In 1908, Kreymborg
first started to conceive of a little magazine devoted to innovative poetry,
but he suffered a panic attack and his plan was delayed for five years.
In 1913 when Kreymborg met with the artist Samuel Halpart and Man Ray in
Grantwood, New Jersey, the three men revived the idea and started the Glebe (Hoffman
Unfortunately their first press, a secondhand gift from friends, was
damaged beyond repair in transit from New York to Grantwood. So Kreymborg
traveled to New York to find funding for his magazine. He quickly found
financial support from Albert and Charles Boni, the proprietors of
a bookshop. The Bonis agreed to fund Kreymborg’s enterprise and allowed
him full editorial license. But considering Kreymborg’s proclivity
for the unknown American writer and the large amount of the Bonis’ preferred
European writers within the magazine, it seems likely that they took
extensive editorial privileges (Hoffman 44-46).
Early in the magazine’s career, Ezra Pound sent Kreymborg a collection
of poetry from which the magazine’s best issue came. This number,
dedicated to the Imagistes, featured the works of Pound, James Joyce,
William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, Richard Aldington and Ford Maddox
(Ford) Hueffer (Hoffman 45).
This Imagiste number was the only issue during the magazine’s
run to contain multiple authors, all other issues were of a single
writer or poet.
Eventually the Bonis started influencing the editorial choices more and
more. Kreymborg resigned from his position as editor, and without his
guidance, the magazine was dissolved in November 1914 (Hoffman