“The arts have indeed 'some sort of common bond, some inter-recognition.’  Yet certain emotions or subjects find their most appropriate expression in some one particular art. The work of art that is most ‘worthwhile’ is the work which would need a hundred works of any other kind of art to explain it. A fine statue is the core of a hundred poems. A fine poem is a score of symphonies. There is music which would need a hundred paintings to express it...Such works are what we call works of the ‘first intensity.’

 

-Ezra Pound, from “Vorticism,”

Fortnightly Review, Vol 96, 1914

First Intensity, A Magazine of New Writing

First Intensity, A Magazine of New Writing was a literary journal published by Lee Chapman from 1993 to 2008. 

Please note: this section is still in development and the list below does not represent all authors and artists included, nor chronology of publication.

Authors and artists featured include: Lisa Bourbeau, William Burroughs, Andrei Codrescu, Diane Di Prima, Patrick Doud, Clare Doveton, Theodore Enslin, Barry Gifford, Kenneth Irby, Robert Kelly, Basil King, Laila Lalami, John Levy, Gerard Malanga, John Moritz, Jim McCrary, Duncan McNaughton, Hoa Nguyen, John Olson, Kristin Prevallet, Stephen Ratcliffe, Richard Rathwell, Judith Roitman, Jenny Scobel, Dale Smith, Andre Spears, Chris Stroffolino, James Thomas Stevens, Anne Waldman, S.Clay Wilson, John Yau, and many more. 

First Intensity Press

First Intensity Press published over 20 books - mostly poetry between 1993 - 2011

Please note: this section is still in development and those noted below do not represent the full list of authors nor chronology of publication.

Authors include: Lisa Bourbeau, Patrick Doud, Theodore Enslin, Barry Gifford, Kenneth Irby, Robert Kelly, John Levy, John Moritz, Duncan McNaughton, John Olson, Kristin Prevallet, Richard Rathwell, Judith Roitman, Andre Spears, Dale Smith, James Thomas Stevens, and more.