THE MAGAZINES OF WYNDHAM LEWIS

19 SEPTEMBER 2002: THE
MAGAZINES OF WYNDHAM LEWIS

Blast
2 ˆ War Number

Facsimile edition edited
by Wyndham Lewis

The second and final issue
of Lewis’s BLAST ˜ The War Number ˜ appeared in July, 1915, and is a very
worthy successor of the first BLAST published in 1914. It features a dynamic
cover by Lewis and more of his highly charged propaganda on behalf of Vorticism
in painting, sculpture and literature. It also contains prose and poetry
by Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, and the historic instructive aesthetics
of ”Vortex (written from the Trenches)” by Gaudier-Brzeska ˜ a piece
composed just before the sculptor’s death in France.

L o n g   L i v
e   t h e   V o r t e x !

Long live the great art
vortex sprung up in the centre of this town!

We stand for the Reality
of the Present ˜ not for the sentimental Future, or the sacripant Past.

We want to leave Nature and
men alone.

The only way Humanity can
help artists is to remain independent and work unconsciously.

WE NEED THE UNCONSCIOUSNESS
OF HUMANITY ˜ their stupidity, animalism and dreams.

We believe in no perfectibility
except our own.

Intrinsic beauty is in the
Interpreter and Seer, not in the object or content.

WE ONLY WANT THE WORLD TO
LIVE, and to feel its crude energy flowing through us.

Blast sets out to be a venue
for all those vivid and violent ideas that could reach the Public in no
other way.

Blast will be popular, essentially.
It will not apppeal to any particular class, but to the fundamental and
popular instincts in every class and description of people. TO THE INDIVIDUAL.
The moment a man feels or realizes himself as an artist, he ceases to belong
to any milieu or time. Blast is created for this timeless, fundamental
Artist that exists in everybody.

We want to make in England
not a popular art, not a revival of lost folk art, or a romantic fostering
of such unactual conditions, but to make individuals, wherever found.

We will convert the King
if possible.

A VORTICIST KING ! 
WHY NOT ?

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.