From the Archives: Borborigmi

A page from 'Borborigmi,' a collection of poetry and writing published by the CalArts School of Critical Studies in 1970.

A page from 'Borborigmi,' a collection of poetry and writing published by the CalArts School of Critical Studies in 1970.

Borborigmi is a collection of poetry and writing published by the CalArts School of Critical Studies in 1970. In the unpretentious DIY spirit of the times, it was photocopied on letter-sized sheets and bound only by a paper clip. “Borborigmi” is a medical term for intestinal gurgling, which somehow seems appropriate for the raw fragments and unruly works-in-progress the publication comprises. Among the eclectic faculty whose work is included are intermedia pioneer Dick Higgins and concrete poet Emmett Williams, both well known for their work as part of Fluxus, and also Michael R. Aldrich, Michael S. Bell, Sue-Ellen Case, Deena Metzger, and Robert Walter, among others. Borborigmi is a window into the freeform environment for writing and poetry of CalArts’ earliest days.

Flip through Borborigmi below:

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  1. Michael S. Bell // //

    Thanks so much for remembering this olden day document… David House, the editor of Borborigmi, and I are still in touch from time to time. Those were wonderful days at Villa Cabrini, and I will never be able to fully express my gratitude.