors if they’d mind putting some of the new issue’s poetry online. Click on the link above to read selections from the second issue.

Online, ARCHIPELAGO has been a current favorite (, and a new issue of JACKET is now previewable ( but we haven’t abandoned our favorites: NERVE ( and )ISM( ( Additional web recommendations will follow once we can relax and get online.


REAL BOOKS the Order Page of the Original MVSR Website

The following is an extract from the web archive showing the original book ordering page:


Mungo vs. Ranger #3

Mungo vs Ranger Issue 3 coverOur new FALL 1999 issue features all work displayed on this site plus: additional poems by BILL SCHEFFEL, LISA BIRMAN and KEVIN KILLIAN; a full section of poetry by CEDAR SIGO (roughly 20 pages and a dozen poems’ worth); poetry by returning contributors TSERING WANGMO DHOMPA, JACK GREENE, LISA MILLER, JENI OLIN, DORIS PAI, MICHAEL PRICE, and MICHAEL ROTHENBERG, as well as new contributors BETSY FAGIN, STEFANI BARBER, DONALD GURAVICH, DAVID MICHAEL MCNAMARA, HOA NGUYEN, SEAMUS P. O’CUINN, JOHN PHILLIPS, PATRICK PRITCHETT and ROGER SNELL; poetry translations from French and Haitian Creole by JACK HIRSCHMAN; fiction by LISA TRANK; and a short essay by poet and translator ANDREW SCHELLING. Perfect-bound with a three-color, hand-letterpressed cover, 123 pages. Price: $5.00 (newsstand $6.00).
Mungo vs Ranger Issue 1 cover

Mungo vs. Ranger #1

Mungo vs Ranger Issue 1 coverCopies of our SPRING 1999 debut issue are still available. Featuring work by BOB ARNOLD, CHRIS BEVENS, TSERING WANGMO DHOMPA, JACK GREENE, RACHEL LEVITSKY, JEREMIAH MCNICHOLS, LISA MILLER, JENI OLIN, KEVIN OPSTEDAL, DORIS PAI, DIANA RICKARD, MICHAEL ROTHENBERG, BILL SCHEFFEL, ANDREW SCHELLING, CEDAR SIGO, DALE SMITH, MICHAEL SMOLER, ROGER SNELL, LISA TRANK, and JERRY TUMLINSON, with featured Louisiana poet STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (who merited 20 pages of poems and short stories plus an interview) and reviews of MICHAEL PRICE’s DOOMBOOK and DUNCAN MCNAUGHTON’s Kicking the Feather. Perfect-bound, 93 pages, wraparound cover image. Selected as )ISM(‘s featured zine for the month of June ( From a press run of 300, it’s no surprise we’re down to our last twenty-five. Price: $5.00 (newsstand $6.00)

The City Speaks

Four stories by author and MVSR co-editor JEREMIAH MCNICHOLS: “The City Speaks,” “Composition for Voice and Instrument,” “Money is a Muscle: Or, The Imaginary Child” and “The Fall,” handsomely illustrated in pen and ink by the author’s brother and co-publisher at Castor/Pollux Press, JOSHUA MCNICHOLS. Saddle-stitched, 52 pages. Price: $3 ($4 in stores and damned hard to find).


Conversational interviews conducted by writer and Castor/Pollux co-publisher JOSHUA MCNICHOLS with members of a family whose matriarch spent a lifetime obsessed with fire. Captivating, colloquial and sincere, FIRE investigates the roots and effects of such an obsession, with an artist’s appreciation of nuance, understatement, and symbol. Illustrated with brush and ink by the author’s brother, JEREMIAH MCNICHOLS. Saddle-stitched, 56 pages. Price: $4 (no longer available in stores).


“The Flame Stain”

Hand-letterpressed on a Vandercook SP4, this 11″ x 4.25″, 4-paneled broadside (11″ x 17″ unfolded) was designed and printed by co-editor ROGER SNELL to commemorate poet CEDAR SIGO’s appearance in the Featured Writer slot for our Fall issue. Red and black ink on heavy gray paper with protective orange glassine sleeve. Signed by the author. Out of a run of 100, less than ten remain. Price: $12.

Bill Scheffel’s “At the UC Art Exhibit”

Bill Scheffel’s poem from MVSR #3 (in this online issue). Hand-letterpressed, 13 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, tan and black ink on heavy beige paper. Price: $3.

2 Poems by Hoa Nguyen

“[Roll in your skull gone green]” and “[Love is a purple angel]”. Two panels, hand-letterpressed, hand-sewn, 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. Purple, green and black ink on cream paper with vellum cover. Price: $6.

Rachel Levitsky’s “Coney Island”

8 1/2″ x 11 on light (20 lb.) beige paper in black ink with green and purple inked background. Price: $3. The Scheffel, Nguyen and Levitsky broadsides can be purchased as a package for $10.

To order any of the above items, send a check made out to JEREMIAH XXXXXX to: 632 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94117. Send cash at your own risk. Include $1 postage for one item, $2 for up to four items, and $1 for each additional item if you go over four. A basic four-issue subscription to Mungo vs. Ranger is available for $20; for other subscription options, see our WHAT WE DO section.