Item #39139 GREENFEEL.



Barre, VT: Greenfeel, nd. (c. 1969). 8vo. Mimeographed sheets, stapled in printed wrps., unpaginated (32pp.). Illustrated. Ed. Ron Norman & Antoni Jurkiewicz. A one-shot magazine, printing poems, short stories and articles on psychiatry, sex, art, and body-awareness.

Greenfeel was a community in Vermont that wanted, as their magazine stated, "to live in a new way… to regain the animal use of our senses, making love to life." In 'Communes USA: A Personal Tour', Richard Fairfield noted that the commune "was begun by two young [male] bi-sexuals who had been working on an underground newspaper in Monterey, California." In an article in his journal, The Modern Utopian (item #42), one of them (Ron Norman) describes the group as "a vision, two people (now 8), and a forest. We come together to live as a community of lovers (not just neighbours)… Greenfeel is not a romantic utopia, it is a very real place of growing joy, much pain, hope and effort… Ideally, we want to be a community where people emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and sexually love each other - regardless of sex, age, or relationship... We are not a nudist colony, (although we go naked sometimes when it's warm). We're not a sexual freedom league, (although we frequently feel sexually free)."

Greenfeel lasted barely two years, and in February 1971 Fairfield received a note from Ron Norman informing him that "Greenfeel magazine is sold out and won't be reprinted. AND the community in Vermont no longer is together."

Slight age-toning, o/w Near Fine.