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Miles Payne poetry collection
SFH 650  
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Issues of Payne's little magazine The Light Year, and his The Lovable Cable Car: Free Poems Among Friends.
Miles Martin Payne, Jr. was born in San Diego, California in 1923. As early as 1944 he was described as an "editor." Payne was a member of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Capricorn expedition, measuring the intensity of the earth's magnetic force in the south Pacific Ocean, 1952-1953. Payne published The Light Year in Spring Valley (San Diego County) beginning Autumn 1958 and continuing through 1962. He moved to San Francisco that year, and printed as The Light Year Press. The premier issue of City Lights Journal (1963) identifies Payne as an editorial assistant. Payne read poetry with Lewis Welch and John Montgomery at venues that included San Francisco State College in 1964. As "Miles," he published The Lovable Cable Car, 1965. Payne later moved to Santa Cruz, and died there in 1993.
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The collection is open for research.