|THIRD RAIL burst onto the American literary scene in 1975 with a fresh take on
how far a poetry magazine could go beyond the editorial and graphic conventions
of its genre to link writing with cultural-historical movements and political and
artistic changes of the era.
THIRD RAIL immediately cut an uncompromising and expressive path across a
broad spectrum of writing and the arts starting with the publication of its earliest
issues. Co-edited by founding editors Uri Hertz and Doren Robbins, the magazine
set out its editorial concept based on a historically-minded approach to literature
as a living cultural force. THIRD RAIL's dynamic appeal caught the interest of
leading writers such as Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Bly, Jack Micheline
and George Hitchcock, who contributed writing to early issues. Full editing and
publishing responsibilities were left in the hands of Uri Hertz when Doren Robbins
left his editorial post with the magazine after five years. As THIRD RAIL continued
to carve its unique course through the shifting landscape of post-sixties to late
twentieth century American culture, this innovative and imaginative review of
international arts and literature continued to capture and hold the attention of
poets, writers, scholars and practitioners as well as appreciators of the visual,
theatrical and cinematic arts.
This website is the return of THIRD RAIL to the literary, artistic and cultural flow of
creative production and critical discourse. Presented on these opening pages are
writing and art selected for reprint here from among the most recent of the nine
issues published from 1975 to 1989.
An art installation titled Lo real maravilloso, Puppet Sculpture by Linda Haim, is
mounted on this site.
Kazuo Ohno is featured here with writing by and about the centenarian Japanese
Butoh master with photographs from his classic performances.
for Kenneth Rexroth
poem by John Solt
Introduction to Japanese
Rexroth's Selected Poems
Adding to our Nature
The King is Dead.
Long Live the King!
With a Tabloid Biographer,
Who Needs an Oeuvre?
Eros Until the End
in the Tinder of Knowing
|T H I R D R A I L
|international literature & arts
|poems torn from a life
is a new book of poems by Uri
Hertz, published by
To order online, follow the link to
October 27, 1906 - June 1, 2010
|interview by Uri Hertz
from Third Rail # 4, 1980
Literatureandarts.com is the official website of THIRD RAIL,
the legendary review of international arts and literature
that appeared in print from 1975-89 and is published
online here. Be wary of simulations.
|photo: Victor Aleman