[Ads-l] more "X sucks" from 1966-67

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 9 18:29:52 UTC 2015


On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 1:37 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>
> I've recently been digging into Alexander Street's database, "The
> Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960-1974"
> (http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/sixt/) and have found additional
> printed examples in the underground press from 1966-67.
>
> The earliest, from Nov. 4, 1966, is in a University of Kansas
> publication called The Screw, in a poem about college classes:
>
> ---
> _The Screw_ (Free University Workshop Press, Lawrence, KS), Nov. 4,
> 1966, p. 1, col. 3
> Russell Lawrence, "Dear Merit Semi-Finalist, SHIT in green and white"
> [...]
> PHL323 (V) after Garelick's usual foray into Heraclitus,
> Nietzsche
> blasting to remove a tooth
> lawn-mower surgeon
> beautiful strident
> hackwriter poet
> the ideas survive and are enhanced--
> EVERYTHING SUCKS!!
> eenie, meenie, minie, moe
> pick a value; they all blow
> ---

I found the same poem published a bit earlier in a Michigan State publication:

_The Paper_ (East Lansing, MI), Oct. 13, 1966, p. 5, col. 3

Link to page image for those with access to the Alexander Street database:

http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/sixt/sixt.object.details.aspx?id=1002989163&view=dualview&objecturl=E7PK

--bgz

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