Compiled by Richard Kostelanetz, Henry Korn, and Mike Metz
A artist's book compendium of concrete and visual poetry and other works.
"Whereas most magazine editors try to achieve a particular kind of stylistic uniformity, the identifiable trademark of ASSEMBLING is, paradoxically, the unparalleled diversity of its parts."
Coming down from writing his controversial END OF INTELLIGENT WRITING, Kostelanetz remarks in the introduction to FIFTH ASSEMBLING that "whole classes of literature were excluded from the dominant channels of cultural communication" because "the literary-industrial complex" was "subservient to the demands of fashion and commerce." In this work we see the material he would prefer to see in print, assembled by taking submissions from artists willing to send in 1000 copies of their pieces.
Brooklyn: Assembling Press, 1974. Full title: Fifth Assembling: A Collection of Otherwise Unpublishable Manuscripts. 11'' x 8.5''. Original staple-bound photographic wrappers. Illustrated variously throughout.  leaves. Original $3.95 price on cover crossed out, repriced "4.95" in ink. Lightly scuffed with mild soiling and small tears around spine ends. Else sound and bright.
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