Yale Street Grasshopper

There are several posts in this blog concerning the Living Batch Bookstore . . . starting here The Living Batch: Pieces of History (link is in column to the right) but the beginning of the whole shebang was the Yale Street Grasshopper.

Phil & Susan Mayne and children Yale St. Grasshopper

Susan and Phil Mayne with Family in the Yale Street Grasshopper

photo provided by Sukey Ferguson

From Phil Mayne, original owner/founder of the Yale Street Grasshopper bookstore in Albuquerque:

“Just a couple of misconceptions here in regards the Yale St. Grasshopper that I am compelled to correct. In the past 43 years I have never heard of any Southwest urban legend concerning the origins of the Grasshopper.
There was a map of the 48 uppers that Susan and I puzzled over while we were
still in Massachusetts ~ late 66′ early 67′. Our intention was to pick a
state which had a mild climate, very few population centers and a large
University. Enter Albuquerque.
There were no darts involved. It was all thought out pretty thoroughly before we ever left Mass.”

Hannah Mayne, Phil’s daughter, just sent this . . . there will be more in this blog entry . . .

Phil Mayne Dad  March 1968

Phil Mayne at the Time of the Grasshopper, 120 Yale SE

Phil Mayne dad 2012

Phil Mayne – same place but many years later, photos provided by Hannah Mayne

And thanks Phil for introducing the quality independent bookstore, full of exciting books, to Albuquerque.

Pat Bolles’ Grasshopper Press grew out of Albuquerque’s first hip bookstore, The Yale Street Grasshopper, run by Phil & Susan Mayne . . . many of us read poetry in the back of that bookstore . . . The Press published Gene Frumkin, Summer Brenner, Kell Robertson, Charlie Vermont, among others . . . 

For information about Hannah’s incredible double basses, check this out: http://www.maynebass.com/

Suggestions, additions, corrections, stories welcome: larrynewmex@gmail.com

larry goodell / placitas, new mexico

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About larry goodell

Poet exploring his viable extensions - publisher, performer, playwright - hand to hand help in creating spaces for poetry to be live in - reading events, recordings, online and tangible publications in the vocal spirit of his New Mexico.
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One Response to Yale Street Grasshopper

  1. C.C. says:

    can you share link to obit?
    Phil became knownst to me in 1985 when JB hired him to wire our Alameda house. I met Sukey.

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