Name: Nick Sharek
Description: Aspect Magazine vol. 8, Issue 44-45, October-November, 1972
Creators List: Edward J. Hogan, Ellen Link
Contributors: Richard Carboni, Paulette Carroll, Emilie Glen, Walter Griffin, John Hahn, Richard Latta, Edward J. Hogan, Frederic Matteson, Anthony P. Nasta, Lori Petri, Don E. Owens, Harland Ristau, Noelle Salter
Publisher: Aspect/Zephyr Press
Description: This issue is staple bound with firetruck red front and back cover. The front cover has the title and advertises pieces by Peter Fenton and Edward Hogan, along with “Poetry, Reviews”. Between the title and featured pieces is the months and year of publication, price, and an abstract, single-tone illustration by Harland Ristau.
There is an error on the table of contents. It says that Ed Hogan’s essay “A Look Into the Past and at the Future at the End of a Long Campaign” begins on page 18 not page 16.
The issue begins with Peter Fenton’s short story “the bird and Mr. Onion”. The title and author’s name are centered on the page, with the text of the story forming a box around it. The piece ends on page 9 with a single tone, uncredited illustration of a single limbed tree in a bare landscape during a rainstorm. On page 16 are two quotes from by Tom Hayden from an interview published by Rolling Stone in October of 1972. Hayden was a founding member of the activist group Students for a Democratic Society. His first quote is about the dissatisfaction with the 1964 Democratic National Convention and the party’s decision to not allow black delegates from the south to take their seats. His second quote is about the merger of the New Left with the anti-war movement as a response to liberal disillusionment. On page 17, the header “four more years” appears in large bold font. There are five quotes on this page, the first two belong to Robert F. Kennedy. The first is critical of Richard Nixon and the second is praising Senator George McGovern, who ran against Nixon in the 1972 presidential election. Neither quote is attributed to an interview or given a date. The final three quotes are from Hunter S. Thompson and come from the same issue of Rolling Stone the Hayden quotes come from. In the quotes, Thompson is critical of Nixon, supportive of McGovern while questioning flaws, and wonders how low one must go to become president. The quotes serve as a preface for Ed Hogan’s essay that begins on page 18.
Between the end of Peter Fenton’s short story and the quotes on page 16 there are seven poems. Three by Richard Latta (10,11), one by Walter Griffin (12), one by Emilie Glen (13), and two by Lori Petri (14,15).
“A Look Into the Past and at the Future at the End of a Long Campaign” is a reaction to the substantial defeat of McGovern by Nixon in the 1972 presidential election and is divided into three parts. The first, “Why?”, recounts the events leading up to McGovern’s loss such as his party not uniting around him and the Nixon campaign attacking McGovern’s spending proposals. Part two, “Where do we go from here?”, hopes to keep the reform movement alive. Hogan focuses on “tax justice; medical care as a right, not a privilege; and the return of truth and honesty to government” and for reformers to build support through local politics. The third and final section, “The Chimera of Peace” focuses on peace and the dwindling hope for it. Hogan is critical and skeptical of Nixon’s assurances and desire for peace. Hogan returns to the theme of honest politics by using three McGovern statements made at the end of his campaign where he criticizes Nixon and his administration for “playing politics” with federal departments, the Supreme Court, and the lives of soldiers.
Five poems appear in the pages between Hogan’s essay and his book review. The poets are Paulette Carroll (22), Anthony P. Nasta (23), Done E. Owens (23), Frederic Matteson (24), and John Hahn (24).
The final article is a review by Ed Hogan of “Winning Hearts and Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans” begins on page 25. Hogan uses this as an opportunity to criticize the war and illustrate a general attitude towards it and the response veterans get when they return. Hogan sees the book as part of the anti-war movement as it illustrates the truth of gruesome events that were kept from the public. Pages 25 through 28 contain six poems from the book by Larry Rotman (25,26,27), Michael Casey (27), W.D. Earhart (28), Charles M. Purcell (28).
Pages 29 and 30 are devoted to every small press publication received by Aspect at the time of publication. A short excerpt about the merits of literature begins at the bottom of page 30 and spills onto page 31 along with an uncredited illustration of a ceiling fan. The final poem of the issues also appears on page 31, a two stanza piece by Richard Carboni. The back cover has an illustration of a woman in sunglasses holding something in her left hand on centered on the page. Above and below the illustration is brief biographical information on each contributor of this issue.
Subject: American Politics | Literature in English, North America | United States History
Recommended Citation: Hogan, Edward J. ; Carboni, Richard ; Carroll, Paulette ; Glen, Emilie ; Griffin, Walter ; Hahn, John ; Latta, Richard ; Matteson, Frederic ; Nasta, Anthony P. ; Petri, Lori ; Owens, Don E. ; Ristau, Harland ; Salter, Noelle. “Aspect Magazine vol. 8, issue 44-45, October-November, 1972” (1972). Aspect Magazine. Book 8 (??not sure where I can find which book my issue is from??)