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Series I. Robert Grenier Notebooks 1968 Oct - 1994 June

Scope and Contents Note

RG's Notebooks date from 1968 through 1994 and are divided into two subseries. Subseries 1 is a listing of RG's Notebooks from 1968-1989 and consists of 87 individual notebooks. Subseries 2 is a supplementary inventory of RG Notebooks dating from 1989-1994 (see Series I, Subseries 2 for a more detailed description). In general the Notebooks are identified by label (to the best of RG's ability, by internal references and occasional explicit dates) by date of composition, period of RG's writing and place of composition (e.g. "September 1972, Sentences period, Franconia, NH"). Notebooks are of varying sizes, with those of 150 sheets, 5 1/2" by 9 1/2" being most common. Notebooks are commonly filled on both sides of the sheets and for the most part contain RG's poems and occasional critical writings. There are some drawings and collaborative ventures by various hands (e.g. Anselm Hollo, John Bátki). The Notebooks listed in Subseries 1 are usually written in ink of one color those listed in Subseries 2 are commonly written in green, blue, black and red ink.
 

Subseries 1. RG Notebooks from Preliminary Inventory

Box 001

A. October 1968 - September 1972

Physical Description: (26 notebooks)
Box 002

B. September 1972 - October 1977

Physical Description: (31 notebooks)
Box 003

C. December 1977 - March 1989

Physical Description: (30 notebooks)
 

Subseries 2. RG Notebooks from Supplementary Inventory1989 Sept - 1994 June

Scope and Content Note

The first of ten (5 1/2" by 8 1/2") notebooks from RG's ongoing color holograph drawing poem project, "rhymms", dated/chronologized and counted (by pages of text ("pp."))
Box 030

A. Notebook 1 September 1989 - January 1990

Scope and Content Note

Written in Berkeley, northern Minnesota & Bolinas, CA (RG moved to Bolinas in September 1989) , containing poems in Minnesota (0 Books, 1991, see Preliminary Inventory, section XII.O.) & RG's first color drawing poems (155 pp. total)
Box 030

B. Notebook 2 February 1990 - August 1990

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (211 pp. total)
Box 030

C. Notebook 3 September 1990 - January 1991

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (131 pp. total)
Box 030

D. Notebook 4 February 1991 - June 1991

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas, containing title image reproduced on green r h y m m s box cover & red tracing of RG's right hand designed for inside r h y m m s box back cover & other poems (178 pp. total)
Box 030

E. Notebook 5 July 1991 - March 1992

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (198 pp. total)
Box 030

F. Notebook 6 April 1992 - September 1992

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (148 pp. total)
Box 030

G. Notebook 7 October 1992 - February 1993

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (112 pp. total)
Box 030

H. Notebook 8 March 1993 - July 1993

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas, containing "BJELDANES SERIES" (see Preliminary Inventory, sections VI.C.16. & X.BC.) & other poems (217 pp. total)
Box 030

I. Notebook 9 August 1993 - January 1994

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas (229 pp. total)
Box 030

J. Notebook 10 February 1994 - June 1994

Scope and Content Note

Written in Bolinas, containing poems in :that:, No. 24 (August 1994) (see Preliminary Inventory, section VIII.W.) & other poems (143 pp. total)
 

Series II. Literary Correspondence/Family Correspondence 1948 - 1999

Physical Description: RG alphabetized by author, dated/chronologized and counted (by letters & postcards) in folders. 4½ boxes.
 

Literary Correspondence

Box 004

ADNAN, ETEL

Physical Description: - 7 letters and 2 postcards 1994 - 1999- print-out of EA's "To Write in a Foreign Language"
Box 004

ALFRED, WILLIAM

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1977 June 8
Box 004

ANDREWS, BRUCE

Physical Description: - 10 letters, 3 postcards 1977 - 1989- 3 letters, RG to BA (xeroxes) 1987
Box 005

BATKI, JOHN

Physical Description: - approx. 76 letters and 2 postcards 1978 - 1998- various mss. - various drawings and collages
Box 004

BECKETT, TOM

Physical Description: - 11 letters and 3 postcards 1981 - 1988- 1 letter RG to TB (xerox) 1986 Nov 24
Box 004

BELTRAMETTI, FRANCO

Physical Description: - 2 letters and 1 postcard 1991 - 1992
Box 004

BENSON, STEVE

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 1 postcard 1984 - 1996
Box 004

BERNSTEIN, CHARLES

Physical Description: - 23 letters and 15 postcards 1977 - 1996- 3 letters RG to CB 1984 - 1988
Box 004

BIELEFELDT, CARL

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1962- 3 letters to Marie Rexroth 1962 - 1968
Box 004

BOTSTEIN, LEON

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1977
Box 004

BROMIGE, DAVID

Physical Description: - 11 letters and 5 postcards 1982 - 1995- 1 letter, RG to DB (xerox) 1984
Box 004

BYRD, DON

Physical Description: - 2 letters and 2 postcards 1985 - 1995
Box 004

CAIRNIE, GORDON

Physical Description: - 1 postcard 1970
Box 004

CODRESCU, ANDREI

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1987
Box 004

COOLIDGE, CLARK

Physical Description: - 9 letters and 1 postcard 1971 - 1977
Box 004

COLLOM, JACK

Physical Description: - 1 letter and 3 postcards 1992 - 1994
Box 004

CREELEY, ROBERT

Physical Description: - 46 letters and 40 postcards 1962 - 1998
Box 004

DALEY, JOHN

Physical Description: - 4 letters and 8 postcards 1982 - 1997
Box 004

DAVIDSON, MICHAEL

Physical Description: - 2 letters and 2 postcards 1986 - 1995
Box 004

DIGNAZIO, STEPHEN

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 4 postcards 1993 - 1996
Box 004

DORN, EDWARD

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1971
Box 004

DRUCKER, JOHANNA

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1980 - 1988
Box 004

EIGNER, LARRY

Physical Description: - 4 letters and 5 postcards 1976 - 1978
Box 004

FATTAL, SIMONE

Physical Description: - 2 letters and 7 postcards 1997 - 1998
Box 004

FAVILLE, CURTIS

Physical Description: - 6 letters and 2 postcards 1970 - 1985
Box 004

FISCHER, NORMAN

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1977
Box 004

FRUMKIN, KATHLEEN

Physical Description: - 2 postcards 1987 - 1988
Box 004

FUNKHOUSER, CHRISTOPHER

Physical Description: -3 letters 1994 - 1995
Box 004

GANICK, PETER

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 3 postcards 1987 - 1991
Box 004

GELPI, ALBERT

Physical Description: -1 letter 1981
Box 004

GLOVER, ALBERT

Physical Description: - 7 letters and 2 postcards 1987 - 1998
Box 004

HARDING, GUNNAR

Physical Description: - 5 letters and 1 postcard 1988 - 1989
Box 004

HARRIS, MARK

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1960 - 1977 - 3 letters, RG to MH (originals) 1960
Box 004

HARTLEY, GEORGE

Physical Description: - 1 postcard 1986
Box 004

HEJINIAN, LYN

Physical Description: - 5 letters 1983 - 1988-2 letters, RG to LH (xerox) 1988
Box 004

HOCQUARD, EMMANUEL

Physical Description: - 3 letters 1981 - 1985
Box 004

HOLLO, ANSELM

Physical Description: - 14 letters and 6 postcards 1976 - 1997- 1 letter, RG to AH (xerox) 1988
Box 007

IRBY, KENNETH

Physical Description: - approx. 181 letters and 32 postcards 1963 - 1998 - 1 letter, RG to KI (xerox) 1989
Box 008

KEYES, ROGER

Physical Description: - 10 letters and 4 postcards 1960 - 1997 -1 letter, RG to RK 1988
Box 008

KYGER, JOANNE

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 15 postcards 1972 - 1998
Box 008

LANSING, GERRIT

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1994
Box 008

LAUGHLIN, JAMES

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1985
Box 008

LAWTHER, MARCIA

Physical Description: - 15 letters and 5 postcards 1972 - 1990
Box 008

LORD, EMILY

Physical Description: -EL/RG Xmas card 1965- 1 letter, RG to EL 1962
Box 008

MACADAMS, LEWIS

Physical Description: - 1 letter and 1 postcard 1971 - 1976
Box 008

MAYER, BERNADETTE

Physical Description: - 1 letter and 1 postcard 1983 - 1984
Box 008

MCCARTHY, EUGENE

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1959
Box 008

MCCLURE, MICHAEL

Physical Description: - 1 postcard 1993
Box 008

MCCOLLOM, MARION

Physical Description: - 3 letters 1976 - 1983
Box 008

MCNAUGHTON, DUNCAN

Physical Description: - 6 letters and 2 postcards 1987 - 1998
Box 008

MILES, JOSEPHINE

Physical Description: - 1 letter and 1 postcard 1970 - 1971
Box 008

MORIARTY, LAURA

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1985
Box 008

MORICE, DAVE

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1971
Box 008

NELSON-RANEY, STEVE

Physical Description: - 9 letters, various cards and musical scores 1988 - 1997
Box 008

NOTLEY, ALICE

Physical Description: - 5 letters and 1 postcard 1984 - 1990
Box 008

OLSON, CHARLES

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1963
Box 008

PATULLO, EDWARD

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1960
Box 008

PAUL, SHERMAN

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1975
Box 008

PERELMAN, BOB

Physical Description: - 13 letters and 1 postcard 1972 - 1990- 2 postcards from Francie Shaw to RG 1976 - 1977
Box 008

PETTET, SIMON

Physical Description: - 1 letter and 8 postcards 1987 - 1997
Box 008

QUAN, SALLIE

Physical Description: - 4 letters w/ "rhymms" pictures of RG, SQ and Amy Grenier 1977 - 1979
Box 008

QUARTERMAIN, PETER

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1989
Box 008

RANDALL, JAMES

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1966
Box 008

RASULA, JED

Physical Description: -3 letters and 3 postcards 1984 - 1990
Box 008

RATCLIFFE, STEPHEN

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 1 postcard 1987 - 1998
Box 008

RAWORTH, TOM

Physical Description: - 11 letters and 3 postcards 1981 - 1995-1 letter, RG to TR (xerox) 1991
Box 008

REXROTH, MARIE

Physical Description: - 7 letters 1964 - 1980
Box 008

ROBINSON, KIT

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1977 - 1990
Box 008

RODEFER, STEPHEN

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1984- 1 letter, RG to SR 1984
Box 008

SCALAPINO, LESLIE

Physical Description: - 2 letters and 1 postcard 1984 - 1994
Box 008

SCHELLING, ANDREW

Physical Description: - 2 postcards 1990 - 1991
Box 008

SHEEHAN, DON

Physical Description: - 7 letters 1976 - 1994
Box 008

SHERRY, JAMES

Physical Description: - 3 letters and 2 postcards 1978 - 1986
Box 008

SILLIMAN, RON

Physical Description: - 20 letters and 5 postcards 1970 - 1992
Box 008

SMITH, CHARLES

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1987
Box 008

STARBUCK, GEORGE

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1977
Box 008

TILLICH, PAUL

Physical Description: - 1 letter 1960
Box 008

TILLINGHAST, RICHARD

Physical Description: - 2 letters 1967 - 1989
Box 008

WARSHALL, PETER

Physical Description: - 7 letters 1968 - 1974
Box 008

WATTEN, BARRETT

Physical Description: - 43 letters and 7 postcards 1970 - 1981
Box 008

WESSNER, LAURA

Physical Description: - 13 letter and 11 postcards 1973 - 1997- 2 birthday cards to RG - 1 book of poems 1975
Box 008

WILL, FREDERIC

Physical Description: - 4 letters and 1 postcard 1968 - 1994
Box 008

ZUKOFSKY, LOUIS

Physical Description: - 3 postcards 1972 - 1974
 

Family Correspondence

 

A. Parents

Box 006

1. Beatrice Olivia (Bjeldanes) Grenier (Mother) to RG 1952 - 1974

Physical Description: - 41 letters - 1 postcard
Box 006

2. Judson Achille Grenier (Father) to RG 1965 - 1976

Physical Description: - 7 letters
Box 006

3. RG to Parents 1959 - 1974

Physical Description: - 105 letters - 1 postcard
 

B. Bjeldanes Aunts

Box 006

1. Augusta Bjeldanes to RG 1948 - 1980

Physical Description: - 6 letters - 39 postcards
Box 006

2. Ragnhild Bjeldanes to RG 1967 - 1991

Physical Description: - 27 letters - 7 postcards
Box 006

3. Ragnhild Bjeldanes to relatives generally 1966 - 1978

Physical Description: - 19 letters
Box 006

4. RG to Bjeldanes Aunts 1959 - 1982

Physical Description: - 17 letters
 

B. Brother/Sister-in-Law

Box 006

1. Judson A. Grenier, Jr. and Nancy Hicks Grenier to RG 1963 - 1998

Physical Description: - 22 letters - 1 postcard
Box 006

2. RG to Judd and Nancy 1959 - 1969

Physical Description: - 11 letters - 32 poems (RG original ts.)
 

D. Daughter

Box 006

1. Amy Eliza Grenier to RG 1976 - 1987

Physical Description: - 2 letters - 4 postcards - 1 birthday card (w/"rhymms" photo of Amy)
 

Series III. Others' Manuscripts 1950 - 1999

Physical Description: Alphabetized by author, dated/ chronologized and counted (by pages of text) in folders. Contained in 3½ boxes.
 

A. Manuscripts of Original Work Sent RG for Review and Comment

Box 009

1. KATHI AGUERO Materials

Physical Description: (18 pp. total)
 

Poems from RG's Poetry Writing class at Tufts University, 1970-1971

Physical Description: (KA tss.)
Box 009

2. STEVE BENSON Materials

Physical Description: (33 pp. total)
 

SB ts. of review of OCKER by P. Inman (Tuumba Press, 1982)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Xerox of SB's BRIARCOMBE PARAGRAPHS (Moving Letters Press, 1984) inscribed for RG, November 1989

 

Xerox of SB note "ON TIME" n.d.

Physical Description: signed
Box 009

3. CHARLES BERNSTEIN Materials

Physical Description: (58 pp. total)
 

CB holograph letter to RG, 1983 Mar 31

Physical Description: enclosing
 

CB ts. of CB & Susan B. Laufer's essay "MEANING THE MEANING: ARAKAWA'S CRITIQUE OF SPACE"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub.in CB.'s Content's Dream (Sun & Moon Press, 1986)
 

CB ts. of CB's essay "FRAMES OF REFERENCE"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Published in CB's Content's Dream (Sun & Moon, 1986)
 

Page proofs of CB's essay "WORDS AND PICTURES" with CB holograph corrections

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in CB's Content's Dream (Sun & Moon, 1986)
 

Two pp. from CB ts. of CB talk "CHARACTERIZATION"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Delivered at 80 Langton Street in San Francisco in January 1983, containing exchange w/ RG re irony in CB's work, pub. in CB's Content's Dream (Sun & Moon, 1986)
Box 009

4. JIM BRODEY Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

JB original holograph poem "Poem" signed & inscribed for RG 1989 July 16

Scope and Content Note

(discovered by RG February 1999, possibly only copy)
 

Joanne Kyger memorial page for JB w/ JB poem "AT PEACE", 1942 Nov 30 - 1993 July 16

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Part of September 2, 1993 ceremony in which JK, RG, Bill Berkson & Bill Beckman scattered JB's ashes into Pacific at Agate Beach, Bolinas
Box 009

5. DAVID BROMIGE Materials

Physical Description: (485 pp. total)
 

DB ts. of DB prose piece "SECRET SUBORNERS" from ca. early 1980's

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ DB & RG holograph changes
 

DB ts. of first four chapters of DB novel THEY ATE from the early 1980's

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by X Press (1992)
 

DB ts. of DB prose piece "JOY CONE"

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Hills, No. 9 (1981)
 

DB ts./holograph of DB collage piece "NOTES / part one" from the early 1980's

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Announcement of DB three-day residency at New Langton Arts in San Francisco entitled "HOW TO TALK ABOUT IMPORTANT MATTERS", ca. 1982 July 10, 12 & 14

 

DB ts. of "Voices Seeking You", collaboration by DB & Steve Benson beginning "You're looking for something to do...", from ca. 1982

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Interruptions (1994)
 

DB ts. of DB's "A NOTE ON TJANTING", pub. in Ron Silliman issue of The Difficulties, No. 2 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DB ts. of course notes for DB's Introduction to Poetry at Sonoma State University, beginning "The essence of poetry is rime..."

Physical Description: (xerox) w/ DB holograph comment
 

DB exchange w/ Bob Perelman re DB's essay/notes "UNSUBJECTED WRITING":

 

DB letter to RG, 1985 Mar 13

Physical Description: (ts. w/ holograph additions) enclosing
 

DB ts. of "UNSUBJECTED WRITING"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

BP letter to DB re same, 1983 July 23

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DB response to BP letter, 1983 Aug 7

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DB ts. of DB poem "AMERICAN TESTAMENT" n.d.

Physical Description: (xerox) w/DB holograph notes to RG

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in The Difficulties, No. 3 (1987)
 

DB ts. of DB poem "COLLABORATIONS / (Part Three of AMERICAN TESTAMENT) " n.d.

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DB ts. of DB poem "MY DADDY'S AT HIS OFFICE NOW / (Part Four of AMERICAN TESTAMENT)" n.d.

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DB tss. of DB poems from the mid-1980's:

 

"Maintenance of membership"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"A Marriage"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"The Name Tag"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"Writer's Lamp"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"O.K."

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"Two fer Bob"

 

"Can't You Decline This?"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"What to Call it"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"Glib"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"Wine glass"

 

"Scum"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"The Holy Bible"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"A Sense of Humor's Soliloquy"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"Plaint, n."

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"The Idea and The Actuality"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"joseph conrad"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"it was hard when she left"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"You See"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by e.g. editions, 1986
 

DB ts. of DB poem "It's the Same Only Different"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in DB's Desire (Black Sparrow, 1988)
 

DB holograph notes to/revisions of RG ts. of RG poem "LAND"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)
 

DB ts. of DB prose piece "WHEN I CLOSED MY EYES, I SAW WHAT BOB GRENIER SAW WHEN HE OPENED HIS: THE CLOSE OF UNE SEMAINE DE BONTE BY MAX ERNST" dated 1986 Apr 2

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in DB's Men, Women & Vehicles (Black Sparrow, 1990)
 

DB anthology for DB's English 470 at Sonoma State, "SOME CALIFORNIA POETS" w/ poems by RG

 

DB ts. of DB poem "In an orchard, in August"

Physical Description: w/ DB holograph revisions

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG, pub. in DB's Desire (Black Sparrow, 1988)
 

DB ts. of "DAVID BROMIGE INTERVIEWED BY STEPHEN RATCLIFFE, FOR THE POETRY CENTER, SF STATE UNIVERSITY, "1987 APR 30

Physical Description: (xerox) w/ DB holograph changes
 

DB ts. of DB biography of Susan Howe from ca. 1987

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Magill's Literary Encyclopedia
 

DB account of Samuel Beckett's Malone Dies n.d.

Scope and Content Note

(xerox from Magill's Literary Encyclopedia)
 

DB broadside of DB poem "THE MAD CAREER" from 1989

Scope and Content Note

Pub. as A Twybl Broadside
 

DB holograph note to RG, 1990 Aug 12

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xerox of two poems from Sulfur (1989?), "BY DRAWING A LINE" & "A SET OF TWELVE"
 

DB ts. of DB poem sequence "A SET OF TWELVE"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in DB's The Harbormaster of Hong Kong (Sun & Moon Press, 1993)
 

DB ts. of DB's poem sequence "3-5 poems of friendship"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in DB's The Harbormaster of Hong Kong (Sun & Moon, 1993)
 

DB ts. of DB poem sequence "While knitting"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in DB's A CAST OF TENS (Avec Books, 1994)
 

DB print-out of DB poem sequence "pages from the american event"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Some of which were pub. in DB's The Harbormaster of Hong Kong (Sun & Moon, 1993)
 

Five student responses to poetry reading by RG at Sonoma State U. in 1992 May

Scope and Content Note

Written for DB's class
 

DB holograph letter to RG, 1993 Jan 29

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing DB print-outs of poems to be included in A CAST OF TENS (Avec, 1994) , "Of Billions" & "To--"
 

DB print-out of DB poem "& MOON" inscribed for RG 1994 July

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in 50: A Celebration of Sun & Moon Classics, ed. Douglas Messerli (Sun & Moon, 1995)
 

Xerox of "BOTH", a collaborative poem begun in1997

Scope and Content Note

By DB, RG & Cecelia Belle Bromige (DB's wife) (unfinished).
 

Xerox of DB's "David Mansfield Bromige"

Scope and Content Note

From Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 26 (Gale Research, 1997) w/ photo of DB & RG
 

Xerox of "David Bromige" by Charla Howard, in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 193 (Gale Research, 1998

 

DB print-out of DB poem "Unreached by Version" ca. 1998

Physical Description: w/DB holograph note.
 

DB print-out of DB poem "T as in Tethered" from ca. 1998

Scope and Content Note

To be pub. in DB's book As In T As In Tethered (Chax Press, 2002) w/ introduction by RG
Box 009

6. AVERY E.D. BURNS Materials

Physical Description: (14 pp. total)
 

A.E.D.B. holograph letter to RG, 1995 Nov 20

Physical Description: enclosing
 

A.E.D.B. print-out of A.E.D.B.'s Idler Wheel

Box 009

7. TOM CLARK Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 76 pp. total)
 

TC broadside poem "Back In Tulsa" n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by The Alternative Press
 

Collection of documents entitled "MINOR MOMENTS IN THE GREAT LANGUAGE POETRY WARS" (1985 Summer ):

 

TC article in Poetry Flash "Stalin As Linguist" (No. 148, 1985 July)

 

Xerox of RG holograph letter to TC responding to TC's "Stalin As Linguist" (1985 July 4 )

 

"FLASHBACK" section of Poetry Flash w/ various responses to TC article (No. 149, 1985 Aug )

 

"FLASHBACK" section of Poetry Flash w/ further responses to article (No. 150, 1985 Sept )

 

RG exchange w/ Ron Silliman re TC article:

 

RS ts. letter to RG, 1985 July 30

 

RG holograph letter to RS, 1985 Aug 4

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RS holograph postcard to RG, 1985 Aug 6

 

RG holograph letter to RS, 1985 Aug 11

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG exchange w/ Tom Beckett re book of interviews TB had proposed (which never appeared):

 

TB ts. letter to RG, 1985 June 23

 

TB ts. postcard to RG, 1985 July 28

 

RG holograph letter to Barrett Watten, 1985 Aug 9

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG holograph letter to TB, 1985 Aug 12

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Gary Kamiya article in The Berkeley Monthly "CAN ALL THE NEW POETS PUT THE WORDS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN?" 1986 Dec

 

TC holograph poem card, "FOR BOB GRENIER", signed ca. 1986

 

TC postcard to RG re RG's WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA (0 Books, 1991)

Physical Description: holograph (1991)
Box 009

8. JOHN CLARKE Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 244 pp. total)
 

Duncan McNaughton ts. letter to RG, 1986 Apr 28

 

DM holograph letter to RG, 1986 May 5

Physical Description: enclosing
 

Xerox of second galley proofs of John Clarke's From Feathers To Iron (Tombouctou/Convivio, 1987)

Box 009

9. ROBERT CREELEY Materials

Physical Description: (10 pp. total)
 

Xerox of holograph 70th birthday poem for RC, "HAPPY Birthday BOB Creeley!",

Physical Description: 1996 May 21

Scope and Content Note

By Joanne Kyger, Stephen Ratcliffe, Diana Middleton-McQuaid, Steve Tills & RG (from Bolinas)
 

Xerox of what appears to be RC course materials, "NOTES ON POETRY: I"

Scope and Content Note

w/ unknown person's drawing of RC (from SUNY/Buffalo? when?)
Box 009

10. MICHAEL DAVIDSON Materials

Physical Description: (31 pp. total)
 

MD ts. of MD essay "Archaeologist of Morning: Charles Olson, Edward Dorn and Historical Method" from ca. 1979

Physical Description: (xerox)
Box 009

11. LARRY EIGNER Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 165 pp. total)
 

LE's copy of Jack Collom's magazine, the 6 (1960)

Scope and Content Note

Contains LE holograph poem inscribed at inserted sheet ("cave/plowing/flying/head/tongue/space/upon time//// throats"--pub. in the 7)
 

RG 'established texts' of LE poems (typed 1970 - 1971)

Physical Description: 63 pp. (xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

(need to be checked against LE archive material--'new' poems here?)
 

Letters to LE by various hands (Barrett Watten, Douglas Woolf, Ron Silliman), mid -1970's

 

Two signed copies of LE broadside poem beginning, "no radio/bag/over a shoulder.. ." (Lodestar Press, 1974)

 

Two original LE tss. from 1975 Nov("once worlds were..." & "If he cut the/definite article" pub. in Hills No. 4 (1977 May)

 

Various xeroxes of LE poems from 1970's

 

Xerox of LE book suddenly it gets light and dark in the street (Green Horse Booklet, No. 8, 1975)

 

Materials relating to publication of Waters/Places/A Time by LE (ed. RG) (Black Sparrow, 1983):

 

Letter from John Martin to RG, 1980 May 12

 

Letter from John Martin to RG, 1982 Jan 22

 

Letter from Linda Press to RG, 1982 Nov 1

 

Two Drafts by LE (original tss.) toward "Biography"

 

RG ts. of final "Biography" note

 

RG ts. of list of previous books by LE

 

Xerox of LE ts. response to St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter's Questionnaire, 1989 Sept

 

Xerox of Crag Hill's (Score?) review of LE's areas/lights/heights (Writings 1954 - 1989)

Scope and Content Note

Ed. Benjamin Friedlander (Roof Books, 1989)
 

Two copies of LE 'poetcard' w/ poem "0 Jerusalem" (Poltroon Press, 1992)

 

Somebody's (whose?) perceptive notes on LE's method

 

Michael McClure poem "february morning" for LE, 1996 Feb 5

 

Materials relating to "Larry Eigner Remembered: A Tribute to Larry Eigner (1927-1996) & His Work" at UC Berkeley, April 10, 1996 & Buffet Supper, April 11, 1996 at Beverly & Richard Eigner's home

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12. CURTIS FAVILLE Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 88 pp. total)
 

CF ts. letter to RG, 1970 Mar 17

Physical Description: enclosing
 

CF ts. of collection of CF poems, PEANUTBUTTER

Physical Description: (xerox)
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13. KATHLEEN FRASER Materials

Physical Description: (13 pp. total)
 

KF print-out of KF poem "Firestorm" dated 1993 November

 

KF holograph letter to RG, 1995 Feb 7

Physical Description: enclosing
 

KF print-out of KF poem sequence "WING"

Scope and Content Note

(Pub. in Conjunctions, Spring 1995)
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14. BENJAMIN FRIEDLANDER Materials

Physical Description: (43 pp. total)
 

BF ts. of BF poem "HEARD AFTER READING A PHANTOM ANTHEM" ("'86/'87")

 

BF holograph postcard to RG etc., 1997 Sept 21

 

BF ts. note on Red Shift by P. Inman (Roof, 1988)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

BF holograph letter to RG

Scope and Content Note

re Leslie Scalapino's introduction to RG's WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION / TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA (0 Books, 1991)
 

BF/Peter Culley visual work announcing joint reading 1991 Nov 13

 

BF ts. of BF poem "HOME FROM WORK / AFTER THE WAR" ("for Bob") (1992?)

 

BF print-out of BF literary biography of Larry Eigner (1994?)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by (Gale Research?)
 

BF Obituary for Larry Eigner,

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in The Poetry Project Newsletter, No. 161 (1996 Apr - 1996 May)
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15. DARRELL GRAY Materials

Physical Description: (10 pp. total)
 

DG original ts. & holograph poems found by RG in kitchen at 2338 McGee in (1980?), returning home:

 

"AN OFFERING"

Physical Description: (DG ts.),signed
 

"AFTER THE NATIVES NOD OUT"

Physical Description: (DG ts.)
 

"ICE BOX"

Physical Description: (DG ts.) ("for Bob" in holograph)
 

"THE OLDEST PROBLEM"

Physical Description: (DG ts.)
 

"YOU NEED A CUP"

Physical Description: (DG holograph)
 

"KIT'S PEN"

Physical Description: (DG holograph, initialed)
 

"percolations"

Physical Description: (DG holograph)
 

"While The Chicken Cooks"

Physical Description: (DG holograph, initialed)
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16. AMY ELIZA GRENIER Materials

Physical Description: (84 pp. total)
 

Fourteen AG drawings & watercolors, 1970 - 1976

Scope and Content Note

(1st being purple creature, on cover of this 1 (1971))
 

Two AG holograph poems ("bills" & "food"), ca. 1974

 

Four photomat snapshots of AG & RG, ca. 1970

 

Three photos of AG at Franconia College, 1973 - 1974

 

Two AG cover designs for possible use re RG's book of poems SERIES (This Press, 1978)

 

AG copy of A PICTURE FOR HAROLD'S ROOM

Scope and Content Note

story & pictures by Crockett Johnson (Scholastic Book Services, 1973)
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17. JUDSON A. GRENIER, JR. Materials

Physical Description: (82. pp. total)
 

JG ts. poem "to Mother/January 23, 1950"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

PRAIRIE WINDS AND SEA WINDS, poems by JG & DBawings by Nancy (Hicks) Grenier,

Physical Description: signed

Scope and Content Note

(authors' edition, Manhattan Beach, CA, 1958)
 

JG ts. of "THE AMERICANIZATION OF LOS ANGELES", 1985 June 28

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

A paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, Stanford University, 1985 June 28.
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18. LYN HEJINIAN Materials

Physical Description: (91 pp. total)
 

LH tss. of LH poems/drafts from early 1980's

Physical Description: (xeroxes):
 

"THE PIT" 1982 Jan 15

 

"RESISTANCE" 1982 June 10

 

"PROSE" 1982 Aug

 

"EXIT" 1982 Oct 28

 

"Worlds on words..." 1982 Nov 5

 

"PARADISE" 1983 Jan 14

 

"THE GUARD" n.d.

Physical Description: (two versions)
 

"VIDE" n.d.

 

LH ts. of essay "Language and 'Paradise'" on Gertrude Stein (1983?)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LH ts. of LH's My Life updated/1987 version

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by Sun & Moon Press (1987), inscribed to RG & KF
 

RG holograph letter to LH, 1988 May 26

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

re My Life & LH work generally
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19. ANSELM HOLLO Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 159 pp. total)
 

AH ts. of AH book "PICK UP THE HOUSE/New & Selected Poems" (1985)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed "THANKS/&/GIVING,/at McGee Manor--/Big Love, to All In There:/Anselm 1 Dec 85", pub. by Coffee House Press (1987)
 

AH print-out of AH report "Nobel Laureate in Salt Lake City: A Cultural Evening in the City of the Latter-Day Saints", 1987 Nov 18

 

AH print-out letter to RG, 1989 Jan 19

Physical Description: enclosing
 

AH print-out of AH poem sequence "MINIGOLF" (1989)

 

"Anselm Hollo" from Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 19 (Gale Research, 1993)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

AH holograph letter to RG, 1997 Nov 4

Physical Description: enclosing
 

AH print-out of AH poem sequence "16 brief epics for bob grenier" w/ AH inscription

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20. FANNY HOWE Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 165 pp. total)
 

Two FH poems, "QUIET ONES" & "OUR HEAVEN'S WORDS" copied by Joanne Kyger to notice reading by FH at Bolinas Library, 1991 Feb 15

 

"ON QUIETISM", Catholic tract provided RG by FH for informational purposes (1991?)

 

FH course materials for her "Mystical Writing", UC/San Diego, Spring 1992

 

FH ts. of draft collection of poems, ANNAGHMAKERRIG (1993?)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Many of which later occur in O'CLOCK (Reality Street Editions, 1995)
 

FH holograph letter to RG, 1995 May 1

Physical Description: enclosing
 

FH print-out of ms. of O'CLOCK (Reality Street, 1995)

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21. P. INMAN Materials

Physical Description: (18 pp. total)
 

Pl ts. of OCKER, a series for Robert Grenier

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by Tuumba Press (1982)
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22. KENNETH IRBY Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 614 pp. total, so far)
 

KI poem "WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO BE PUT IN" for RG, 23 OCT 62

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem "THE ANNIVERSARY", 9 DEC 62

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem "EXILE SCENES" for RG, 19 FEB 63

Physical Description: (KI ts. inscribed for RG, w/ KI ts. letter)
 

KI poem "THE OPENING" for Lisa & Paco, 22 FEB (63?)

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem "for Bob & Emily" (1963?)

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI marriage poem "for Bob & Emily Grenier", May 26, 1963

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem "Poem beginning w/ a line from Duncan", 24 JUL-28 AUG 63

Physical Description: (KI holograph)
 

KI poem beginning "The roadrunner that crossed my yard...", 17-19 SEP 63

Physical Description: (KI ts. w/ holograph notes)
 

KI poem beginning w/ a line from Blake, "The stars are threshed, and the souls are threshed from their husks", 26 OCT 63

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem beginning "There is snow reported this morning on the radio...", 31 OCT 63

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI poem "for William Frederick Kimball, b. 15 APR 64", 26-29 APR 64

Physical Description: (copy of KI ts. w/ KI holograph notes)
 

KI poem beginning "April has gotten warm finally...", 25 APR 64

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI broadside "THE OREGON TRAIL", 17 JAN 63

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by bp eight: dialogue press, lawrence, kansas, inscribed to RG (Oct. 64)
 

Robert Duncan poem "MELVILLE AFTER PIERRE", 1957

Scope and Content Note

Sent RG by KI from Wild Dog 19/20 (Dec 1965)
 

KI review of Robert Duncan's ROOTS AND BRANCHES (1st draft Apr 1966)

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Discovered & sent to RG by KI accompanied by KI holograph letter, 28 Jan 96
 

Folder of KI ts. poems & notes from 1968-1969:

Physical Description: (xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

(many of these pub. in RELATION (Black Sparrow, 1970) & CATALPA (Tansy Press, 1977))
 

"PREFACE", Feb-Mar 69

 

"SOME ETYMOLOGICAL NOTES"

 

"fragments", 31 Aug-17 Sep 69

 

"(recent fragments)", 2-3 Jun 69

 

"STRAWBERRY CANYON POEM", 22 Aug 68

 

"PT REYES POEM-2", 7 Jul 68

 

"SOME ECOLOGICAL NOTES", 17-20 Jun 69

 

"SEXUAL SOLITUDES", 28 Apr-30 Jul 69

 

"for John Thorpe", 23 Jul 69

 

KI New Year's greeting, Dec 69

Physical Description: (KI holograph)

Scope and Content Note

KI trans. of Pasternak poem "AFTER THE STORM"
 

KI New Year's greeting, Dec 70 KI trans. of Mandelstam poem beginning "How the feminine silver burns..."

Physical Description: (KI holograph)

Scope and Content Note

w/note to Bob & Emily
 

KI xerox of pages from 0. Mandelstam, Selected Poems, trans. Brown & Merwin (Oxford, 1973)

Physical Description: w/ arrow toward #113 beginning "I have forgotten the word I wanted to say..."
 

KI poem beginning "the arc of high school ache...", JAN-FEB 75

Physical Description: (KI ts.)
 

KI ts. letter to RG, 29 Nov 77

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xerox of KI's "SOME NOTES ON GERRIT LANSING'S THE HEAVENLY TREE GROWS DOWNWARD" (KI ts.), pub. in CREDENCES, Vol. 2, Nos. 3-4 (March 1978)
 

Xerox of p. 20 of KI's CATALPA (Tansy Press, 1977)

Scope and Content Note

w/ poem beginning "The bell of a train passing...", w/ KI holograph addition
 

KI poem beginning "late in Winter when thaws beginning Spring...", 1 MAR 78

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG (KI ts.), pub. in CALL STEPS (Station Hill/Tansy, 1992)
 

KI broadside, two poems beginning "restless the rain returns...", 20 SEP 78 &"no animal system lately...", 11 DEC 78 (Tansy, 1980)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG & KF, both later pub. in CALL STEPS (Station Hill/Tansy, 1992)
 

KI "MS. OF A BOOK OF POEMS 1977-1979

Scope and Content Note

AS YET UNTITLED" (Later/pub. as CALL STEPS Station Hill/Tansy, 1992), dated November 1981 & inscribed for Bob & Kathleen, 1 DEC 81 (xerox of KI ts.)
 

KI xerox of page from John Julius Norwich, CHRISTMAS CRACKERS (Allen Lane, 1981)

 

KI collection of travel notations "RIDING THE DOG", JAN 77-OCT 81, dated JAN 82 & inscribed "a garland of transcontinental sashay on the great gray pup & the ways of Trail/for Bob & Kathleen/5 JAN 82"

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

(different version pub. as The Zelot, No. 4 (January 1982))
 

KI prose poem beginning "midwinter days when the focus stays inside entirely...", 14 JAN 82

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for Bob & Kathleen (xerox of KI ts.)
 

KI holograph letter to RG, 8 SEP 82

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xerox of KI ts. of "ARCHIPELAGO/part one of the ms. of a book of poems 1974-1976 as yet untitled", inscribed to RG (KI notes "revised in a few places from the Tuumba version (ARCHIPELAGO, Tuumba Press, 1976), & some additions, too")
 

KI xerox of Gerrit Lansing note "La P(l)age Poetique" by GL, dated June 19, 1983

 

Brochure & schedule for conference at UC Davis, "THE WRITINGS AND THE WORLD OF MARY BUTTS" Feb. 23-24,1984

Scope and Content Note

& xerox of KI ts. of KI's edition of MARY BUTTS POEMS /TYPESCRIPTS FROM NOTEBOOKS (unpublished as of 3/1/99)
 

KI prose poem "(exercitatio/praecipere)", 13-19 SEP 84

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG, DEC 1984
 

KI holograph letter to RG, 25 FEB 85

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xerox of KI ts. of KI review/article "ROBERT DUNCAN. Ground Work: Before the War", inscribed for RG
 

KI xerox of version of KI's "ROBERT DUNCAN. Ground Work: Before the War" in CONJUNCTIONS 7 (1985)

 

KI ms. of collection of poems, "DENMARK / Poems 1973-1974"

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG, August 1985
 

KI poem beginning "(After a gift of poems, written while travelling in China, from Roy Gridley...", 28-29 JUL 86

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for Bob & Kathleen
 

KI poem beginning "now into the undersight...", 1986 Sep 13-14

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for Bob & Kathleen
 

KI poem beginning "rough double cups awhirl...", 22 JUL 86

Physical Description: (KI ts. xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for Bob & Kathleen SEP 86
 

KI poem beginning "that is the tree matrix...", 19 OCT 86

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for Bob & Kathleen, "to go w/ those of 22 JUL & 13-14 SEP 86"
 

KI ts. letter to RG, 18 MAY 88

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing KI holograph worksheet & xerox of KI ts. draft of review, "Robert Duncan. Ground Work II: In the Dark"
 

KI xerox of pp. 277-288 from CONJUNCTIONS 12 (1988)

Scope and Content Note

Containing Robert Creeley's "Wisdom as Such: In Respect of Robert Duncan" & KI's pub. version of review, "ROBERT DUNCAN. Ground Work II: In the Dark"
 

RG piece "QUESTIONS FOR UNCLE KEN / August 17/89"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG holograph, 8 pp.)
 

KI broadside, "(two studies)", with poems beginning "of curly beechbark oak..." (1981) & "the noon pass brings rain..." (1989) (Tansy Press, 1989),

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG SEP 89
 

Essay on KI's work, 'RACE OF READINESS BEFORE 0' ERTAKEN': THE ALLEGORICAL AND PASTORAL ART OF KENNETH IRBY" by Ed Schelb, ca. 1989

Physical Description: (xerox of ES ts. w/ holograph annotations by RG)
 

Bolinas Hearsay News, June 18, 1990

Scope and Content Note

w/ KI poem beginning "The students from Cracow leave..." & "POINT REYES POEM, 2", w/ notice of KI reading at Bolinas Library, June 21, 1990
 

KI selection of poems for :that: magazine (No. 19):

 

"The flecks of other colors...", 27 FEB 92

 

"Moroni on the play...", 24 JAN 93

 

"The antiphonal protagonists take pause...", 4 FEB 93

 

"(homage to Richard Lovelace)", 14 NOV 93

 

"But the cocklight is of the light above..." 11 DEC 93

 

"I have a chair in the stair well...", 4 DEC 93

 

"(final exam)", 14 DEC 93

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil dates)
 

KI selection of poems for First Intensity mag. (No. 2):

 

"Evangel of the Morning...", 18 AUG 92

 

"(to almost midnight New Year's Eve in Glasgow", 31 DEC 92

 

"that after all to walk into a restaurant...", 31 JAN 93

 

"(homage to Anna Akhmatova)", 16 FEB 93

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil dates)
 

KI xerox of David Rattray obit from N.Y. Times, March 25, 1993

Scope and Content Note

w/ xerox of DR poem, "Mr. Peacock"
 

KI ts. of KI article, "(Some notes on Zukofsky's 80 Flowers and Michele J. Leggott's Reading Zukofsky's "80 Flowers" (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1989))"

Scope and Content Note

(xerox), inscribed for RG, August 1993 (pub. in Sulfur magazine)
 

KI selection of poems for "the final Notus" magazine:

 

"Mimosa, sensitive, the mime..."

 

"The station is the sphincter of arousal..."

 

"So my mother has poured ice water..."

 

"healing machines"

 

"The parable and trump..." (called "SEPTEMBER SET")

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil date 4-19 SEP 93)
 

KI introduction to Denis O'Mahony's Black Pig (author's ed., 1994)

Scope and Content Note

(xerox of KI ts.), inscribed for RG, FEB 1994
 

KI selection of poems, sent/inscribed for RG, NOV 1994:

 

"To have a guest...", 24 JUL 94

 

"The boys are sitting on the front steps...", 5 AUG 94

 

"Would you take the diaphany of ivory...", 10 AUG 94

 

"'Would that I might be rubbed away...'", 23 AUG 94

 

"There is the bare and rich delight...", 1994 Aug 25 - 1994 Sep 1

 

"On a winejug tree...", 22 SEP 94

 

"The down of stone...", 13 OCT 94

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil dates)
 

KI poem "(Homage to Kandinsky and Hartley)", 29 AUG - 24 SEP 95

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG, FEB 1997
 

KI poem "(Visitations)", 1995 Oct 22 - 1995 Nov 5

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed for RG, FEB 1997
 

KI course materials for English 332 at U. of Kansas:

 

"SOME STUDY TOPICS/QUESTIONS ON TROILUS & CRESSIDA", 8 MAR 96

 

"SOME STUDY QUESTIONS & TOPICS ON OTHELLO", 15 MAR 96

 

"SOME STUDY QUESTIONS & TOPICS ON ANTONY & CLEOPATRA", 12 APR 96

 

"SOME STUDY QUESTIONS & TOPICS ON THE WINTER'S TALE", 19 APR 96

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil notations)
 

Three KI poems sent/inscribed for RG, January 1998:

 

"The king's seal and the king's reef...", 21 SEP - 23 OCT 97

 

"(Instructions)", 25 SEP 97

 

"(Borrowers)", 5 OCT 97

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI pencil dates)
 

KI ts. letter to RG ,13 JAN 98enclosing:

 

Commentary on Rilke's "ELEGY ONE" by Peter & Sheila Stern

Scope and Content Note

(xeroxed from RILKE'S DUINO ELEGIES: CAMBRIDGE READINGS (Duckworth & Ariadne Press, 1996))
 

Two KI poems sent RG in: January 1998

 

"The quiet intricate interior forest...", 15 JAN 98

 

"(at Ruben Dario's birthday)", 18 JAN 98

Physical Description: (xerox of KI tss., w/ KI holograph dates)
 

KI poem (draft) sent RG in March 1999, "(tulip etudes)", dated March 1999

Physical Description: (xerox of KI ts.)

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed "for Bob - to Greet Spring!"
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23. ALASTAIR JOHNSTON Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 394 pp. total)
 

AJ tss. of two drafts of AJ collection of poems, HORROR VACUUI, from the early 1980's

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

AJ ts. of WAZEE HUKUMBUKU, AJ African adventures, stories, etc., July-November 1983

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Issue of Fine Print, Vol. 11, No. 3 (July 1985)

Scope and Content Note

w/ notice of large broadside poem "Through the Manacle" by RG, illustrated in letterpress & pochoir by Frances Butler, pub. by Poltroon Press in 1985, w/ photo of broadside work (see broadside in XII.L. below)
 

AJ's A Bibliography of The White Rabbit Press (Poltroon/Anacapa, 1985)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

AJ ts. of AJ's THE LITERATURE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY TYPEFOUNDERS' SPECIMENS (1st draft, 1986)

Physical Description: (xerox)
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24. JOANNE KYGER Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 64 pp. total)
 

JK/Lee Harwood issue of BEZOAR, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Fall 1979)w/ JK 'novel' THIS OTHER THING

 

JK calligraphic poem, "Here Before Began" given to RG, signed by JK on reverse & dated February 4, 1990

 

Tom Clark review of JK's Just Space (Black Sparrow, 1991), "Essential Observations"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in San Francisco Chronicle (1991)
 

Bolinas Hearsay News reprint of Tom Clark review of JK's Just Space (November 18, 1991)

 

"Joanne Kyger" from Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 16 (Gale Research, 1992)

 

Materials for JK's Journal Class in Bolinas, April 21, 1993

 

Poster for concert, Genghis Blues at Bolinas Community Center, October 13, 1995 (?)

 

RG color holograph xerox image of two poems, "JOANNE'S PORCH" & "CALTOPIA" from ca. 1995

 

JK ts. of JK poem "View North" for Larry Eigner (dying), February 2, 1996

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Notes from Bolinas poetry reading group, December 21, 1996 (winter solstice)

 

JK ts. of JK poem/note on Alice Eastwood, "For Bob Grenier out chasing rainbows in Cataract Gulch" from ca. March 1997

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Signed by JK w/ Donald Guravich original holograph drawing
 

JK/Donald Guravich calligraphic poem "Quail Duration" (undated, 1990's)

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25. MARCIA LAWTHER Materials

Physical Description: (37 pp. total)
 

ML ts. of long poem, "The Dream of Ursula" from ca. 1987

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ ML holographic corrections
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26. RICK LONDON Materials

Physical Description: (52 pp. total)
 

RL holograph letter to RG, 9/6/85 enclosing

 

RL chapbook DREAMING CLOSE BY (author's ed., 1985)

 

RL ts. of collection of poems, THE MOTION IS A FALL

Physical Description: (xerox)
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27. JIM McCRARY Materials

Physical Description: (68 pp. total)
 

JM print-out letter to RG, November 26, 1991

Scope and Content Note

Requesting back-cover note for JM book of poems, WEST OF MASS (enclosed)
 

RG ts. of RG back-cover note for WEST OF MASS

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

JM print-out of JM ms. of WEST OF MASS, pub. by Tansy Press (1992)

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28. DUNCAN McNAUGHTON Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 167 pp. total)
 

DM ts. of collection of poems, LOVE FOR SALE, dated August 1984 & August 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DM ts. of collection of poems, LA ROSITA, dated September 1984 - December 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DM holograph letter to RG, February 2, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xeroxes of passages relating to Egyptian "Ka" from Henri Frankfort's Kingship & the Gods & Budge trans. of The Book of the Dead
 

DM ts. of DM poem, "Sumptuous rain-laden clouds", dated November 18, 1994

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29. LAURA MORIARTY Materials

Physical Description: (18 pp. total)
 

LM holograph letter to RG, March 20, 1984, enclosing

 

LM tss. of various LM poems (xeroxes), including

 

"like roads"

 

"8 barriers"

 

2 pp. sequence beginning "Many held nothing..."

 

"shrines breaking down"

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30. DAVE MORICE Materials

Physical Description: (49 pp. total)
 

TILT, a collection of poems & stories by DM (Toothpaste Press, 1971)

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31. BOB PERELMAN Materials

Physical Description: (86 pp. total)
 

BP tss. of various BP poems from ca. 1973

Physical Description: (xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

One, "Atlantis", pub. in this 5 (winter 1974)
 

BP tss. of various BP works from ca. 1973

Physical Description: (xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

BP address, "60 Kinnaird St.", indicates Cambridge, MA period (early 1970's), one, "Sentences", pub. in this 5 (winter 1974)
 

BP tss. of four BP poems:

Physical Description: (xeroxes)
 

"CUPID & PSYCHE"

 

"VIENNA"

 

"AN ESSAY ON STYLE"

 

poem beginning "The doorway's set up..."

Scope and Content Note

(1st 3 of these works were published in BP's 7 WORKS (The Figures, 1978))
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32. JED RASULA Materials

Physical Description: (62 pp. total)
 

JR ts. of JR essay, "ON KEN IRBY"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in CREDENCES 7 (February 1979)
 

JR ts. of JR essay, "NIETZSCHE IN THE NURSERY" from ca. 1980

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

JR print-out letter to RG, June 15, 1995, enclosing

 

JR print-out of JR essay, "Taking Out the Tracks: Robin Blaser's Syncopation", dated 1995

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33. STEPHEN RATCLIFFE Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 185 pp. total)
 

SR ts. of SR book of poems, ROCKS, dedicated to RG

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

(draft of Spring-Summer 1993)
 

SR print-out of series of poems called CONVERSATION of draft of Fall 1994

Scope and Content Note

(SR DBaft, not final version)
 

SR print-outs of two essays included in SR's LISTENING TO READING, SUNY/Albany Press (2000)

 

"Listening to Reading"

 

"Eigner' s Scores"

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34. PAT REED Materials

Physical Description: (83 pp. total)
 

PR ts. of collection of PR poems, KISMET

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by 0 Books (1990) w/ RG marginal notations
 

RG ts. of RG back-cover note for PR's KISMET (0 Books, 1990)

 

PR holograph letter to RG, enclosing PR chapbook of poems, TANGLE BLUE (author's edition, winter solstice, 1993)

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35. KIT ROBINSON Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 227 pp. total)
 

KR ts. of KR biographical essay on Anselm Hollo from ca. 1980

 

KR tss. of various KR poems from ca. 1982

Physical Description: (xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

Some pub. in KR's RIDDLE ROAD (Tuumba Press, 1982):
 

"ON THE CORNER"

 

"A DAY OFF"

 

"IN THE ORPHEUM BUILDING"

 

"ALL HOTELS"

 

"RIDDLE ROAD"

 

"WITHOUT A COAT"

 

"LEAVENWORTH STREET"

 

"THE VANISHING PROBLEM"

 

KR print-out of KR essay, "What Do You Know: a Read on Larry Eigner" from ca. 1987

 

KR print-out of series of KR poems called "COVERS for Bob"

Scope and Content Note

Some pub. in KR's COVERS (The Figures, 1988)
 

KR holograph letter to RG, October 19, 1991

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing xerox of KR ts. of KR essay "The Gaiety of Language and the American Sublime" re Wallace Stevens' writing (from May 1986)
 

KR Interview w/ Rae Armantrout & Laura Moriarty (in American Poetry Archive News)October 8, 1992

 

KR print-out of KR's book of poems, THE CHAMPAGNE OF CONCRETE,

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by Potes & Poets Press (1991)
 

A folder containing KR print-outs of various KR poems, many later collected in KR's DEMOCRACY BOULEVARD (Roof Books, 1998):

 

"Ice Cubes" Ca. 1985

 

"TRANSMISSION"

 

"ORIENTATION"

 

"SENSATION"

 

"TRAJECTORY"

 

"DISTRIBUTION"

 

"PROGRESSION"

 

"SWEETNESS"

 

"COMMISSION"

 

"LEVELING"

 

"IN BETWEENESS"

 

"EQUANIMITY"

 

"ELEGAIC INTERVALS"

 

"PLEASANTON USA"

 

"THE MESSIANIC TREES"

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36. LESLIE SCALAPINO Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 994 pp. total)
 

LS ts. of LS essay "Pattern--as Qualitative Infinity", ca. 1986 (?)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of WAY

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by North Point Press (1988)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of ROLL, ca. 1988

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of novel THE RETURN OF PAINTING from ca. 1988

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by North Point Press (1991)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of THE PEARL from ca. 1990

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by North Point Press (1991)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of ORION from ca. February 1990

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. by North Point Press (1991), w/ LS ts. letter to RG, February 19, 1990
 

LS tss. of two essays by LS, "To Be An Old Friend of Verlaine" & "The Secretion of the Life Experience: Aspects of Robert Duncan's Thought in The H.D. Book"

Physical Description: (xeroxes)
 

LS ts. of draft of LS play "THE PRESENT", ca. October 1991

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ xerox of LS letter to Shauna O'Donnell re "THE PRESENT", October 14, 1991
 

LS ts. of LS introduction to RG's WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA (0 Books, 1991)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Collected in LS's Objects in the Terrifying Tense / Longing from Taking Place (Roof Books, 1993)
 

LS ts. of draft of LS essay on Robert Creeley's work, "'Thinking Serially' in For Love, Words and Pieces" from ca. 1992

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in LS's Objects in the Terrifying Tense / Longing from Taking Place (Roof, 1993)
 

LS ts. of LS essay/talk "War / Poverty / Writing" given at The Lab in San Francisco, May 21, 1992

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ LS ts. letter to RG, June 17, 1992
 

A "little book" made by LS for RG called "For Bob's 'WhatWhat Rubbish' Isolation" w/ LS holograph letter to RG, September 17, 199(2?)

 

LS ts. of LS draft of essay "The Present", being "Notes on The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion / A Trilogy"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ RG jottings on passages pertaining to RG (?) from LS essay "The Present"
 

LS tss. of two drafts of LS's THE FRONT MATTER, DEAD SOULS (Wesleyan U. Press, 1996), earlier draft of May (?) 1993 & later draft of July 1993

Physical Description: (xeroxes)
 

LS ts. of LS draft of OBJECTS IN THE TERRIFYING TENSE / LONGING FROM TAKING PLACE (Roof Books, 1993)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ LS holograph letter to RG, August 24, 1993
 

LS exchange w/ RG re LS play "The Weatherman Turns Himself In" & scenes from LS play "Goya's L.A.":

 

communication from LS to RG n.d.

 

RG holograph letter to LS regarding same, May 13, 1994

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LS holograph response to RG, June 2, 1994

 

LS print-out draft of LS essay "The Recovery of the Public World", dated June 1994

 

LS print-out draft of LS work NEW TIME from ca. November 1997

Scope and Content Note

w/ LS holograph note to RG dated "day after Thanksgiving" (1997?)
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37. JOSHUA SCHUSTER Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

JS print-out of JS note on RG's PHANTOM ANTHEMS & WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA

Scope and Content Note

Consists of JS holograph letter to RG & notes, December 11, 1996.
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38. JANE SHORE Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

JS ts. of JS poem "CONSTANTLY", from ca. 1977

Physical Description: (xerox)
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39. RON SILLIMAN Materials

Physical Description: (107 pp. total)
 

RS tss. of RS poems from student days at UC/Berkeley:

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

(RS not officially enrolled in RG's Advanced Poetry Writing, but came regularly to RG's office hours)
 

"TAKES"

 

"POEM I COULD NOT FINISH BECAUSE I AM TOO YOUNG"

 

"THE CENTER"

 

"A MAP OF INTENDED EXTENSIONS"

 

"TEXT WHEREIN PAUL ZUKOFSKY IS SEEN TO PLAY STEVE REICH'S VIOLIN PHASE, HERTZ MUSIC HALL, BERKELEY, 5 AUGUST 1969 (MY 23D BIRTHDAY), TO THE INTENSE DISPLEASURE OF THE 17TH CENTURY"

 

"RESTED RESTS IS NOW BURIED HERE LIES THE ANTHILL"

 

"MOCHILA"

 

"TEXT X"

 

"TEXT 17"

 

"2 PRETEXTS"

 

"KO for Shelley"

 

"NEIL ARMSTRONG BORN ON AIKEN'S BIRTHDAY"

 

"AARON BURR"

 

"LETTER & TEXT"

 

"A HOUSE IN STORM WEATHER ANIMALS"

 

poem beginning "new kind of lizard dead..."

 

poem beginning "the use/less/but beaut..."

 

poem beginning "Aint nobody/can write this..."

 

"GYMNOPEDIES"

Scope and Content Note

(w/ RS holograph/drawing note to RG re poems Fall 1969)
 

RS tss. of four RS notes on Louis Zukofsky, from UC/ Berkeley, Fall 1969

 

RS tss. of two RS poems from ca. 1972:

 

'concrete' poem beginning "o/or/ore...."

 

"MOHAWK"

 

RS note on OREXIS by Kenneth Irby (Station Hill, 1981) from The American Rook Review (July/August 1983)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RS ts. of mass-circulated letter to friends, October 21, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Re enclosed RS ts. letter to Douglas Messerli, October 19, 1985 re RS dispute w/ DM re DM's projected "Language" poetry anthology (xeroxes)
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40. JOHN THORPE Materials

Physical Description: (51 pp. total)
 

What appears to be parts of JT's thesis from New College of California Poetics Program, ca. 1983 (?)

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41. RICHARD TILLINGHAST Materials

Physical Description: (29 pp. total)
 

RT ts. of RT collection called FIFTEEN POEMS fromca. 1978

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

"MY GHOST"

 

"CONTROL"

 

"THE THIEF"

 

"A POEM TO GO WITH EIGHT LINES BY RUMI"

 

"LEGENDS ABOUT AIR & WATER"

 

"RETURN"

 

"NATIVITY"

 

"THE KNIFE"

 

"SHOOTING DUCKS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA"

 

"HEARING OF THE END OF THE WAR"

 

"ASPENS"

 

"LOST COVE & THE ROSE OF SAN ANTONE"

 

"BLUE"

 

"RAIN"

 

"SOVEREIGNS"

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42. BARRETT WATTEN Materials

Physical Description: (ca. 204 pp. total)
 

BW tss. of BW poems from 1969-70

Physical Description: (mix of original tss./xeroxes)

Scope and Content Note

While student at UC/Berkeley (for RG's Advanced Poetry Writing course)
 

BW tss. of BW poems from 1970-72

Scope and Content Note

Written while student at Iowa Writers Workshop:
 

"nocturne (two-step)"

 

"writing in Iowa City"

 

"the problem of living simply"

 

"warmer"

 

"tired ducks"

 

"the whiteness which covers all"

 

"the spring poem"

 

BW ts. of BW essay "YOU CAN'T WRITE POETRY WHEN YOU'RE LIVIN' PROSE" from ca. 1971

 

BW ts. of BW "Notes On Pound's Cantos" from ca. 1971

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Used by RG as reference material for courses at Franconia College
 

BW ts. of BW "MFA EXAM" at University of Iowa (Spring 1972)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

BW ts. of BW essay "THE MAINTAINS AND LATER PROSE" dated November 8, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Contains fragment of exchange between Clark Coolidge & BW, October 16, 1975 (xerox)
 

BW broadside poem, "new ocean" (1970's)

 

BW ts. of BW note on "GRENIER'S SENTENCES"

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, Vol. 1, No. 5 (October 1978)
 

BW anthology of San Francisco writing (ca. 1978)

Scope and Content Note

Made for Kris Hemmensley in Australia
 

BW ts./collage work "Object Status" , April 5, 1979

Physical Description: (Made for Tom Raworth in England) (xerox)
 

BW ts. of BW's "MORANDI NOTES" 7/14/79

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43. GEOFFREY YOUNG Materials

Physical Description: (14 pp. total)
 

GY postcard to RG, June 4, 1984

 

GY ts. letter to RG, March 19, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Re ms. of RG's TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING sent GY
 

GY ts. letter to RG continuing discussion of RG's "holographic/drawing" poems sent GY, & enclosing two GY essays: April 24, 1990

 

"WHAT'S BEHIND THE WORDS?"

Physical Description: (xerox of GY ts.)
 

"SENSIBILITY"

Physical Description: (xerox of GY ts.)
 

GY postcard to RG, February 20, 1997

Scope and Content Note

Proposing RG participation in show of works on paper, "ART WRITING" & postcard noticing actual show (which included RG's OWL/ON/BOU/GH, Post-Apollo Press, 1997)
 

B. Others' Commentaries on RG's Work

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1. TOM BECKETT Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

TB ts. of TB's "Mike and Mack at the Shore: Robert Grenier's A DAY AT THE BEACH" (Roof Books, 1985), w/ TB holograph changes, dated July 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 5 (1985)
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2. STEVE BENSON Materials

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
 

SB color holograph note to RG, dated August 17, 199(3?)

Scope and Content Note

Re RG color drawing poems from "rhymms" project (unpublished)
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3. DAVID BROMIGE Materials

Physical Description: (21 pp. total)
 

DB ts. of DB essay "OAKLAND BY ROBERT GRENIER" (Tuumba Press, 1980), dated January 4, 1986

Scope and Content Note

w/ RG holograph notations (xerox), pub. in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 6 (1986)
 

DB ts. of DB essay "Robert Grenier's Robert Creeley: Someone Had to Say It: 'I HATE SPEECH'", dated August 1993

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

From unpublished book of DB criticism
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4. REBECCA BUSH Materials

Physical Description: (36 pp. total)
 

RB print-out of RB thesis from Naropa Institute, "Scatterashoe: The Word-Art of Robert Grenier", dated May 1993

Scope and Content Note

w/ extensive RG holograph notations (unpublished)
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5. DON BYRD Materials

Physical Description: (27 pp. total)
 

DB note "Writing Is . . . Poet Robert Grenier",

Scope and Content Note

as pub. in Writers, The Newsletter of The New York State Writers Institute, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Fall 1994)
 

DB holograph of DB's "Notes 6, 12/13 1995, Looking at R.G's Poems -- Bolinas"

Scope and Content Note

(xerox) (unpublished)
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6. TOM CLARK Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

TC notice "Keeping Up With the Avant-Garde" w/ review of RG's A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985), as pub. in San Francisco Chronicle, January 13, 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

TC review of In The American Tree, ed. Ron Silliman (National Poetry Foundation, 1986) w/ work by RG, "Another Look at 'The Tree'", as pub. in San Francisco Chronicle, October , 1986 (?)

Physical Description: (xerox)
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7. ROBERT CREELEY Materials

Physical Description: (8 pp. total)
 

RC note on RG's A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985):

 

as pub. in the Newsletter of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church (January 1986)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

as pub. as "Gone Fishing" in The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley (U. of California Press, 1989)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RC review of In The American Tree, ed. Ron Silliman (.National Poetry Foundation, 1986

Scope and Content Note

w/ work by RG, "From the Language Poets":
 

as pub. in San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 1986

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

as pub. in The Collected Essays of Robert Creeley (U. of California Press, 1989)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RC interview, "Spotlight on Robert Creeley" from The Cortland Review (online) (print-out of May 7, 1998)

Scope and Content Note

w/ notice of RG's work
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8. JOHN DALEY Materials

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

JD ts. of JD review of RG's A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985) & Attention (Institute of Further Studies, 1985), "BOB GRENIER ON BOB GRENIER'S 'BEACH'" dated October 1, 1985

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in the Newsletter of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church (date?)
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9. MARK DuCHARME Materials

Physical Description: (18 pp. total)
 

MD print-out of MD essay "'this entire / landscape': Intratextuality & Subversion in the Works of Robert Grenier"

Scope and Content Note

Scheduled for pub. in RG issue of BURL, ed. David Baptiste Chirot (never appeared).
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10. CURTIS FAVILLE Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

CF note on RG's Dusk Road Games (Pym-Randall Press, 1967) "Poet's attitude toward reality: 'innocent...sensitive'",

Scope and Content Note

As pub. in The Daily Iowan (U. of Iowa campus paper), January 1971 (?)
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11. ALAN GOLDING Materials

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

AG ts. of AG review of In The American Tree, ed. Ron Silliman (National Poetry Foundation, 1986)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

w/ work by RG from ca. 1986, pub. in The American Book Review (n.d.)
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12. ANDREW GRIFFIN Materials

Physical Description: (37 pp. total)
 

AG ts. letter to RG, April 1994

 

AG ts. of AG essay "DUSK ROAD GAMES" (re RG's 1st book, Pym-Randall Press, 1967), dated June 11, 1990

Scope and Content Note

w/ extensive RG holograph annotations (xerox), scheduled for pub. in RG issue of BURL, ed. David Baptiste Chirot (never appeared)
 

RG holograph letter to AG, May 6, 1994

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Re AG essay
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13. BOB GRUMMAN Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

BG note on RG, "INTO LANGUAGE POETRY, TENTATIVELY",

Scope and Content Note

As pub. in Score Review, No. 10 (1987?), ed. Crag Hill
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14. ALASTAIR JOHNSTON Materials

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

AJ essay on RG's Phantom Anthems "The Daily Globe" (0 Books, 1986)

 

as pub. in Poetry Flash, No. 168 (March 1987)

 

xerox of AJ essay in Poetry Flash, No. 168

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15. LAURA MORIARTY Materials

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

LM essay "THE MODERN LYRIC" w/ notice of RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

Scope and Content Note

w/ RG pencil annotations, as pub. in Poetics Journal, No. 7 (1986) (xerox)
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16. BOB PERELMAN Materials

Physical Description: (33 pp. total)
 

BP holograph letter to RG, September 1995, enclosing

 

BP print-out of chapter from BP's The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History called "Here and Now on Paper" (Princeton, 1996)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

On RG's work, w/ extensive RG holograph annotations
 

RG holograph letter to BP, October 7, 1995

Scope and Content Note

Returning BP chapter & commenting on same.
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17. STEPHEN RATCLIFFE Materials

Physical Description: (9 pp. total)
 

SR print-out of SR chapter on RG's color holograph drawing writing (from r h y m m s project), "Grenier's 'Scrawl'", included in SR's book on contemporary poets Listening to Reading (SUNY/Albany Press, 2000),

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Witz (Spring 1996) w/ extensive RG holograph annotations
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18. LESLIE SCALAPINO Materials

Physical Description: (22 pp. total)
 

LS ts. of LS note on RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

Scope and Content Note

Written to announce publication of book, w/ RG holograph annotations
 

LS ts. of LS introduction to RG's What I Believe Transpiration/Transpiring Minnesota (0 Books, 1991)

Physical Description: (xerox of two pages as they occur on inside covers of boxed RG work)
 

LS essay "Robert Grenier's 'Scrawl'" as pub. in LS critical text Objects in the Terrifying Tense / Longing from Taking Place (Roof Books, 1993)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LS letter to RG, August 15, 1996

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing LS notes on "Robert Grenier's Colored 'Scrawl' in Xerox" (LS print-out)
 

LS holograph note to RG enclosing print-out of excerpt from LS work Deer Night (for RG)

Scope and Content Note

unpublished
 

LS print-out of draft of LS chapter "The Recovery of the Public World", to be published in LS book The Public World / Syntactically Impermanence (Wesleyan U. Press, 1999)

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19. JOSHUA SCHUSTER Materials

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

JS review of RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)(May 30, 1998)

Scope and Content Note

Print-out from 0 Books website, together w/ Leslie Scalapino's introduction to RG's What I Believe Transpiration/Transpiring Minnesota.
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20. KEITH SHEIN Materials

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
 

KS review of RG's A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985) as pub. in San Francisco Examiner, January 31, 1986

Physical Description: (xerox)
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21. KENNETH SHERWOOD Materials

Physical Description: (19 pp. total)
 

KS print-out of KS essay "Attending Avian Sentence Sounds: The Sighting, Siting and Citing of Robert Grenier's Sentence Movements", dated May 15, 1993

Physical Description: w/ extensive RG holograph annotations (xerox) (unpublished?)

Scope and Content Note

(written while graduate student in poetics at SUNY/Buffalo)
 

KS print-out of KS notes on RG, "The Sound and the Scrawl", written at SUNY/Buffalo, October 1994

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished?)
 

KS print-out of KS poem "Truu green/ear", October 1994

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22. RON SILLIMAN Materials

Physical Description: (54 pp. total)
 

RS ts. of RS review of RG's SENTENCES (Whale Cloth Press, 1978)

Scope and Content Note

Sent RG in 1979 (xerox)
 

RS review of RG's SENTENCES, as pub. in The American Book Review (Summer, 1979)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RS exchange w/ Bob Perelman re BP's book The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History (Princeton, 1996)

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

And especially BP's discussion of RG's work therein, in chapter "Here and Now on Paper", as pub. in The Impercipient Lecture Series, Vol. 1, No. 4 (May 1977)
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23. RICHARD TILLINGHAST Materials

Physical Description: (3 pp. total)
 

RT review of RG's Dusk Road Games (Pym-Randall Press, 1967)

Scope and Content Note

As pub. in The Harvard Advocate, Vol. 101, No. 3 (December 1967)
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24. STEVE TILLS Materials

Physical Description: (11 pp. total)
 

ST print-out draft of ST essay on RG's A Day At The Beach (1993 version)

Physical Description: w/ extensive RG holograph annotations (xerox)
 

ST print-out of revised (1994)

Scope and Content Note

Version of ST essay "On Grenier's A Day at the Beach" w/ ST holograph annotations. Scheduled for pub. in Score, ed. Crag Hill (when?)
 

C. Short Notices/Announcements of RG's Work 1978-1997

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Folder containing

Physical Description: ca. 19 items (chronologized)
 

D. Posters/Announcements of RG Readings/Talks 1973-1998

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Folder containing

Physical Description: ca. 43 items (chronologized)
 

Series IV. RG Youth and Early Development 1941 - 1965

Physical Description: 1 box total

Scope and Content Note

Includes juvenilia, high school, college and family material documenting RG's upbringing and experience in Minnesota and years at Harvard College.
 

A. Birth Through Sixth Grade 1941 - 1953

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1. Photo of RG 1941 Aug 21

Scope and Content Note

Photo taken when RG was 17 days old.
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2. RG Dental Certificate from Minneapolis Public Schools 1946 Dec 16

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3. RG Reports to Parents, Hiawatha Grade School

Physical Description: - Kindergarten 1946 - 1947- 1st Grade 1947 - 1948
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4. RG Reports to Parents, Hiawatha School

Physical Description: - 2nd Grade 1948 - 1949- 3rd Grade 1949 - 1950
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5. Two RG School Safety Patrol Certificates, Hiawatha Grade School

Physical Description: - 6th Grade 1952 - 1953
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6. Photo of RG playing guard for Hiawatha football team 1952 Nov 6

Scope and Content Note

Photo from the Minneapolis Tribune.
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7. Postcard showing Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis

Scope and Content Note

The "highest building in the Upper Midwest" at the base of which RG's father, Judson A. Grenier, had his home office (Studebaker-Packard Corp.) in the 1950's.
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8. Photo showing RG's brother, Judd (Judson A. Grenier, Jr.) outside family home (4554 Edmund Blvd., Mpls, Minn.) [ca. 1985]

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9. RG Progress Reports, Hiawatha School

Physical Description: - 5th Grade 1951 - 1952- 6th Grade 1952 - 1953
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10. RG's earliest preserved poem, "Christmas Eve", inscribed "To Mom/From Bobby" [ca. 1953]

Physical Description: (RG ts. on card)
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11. Two postcard views of northern Minnesota, where RG's family had a lot (never built on) on Bass Lake outside Grand Rapids

Scope and Content Note

RG went up 2-3 times a year for fishing opening & summer vacations: important spirit place.
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12. RG Drawing poem "A BOAT" [ca. 1958]

 

B. Junior High 1954 - 1956

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1. RG's earliest preserved stories showing Mad magazine influence 1954 - 1956

 

"WYATT BURP"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"MORPH -- AN EPIC OF THE NORTH"

Physical Description: (RG ts. w/ holograph additions)
 

"The Count of Monto Cresta"

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

RG ts. letter to A.L. Neuman (of Mad magazine)

Scope and Content Note

Purportedly from one "Algenon" (signed "Algenon").
 

RG 9th grade theme, "Bear!" 1955 Oct 17

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

RG 9th grade theme, "A Christmas Story"

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"The Capture of the Kiwi Bird"

Physical Description: (RG holograph w/ drawings)
 

"STARTS OF FAMOUS BOOKS" 1956 Apr 23

 

"BORN TO HEAVE"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"DICK PRESCOTT'S EIGHTH YEAR AT W.R.M.A."

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"MAN HUNT!"

Physical Description: (RG ts. w/ holograph additions)
 

"TOM SWIFTER CIRCLES THE SUN"

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"HOT ROD!"

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"HATE"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"LOVE"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"FAITH"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"I AM HITLER'S BUTLER"

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

RG script for "THE CREATURE'S RETURN" 1956 May

Physical Description: (RG ts. w/ holograph additions)
 

RG drawing from this period

Physical Description: (ink on paper)
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2. RG ts. letter to John Steinbeck 1956 May 3

Scope and Content Note

Questionable if this letter was ever posted
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3. Photos of RG's dog Joe outside & inside home (4554 Edmund Blvd., Mpls) & RG w/ Joe 1955 Apr

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4. RG Membership Certificate, Order of Squirrels n.d.

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5. RG Report Card, Sanford Junior High, 9th Grade 1955 - 1956

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6. RG junior high photo 1955 - 1956

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7. RG graduation photo, outside Sanford Junior High 1956 May 14

Physical Description: (signed on back by friends & teachers)
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8. RG Dental Certificate from Minneapolis Public Schools

 

C. Eleventh Grade/Roosevelt High 1957 - 1958

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1. RG themes & poems from 11th Grade Creative Writing Class 1958 Spring

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"What a Way to Spend a Day!" 1959 Jan 29

 

"Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts" 1958 Feb 13

 

"Judd" 1958 Feb 22

 

"A Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills by William Saroyan" 1958 Mar 6

 

"A Case for the Loon" 1958 Mar 8

 

"'The Bear' by William Faulkner" 1958 Mar 11

 

"Bjeldanes", a short biography of RG's grandfather, Nils Bjeldanes 1958 Mar 25

Physical Description: w/ 17 photos
 

"A Single Pebble by John Hersey" 1958 Apr 12

 

"The Man" 1958 Apr 22

 

"A Tree of Night and Other Stories by Truman Capote" 1958 Apr 30

 

"Beach Scene" 1958 May 10

 

"For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway" 1958 May 22

 

"Nothing" 1958 May 26

 

"The Grapes of Wrath" 1958 June 7

 

"Everybody", poem 1958 June 10

 

"Communion", poem June 11, 1958

Scope and Content Note

RG's first published writing, appeared in Gems (Minneapolis English Teachers' Club, 1959) (see 12th Grade section below).
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2. Clippings from The Roosevelt Standard & Minneapolis Tribune 1958 Feb 26

Scope and Content Note

Clippings are in regard to the Roosevelt basketball team w/ photo of RG (second-string point guard) & Official Program of Twin City Basketball Championship
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3. Two issues of The Roosevelt Standard

 

RG's play on golf team 1958 May 22

 

Graduation Issue 1958 June 5

Physical Description: - w/ notice of RG's publication in Gems, citizenship award (w/ photo) - scholarship to Phillips Andover (w/ photo) - article by RG on sports page re golf team winning state championship (w/ photo)
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4. RG 11th Grade Report Card, showing straight A's in English (Creative Writing), Social Studies, Physics & Advanced Algebra

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5. Strange 'group shot' of participants at Gopher Boys' State conference [ca. 1958 June]

Scope and Content Note

Sponsored by American Legion, at U. of Minnesota Farm Campus w/ RG 'in middle'.
 

D. Phillips Andover Academy 1958 Summer Session

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1. RG ts. of RG personal description for Andover application 1958 Spring

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2. Three RG themes from English class

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"Beach Scene" 1958 June 28

 

"Pillow Man" 1958 July 16

 

"Work and Play" 1958 July 25

 

E. Twelfth Grade/Roosevelt High 1958 - 1959

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1. RG themes from 12th Grade English Class 1958 Fall

Physical Description: (RG holograph & ts.)
 

"To Live in Peace" n.d.

 

"What Comes After?" n.d.

 

"The Schopenhauerian" n.d.

 

"Joe Freynik--New Jersey" 1958 Sept 4

 

"Chaucer and Characterization", 1958 Sept 11

 

"A Respectful Request", 1958 Sept 17

 

"Sour Disillusionment" n.d.

 

"Man and His Destiny" 1958 Oct 8

 

"Intensive Reading Report: Ernest Hemingway" 1958 Oct 15

 

"Biographical Sketch: Ernest Hemingway"1958 Oct 15

 

"Claudius and Hamlet" n.d.

 

"To be, or not to be ..." n.d.

 

"A Case for the Loon" 1958 Nov 6

 

"Work and Play" 1958 Nov 12

 

"November 20, 1958" 1958 Nov 20

 

"The Hi-Fl Bug" 1958 Dec 4

 

"The Pearl by John Steinbeck" n.d.

 

"Research Theme: Lord Byron" 1958 Dec 10

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2. Clippings from Minneapolis Tribune & Minneapolis Star 1959 Mar 3 - 1959 Mar 7

Scope and Content Note

Discusses Roosevelt basketball team's season (RG starting point guard, All-City & All-District 17) & Roosevelt golf team (RG fourth in state tournament) & Official Program of Minneapolis High School Basketball Tournament.
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3. RG's Roosevelt Basketball "Letter"

Physical Description: (w/ star indicating second award/year)
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4. Five issues of The Roosevelt Standard

 

1959 Feb 19

Physical Description: w/ picture of RG's sweetheart, Sallie Quan & notice of upcoming big game w/ South
 

1959 Apr 30

Physical Description: w/ notice of golf team's progress
 

1959 May 8

Physical Description: w/ more on golf
 

1959 May 14

Physical Description: w/ more golf etca.
 

1959 June 4

Scope and Content Note

(graduation issue), w/ notice of Senior Prom, Sallie Quan & RG's Citizenship Awards (w/ photo), SQ & RG's Scholarship Awards (Western & Harvard) (w/photo), Senior Train Ride, RG's 4th place finish in, State Golf Meet & RG's Athlete of the Year Award (w/ photo).
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5. Copy of Gems, Vol. 3 (Minneapolis English Teachers' Club) 1959 May

Physical Description: w/ RG's first published poem, "Communion"
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6. Roosevelt Graduation Materials 1959 June

 

Letter regarding RG Certificate of Merit in Merit Scholarship Program

 

Program for 1959 Roosevelt Commencement Exercises

 

RG graduation photo

 

RG Second Athletic Award ("Letter") in Basketball

 

RG Third Athletic Award ("Letter") in Golf

 

Program for Roosevelt Award Day 1959 June 3

Physical Description: (w/ six citations of RG)
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7. Nine Yearbook Photos of RG & High School Sweetheart Sallie Quan 1958 - 1959

 

Roosevelt Basketball Team (RG No. 15)

 

Basketball Coach Wayne Courtney gives RG an earful

 

Basketball action, Washburn game (RG No. 12)

 

Basketball Team after loss to archrival South in District 17 (Minneapolis) Championship Game

 

Roosevelt Golf Team (RG front row, second from right)

 

RG & Sallie Quan, chosen "Most Likely to Succeed"

 

Roosevelt Humanities Club (w/ RG & SQ)

 

Sagamore (Yearbook) Staff (RG sports editor)

 

SQ entering Auditorium

 

F. RG/Sallie Quan Materials 1958 - 1977

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1. Photo of SQ before Roosevelt Senior Prom 1959 June 5

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2. SQ tss. of four SQ poems

 

"ONCE I COLLECTED FIGURINES"

Scope and Content Note

Written 1958, pub. in Gems, Vol. 3 (Minneapolis English Teachers' Club, May 1959).
 

Poem beginning "Never knew what lonesome meant. . ."

 

"Thoughts" 1959

 

"Who Am I ?" 1959

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3. RG autobiographical chronicles & poems written after breakup w/ SQ 1959 Nov

Physical Description: (RG tss, 1960, 66 pp. total) (NOT FOR PUBLICATION!)
 

"listen"

 

"STRAWBERRY DAY"

 

"NEW YEAR'S EVE"

 

"IN PLACE OF OBSERVATION"

 

"BABY"

 

poem beginning "verbless words..."

 

poem beginning "strange/seeing you there..."

 

"WALTER"

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4. Photos of RG, SQ & RG's daughter Amy in Lanesville

Scope and Content Note

Occurred in Massachusetts in November 1977 during brief reunion (after almost 20 years).
 

G. RG Papers from Harvard Freshman Year 1959 - 1960

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1. "THE EFFECTS OF THE FALL ON ADAM AND EVE" 1960 Mar 1

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
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2. "LOVE AND THE DUKE" 1960 Mar 14

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
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3. "THE CONVENT OF THE GRANDE CHARTREUSE IN WORDSWORTH AND ARNOLD" 1960 Mar 31

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
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4. "DISCIPLINE vs. OPPORTUNITY IN THE EUROPEANS" 1960 May 5

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

H. Harvard Sophomore - Senior Years 1962 - 1965

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1. Gordon Cairnie materials

 

Article regarding Grolier Book Shop & GC from The Christian Science Monitor 1970 July 6

Physical Description: (w/ photo of GC)
 

Copy of The Other End of the Couch

Scope and Content Note

From The Carthage Press, 1964, and contains Poems for Gordon Cairnie, w/ RG's "Song" (noted in Monitor article).
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2. Four photos from wedding of RG & Emily Ann Lord at Unitarian Church in Newton, Massachusetts 1963 May 26

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3. RG poems from Harvard Sophomore Year 1962 - 1963

 

10 poems from Robert Lowell's Advanced Poetry Writing course 1963 Spring

 

"A Sort Of Renewal", published in Dusk Road Games (Pym-Randall Press) 1963

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

"Goodbye", pub. in Dusk Road Games

Physical Description: (RG ts. w/ Emily Lord linoleum block print of Watertown trolley)
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4. RG papers from Harvard Senior Year 1964 - 1965

 

"The Self-Made/ Pioneer" 1964 Oct 30

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"TWO CONCEPTS OF COMPETENCE" 1964 Dec 4

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

"DEATH AND ORGANIC FORM IN WHITMAN'S 'Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking'" 1965 Spring

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
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5. Various evaluations of RG's work at Harvard College

 

Two comments by Robert Lowell re RG poems written in RL's Advanced Poetry Writing course

Physical Description: (RG ts.)
 

Spring 1963 & Spring 1965

 

Comments by two 'anonymous' readers on RG's Senior Honors Thesis on William Carlos Williams' prosody

Physical Description: (lost?)
 

RG's final grade report 1965 Spring

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6. Schofield Andrews, Jr., Secretary of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, notices to RG of award of Harvard Monthly Prize as "student in the most advanced course in English composition who shows the greatest literary promise"

 

SA ts. letter to RG 1964 Apr 29

Physical Description: For the year 1963 - 1964. (w/ clipping re same from Minneapolis Tribune)
 

SA ts. letter to RG 1965 June 10

Scope and Content Note

Notice for the year 1964 - 1965.
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7. Schofield Andrews, Jr. notice to RG of award of Roger Conant Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry for 1964-1965 for poem "The Minnesota Soldiers' Home in Autumn"

Physical Description: (pub. in RG's Dusk Road Games, Pym-Randall Press, 1967)
 

SA ts. letter to RG 1965 May 24

 

Broadside of "The Minnesota Soldiers' Home in Autumn"

 

Series V. RG Talks (Conversations/Readings/Lectures/Workshops) 1981 - 1998

Physical Description: Dated chronologized and counted (by pages of text, if text) - 1½ boxes

Access Information

The Media materials require at least two weeks' advance notice to use in order to allow staff time to have use copies made from the original items.
 

A. Audiotapes of RG Talks

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1. RG Reading w/ Lyn Hejinian, St. Mark's Poetry Project, NYC 1981 Apr 8

Physical Description: (2 tapes) (no transcript)
 

RG reads poems from SENTENCES (Whale Cloth Press, 1978), all of Oakland (Tuumba Press, 1980), Drafts of poems in A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985)

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2. RG Lecture "Measure's Halloween", New College of California, San Francisco 1981 Oct 15

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript but see material discussed, in V.C. below)
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3. RG Series of Talks "Language/Site/World", Intersection, San Francisco 1982 Nov 22 - 1983 Jan 24

Physical Description: (5 tapes)
 

Talk One, 1982 Nov 22

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

Talk Two, 1982 Nov 29

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript of whole talk, & RG ts. of excerpt pub. in Bob Perelman's Writing/Talks (So. Ill. U. Press, 1984) + RG notes for whole series in V.C. below)
 

Talk Three, 1982 Dec 6

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

Talk Four, 1982 Dec 13 & 1983 Jan 24

Physical Description: (interrupted) (2 tapes) (no transcript)
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4. RG Reading & Discussion of A Day At The Beach, 544 Natoma Street, San Francisco, 1983 Jan 13 & 1983 Jan 20

Physical Description: (2 tapes)
 

1st Session 1983 Jan 13

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

2nd Session 1983 Jan 20

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG ts. transcript/ draft w/ RG holograph annotations & RG final ts. version (unpublished) called "WRITING TIMES" + RG holograph notes for session in V.C. below)
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5. RG Discussion w/ Joanne Kyger & David Bromige, "Projectivist Sources", Intersection, San Francisco 1983 Sept 19

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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6. RG Reading, Canessa Park, San Francisco 1985

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

RG reads draft of Attention (Institute of Further Studies, 1985) & poems from Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

Physical Description: (begins w/ simultaneous reading w/ Alastair Johnston of different trans. of Heidegger's "On The Essence Of Truth")
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7. RG Conversation w/ Tom Clark, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1985 Sept 13

Physical Description: (2 tapes) (no transcript)
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8. RG Reading w/ David Bromige, The Lab, San Francisco 1985 Aug 30

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

RG reads poems included (& pretty good poems not included) in Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

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9. RG Reading from Phantom Anthems, Canessa Park, San Francisco 1985 Dec 1

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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10. RG Conversation w/ Tom Clark, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1986 Jan

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript draft & RG final ts. version called "A CONVERSATION WITH TOM CLARK" in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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11. RG Reading w/ Kenneth Irby, Intersection (?), San Francisco 1986 Mar

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

RG reads poems from Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

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12. RG Conversation w/ David Bromige, Sebastopol, CA 1986 April 24

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript draft in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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13. RG Conversation w/ David Bromige, Sebastopol, CA 1986 May 7

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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14. RG Conversation w/ David Bromige, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1986 July 3

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript draft, DB notes on/annotations to RG holograph draft & RG final ts. version called "DAVID BROMIGE / ROBERT GRENIER" in V.C. below) (excerpt pub. in Witz, Spring 1994)
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15. RG Conversation w/ Alastair Johnston, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Feb 12

Physical Description: (1 tape) (AJ/RG holograph draft transcript, RG ts. draft w/ AJ annotations, RG final ts. & pub. version (in DARK AGES CLASP THE DAISY ROOT, March 1991) in V.C. below)
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16. RG Conversation w/ Joanne Kyger, Bolinas, CA 1987 July 11

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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17. RG Reading at Detroit Institute of Arts 1987 Oct 23

Physical Description: (1 tape, w/ Anselm Hollo at DIA, 1987 Mar 22, reverse side) (no transcript)
 

RG reads 'review' of Alice Notley's Parts Of A Wedding, 'review' of Anselm Hollo's Pick Up The House, Oakland (Tuumba Press, 1980) & poems from Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

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18. RG Reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI 1987 Oct 25

Physical Description: (1 tape)
 

RG reads 'reviews' of Alice Notley's Parts Of A Wedding, Anselm Hollo's Pick Up The House, "Midday" section of A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985) & poems from Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

Physical Description: (RG holograph transcript in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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19. RG Conversation w/ Kit Robinson & Kathleen Frumkin, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Nov 21

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RG holograph transcript in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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20. RG Conversation w/ Kit Robinson, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Dec 20

Physical Description: (2 tapes) (KR ts./RG holograph transcript draft & KR ts. near-final version w/ RG holograph corrections in V.C. below) (unpublished)
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21. RG Discussion w/ Anselm Hollo, "The Poem As Translation", New College of California, San Francisco 1988 Nov 28

Physical Description: (2 tapes) (no transcript) (videotape in V.B. below)
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22. RG Conversation w/ Joanne Kyger, Bolinas, CA 1989 Apr 22

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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23. RG Reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI 1989 Sept 23

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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24. RG Workshop Class "Spiritual Topographies", Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO, 1992 July 6 & 1992 July 9

Physical Description: (4 tapes) (no transcript) (various materials for workshop in V.C. below)
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25. RG Conversation w/ Rebecca Bush, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO 1992 July 8

Physical Description: (1 tape) (RB print-out transcript Draft w/ RG annotations, RG ts. transcript & pub. version called "INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GRENIER" (in The Little Magazine, Vol. 20, 1994) in V.ca. below)
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26. RG Lecture "Drawing Form Nature", Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO 1992 July 9

Physical Description: (1 tape) (various materials in preparatory to lecture in V.C. below)
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27. RG Talk at The Frost Place, Franconia, NH 1993 Aug 6

Physical Description: (1 tape) (Stephen Dignazio transcript drafts w/ RG holograph corrections/additions & pub. version called "GRENIER TALK: FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA, NH, 08.06.93" (in :that:, 2nd Series, 1996) in V.C. below)
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28. RG Talk "Realizing Things", SUNY/Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 1998 Oct 22

Physical Description: (2 tapes) (no transcript)
 

B. Videotapes of RG Talks

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1. RG Reading/Discussion w/ Anselm Hollo, Canessa Park, San Francisco 1988 Nov 27

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
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2. RG Discussion w/ Anselm Hollo, "The Poem As Translation", New College of California, San Francisco 1988 Nov 28

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript) (audiotape in V.A. above)
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3. RG Talking About Larry Eigner, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1996 Feb 28

Physical Description: (1 tape) (no transcript)
 

C. Transcripts & Published Versions of RG Talks (& Related Items)

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1. RG Lecture "Measure's Halloween", New College of California, San Francisco 1981 Oct 15

Physical Description: Materials Read/Discussed (4 pp. total) (no transcript)
 

Photo of RG at Gopher Boys' State 1958 June

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Anon. (13-15th cent.) poem "Maiden in the mor"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

Robert Creeley poem "They Say"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

Charles Olson poem "...phalaropes/piled up on Thatchers"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

Louis Zukofsky poem "AZURE"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

RG poem "s o m e o l d g u y s w i t h s c y t h e s"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

William Carlos Williams poem "An Eternity"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Gertrude Stein text "ROAST POTATOES"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

Robert Creeley piece "Is a door/for-but/who enters"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

RG poems "saids" & "roams"

Physical Description: (xerox of RG tss.)
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2. RG Series of Talks "Language/Site/World", Intersection, San Francisco 1982 Nov 22 - 1983 Jan 24

 

Envelope containing RG series description/announcement & RG notes toward four talks

Physical Description: (77 pp. total)
 

RG holograph transcript of Talk Two, 1982 Nov 29

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (95 pp. total)
 

RG holograph letter to Bob Perelman, regarding selection of material for BP's Writing/Talks (So. Ill. U. Press, 1985) 1983 July 29

Physical Description: (xerox) (8 pp. total)
 

RG ts. of excerpt from Talk Two, called "LANGUAGE/SITE/ WORLD"

Physical Description: Pub. in Bob Perelman's Writing/Talks (So. Ill. U. Press, 1985) (20 pp. total)
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3. RG Discussion of A Day At The Beach, 544 Natoma Street, San Francisco, 1983 Jan 20

 

RG holograph notes toward talk/discussion, "3 times"

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
 

RG ts. draft transcript of talk/discussion, called "WRITING TIMES"

Physical Description: w/ RG holograph annotations (tape in V.A. above) (35 pp. total)
 

RG ts. final version of "WRITING TIMES"

Physical Description: (unpublished) (37 pp. total)
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4. RG Conversation w/ Tom Clark, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1986 Jan

 

RG holograph draft transcript of conversation

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (89 pp. total)
 

RG ts. final version called "A CONVERSATION WITH TOM CLARK / ROBERT GRENIER"

Physical Description: (unpublished) (47 pp. total)
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5. RG Conversation w/ Alastair Johnston, Berkeley 1986 Feb 21

Physical Description: (audiotape lost)
 

Issue of The Ampersand, Vol. 6, No. 2 1986 Apr

Scope and Content Note

Containing AJ transcript of conversation "TYPEWRITER v. TYPEFACE/...AN INTERVIEW WITH POET ROBERT GRENIER..." w/ photo of RG's SENTENCES (Whale Cloth Press, 1978) (17 pp. total)
 

RG xerox enlargements of poems from SENTENCES for use on back cover of issue of The Ampersand

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
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6. RG Conversation w/ David Bromige, Sebastopol, CA 1986 Apr 24

 

RG holograph transcript called "A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID BROMIGE"

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (unpublished) (56 pp. total)
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7. RG Conversation w/ David Bromige, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1986 July 3

 

RG holograph transcript called "CONVERSATION WITH DAVID BROMIGE"

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (79 pp. total)
 

DB annotations on RG holograph draft

Physical Description: (incorporated by RG into RG final ts. version) (81 pp. total)
 

RG final ts. version called "DAVID BROMIGE / ROBERT GRENIER" 1986 July 3

Physical Description: (excerpt pub. in Witz, Spring 1994) (54 pp. total)
 

History of the making of Witz excerpt from first part of RG final ts. version of conversation 1986 July 3

Physical Description: (36 pp. total)
 

RG ts. letter to Chris Reiner, editor/publisher of Witz, 1994 Feb 24

Physical Description: (xerox) returning first set of proofs, re punctuation & corrections generally
 

First set of proofs, marked by DB & RG

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

CR holograph letter to RG, enclosing second set of proofs, marked by RG 1994 Mar 1

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

CR holograph letter to RG, 1994 Mar 11

 

CR holograph letter to RG, enclosing Issue of Witz, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 1994) 1994 Apr 7

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8. RG Conversation w/ Alastair Johnston, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Feb 12

 

AJ/RG draft transcript (begins as AJ print-out called "ALASTAIR JOHNSTON CHAT WITH BOB GRENIER, WINTER 1986"

Physical Description: (w/RG holograph annotations, continues to end as RG holograph transcript) (tape in V.A. above) (39 pp. total)
 

RG ts. draft transcript called "A CONVERSATION WITH ALASTAIR JOHNSTON / ROBERT GRENIER"

Physical Description: w/ corrections/ revisions by AJ & RG in holograph (23 pp. total)
 

RG final ts. version 1987 Apr

Physical Description: (22 pp. total)
 

Issue of DARK AGES CLASP THE DAISY ROOT, No. 5, "A CONVERSATION WITH ALASTAIR JOHNSTON / ROBERT GRENIER" 1991 Mar

Physical Description: xeroxed from RG final ts. version (44 pp. total), ed. Andrew Schelling & Benjamin Friedlander
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9. RG Conversation w/ Joanne Kyger, Bolinas, CA, 1987 July 11

 

RG holograph transcript called "CONVERSATION WITH JOANNE KYGER (July 11/87)"

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (unpublished) (74 pp. total)
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10. RG Reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI 1987 Oct 25

 

RG holograph transcript called "RG / Woodland Pattern / October 25/87"

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (unpublished) (43 pp. total)
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11. RG Conversation w/ Kit Robinson & Kathleen Frumkin, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Nov 21

 

RG holograph transcript called "KIT ROBINSON / KF / RG (November 21/87)"

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (unpublished) (93 pp. total)
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12. RG Conversation w/ Kit Robinson, 2338 McGee Avenue, Berkeley 1987 Dec 20

 

KR/RG draft transcript (begins as KR print-out called "KIT ROBINSON / ROBERT GRENIER (December 20, 1987)"

Physical Description: w/ RG holograph annotations, continues to end as RG holograph transcript) (tape in V.A. above) (107 pp. total)
 

KR print-out second-stage draft w/ RG holograph changes & Joanne Kyger poem "BOB GRENIER'S BLACK BERRY PIE"

Physical Description: (xerox) w/ JK holograph inscription (unpublished) (76 pp. total) 1987 Dec 13
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13. RG Telephone Interview w/ Chris Brandt, Bolinas, CA/ Vancouver, BC 1992 Mar 10

Physical Description: (tape in CB possession?)
 

CB holograph Christmas card to RG, 1992, enclosing

 

CB holograph transcript of exchange w/ RG called "TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GRENIER 1992 Mar 10

Physical Description: (xerox) SUBJECT: 'STRIPED CANVAS' " w/ RG holograph corrections (unpublished?) (11 pp. total)
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14. Materials for RG Workshop "SPIRITUAL TOPOGRAPHIES", Naropa Institute, 1992 July 6 & 1992 July 9

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (62 pp. total)
 

Workshop description

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.)
 

RG selections from WATERS/PLACES/A TIME by Larry Eigner, ed. RG (Black Sparrow, 1983)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG selections from JUST SPACE by Joanne Kyger (Black Sparrow 1991)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG selections from Kenneth Irby tss. of KI poems (later collected in CALL STEPS, Station Hill/Tansy 1992

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15. Materials for RG Lecture "DRAWING FORM NATURE", Naropa Institute 1992 July 9)

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) (80 pp. total)
 

RG holograph title page

Physical Description: (w/ two versions of title)
 

RG holograph preparatory notes & extracts

 

Louis Zukofsky essay "AN OBJECTIVE"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Extract from Gertrude Stein's Lucy Church Amiably

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Page of butterfly-wing 'letters'

Physical Description: (color xerox)
 

Page from Robert Creeley's Pieces

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Emerson's essays "The Poet" & "Nature"

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Extracts from Novalis / A Romantic's Theory of Language and Poetry by Kristin Pfefferkorn

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Extract from Henri Corbin, The Cycle of Avicennan Recitals

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Extract from John Elder, Imagining The Earth

Physical Description: (xerox)
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16. RG Conversation w/ Rebecca Bush, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO 1992 July 8

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above)
 

RB print-out letter to RG, proposing publication of conversation & RG poems in The Little Magazine 1993 Dec 7, enclosing

 

RB print-out draft transcript called "INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GRENIER"

Physical Description: w/ extensive RG holograph annotations (18 pp. total)
 

RG final ts. version

Physical Description: (starting over from tape) (27 pp. total)
 

Page proofs for The Little Magazine version w/ RG holograph corrections

Physical Description: (23 pp. total)
 

RG selection of RG holograph drawing poems, to accompany interview in The Little Magazine, called "BJELDANES SERIES"

Physical Description: (black/white xerox of RG original 4-color poems) w/ RG holograph title page (9 pp. total)
 

Issue of The Little Magazine, Vol. 20 1994

Physical Description: w/ RG "BJELDANES SERIES" & Interview (197 pp. total)
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17. RG Talk at The Frost Place, Franconia, NH 1993 Aug 6

 

Stephen Dignazio holograph letter to RG, enclosing tape of talk 1995 Oct 9

Physical Description: (tape in V.A. above) )
 

SD ts. letter to RG 1995 Oct 21, enclosing

 

SD print-out of SD "'in progress' transcription" of "GRENIER TALK: FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA NH, 08.06.93"

Physical Description: w/ extensive RG holograph changes (xerox) (21 pp. total)
 

SD holograph letter to RG 1996 Jan 8, enclosing

 

SD second-stage print-out transcript of talk w/ RG holograph changes

Physical Description: (xerox) (18 pp. total)
 

Issue of :that:, 2nd Series, No. 1 (1996) w/ "GRENIER TALK: FROST PLACE, FRANCONIA NH, 08.06.93"

Physical Description: Includes two RG color drawing poems as front/back covers (20 pp. total)
 

Series VI. RG Critical Writings 1960 - 1998

Physical Description: Being notes, papers, essays, reviews, verse commentaries, speculative jottings, etc., dated/ chronologized and counted (by pages of text) in folders. 1 box.
 

A. Harvard College Papers 1960 - 1965

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1. RG ts. of "A 'WATTSONIAN' ANALYSIS OF SCIENCE SINCE SCHOLASTICISM", 1960 May 16

Physical Description: (10 pp. total)
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2. RG ts. of "J . D. SALINGER: NEGATIVE and AFFIRMATIVE",1960 May 19

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
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3. RG ts. of "DEATH AND POE: THE IMAGINATION'S LIMITED DESCENT",1962 Nov 20,

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
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4. RG ts. of "PRIMITIVE MAN'S CONCEPTION OF MANA: ITS ROLE IN THE ORIGIN AND FUNCTION OF RELIGION",1963 Jan

Physical Description: (18 pp. total)
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5. RG ts. of "MEANING AND EXISTENCE: SOME ONTOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON HUSSERL'S TRANSCENDENTAL EPOCHE",1963 Fall Term

Physical Description: (15 pp. total)
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6. RG ts. of "Here And Now: Locale And The Development Toward Form In The Poetry Of William Carlos Williams", 1963 Spring Term

Physical Description: (21 pp. total)
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7. RG ts. of "WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS: An Approach To His Character", 1965 Jan 18,

Physical Description: (72 pp. total)
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8. Georg Trakl Materials (Independent Study, 1964 - 1965)

 

RG tss. of RG translations from the German poems of Georg Trakl (1887-1914),

Physical Description: (65 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Some pub. in Selected Poems: Georg Trakl (Jonathan Cape, 1968), ed. Christopher Middleton.
 

RG ts. of "FIVE VERSIONS OF A TRAKL POEM: 'Geistliche Dammerung'"

Physical Description: (5 pp. total)
 

RG ts. of "NOTES TOWARD A PAPER ON THE TRANSLATION OF TRAKL", 1964 - 1965 Fall Term

Physical Description: (20 pp. total)
 

B. University of Iowa/Program in Creative Writing Papers 1966

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1. RG ts. of "ASPECTS OF SEMANTIC DENSITY IN THE POETRY OF GEORG TRAKL", 1966 Jan 19

Physical Description: (24 pp. total)
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2. RG ts. of "Stones And Water / Water And Stones: What is of value in the poetry of Robert Creeley", 1966 Spring Term

Physical Description: (12 pp. total)
 

C. RG Critical Writings, 1970 - 1998

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1. Background Materials re publication of this 1

 

Barrett Watten ts. letter to RG , re this 1 1970 December

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

BW letter to RG (BW ts.) (re this 1 w/ BW/Carl Gottesman poems 1970 Dec 29)

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

BW ts. letter to RG, re this 11970 Dec 31

Physical Description: (3 pp. total)
 

RG ts. letter to Ron Silliman, 1970 Dec 1

Physical Description: (xerox) (2 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Regarding this & that & asking for contribution to this 1 w/ RG poems from. "Fall/Winter Family Home", pub. in Series (This Press, 1978).
 

RG ts. letter to Curtis Faville, 1970 Dec 6

Physical Description: (xerox) (4 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(speaking to CF's writing & soliciting contribution to this 1, w/ RG poems from "Fall/Winter Family Home" & commentary thereon)
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2. RG ts. of "ROBERT CREELEY: A QUICK GRAPH: Collected Notes & Essays, Four Seasons, 1970", RG review pub. in this 1 w/ RG holograph revisions 1971 Winter

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
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3. RG ts. of note "ON SPEECH" w/ RG holograph revisions (1970 Dec)

Physical Description: (pub. in this 1, Winter 1971), xerox of same & xerox of "ON SPEECH" as it occurs in In The American Tree, ed. Ron Silliman (National Poetry Foundation, 1986) (3 pp. total)
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4. RG ts. of "ROBERT CREELEY, PIECES, Scribners, 1969", RG review pub. in this 1 (1971 Winter)

Physical Description: w/ RG holograph revisions (5 pp. total)
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5. RG ts. of note on "GERTRUDE STEIN: Lectures in America, Beacon, 1957 (first pub., Random House, 1935)" consisting principally of quotation from GS text, pub. in this 1 (1971 Winter)

Physical Description: w/ RG holograph revisions (3 pp. total)
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6. RG ts. of "EDWARD LEAR, The Complete Nonsense Book, Duffield & Co., NY 1912", w/ RG holograph revisions, pub. in this 1 (1971 Winter)

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
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7. RG ts. of notes on writing/sequencing of poems (apparently from Lanesville, MA, 1970 - 1971)

Physical Description: (xerox of (lost?) RG ts. w/ 1999 xerox of same) (2 pp. total) (unpublished)
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8. RG ts. of "WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS: Spring And All, Frontier Press, 1970 (first pub., Contact, 1923)", RG review pub. in this 2 (1971 Fall)

Physical Description: (6 pp. total) w/ RG holograph revisions
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9. RG ts. of "NOTES ON COOLIDGE, OBJECTIVES, ZUKOFSKY, ROMANTICISM, AND &", pub. in STATIONS, No. 5 (1978 Winter)

Physical Description: (22 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

A Symposium on Clark Coolidge, ed. Ron Silliman, & in IN THE AMERICAN TREE (National Poetry Foundation, 1986), ed. Ron Silliman.
 

RG ts. first draft w/ RG holograph additions, 1975 Nov 12

 

RG ts. final draft

Physical Description: (xerox)
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10. Materials related to RG's edition of Robert Creeley's Selected Poems, Scribner's, 1976

Physical Description: (29 pp. total)
 

RG ts. of RG introduction to RC Selected Poems (omitted by Scribner's editorial dept. w/out notice to RG or RC) & xerox of same, pub. in boundary 2, Vol. 6, No. 3/Vol.7, No. 1 (Spring/Fall 1978), 1975 Nov 6

 

RG ts. of table of contents to RC Selected Poems (altered by Scribner's editorial dept. w/out notice to RG or RC), pub. in boundary 2 (1978 Spring - 1978 Fall)

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Xeroxes of correspondence amongst Burroughs Mitchell & Charles Scribner of Scribner's, RC & RG concerning botched book (1975 Oct 16 - 1976 Nov 4):

 

BM to RG, 1975 Oct 16

 

BM to RG, 1975 Nov 19

 

BM to RG, 1975 Dec 3

 

RC to CS, 1976 Oct 29

 

Patricia Cristol (editor at Scribner's) to RG, 1976 Oct 29

 

RG to BM, 1976 Nov 4

 

Xerox of RG's "A PACKET FOR ROBERT CREELEY", pub. in boundary 2, issue titled "ROBERT CREELEY: A GATHERING", Vol. 6, No. 3/Vol. 7, No. 1 (1978 Spring/Fall), ed. William V. Spanos:

 

RG letter to William V. Spanos, 1977 Feb 5

 

RG suppressed/excluded introduction to RC Selected Poems, dated 1975 Nov 6

 

RG original table of contents for RC Selected Poems

 

RG selection of "136 separate poems from SENTENCES: for Robert Creeley"

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11. RG ts. of RG selection of passages from John Keats, Louis Zukofsky & RG forming basis for discussing 'lyric poem', ca. 1975

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (unpublished)
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12. RG holograph note beginning "the space between letters..." ca. 1975

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (unpublished)
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13. RG holograph notes on 'state of American poetry' beginning "Poetry is measure..."ca. 1975

Physical Description: (3 pp. total) (unpublished)
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14. RG ts. 'cover letter' to poetry editor at Houghton Mifflin re RG poetry, enclosed w/ ts. of "Fall/Winter Family Home" (later collected in Series, This Press, 1978), 1976 Oct 27

Physical Description: (xerox) (2 pp. total) (unpublished)
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15. RG ts. of note on Larry Eigner's work, "THREE POSSIBILITIES --- for Larry Eigner", dated 1977 Oct 5

Physical Description: w/ 2 pp. of RG holograph draft & xerox of RG ts. letter to Bruce Andrews, ed. of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, October 9, 1977 re note (11 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(apparently designed for L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine feature on LE, Feb. 1978, but doesn't appear there--Why?)(unpublished?)
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16. Xerox of RG essay, "MYTH", as pub. in Archai magazine, No. 1 w/ RG holograph revisions1978 Spring

Physical Description: (8 pp. total)
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17. RG ts. of note on Louis Zukofsky, "THINK SUN AND SEE SHADOW", pieced from lines of LZ's, w/ xerox of same, pub. in Zukofsky feature in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4 (1978 August) & reprinted in The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, ed. AnDBews & Bernstein (So.Ill.U. Press, 1984)

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
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18. RG note on Keats' sound, "Hedge-crickets sing", pub. in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5 (1978 October) & reprinted in The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, ed. Andrews & Bernstein (So. Ill. U. Press, 1984)

Physical Description: (9 pp. total)
 

RG initial ts. w/ RG holograph revisions

 

RG final version ts. (w/ xerox of same)

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19. RG note on Gertrude Stein's method, "TENDER BUTTONS", pub. in LANGUAGE magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6 (1978 Dec) & reprinted in The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, ed. Andrews & Bernstein (So. Ill. U. Press, 1984)

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

RG final version ts. (w/ xerox of same)

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20. RG holograph notes on three texts from Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, "A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass,""Glazed Glitter" & "Roastbeef" from ca. 1978 Oct/Nov

Physical Description: unfinished (19 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(intended for L=A=N=G=U=A=GE magazine but unpublished)
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21. RG 'review' of Lyn Hejinian's WRITING IS AN AID TO MEMORY (The Figures, 1978), pub. in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8 1979 June

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

RG final version ts. (w/ xerox of same)

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22. RG holograph note on function of phrase, "AND A" from early 1980's

Physical Description: (6 pp. total) (unpublished)
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23. RG holograph notes on combinations of "3" from early 1980's

Physical Description: (2 pp. total) (unpublished)
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24. RG materials re publication of In The American Tree, ed. Ron Silliman (National Poetry Foundation (1986)

Physical Description: (41 pp. total)
 

RS ts. letter to RG, 1981 Sept 17, proposing RG selections for anthology

 

RG counter-proposal/holograph list of RG selections

 

Some RG ms. material for anthology:

 

RG tss. of "WINTRY", "WARM", "A SEQUENCE / 28 SEPARATE POEMS FROM SENTENCES"

 

Xerox of "Sticky Fingers" (in Series, This, 1978)

 

Various RG ts. drafts of RG bio w/ holograph revisions (& xeroxes of same)

 

Two RS ts. form letters to RG enclosing galleys

 

Galley proofs of "ON SPEECH" & "NOTES ON COOLIDGE, OBJECTIVES, ZUKOFSKY, ROMANTICISM, AND &"

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25. RG holograph copies/extractions from RG 1980-81 notebooks 1999 Mar

Physical Description: (4 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG note "THE PYRAMIDS" from 1980 Fall notebook

 

RG note on Olson's "can one nunc nine", called "THAT" from 1981 Jan notebook

 

RG "Note on E.P.'s 'Mauberley'" from 1981 Feb notebook

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26. RG ts. 'review' of Robert Creeley's Later (New Directions, 1979) from ca. 1981, pub. in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, Vol. 4 (Open Letter, 5th Series, No. 1, Winter 1982)

Physical Description: (14 pp. total)
 

RG original ts. (w/ xerox of same)

 

Xerox of 'review' as pub. in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine

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27. RG 'review' of Bernadette Mayer's Midwinter Day (Turtle Island, 1982)

Physical Description: (3 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished; declined by Poetry Flash w/out acknowledgement of receipt of ts.)
 

RG holograph draft

 

Xerox of RG final ts., dated 1983 Jan 15

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28. RG ts. of "STATEMENT ON TEACHING" w/ RG holograph revisions, written for University of California Summer Seminar application, 1983

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (unpublished)
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29. RG note on Ron Silliman's Tjanting, dated 1983 Aug 4, pub. in Silliman issue of The Difficulties, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1985)

Physical Description: (4 pp. total)
 

RG ts. w/ holograph revision (& xerox of same)

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30. RG holograph letter to Robert Creeley re "weights & durations of 'syllable'" etc.

Physical Description: (xerox) (2 pp. total) (unpublished)
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31. RG verse commentary re Robert Creeley's Mirrors (New Directions, 1983), pub. in RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986), The Line in Postmodern Poetry, ed. Frank & Sayre (U. of Illinois Press, 1988) & The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, ed. Paul Hoover (Norton, 1993)

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)
 

Xerox of version in The Line in Postmodern Poetry

Scope and Content Note

(bad 'translation' into a conventional format)
 

RG finished ts. (from history of making of Phantom Anthems, elsewhere in RG Archive)

Physical Description: (82% reduction)

Scope and Content Note

(i.e. poem as it should appear)(see IX.C.II below)
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32. RG unfinished essay, "SPRING GREEN / for WCW" ca. 1983

Physical Description: (16 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph first draft & second draft

 

RG ts. third draft (& xerox of same w/ holograph changes)

 

RG ts. fourth draft w/ holograph revisions (abandoned)

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33. RG note on Stephen Rodefer's play, "TENNYSON", w/ program indicating performance by SR at 80 Langton Street in San Francisco, November 20, 1983, pub. in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 2 1984 August

Physical Description: (15 pp. total)
 

RG holograph initial draft

 

RG ts. final draft (w/ xerox), dated 1984 Jan 14

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34. RG holograph letter to Joanne Kyger, 1984 August 16

Physical Description: (xerox) (8 pp. total) (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

Written at beach near Pigeon Point in San Mateo County re method of poems in A Day At The Beach (Roof Books, 1985) & Costanoans/possible archaic sources.
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35. RG note on/review of Lyn Hejinian's REDO (Salt-Works Press, 1984) dated 1985 Apr 1

Physical Description: (30 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 4 (1985)
 

RG holograph first draft of note on REDO

 

RG ts. second draft w/ RG holograph revisions

 

RG ts. third draft & two xeroxes of same w/ RG holograph revisions

 

RG ts. fourth/final draft

 

RG packet w/ holograph note to Ben Friedlander, ed. of Jimmy & Lucy's, enclosing RG note on REDO & the following RG poems (most in Phantom Anthems) (xerox)

 

"MORANDI", "FOR WINDOWS / for Kit", "EXCLAMATION POINT / for Ron Silliman", "UNBENDING LEGS / for Alastair" & "EASTER ROSES / for Ken Irby"

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36. Three RG notes from: ca. 1985 Oct

Physical Description: All holograph (4 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

"BOB/SELF-PORTRAIT"

 

"CREATION"

 

Note relating & differentiating "sequence" & "series" beginning "3 2 2 1 . ."

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37. RG sketch on Kenneth Irby, original ts. called "A LITTLE LIGHT FROM THE BOARDERS" from ca. l985

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(apparently unpublished, though possibly intended for Irby issue of some magazine?)
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38. RG collage re Kenneth Irby/account of relation between KI & RG over time, called "VOCALIC COTTONWOODS", pub. as insert in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No. 5 (1985)

Physical Description: (13 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first draft

 

RG ts. second draft (w/ xerox of same)

 

Three taped-together cut-up versions (w/ xeroxed third draft made from cut-ups)

 

RG final draft/xerox master & two finished images made (xeroxed) from same (including grey-paper version, signed "Robert Grenier" across image, as text occurs in Jimmy & Lucy's insert)

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39. RG testament, "FOR TOM RAWORTH ALIVE / I SAW MY POEMS" incorporating/accounting for image of Max Ernst photocollage "Une Semaine de Bont" pub. in _________ (1934), dated 1986 Feb 22

Physical Description: (16 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first draft

 

Four xerox versions of Ernst photocollage

 

RG final ts. version, w/ Ernst image as p. 3

Physical Description: (xerox)
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40. RG note on David Bromige, "TO SEE OURSELVES AS OTHERS SEE US", pub. in The Difficulties, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1987, Bromige issue) dated 1986 Aug 4

Physical Description: (8 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first draft

 

RG ts. second draft (w/ xerox of same)

 

RG third draft (xerox of second draft w/ holograph revisions)

 

RG ts. final draft (w/ xerox of same)

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41. RG holograph note "ON SPEECH / 1986 / for Jay Ryneck"

Physical Description: (8 pp. total) (unpublished)
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42. RG comment, holograph, on passage from Walt Whitman later called "This Compost", incorporating xerox of Whitman verse, possibly pub. in Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K", No? 1986 (?)

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
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43. RG note on Alice Notley's Parts Of A Wedding, pub. in Sulfur 20, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1987) & reprinted (w/ Notley work) in 0 One, ed. Leslie Scalapino (0 Books, 1988)

 

RG holograph first draft

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

RG ts. final draft

Physical Description: (w/ xerox of same) (2 pp. total)
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44. RG 'review' of Anselm Hollo's PICK UP THE HOUSE! (Coffee House Press, 1987), called "I HAD NO IDEA / PICK UP THE HOUSE!", , pub. in Sulfur 23, Vol. 8, No. 2 (1988) dated 1987 Oct 10

Physical Description: (31 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first Draft

 

RG ts. second Draft,

Physical Description: w/ RG holograph revisions
 

RG ts. final Draft

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45. RG left-handed holograph note called "RESULTS OF PRINTING LEFT-HANDED IN OCTOBER / for Alastair" from 1987 Oct

Physical Description: (3 pp. total) (unpublished)
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46. RG holograph note beginning "--time in the work...", as pub. in CHUMOLUNGMA GLOBE, No. 1 (1987 Halloween), ed. Schelling & Friedlander

Physical Description: (xerox from mag.) (1 p. total)
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47. RG holograph notes on Kit Robinson's essay, "Song" (where pub.?) from 1987 Fall

Physical Description: (4 pp. total) (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

(see two KR/RG Conversations in V.C. above)
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48. RG DBeam notation, 1987 Dec beginning "Michael Palmer gives DB & me ride.. ."

Physical Description: (RG holograph) (4 pp. total) (unpublished)
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49. RG holograph notes on Charles Olson's "The literal and the numeral are the same" & on the word "explicit" from ca. 1987

Physical Description: (2 Pp. total) (unpublished)
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50. RG note on use of 'lines' in poetry, called "LINE", pub. in The Line in Postmodern Poetry, ed. Frank & Sayre (U. of Illinois Press, 1988)

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first Draft (partial)

 

RG ts. final Draft, incorporating RG poem "BACH FIVE / for Lyn Hejinian" (in Phantom Anthems, 0 Books, 1986)

 

Two xeroxes of final Draft (one w/ crossed-out RG holograph revisions)

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51. RG holograph letter to Lyn Hejinian, 1988 May 26

Physical Description: (xerox) (4 pp. total) (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

re LH text My Life & recent LH poems
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52. RG 'Contributor's Note' intended for UP LATE, poetry anthology ed. AnDBei CoDBescu (4 Walls 8 Windows, 1988) dated 1988 Aug 4

Physical Description: (6 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph first Draft

 

RG ts. second Draft (w/ xerox of same)

 

RG third Draft (second Draft w/ RG holograph revisions)

 

RG ts. final Draft (w/ xerox of same)

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53. RG exchange w/ Jack Clarke & Robert Creeley re Clarke's From Feathers To Iron (Tomboucto/Convivio, 1987)

Physical Description: (42 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph letter to JC re From Feathers To Iron, October 6, 1988 (xerox)

 

JC letter to RG, 1988 Dec 20, (JC ts.), enclosing

 

JC's transcription/revision of RG Oct 6 letter

 

RG letter to Creeley, January 13, 1989 (xerox), enclosing xerox of RG October 6 letter to JC

Physical Description: (RG holograph)
 

RC letter to RG, 1989 Jan 18

Physical Description: (RC ts.)
 

RG holograph letter to JC, 1989 Jan 8

Physical Description: (xerox)
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54. RG holograph notes on translation, preparatory to public discussion w/ Anselm Hollo at New College, 1988 Nov 28

Physical Description: (audiotape & videotape in V.A. & V.B. above), w/flyer for event (7 pp. total) (unpublished)
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55. RG holograph essay, "ON TRANSLATION / for R.W. Emerson" from ca. 1988

Physical Description: (4 pp. total) (unpublished)
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56. Materials from three RG grant applications (unfunded)

 

RG Guggenheim application (for 1981 - 1982), w/ RG ts. bio, project proposal & list of publications

 

RG NEH 1982 Summer Seminar application, w/ RG project statement

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG California Arts Council application, 1988 Sept

Scope and Content Note

(unsatisfactory attempt to 'translate' holograph Drawing poems from start of r h y m m s project to ts.: ms. had to be ts. to be 'poems' for purposes of application)
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57. RG holograph note on Larry Eigner's areas / lights / heights, ed. Ben Friedlander (Roof Books, 1989)

Physical Description: (xerox) (2 pp. total) (unpublished?)
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58. RG holograph letter to Kenneth Irby, 1989 Aug 17 , called "QUESTIONS FOR UNCLE KEN", re 'uses' of the past etca.

Physical Description: (xerox) (8 pp. total) (unpublished)
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59. RG color holograph autobiographical/critical poem called "POET FELT" from ca. 1989, pub. in Tyuonyi 6/7 (1990) in "Patterns/Contexts/Time: A Symposium on Contemporary Poetry", ed. Foss & Bernstein

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
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60. RG exchange w/ Douglas Messerli re inclusion of RG material in FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CENTURY: A New American Poetry 1960 - 1990 (Sun & Moon, 1994), ed. Douglas Messerli

Physical Description: (102 pp. total)
 

DM ts. letter to RG, 1990 Jan 29,

Scope and Content Note

Proposing both RG selection of 10 pp. for anthology & that RG send "selection, however large or small, of ... new work"
 

RG packet of poems sent DM for anthology, 1990 Mar 10

 

RG ts. letter to DM, inquiring re anthology packet previously sent, & enclosing ms. of "about 2/3rds" of book of RG critical writings w/ outline of contents of proposed volume 1990 Mar 28

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG ts. letter to DM, inquiring re selections for anthology/book of critical writings 1992 Sept 29

Physical Description: (copy)
 

DM print-out letter to RG, re anthology 1993 July 26

 

RG ts. letter to DM, re selection for anthology, enclosing RG poems from Phantom Anthems & What I Believe 1993 Aug 17

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

DM print-out letter to RG, 1994 Jan 9

 

DM print-out letter to RG, 1994 Mar 2

Physical Description: w/ proofs
 

RG ts. letter to DM, , returning page proofs for anthology 1994 Mar 5

Physical Description: (xerox) (w/ RG-marked proofs)
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61. RG verse memoir of Robert Lowell teaching at Harvard College, written in response to Kathleen Spivack's call for contributions to her book-in-progress, THE GEM LIKE FLAME, from 1990 Nov

Physical Description: (never used) (11 pp. total)
 

KS form letter to RG, 1990 Oct 24

Physical Description:
 

RG holograph letter to KS, 1990 Nov 14

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG holograph color Drawing poem/letter

Physical Description: (xerox of p. 1)
 

RG ts. final version of verse memoir

Physical Description: (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

(unfortunately not used by KS, for reasons unspecified)
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62. Two RG verse appreciations of the work of Kit Robinson, esp. KR's The Champagne of Concrete (Potes & Poets Press, 1991) from late 1990

Physical Description: (5 pp. total) (unpublished?)
 

RG holograph Draft of "TO MR KIT ROBINSON"

 

Two xeroxes of RG final ts. version of "TO MR. KIT ROBINSON"

 

Two xeroxes of RG ts. 'second-take', also called "TO MR. KIT ROBINSON" ("for Gunnar Harding")

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63. RG back-cover note for Pat Reed's Kismet (0 Books, 1990)

Physical Description: (xerox of RG ts.) (1 p. total)
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64. Materials related to genesis of Leslie Scalapino's introduction to RG's What I Believe Transpiration/Transpiring Minnesota (0 Books, 1991)

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

RG holograph letter to LS, re LS Draft of introduction (xerox) 1991 May 4, enclosing

 

LS ts. Draft of introduction, w/ RG holograph notes & suggested/possible revisions

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

LS ts. second Draft of introduction, w/ RG holograph annotations & suggested/possible revisions/additions

 

Darkened xerox of LS ts. final Draft of introduction, beginning "Robert Grenier's 'scrawl'.."

Physical Description: Two acid-free pages which occur on inside covers of actual text box

Scope and Content Note

(reprinted, w/ additional text, in LS's Objects in the Terrifying Tense / Longing from Taking Place, Roof Books, 1993)
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65. RG ts. description of RG's What I Believe Transpiration/Transpiring Minnesota, written for publicity purposes in 1991

Physical Description: (1 p. total)
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66. RG ts. of 'review' of Joanne Kyger's Just Space (Black Sparrow, 1991), dated 1991 Nov 19

Physical Description: (2 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished?)
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67. RG ts. of back-cover note for 8-Ball, words by Jack Collum/monoprints by Donald Guravich (Dead Metaphor Press, 1992) (xerox), w/ RG ts. letter to publisher, Richard Wilmarth, dated 1992 June 6

Physical Description: (xerox) (2 pp. total)
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68. RG holograph 'after-notes' re RG lecture at Naropa Institute, "Drawing Form Nature", 1992 July

Physical Description: (6 pp. total) (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

(see V.A.26, V.C.15 above)
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69. RG exchange w/ Paul Hoover, ed. of POSTMODERN AMERICAN POETRY (Norton, 1994)

Physical Description: (19 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Re inclusion of RG material there.
 

PH print-out permissions request to RG proposing selection of RG poems for anthology, 1992 July 28

 

RG holograph letter to PH, 1992 Aug 16

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Xeroxes of alternate selection of poems from RG's Phantom Anthems for use in anthology

 

RG ts. letter to PH, 1992 Sept 13re selection (xerox) & rationale for same

 

PH print-out letter to RG, 1992 Sept 15

 

PH print-out letter to RG, 1992 Sept 17

 

RG ts. letter to PH, 1992 Sept 22(xerox) approving publication of four poems from Phantom Anthems

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70. RG ts. back-cover note for Jim McCrary's West of Mass (Tansy Press, 1992)

Physical Description: (xerox) (1 p. total)
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71. RG note "HOT AFTERNOONS HAVE BEEN IN BOLINAS / for Eli Siegel", dated 1993 Jan 23

Physical Description: (11 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in 0, No. 4 (1993) (Subliminal Time), ed. Leslie Scalapino & reprinted in: that:, Second Series, No. 1 (1996) as part of "GRENIER TALK"
 

RG ts. first Draft

 

RG second Draft

Physical Description: (xerox of first Draft w/ RG holograph revisions)
 

RG ts. final Draft

 

Leslie Scalapino holograph letter to RG, enclosing proofs of note for 0, No. 4 1993 May

 

RG-marked proofs, as returned to LS

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

Version of note, as pub. in 0, No. 4

Physical Description: (xerox)
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72. Two RG letters to Albert Gelpi re AG's account of the American poetic tradition in The Tenth Muse (Cambridge U. Press, 1991) & A Coherent Splendor (Cambridge, 1987) & projected third volume (on 'Postmodernism')

Physical Description: (25 pp. total)
 

AG holograph letter to RG, 1993 Oct 26, enclosing two vols. noted above

 

RG holograph letter to AG, 1993 Oct 28

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG holograph letter to AG, 1993 Nov 10

Physical Description: (xerox)
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73. RG holograph letter to Robert Creeley, 1993 Nov 1

Physical Description: (xerox) (4 pp. total) (unpublished)

Scope and Content Note

Re 'sonata form'/3-line stanzas.
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74. RG ts. introductory note for Jerry Estrin's Rome, A Mobile Home (Roof Books, 1993)

Physical Description: (never used) (2 pp. total)
 

RG ts. final Draft, w/ RG holograph annotations, dated 1993 June 15

Physical Description: (w/ xerox of same)
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75. Three RG letters to Charles Bernstein re CB's writing

Physical Description: (25 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph letter to CB,1986 July 16

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Re CB's Content's Dream (Sun & Moon Press, 1986)
 

RG holograph letter to CB, 1988 Feb 4

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Re CB's Artifice of Absorption (Paper Air, 1987)
 

RG holograph letter to CB, 1994 Apr 23

Physical Description: (xerox)

Scope and Content Note

Re CB's Dark City (Sun & Moon Press, 1994)
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76. RG note on "2000 / for Johannes Brahms' Horn Trio (1865)"

Physical Description: (5 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

Leslie Davis form letter to RG proposing contribution to book centered on theme "poetry in the year 2000", 1994 May 15

Scope and Content Note

(book never appeared)
 

RG ts. letter to LD, 1994 May 18 (xerox), enclosing

 

RG ts. final Draft of "2000"

Physical Description: (w/ xerox of same)
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77. RG 4-color holograph Drawing note on xerox technology & RG r h y m m s project, 1994 July 6

Physical Description: w/ black & white xerox image of same (2 pp. total) (unpublished)
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78. RG notes toward talk given at SUNY/Buffalo, 1994 Oct 6 "LARRY EIGNER AND THE TASK OF AMERICAN LETTERS"

Physical Description: (3 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph notes marked "5-6 AM OCT 6/94 & OCT 9 adds"

Physical Description: (xerox) w/ RG holograph addition
 

Two xeroxes of RG final holograph version

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79. RG 'review' of Don Byrd's The Poetics Of The Common Knowledge (SUNY/Albany Press, 1993) dated 1994 Oct 31Pub. in Witz, Vol. 3. No. 2 (Spring 1995)

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

RG holograph first Draft

 

RG ts. final Draft (w/ xerox of same)

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80. RG Afterword to Larry Eigner's readiness / enough / depends / on (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), ed. RG

Physical Description: (14 pp. total)
 

RG color holograph first Draft

 

RG ts./color holograph final Draft, dated 1996 Feb 9

Physical Description: (w/ black & white xerox version of same, as pub. in book)
 

RG related color holograph notation, "HALCYON DAYS FEB 11-13/96" from week following Larry Eigner's death

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished)
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81. RG ts. "BRIEF ACCOUNT OF GRENIER/EIGNER MATERIALS", dated 1996 Oct 6, written for Stanford Library at time of deposit there by RG of Larry Eigner Archive materials

Physical Description: (4 pp. total) (unpublished xerox)
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82. Two RG letters to Kenneth Irby re 'Romanticism' etca. from 1997 July

Physical Description: (14 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

RG holograph letter to KI, 1997 July 10

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

RG holograph letter to KI, 1997 July 12

Physical Description: (xerox)
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83. RG color holograph description of RG's OWL / ON / BOU / GH (Post-Apollo Press, 1997)

Physical Description: (1st Draft) (1 p. total)

Scope and Content Note

Written for Small Press Distribution catalogue.
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84. RG note "ON THE EMPTY / SUBLIME", dated 1997 Nov 18

Physical Description: (11 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. in Laura Moriarty's online zine non 2
 

RG color holograph first Draft

 

RG print-out second Draft, w/ RG holograph addition

 

RG print-out third Draft, w/ RG holograph revision

 

Print-out of version of note in non 2 1998 Apr 4

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85. RG color holograph note, "POSTSCRIPT TO 'SUBLIME'", dated 1998 Jan 1

Physical Description: (6 pp. total) (unpublished)
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86. RG introduction to David Bromige's As in T as in Tethered (Chax Press, 2002), 1988 Nov 11 - 1998 Nov 12

Physical Description: (12 pp. total)
 

RG color holograph first Draft

 

RG ts. second Draft, w/ RG holograph revisions

 

RG ts. third Draft, w/ RG holograph revision

Physical Description: (w/ xerox of same)
 

Series VII. Miscellaneous RG Poetry Manuscripts 1966 - 1998

Physical Description: Various holograph and typescript material, collected and uncollected, dated/chronologized and identified by reference to period of RG's writing, and counted (by pages of text) in folders. 1 box.
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A. RG holograph & ts. poetic material from France, England & Iowa 1966 Fall - 1967 Fall

Physical Description: (mostly written while on Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship (unpublished & annotated by RG "diffuse/verbose dreck")) (107 pp. total)
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B. RG holograph poem "Warm", written ca. May 1967 (in Southwold, Suffolk, Emily pregnant w/ Amy), pub. in Poetry (Chicago), Vol. 112, No. 2 (May 1968) & collected in RG's Series (This Press, 1978)

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (see also chapbook in XII.A. below)
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C. RG broadside poem beginning "worldly goods..." from [ca. 1969]

Physical Description: (collected in unpublished book ms. Water Farmer, in section VIII. below) (1 p. total)
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D. Three RG selections/organizations exploring spatial arrangements of poetic material from [ca. 1971]

Physical Description: (21 pp. total)
 

1. RG ts. 'dummy' layout of "20 Poems", pub. as Tottel's, No. 5 (September 1971), ed. Ron Silliman (some collected in RG's SENTENCES, Whale Cloth Press, 1978)

 

2. RG ts. of page of poems (& xerox of same) from early SENTENCES period making big spatial cluster (rather than serial book format/organization) (see RG poster CAMBRIDGE M'ASS, Tuumba Press, 1979 for later result)

Physical Description: (unpublished)
 

3. Xerox of RG ts. selection of poems from ms. of Series (This Press, 1978)

Physical Description: (unpublished as such)
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E. RG selection of 17 poems as pub. in Alcheringa, New Series, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1975), ed. Dennis Tedlock & Jerome Rothenberg, in "The Dwelling Place: 9 Poets", ed. Ron Silliman (most collected in SENTENCES)

Physical Description: (5 pp. total)
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F. Three further RG investigations of visual/spatial presentation of poetic texts

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

1. Four RG ts. xerox enlargements of poems from SENTENCES ("s o m e o l d g u y s w i t h s c y t h e s", "walking down Washington Avenue", "actualities materialize", "kept on going to the corner store") [ca. 1975]

Physical Description: (unpublished as such)
 

2. Two RG xerox enlargements of William Carlos Williams' poems w/ visual emphases, "The Attic Which Is Desire" & "The Red Wheelbarrow" n.d.

Physical Description: (used in teaching)
 

3. RG spatial layout/paste-up of page of 7 poems from SENTENCES [ca. 1976]

Physical Description: (w/ xerox page result) possibly for magazine presentation (which?) from (unpublished as such?)
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G. RG holograph, ts. & xerox of ts. material regarding end of relation w/ Laura Wessner, from Summer 1976 (Oakland, CA) through Fall 1976 (Cambridge, MA)

Physical Description: (26 pp. total) (unpublished)
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H. RG ts. selection, "136 separate poems from SENTENCES", pub. in boundary 2 (Robert Creeley issue), Vol. 6, No. 3/Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring/Fall 1978)

Physical Description: (selection made February 1977) (15 pp. total)
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I. RG ts. poem "TWENTY YEARS/for S.L.Q." re reunion w/ 'high school sweetheart' Sallie Quan after (almost) 20 years 1977 Nov

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (unpublished)
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J. Folder of RG ts. poems deleted from ms. of Series (This Press, 1978) [ca. 1977]

Physical Description: (14 pp. total) (unpublished)
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K. RG tss. of some 'longer poems' from 1977 - 1978

Physical Description: (11 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

1. "Dog"

 

2. Text beginning "Thought of turning off the bathwater..."

 

3. "Description"

 

4. "Twilight Progression Toward Reality"

 

5. "New Haven"

 

6. "P-Town Beach A Day Face South"

 

7. "For Charles Olson / Late"

 

8. "Back From Gloucester"

 

9. "Poplars"

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L. RG tss. of three poem sequences from 1978 re RG's 'hopeless romances' from that period

Physical Description: (10 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

1. "SEQUENCE: GIRL ARTIST / for M.A."

 

2. "WAKING QUARTER TO FIVE / for A.H."

 

3. "CAMBRIDGE M'ASS"

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M. Large folder of RG ts. material from notebooks, some pub. in SENTENCES (Whale Cloth Press, 1978), many pub. in CAMBRIDGE M'ASS (Tuumba Press, 1979) 1977 - 1979

Physical Description: (144 pp. total)
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N. RG ts./draft materials for CAMBRIDGE M'ASS, a selection from poems in VII.M. above, forming basis for RG's layout/making of offset master for 40" x 48" poster which is this work

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O. RG ts. of selection of poems from Series, SENTENCES & CAMBRIDGE M'ASS

Physical Description: Probably for successful National Endowment for the Arts application (15 pp. total) (unpublished as such)
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P. RG holograph/collage work "IF YOU / for Bob & Pen" from 1980 [ca. 1980]

Physical Description: (1 p. total) (unpublished)
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Q. Someone's (whose?) enlarged/altered photographs of eight poems from RG's SENTENCES, bringing out tactile qualities of typewriter images n.d.

Physical Description: (8 pp. total) (unpublished?)
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R. Two RG ts. poem sequences [ca. 1980's]

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

1. "MORANDI / for Barrett Watten"

Physical Description: (unpublished)(w/ xerox)
 

2. "NARRATION"

Physical Description: (unpublished) (w/ xerox of same)
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S. RG selection/arrangement of material for Grenier/Eigner issue of Bezoar, Vol. 20, No. 4/Vol. 21, No. 1 1981 Feb

Physical Description: (38 pp. total)
 

1. RG ts. of Larry Eigner poems for Bezoar

 

2. RG ts. of xerox master of RG/LE material for Bezoar

 

3. Issue of Bezoar made from RG xerox master

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T. RG translation of excerpt from Bertolt Brecht's Das Badener Lehrstück Vom Einverständnis (The Baden-Baden Instructional Play Concerning Understanding), pub. in this, No. 11 (Spring 1981), performed by Poets Theater in San Francisco 1981 July 25 - 1981 July 26

Physical Description: (25 pp. total)
 

1. RG ts. first draft, w/ RG holograph revisions

 

2. RG ts. final draft

 

3. Poster announcing Poets Theater performances

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U. RG ts. selection from then ongoing project, A Day At The Beach, called "Further Beach Poem Drafts" pub. in Acts, No. 1 (June 1982) pub., ed. David Levi Strauss 1982 Feb 1

Physical Description: (10 pp. total) (xerox)
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V. RG ts. of "BURNS' NIGHT HEARD / for Alastair & Nancy", pub. as Tansy 15 by John Moritz (April 1982), pub. also in Acts, No. 1 (June 1982), ed. David Levi Strauss

Physical Description: (3 pp. total)
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W. RG unpublished poems from folder bearing RG annotation "some quite good" 1983 Spring - 1984

Physical Description: (holograph & ts.) (88 pp. total)
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X. RG 'found poem' "SIXTEEN RUBBER TWO'S / from Kathleen Frumkin", built from KF note to RG, pub. in In Print, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 1986), collected in RG's Phantom Anthems (0 Books, 1986)

Physical Description: (6 pp. total)
 

1. KF holograph note to RG n.d.

 

2. RG holograph draft of poem n.d.

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Y. RG holograph draft of poem "COMPUTER" (on brown shopping bag paper strips) from ca. 1987, pub. in What I Believe, RG issue of A*BACUS, No. 37 (October 1988), collected in RG's What I Relieve Transpiration/Transpiring Minnesota (0 Books, 1991)

Physical Description: (4 pp. total)
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Z. Fifteen RG holograph & ts. poems from What I Believe period 1988

Physical Description: (15 pp. total)
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AA. Three RG color holograph drawing poems from beginning of r h y m m s period 1989

Physical Description: (5 pp. total)
 

1. "MOONLIGHT BEAMING", dated January 1, 1989, pub. in Avec, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1989), ed. Cydney Chadwick

Physical Description: (black/white version of color holograph original)
 

2. "20TH CENTURY / for John Bátki", pub. in Avec, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1989), ed. Cydney Chadwick, also reproduced in miniature & discussed briefly by Michael Davidson in his Ghostlier Demarcations (U. California Press, 1997)

 

3. "WHAT EXISTS IN THE WORLD / for Emily & me"

Physical Description: (unpublished)
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AB. RG black/white xerox images from RG notebook (beginning of r h y m m s project), contains poems in Minnesota (0 Books, 1991)1989 Sept - 1989 Oct

Physical Description: (otherwise unpublished) (40 pp. total)
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AC. RG black/white xerox images from RG notebook, of RG holograph drawing poems from r h y m m s project 1989 Nov - 1990 Jan

Physical Description: (many of which are now in red, black, blue & green in notebook) (unpublished) (41 pp. total)
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AD. Two RG color holograph drawing poems from 1990 Feb

Physical Description: (beginning of r h y m m s period) (7 pp. total)
 

1. "Moo"

Physical Description: (w/ black & white xerox copy), pub. (in black/white version) in Gas (Winter 1990), ed. Kevin Opstedal & Charlie Ross
 

2. "PUORPOSE / for Joanne Kyger"

Physical Description: (w/ 2 black/white xerox copies) (unpublished)
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AE. RG sequence of 4 poems for Fanny Howe, "SUN DOWN", "IMAGE", "BLUE EYES" & "was a rose" 1990 Spring

Physical Description: Pub. in Deluge, ed. Daniel McNaughton (4 pp. total) (black/white xerox images made from color holograph drawing poems)
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AF. Seventeen RG color xerox image poems from beginning of r h y m m s project, annotated by RG "transitional work. . .not great" 1990 Fall

Physical Description: (13 pp. total) (unpublished)
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AG. RG color xerox images from notebook Drawing poems commenting/speculating on phrase of Robert Creeley's from end of RC introduction to Selected Poems "...the rest is silence" (U. California Press, 1991) 1991

Physical Description: (7 pp. total) (unpublished)
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AH. RG selection of poems made for Leslie Scalapino's 0, No. 4, Subliminal Time issue 1993

Physical Description: (black/white & color xerox images from notebook drawing poems) (20 pp. total)
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AI. Folder containing RG writings ca. 1994

Physical Description: (7 pp. total)
 

1. RG holograph dream notation beginning "DONALD G. etc..."

Physical Description: (unpublished)
 

2. RG black/white xerox images of two color drawing poems

Physical Description: ("Snake/bird" & "Fish/Hawk/With/Fish") pub. on line at Karl Young's Light & Dust website (in color)
 

3. RG holograph poem "Travel/Where/You/Look"

Physical Description: (unpublished)
 

4. RG poem/note "ANTidote to I HATE SPEECH"

Physical Description: (unpublished)
 

5. RG color holograph poem "five/two/Nine"

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished)
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AJ. RG color holograph Drawing poem "FOR EMILY LORD & ROBERT T.S. LOWELL" 1995 Fall

Physical Description: (w/ black & white xerox copy), pub. (in black/white version) in disturbed guillotine, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 1995-96), ed. Frederic Hausmann (2 pp. total)
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AK. RG sequence "SAW-WHET OWLS", black/white xerox images from 4-color notebook drawing poems 1995

Physical Description: (4 pp. total) (unpublished)
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AL. RG holograph 'story', "A CONNECTION WITH SUSAN", February 1998

Physical Description: (xerox) (15 pp. total) (unpublished)
 

Series VIII. RG Book Manuscripts 1967 - 1997

Physical Description: Drafts and finished versions of various texts, dated/chronologized and counted (by pages of text) in folders and binders - 2 boxes.
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A. RG original ts. of RG's first book of poems, Dusk Road Games (Pym-Randall Press, 1967)

Physical Description: w/ mock-up photo of cover (56 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(photo found by Emily Lord on trash night in Newtonville, MA)
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B. Illustrated book made by Emily Lord in 1968 (?)

Physical Description: (17 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Working from RG ms. then called "Coming and Going" (see VIII.C. below), partially realized, w/ photo of Emily, Bob & daughter Amy at Big Sur, July 4, 1968
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C. RG ts. of ms. called Coming and Going

Physical Description: (76 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Mostly unpublished/ transitional poems between Dusk Road Games & Series (some in Series), written 1967-68 in England, Iowa & northern California
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D. RG ts. of ms. called WATER FARMER

Physical Description: (96 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Being an expanded version of Coming and Going (see VIII.C. above)
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E. RG ts. of ms. called WAVES

Physical Description: (101 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Many pub. in Series (This Press, 1978), written 1969-70 in northern California & travelling cross-country to & from New England
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F. RG ts. of ms. called A DAY AT THE BEACH

Physical Description: (ca. 320 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

('UR' version/first draft), poems by RG/watercolors by Amy Grenier, written October 1969 - May 1970 during a number of day trips from Berkeley to Pacific beaches near Pigeon Point in San Mateo County (beginnings of project culminating in RG's completely different book, A Day At The Beach, Roof Books, 1985) (unpublished)
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G. RG ts. of ms. called A DAY AT THE BEACH

Physical Description: (462 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

('UR' version/final draft), poems by RG (only), in two vols., being an expanded version of material in VIII.F. above, written October 1969 -January 1971, San Mateo beaches/Berkeley/New Hampshire/ Gloucester (unpublished)
 

H. RG ts. of ms. called FALL/WINTER FAMILY HOME, August 1970 - January 1971

Physical Description: (150 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

RG poems written in Lanesville, MA, collected in Series (This Press, 1978)
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I. Materials used by RG for production of magazine this, No. 2 (Fall 1971

Physical Description: (8 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

In Franconia College printshop (see magazine in X.BF.2. below)
 

1. Basis for page design (RG pencil marks)

 

2. Amy Grenier drawing, used for front/back covers

 

3. Postcard, used for title page

 

4. Two pages from Finnish coloring book occurring as facing pages in this, No. 2

 

5. Three Amy Grenier drawings

Scope and Content Note

Produced as half-tones at Littleton Courier shop in Littleton, NH & occurring in sequence in this, No. 2
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J. RG original ts./'dummy' for RG production of magazine this, No. 3 (Fall 1972)

Physical Description: (100 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

In Franconia College printshop, typed on IBM Executive typewriter in President Leon Botstein's office (see magazine in X.BF.3. below)
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K. RG original ts. of RG's book of poems, Series (This Press, 1978)

Physical Description: (138 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Being RG selection from work written 1967 - 1971, w/ 3 cover designs for book by RG, John Bátki & Francie Shaw (Francie's was used) & 4 photomat shots of RG from early 1970's (n.b. a 'thing'/make facsimile edition)
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L. Envelope containing materials re Barrett Watten's production of Series, including two letters from RG to BW (December 14 & 16, 1977)

Physical Description: (29 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Discussing page design & enclosing a number of possible cover designs by RG & John Bátki (none used)
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M. Envelope containing page proofs for Series, w/ letter from Barrett Watten to RG re book production 1978 June 13

Physical Description: (147 pp. total)
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N. RG ts. of ms. called DOGTOWN

Physical Description: (146 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Mostly unpublished/transitional poems (a few in RG's SENTENCES), written March/April 1971 in Lanesville, MA
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O. RG ts. of ms. called STICKY FINGERS / MAY NIGHTS / & / HOT SPRING, written in Spring 1971 in Lanesville, MA

Physical Description: (215 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Containing some pub. work ("Sticky Fingers" occurs in Series, a few poems in SENTENCES), very 'upbeat' overall
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P. Materials relating to RG's edition of Robert Creeley's Selected Poems (Scribner's, 1976) & correspondence re ruination of book by Scribner's people

Physical Description: (200 pp. total)
 

1. Xerox of RG ms, of Selected Poems (including RG ts. of suppressed introduction & original table of contents), showing RG selection from RC texts & correct sequence

 

2. RC ts. letter to RG, September 1, 1975, proposing RG edit/make book

 

3. RG holograph letter to RC, September 8, 1975 (xerox), enclosing first draft of Selected Poems

 

4. RC holograph letter to RG, September 11, 1975, enclosing more poems for book

 

5. Burroughs Mitchell (of Scribner's) ts. letter to RG, October 16, 1975, acknowledging RG participation/role

 

6. RG ts. letter to Burroughs Mitchell, October 28, 1975

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

7. BM ts. letter to RG, November 5, 1975

 

8. BM ts. letter to RG, November 19, 1975, enclosing $500 payment for RG editorial work

 

9. BM ts. letter to RG, December 3, 1975, acknowledging receipt of RG ms. of Selected Poems

 

10. BM ts. letter to RG, September 20, 1976, re progress on book, promising to send proofs, etc.

 

11. RG ts. letter to BM, October 19, 1976 (xerox), enclosing

 

12. RG ts. letter to Patricia Cristol (of Scribner's) re book just out/'doctoring' of text by PC & others at Scribner's w/out notice to RC or RG

Scope and Content Note

(i.e., selection attributed to RC, all evidence of RG editing/making of book omitted, RG introduction dropped, crucial sequence of poems altered by art dept. etc.) (xerox of October 19, 1976 letter)
 

13. RC holograph letter to RG, October 29, 1976, enclosing

 

14. RC ts. letter to Charles Scribner, Jr., October 29, 1976, re whole debacle

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

15. Patricia Cristol ts. letter to RG, October 29, 1976, apologizing for "our mistake" & pretending ignorance re alteration of RG original ms.

 

16. BM ts. letter to RG, November 1, 1976, promising to credit RG as editor in future editions & asserting that "no change was made by the editorial department in the order of the poems that you laid out" (!)

 

17. RG ts. letter to BM, November 4, 1976 enclosing xerox of contents pages of original RG ms., remarking variously on situation of Selected Poems

Physical Description: (xerox)
 

18. BM ts. letter to RG, December 1, 1976, acknowledging changes in order of text "made in the Art Department"

 

19. Lewis MacAdams holograph postcard to RG re book, from February 1976

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Q. RG poem/prose sequence "NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE / for M.M." (Marion McCollom), written Winter 1975-76

Physical Description: (19 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Unique in RG's work for its narrative structure, pub. in this, No. 7 (Spring 1976), ed. Barrett Watten
 

1. RG ts. of "NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE"

 

2. Xerox of 'story' as it occurs in this, No. 7

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R. Materials relating to RG page design ('copied' by Lyn Hejinian on her home letterpress) and making of RG book of poems, Oakland (Tuumba Press, 1980)

Physical Description: (100 pp. total)
 

1. 20 RG ts. poems on 5" x 8" index cards (recalling method of RG's SENTENCES) from Spring 1980, collecting toward book as a sort of first draft

 

2. RG ts./paste-up page design for Oakland

 

3. Xerox of RG page design for Oakland (a 'homemade book')

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S. Materials relating to RG writing/production of essay on narrative/attention, ATTENTION / Seven Narratives

Physical Description: (156 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Pub. as Fascicle 28 in A Curriculum Of The Soul series (The Institute Of Further Studies, 1985)
 

1. RG essay SEVEN NARRATIVES, written for Poetics Journal in response to request from co-editor Lyn Hejinian

Scope and Content Note

--RG holograph first draft (ca. September 1984). --RG ts. second draft w/ holograph revisions (Sept. '84). --RG ts. third draft w/ holograph revisions (Sept. '84). --RG ts. fourth draft w/ holograph revisions (Sept. '84). --Xerox of RG fifth draft w/ Barrett Watten (co-editor of Poetics Journal) holograph suggested revisions & RG holograph note concerning same/withdrawal of ms.
 

2. RG essay ATTENTION / Seven Narratives, an expanded version of piece intended for Poetics Journal

Scope and Content Note

--Jack Clarke ts. letter to RG, March 24, 1984, proposing RG write Attention fascicle for A Curriculum Of The Soul. --JC ts. letter to RG, April 5, 1984, confirming same. --Xerox of RG holograph letter to JC, October 22, 1984, commenting on & enclosing. --RG ts. of "ATTENTION or NARRATION / NARRATION AS ATTENTION / SEVEN NARRATIVES" (w/ xerox of same). --JC ts. letter to RG, January 27, 1985 re ms. --JC holograph postcard to RG, February 13, 1985, conveying Albert Glover ok to publish essay. --Albert Glover ts. letter to RG, June 31, 1985. --AG ts. letter to RG, August 1985, enclosing 10 copies of Attention / Seven Narratives. --AG ts. letter to RG, August 30, 1985 re Curriculum Of The Soul project. --Signed copy of Attention / Seven Narratives fascicle.
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T. Production materials relating to making of green box for RG r h y m m s project

Scope and Content Note

(designed to contain ca. 90 color xerox images of RG holograph drawing poems from 1989 on)
 

1. Invoice from Custom Paper Products in San Leandro, CA dated August 23, 1991 for 520 r h y m m s boxes

 

2. RG ts. 'master' for box spine

Physical Description: (w/ darker xerox images of same)
 

3. RG holograph image " r h y m m s"

Scope and Content Note

Master' for box lid (w/ xerox images of same), used for box production.
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U. Materials relating to RG's edition of Larry Eigner's windows / walls / yard / ways (Black Sparrow Press, 1994)

Physical Description: (241 pp. total)
 

1. Xerox of RG holograph letter to Michele Filshie of Black Sparrow, December 21, 1993

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing corrected first proofs & letter to person setting text, Sasha X.
 

2. Xerox of RG ts. letter to Sasha X. regarding first proofs, December 21, 1993

Scope and Content Note

Translating typewriter spacing to letterpress & system of Larry Eigner's poems
 

3. Xerox of corrected first proofs (w/ RG markings)

 

4. Xerox of corrected third proofs (w/ RG markings)

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V. RG ms. stages of composite work SOME 0' THAT

Physical Description: (172 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

(unpublished as of April 1999)(for Leslie Scalapino), written/gathered in 1993 as an investigation/demonstration of some meanings/uses of strange word 'that' (& as a commentary on Leslie Scalapino's writing as well)
 

1. RG largely holograph first draft, w/ 'contributions' from various hands in Bolinas poetry reading group (Joanne Kyger, Stephen Ratcliffe & others)

 

2. RG ts. second draft w/ holograph additions

 

3. RG ts. third draft w/ extensive holograph additions

Scope and Content Note

(w/ Fanny Howe holograph comment on work to this point)
 

4. RG ts. fourth draft, substantially complete as of September 9, 1993

Scope and Content Note

(publish this version, exactly as shown, as offset/xerox edition, if time comes...)
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W. History of making of RG issue of :that:, No. 24 (August 1994)

Physical Description: (86 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Ed. Stephen Ellis & Stephen Dignazio
 

1. 100% black/white xerox 'masters' of sequence of 28 pages from RG color holograph notebook drawing poems

 

2. 64% black/white xerox reductions from 'master' images to scale/to fit magazine & darken images

 

3. Issue of :that:, No. 24 made from images provided by RG

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X. History of development of RG critical work, FOR LESLIE SCALAPINO'S DEFOE, 1995

Physical Description: (157 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Combining citations from Defoe (Sun & Moon Press, 1994) w/ RG observations, Wanda Landowska liner notes, poems by Whitman & Williams, RG color holograph drawing poems & other materials.
 

1. RG holograph first draft

 

2. RG ts. second draft

 

3. RG ts./xerox final draft

Scope and Content Note

(publish this version, exactly as shown, as offset/xerox edition, if time comes...)
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Y. Black/white print-out of color images in RG poem sequence, POND I, January 8, 1998

Physical Description: (43 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

From Karl Young's Light & Dust website, w/ Karl Young introduction.
 

Series IX. Histories of Making/Production of RG Works 1971 - 1997

Physical Description: Material records of RG's invention/development of the following artifacts: A. SENTENCES-1 box; B. A DAY AT THE BEACH - 1 box; C. PHANTOM ANTHEMS -1 box; D. WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA -1 box; E. OWL/ON/BOU/GH -approx. 200 11" by 17" color xeroxes.

Scope and Content Note

Comment: Beginning w/ the (unpublished) 'UR' version of ms. called A DAY AT THE BEACH (see VIII.F. & G. above), one can see RG beginning to recognize/zero in on the material conditions/situation of writing as the 'place' of 'literature' (doubtless influenced by William Carlos Williams' mysterious emphasis on whatever is the 'local' & by 'opening his eyes'), both as regards writing directly from noticing what's 'going on' & in re having a regard for the literal/physical agencies used (notebooks, pens, etc.) to 'say something' into existence & to translate/ manifest 'same' into (further) public existence: there's responsibility to carry the thing through from start to finish, so that whatever it is can be whatever it is (including this inventory). Therefore, a (good!) case can be made that each work 'exists' here (in this Archive) in the facts of its making (see esp. IX.B. below) as well as in its eventual result (for which, see section XII below, RG Published Works). Material records of RG's making of CAMBRIDGE M'ASS should be here, except there's no 'history' (but see VII.M. & N. above) since large offset master was devoured in printing process (unless preserved in archives of Lyn Hejinian's Tuumba Press?) More importantly, RG's approximately 90 4-color holograph drawing poem notebooks from 1989 - 1999 (& continuing) must be here, eventually, as artifacts/'the thing itself' because of problems/expense of various techniques of 'reproduction' (but see slides in section XI. below) & because drawn image in notebook now is 'what it is' ! The main thing is recognition that something is 'said' & 'exists' exactly in that form entirely: e.g. IBM.
Selectric typewriter image (like this one) or in RG Drawing 'hand' writing. Similar histories could be developed based on RG's commitment to a 'craft ethic'/ making of various other works in this Archive, e.g. attention to particulars of transcription of taped sounds in many of the materials in V.C. above (e.g., see stuff re RG Conversation w/ David Bromige in V.C.7. above) & attention to particulars of translation of notebook drawing poems to magazine presentation/format in re production of RG issue of :that:, No. 24 (VIII.W. above).
In what follows, short descriptions of the works noted are succeeded by accounts of Archive materials related thereto and brief commentaries on the whole business.
 

A. SENTENCES

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

SENTENCES was designed/produced by RG & pub. by Michael Waltuch (Whale Cloth Press, 1978) in an edition of 200 (numbered) copies. It's 500 5" by 8" index cards w/ centered RG poems on them (in effect, as an 'invented form', giving back to the Oxford Index Card Company the 500 index cards that one bought, except w/ poems on them) 'bound' in a folding Chinese (Hong Kong/common) box, blue (then inexpensive/purchased through MW 'connection' through Harvard Far East Studies/Widener Library where he worked), widely used for loose-leaved materials. It was (offset) printed by the Harvard University Press (which was a 'gas' to RG at the time) directly from RG IBM Selectric (Courier 72/10 pitch) typewriter images & collated by RG, MW, John Bátki & students in JB's fiction writing class at Harvard College in the Spring of 1978 (by going round & round the stacks of 506 on seminar tables) as a 'lesson to them'.
Box 020

1. Oxford index Card box w/ "SENTENCES REJECTS / April 3/77" on top (card on top of stack inside box says (crossed-out) "April 1/75, Sept 5/75, Sept. 20/76") , containing 462 5" by 8" index cards (231 poems + 1 other of each) w/ RG poems

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2. Oxford index Card box w/ "SENTENCES REJECTS / September 20/77" on top, containing 454 cards (227 poems + duplicates)

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3. Oxford index Card box w/ "SENTENCES REJECTS / OCTOBER 9/77" on top (card on top of stack inside box says (crossed-out) "Sept. 5/75, Sept. 20/76, April 3/77"), containing 512 cards (256 poems + duplicates)

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4. Oxford index Card box w/ "BEST SENTENCES POSSIBILITIES" / October 25/77

Physical Description: On top, containing 390 cards
 

"best SENTENCES possibilities" (Oct. 25/77), being

Physical Description: 8 single poems (8 cards), 48 poems (+ duplicates) (96 cards)
 

and "less interesting", being

Scope and Content Note

"Sentences rejects (Oct. 26/77)", being 160 cards (80 poems + duplicates) & "Sentences rejects / 11/30/77", being 126 cards (63 poems + duplicates)
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5. Oxford index Card box w/ "SENTENCES / RG Master Set / 500 Poems / (11/30/77)" on top, being RG ts. final version of this work, minus colophon page (502 cards total), from which a second edition could be produced (actual RG ts. cards from which first edition were made devoured in offset printing process in 1978, see photo in A.6. below)

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6. 10 photographs documenting SENTENCES project: (1971-78)

 

8 photos of RG show at Franconia College, Franconia, NH in Spring 1972 of early SENTENCES poems on 5" by 8" index cards on walls of gallery space

 

1 aerial photo of Franconia College in early 1970's

Scope and Content Note

(where RG taught, 1971-76)
 

1 photo of Michael Waltuch & RG laying out 5" by 8" SENTENCES index cards on sheets for photo-offset reproduction by Harvard U. Press, Cambridge, MA in early Spring 1978

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7. 204 slides taken in Franconia, NH in 1975 of RG Selectric ts. images on 5" by 8" index cards, being 'mounted negatives' (so that text appears white/light against grey ground) which document state of SENTENCES project in 1975

Physical Description: (in 4 slide boxes w/ 51 slides each)

Scope and Content Note

Are 'works in themselves'/alternate material embodiments of SENTENCES text which were shown by Bob Perelman in San Francisco on July 14, 1977 to interested persons at the beginning of the Language Writing scene in SF & again shown & interpreted by RG during RG talk series "Language/Site/ World" in SF in Fall 1982 (see V.A.3 & V.C.2 above)
COMMENT: SENTENCES was written over a 7-year period, beginning in Spring 1971 in Lanesville (Gloucester), MA (during/after completion of RG's Series, see RG ts. in VIII.K. above) & continuing/focussing into itself in Franconia & Sugar Hill, NH (where RG went to teach at Franconia College, Fall 1971-Spring 1976) (increasingly bearing direct relation to/seeming 'of'/'from' that isolate/clearly defined/attractive but repugnant/silent/'substantial' but elusive/cold/'compelling'/dreamily beautiful & strange-place (e.g. hot day jumping off granite boulders into freezing Pemigewasset/swimming to live to shore), where words (if words) were (equally) solitary/as if composed entirely of particular ('solid') letters made into words, which were 'of the place' but 'only of language itself' at the same time), w/ a few from Oakland & Bolinas, CA & some (later ones) from RG's residency in Cambridge, MA (Fall 1976-Spring 1978). It's an attempt to 'stop Time'/'destroy the Book' in reaction to method (apparently achieved/'over with') of Robert Creeley's beloved Pieces (or, e.g., "Sticky Fingers" in RG's own Series) (see RG note on Pieces in VI.C. 4 above), to let each (anything) be that one (& not 'rush on'), but it still has to do w/ time w/in/across each letter-made poem but (almost/as if) just moving left-to-right cross space (as in poem "kept on going to the corner store") & also ends up being an 'investigation of narrative structure' (despite avowed (?)/apparent attempt to eschew such) (various 'stories' must be made by each reader, seeing different one-after-the-others by turning cards to read, loose-leaved cards) (see Ron Silliman's review of this work in III.B.22 above) & 'continuation of the story' 'of Bob, Emily & Amy' going on in RG's long poem, "Fall/ Winter Family Home" in Series, except different stories/thousands of them happen necessarily & continuingly/ continuously (potentially) or 'happen at once'. The form of SENTENCES has a lot to do w/ the IBM Selectric Typewriter, which was the 'Office Machine' in the early 1970's--i.e. one could see every word composed of equal ('width' & 'value') letters (see RG Conversation w/ Alastair Johnston in V.C.5. above) & led to 'early recognition' of principle-becoming-innate-recognition of counting letters as compositional method (see Ron Silliman emphasis on 'balance' in review of SENTENCES noted above) (out of Louis Zukofsky's line determined by # of words in the late A?). After much other stuff, this noticing of space (long after the typewriter) & writing in space has everything to do w/ RG's color holograph drawing poem project, r h y m m s. SENTENCES weighs about 6 pounds. In that sense, as something 'wanting to join nature by writing itself', it anyway attains mass/weight briefly.
Cards typed by RG in Tufts U. English Dept. Office (via old RG teaching connection) on brand spanking new Selectric, as noted above, destroyed in production process (but see A.5. above). So be it! The 'gradual genesis' of the work itself can be traced, from RG notebooks of the period (in section I. above) through RG ts. versions (in IX.A.l-5. above). RG thanks Michael Waltuch.
RG's work typing typewritten mss. by Larry Eigner/copying these for (potential) publication must be noted here too, beginning in Fall/Winter 1970-71, as drawing RG's literal attention to 'literature' w/in field of typewriter page.
 

B. A DAY AT THE BEACH

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

A DAY AT THE BEACH was designed/typed by RG, produced by Diane Ward (as a 70% reduction/offset from RG Selectric ts. images) & pub. by James Sherry's Roof Books in NYC in 1985 (says '1984' on copyright page but issued in early 1985) in a edition of 1000 (600?/RG's records show both) paperback copies, w/ photos of RG at beach on inside covers by Donald Guravich. It's 216 poems arranged (3 per page/6 on facing pages) on 6" by 10" pages, organized in 3 sections ("Morning", "Midday" & "Afternoon/Evening") w/ 72 poems each, making an account of an imaginary 'day' which moves through time but preserves/ opens multiple narrative possibilities (depending on how each reader 'travels' through 6 texts on facing pages), w/ 8 'testamonials' to work on back cover.
COMMENT: A DAY THE BEACH/the present text, as chronicled in the materials above, was written 1980-1982 (probably also some from 1979, see RG Notebooks in section I. above), but its 'roots' go back, for RG, to waking up in the morning in Minnesota & looking to the West (the Norwegian side of RG's family had indeed 'gone West' (Augusta Bjeldanes was born in Oregon) but been driven back to Norwegian town of Madison, MN (almost on South Dakota border, west of RG's suburban home in Minneapolis) & RG's older brother, Judd, 'went West' from the U. of Minnesota to the U. of Cal. in Berkeley to 'graduate school' + everyone wanted to 'go West': for RG, to physically arrive at the/land's end/ water barrier, the Pacific Ocean--there, doubtless, was 'Life'/the 'second Nature' one was born for! And so (despite evidently being 'influenced' heavily by family matters & historical conditions) it has proved to be!
Louis Zukofsky writes 'somewhere' "the lowly do not tune the senses' (quoting/translating someone?) (& this is 'a representative instance' of RG's 'scholarship'/laziness), but in fact RG has, over many years, beginning in 1968 (in complete consternation re what 'writing is', as shown in ms. in VII.A above) by getting out of town/driving out of Berkeley/U.C. west & south & exploring different ways to get to the beach/beaches/trails & what it 'felt like there' / what was 'interesting about it'. Rolling over & over in sand, swimming, writing "SAND" in the 'sand', was fun & a useful learning experience/combined w/ RG's daughter Amy's early language speaking & made the (all-too-readable) 'UR' version of A DAY AT THE BEACH (see VIII.F. & G. above), deservedly unpublished but bearing clear signs of a refocussing of attention/usage.
Going back & back to the 'same beach' again (after a move back West in 1978 w /Amy), between Pigeon Point & Ano Neuvo Island in San Mateo County, on innumberable day trips from Oakland & Berkeley --bringing the 'method' forged in SENTENCES this time/language phenomena attention to what's going on--produced better results, if RG may say so. Important for writer to 'have a vocabulary'.
Going back & back to the World, then, was established as a 'procedure' during this period (still going on, in RG day trips to RCA beach in Bolinas, 1999).
The 'achieved Result' here is the ts./ms. in B.8. above, from which a facsimile edition should be made in time.
Structurally, one can see further RG attempt (after OAKLAND (see XII.H below) & CAMBRIDGE M'ASS (XII.G.)), to reinhabit space/'format' of the 'book'/while allowing individual poems the 'whole world' they had in SENTENCES. This involved inventing a page design which would allow 6 individual poems on facing pages to be themselves AND 'telling a story' (or others making a 'story' otherwise) left-to-right/top-to-bottom & be history of an imagined 'day' (which is only turning pages of book themselves), in dutiful reading of imaginary facts of that place. (Some, in fact, were written back home in Berkeley.)
Also, it's an investigation of possible 'times in the work' (see RG Reading & Discussion of A Day At The Beach in V.A.4. & V.C.3. above), an investigation of narrative including 3 different 'times'. (?)
Seeking to write what happens at the edge of the World (see Robert Creeley note in III.B.7. above).
"Fall/Winter Family Home" in RG's Series (made of 4 poems on 2 facing pages) provided RG w/ instigation/inspiration.
Box 21

1. Envelope containing ca. 609 RG ts. poems gathered from notebooks toward book, from 1980-82

Scope and Content Note

w/ RG holograph note "NARRATION / for Bernadette Mayer" re time in the 'day' written on outside of envelope (155 pp. total)
Box 21

2. Oxford Index Card box w/ "A DAY AT THE BEACH"

Scope and Content Note

Written on top, containing 386 RG Selectric ts. poems centered on 386 5" by 8" index cards.
 

"Better Rejects 8/4/82"

Physical Description: (22 cards/poems)
 

"Rejects 8/4/82"

Physical Description: (364 cards/poems)
Box 21

3. Oxford Index Card box w/ "A DAY AT THE BEACH / 'second state' / (8/4/82)"

Scope and Content Note

Includes other information re design of the work written on top, containing 216 RG Selectric ts. poems centered on 216 5" by 8" index cards (219 cards total w/ section headings), numbered on backs, w/ top card inside bearing RG holograph note outlining design of "BEACH POEM" (being RG preliminary model for book eventually produced)
Box 21

4. RG Selectric ts. master for RG-produced 1st edition of A DAY AT THE BEACH (see B.5. below) w/ pages numbered on backs & arranged in sequence necessary for xeroxing 1st ed., w/ page design materials & RG holograph master image for cover/title page (86 pp. total) (ca. 1983)

Box 21

5. Copy of RG-produced 1st edition of A DAY AT THE BEACH (unnumbered, one of 40 made in ca. 1983)

Scope and Content Note

216 poems arranged (3 per page) on 72 8½" by 14" pages, w/ section headings (80 pp. total), stapled in brown covers (produced by RG on Kodak copier in Berkeley & given to friends) (RARE / SAVE !)
Box 21

6. Envelope containing Diane Ward ts. letter to RG, May 21, 1994

Scope and Content Note

Reproduction of Roof Books edition of A DAY AT THE BEACH, enclosing Charles Bernstein xerox reduction from RG-produced 1st edition (in B.5. above) toward 6" by 9" Roof format then under consideration (too small!)
Box 21

7. Envelope containing Diane Ward ts. letter to RG, June 14, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Regarding legibility problems ensuing from reduction to 70% from RG-produced masters for 1st edition, acknowledging agreed-upon 6" by 10" page format (a compromise/RG wanted 6" by 11"), enclosing 2 sample pages (1 typeset) & proposing to resolve problems by typesetting ms. (RG wanted to preserve typewriter spacing which, after basis established in SENTENCES, was then crucial to thinking/ procedure in RG poems, & so set about re-typing whole ms. w/ bigger letter images on better Selectric, see B.8. below)
Box 21

8. RG Selectric ts. master for Roof Books edition of A DAY AT THE BEACH

Physical Description: 216 poems arranged (3 per page) on 72 8½" by 14" pages, w/ 3 section headings (80 pp. total) + page design material, w/ pages numbered on backs, sent to Diane Ward in Summer 1994 to make 70% reduction for offset edition pub. by Roof in 1985 (RARE / SAVE !) (this--rather than either pub. Roof book or RG-produced 1st ed.--is true/real 'achieved form' of this work & should be used in future to make facsimile/8½" by 14" edition of A DAY AT THE BEACH!)
Box 21

9. Folder containing 4 pages from RG Selectric ts. master for Roof edition (in B.8. above) + 4 70% reductions made from same by RG, to test legibility of new masters at 70% reduction

Scope and Content Note

(much better / decision to make book with these)
Box 21

10. Xerox of RG holograph letter to DW, September 27, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing 8 'testamonials' to work (compiled by RG from solicited statements & letters previously sent RG re 1st ed.) for use on back cover + Donald Guravich photos for inside covers (9 pp. total)
Box 21

11. Envelope containing DW holograph letter to RG, November 7, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing page proofs for book (text & photos, w/ RG holograph annotations), DW holograph letter to RG, November 16, 1984 re cover colors & DW holograph letter to RG, December 13, 1984 (on back of further proofs of photos for inside covers) (89 pp. total)
Box 21

12. Folder containing contract materials, between James Sherry/ Roof Books & RG re book, July 1985

Physical Description: (12 pp. total)
 

JS holograph note to RG, July 1985

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing contract for book (written contract needed for National Endowment for the Arts grant purposes)
 

Xerox of RG holograph letter to JS, July 14, 1985

Scope and Content Note

re contract
 

Xerox of RG holograph letter to JS, July 22, 1985

Scope and Content Note

re contract
 

Xerox of contract, as modified by RG & signed by RG only

Scope and Content Note

(RG has in his possession contract signed by both RG & JS w/ "600 copies" changed to "1000 copies", apparently by JS holograph .
 

C. PHANTOM ANTHEMS

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

PHANTOM ANTHEMS was designed/typed & produced by RG (as an 82% reduction/offset from RG Selectric ts. images) & pub. by Leslie Scalapino's 0 Books (as the 1st 0 Books book) & RG in 1986 in an edition of 1,000 (unnumbered) paperback copies (LS financed the 1st 600/RG the remainder), w/ covers designed by LS. It was written between 1982 & 1986 & consists of 118 poems variously arranged on 7½" by 9" acid-free pages in 9 sections (112 pp. total)
COMMENT: To RG's surprise, although some poems in PHANTOM ANTHEMS echoed the methods/concerns of those in A DAY AT THE BEACH & a few were written in late afternoon/early evening (in westward-facing grasslands in the Berkeley hills), most were written indoors/in the kitchen at 2338 McGee Ave., Berkeley on loose 8½" by 11" sheets of paper (rather than the various notebooks which had been (& are now again) the basis of RG's practice) between 4 & 7 in the morning, in a condition of exhaustion/exasperation & (even) 'moral outrage' recovering as possible from RG's night shift as a legal proofreader in the 'belly of the beast' (which 'organ' was 25 floors in the air in the San Francisco financial district, a 'skyscraper' w/ sealed/plate glass 'views' of the very Bay Area 'real estate' the language of capitalism RG was helping to repair/activate (e.g. in shopping center leases) was gathering itself through the night into a sticky mass of Jaundice & Jarndyce-like provisions & provisos to utterly/completely destroy) where RG worked for a big corporate law firm 'to the best of his ability' some 28 hours per week for 16 years. Shocking. The language & subject matter of PHANTOM ANTHEMS directly reflect/ embody the material conditions of this new environment ('new' to RG!) where 'personnel' are but further/'human' 'resources' to be ground up into cash/sucked dry & discarded/terminated when profit-making potential's past (e.g. elimination of 'proofreading function' by BP & H in. May 1998, restoring 7 'oldtimers' to the pavement) ---i.e. there's a lot of legal diction, arguments w/ everything & everyone, hortatory bombast (Whitman's "puff"), rants against 'ills of civilization' etc. even more excessive (as usage, throwing more & 'wrong' words into the charm) than those RG was 'processing' in 'Document Processing' (as if, thereby, to cause the whole business to 'explode/ implode' & 'save the World?), contrasted w/ patient studies of dawn/light coming/walnut tree & roses visible life & 'values' evident yet out backyard window, 7 a.m.
So that strange night work gave RG vision of morning / specificity of things piecing themselves together out from 'naught' (reversing focus on, essentially, sun going down in beach poem), as well, & it was quiet in house then (w/ Amy, Kathleen Frumkin, KF's son Ezra & Larry Eigner (for whom RG was also working) asleep), to write.
And, there were xerox machines (many of them) at BP & H, so that RG was able to (learn to) struggle to produce the 82% reduction (from RG ts. original) documented above, from which offset master for book was made.
Box 22

1. Envelope containing 57 RG holograph drafts of poems in PHANTOM ANTHEMS, in the order in which they occur in book, written 1982-85

Physical Description: (83 pp. total)
Box 22

2. Envelope containing 98 RG tss. of poems in PHANTOM ANTHEMS, in the order in which they occur in book, from ca. 1984-85

Physical Description: (110 pp. total)
Box 22

3. RG ts. of ms. called TWENTY-SIX POEMS, submitted w/ RG's successful application for a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, February 29, 1984

Physical Description: (& xerox of same), being a draft of eventual 1st section of PHANTOM ANTHEMS/ showing stage of project at that time (42 pp. total)
Box 22

4. RG ms. called "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / (1st state/June 1985)", being a xerox of RG ts. (w/ RG holograph revisions)

Physical Description: (81 pp. total)
Box 22

5. RG ms. called "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / 2nd state/October 1985", xerox of RG ts. (w/ RG holograph revisions)

Physical Description: (93 pp. total)
Box 22

6. RG ms. called "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / 3rd state/l985", being a xerox of RG ts. (w/ RG holograph revisions)

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
Box 22

7. RG ms. called "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / 4th state/December 1985", xerox of RG ts. (w/ RG holograph revisions)

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
Box 22

8. Scrolled RG poem "THROUGH THE MANACLE", being proof sheet for RG/Frances Butler Broadside, printed & illustrated by Frances Butler & pub. by Poltroon Press in 1985(see III.A.23 above & XII.L. below) (in PHANTOM ANTHEMS)

Box 22

9. Scrolled 11" by 14½" RG poem "MAY DAWN HORIZON MANY GRACES POLLEN", being a xerox enlargement of text in PHANTOM ANTHEMS prefiguring RG's OWL / ON / BOU / GH (see IX.E. below)

Physical Description: (2 copies/pp. total)
Box 22

10. Envelope containing RG final ts. version of text (from which, via 82% xerox reduction, 0 Books edition was made), called "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / book masters/February 1986"

Physical Description: (114 pp. total w/ 2 page design pp.)

Scope and Content Note

(RARE / SAVE! -cd be instrumental in making a future edition.)
Box 22

11. 4 RG 82% trial reductions made from RG Selectric ts. book masters in C.10 above on Kodak photocopiers in Berkeley toward production of PHANTOM ANTHEMS offset masters.

 

"82% xerox # 2", marked "best copy"

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
 

"82% xerox # 3B / 4/15/86"

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
 

"82% xerox # 4 (darker) / 4/15/86"

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
 

"82% xerox # 5", marked "2nd best"

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
Box 22

12. RG 82% reduction made from RG Selectric ts. book masters in C.lO above marked

Physical Description: "82% xerox 8B / 5/6/86" & annotated by RG "this is auxiliary image 'go' copy--slightly inferior 'technically' to 8A but still good" etc., w/ RG holograph note to Kathleen Frumkin re labors of production & KF holograph reply (114 pp. total)
Box 22

13. RG layout material & various PHANTOM ANTHEMS paste-ups to scale, toward offset masters, June 1986

Physical Description: (51 pp. total)
Box 22

14. Envelope containing RG production material, marked "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / 100% xerox checksheet of final paste-up June 18/86"

Physical Description: (112 pp. total)
Box 22

15. Large padded envelope containing final result of RG's efforts to make book PHANTOM ANTHEMS

Physical Description: (ca. 224 pp. total) (RARE / SAVE!)

Scope and Content Note

-cd be used again to make future edition !)
 

Sealed package marked "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / Camera Ready Copy / June 1986"

 

Envelope containing "PHANTOM ANTHEMS / Printer's Dummy, June 1986"

Box 22

16. Folder containing advance print of PHANTOM ANTHEMS cover, as designed by Leslie Scalapino, & collaborative text describing book for publicity purposes by LS & RG

Physical Description: (6 pp.)
 

Xerox of LS ts. draft description

 

RG ts. revision/elaboration of LS draft (w/ holograph revisions by RG)

 

Xerox of frontispiece in PHANTOM ANTHEMS (a ... "complete dissection of the central and peripheral nervous system")

Box 22

17. Envelope containing PHANTOM ANTHEMS business materials

Physical Description: (13 pp. total)
 

Leslie Scalapino ts. letter to RG, January 10, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Re ms. of book, enclosing paper sample
 

Contract for book, signed February 22, 1986 by RG & LS

 

Receipt for RG payment of $516 (cost of copies 601-1,000) signed by LS & dated October 1, 1986

 

RG holograph worksheet computing cost of above copies

 

McNaughton & Gunn, Inca. Quotation re price of book, dated February 27

Scope and Content Note

, 1986, signed/accepted by LS
 

LS letter to Suzanne M. Kozma of McNaughton & Gunn, dated June 20, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Enclosing camera ready copy & printer's dummy for production of book
 

Folder of McNaughton & Gunn paper samples

 

RG lists of persons to receive review copies of book

 

Publicity sheet printing poems in book, prepared by LS

 

D. WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA was designed/typed & produced by RG as a xerox edition (from RG manual ts./holograph drawing writing images) on 8½" by 11" acid-free pages loose-leaved in sturdy black hinged box & pub. by Leslie Scalapino's 0 Books & RG in Oakland in 1991 in an edition of 400 (unnumbered) copies. It was written between 1987 & 1989, w/ 86 poems organized in 3 sections, w/ an introduction by LS on inside box covers (68 pp. total).
COMMENT: The 'idea' in WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA (in retrospect & very probably then) was to get off the IBM Selectric typewriter RG had made so many works/images on (including typing roughly half of Larry Eigner's poems on a Selectric, 1980-82) & in fact to get off the typewriter back into hand writing. In WHAT I BELIEVE, as pub. in A*BACUS edition made by RG (& oddly reproduced as 1st section of 0 Books work), typewriter images are doubly-struck on RG's old/high school manual Remington typewriter (& thus in result 'drawn'), & the rest are (reproduced) RG (sometiines/ left-handed) hand-drawn words--the dark/black 'thingness' of the letters was what was being sought ('sort of/like' thickness/ opacity of that condition 'spoken of'/in these poems). What a relief! (Elsewise 'trapped' in Charles Olson/ Larry Eigner/RG 'ownmost' construct (cf. 'voice' in NYC)). RG's developing aversion to 'corporate mentality' felt emanating from International Business Machines images was reinforced by evident impossibility of ts. 'translation' of many texts in WHAT I BELIEVE (see ms. in D.3. above) & esp. 4 poems on 4 pp. (pp. 13-16 of finished work, w/ PP., RG hand-numbered on backs of sheets) presenting 4 drawn versions of the 2 lines "my heart is beating / I am a beast" inscribed upon each other/making 1 interwoven knot (cf. Hugh Kenner's use of Buckminster Fuller's 'patterned integrity' in exegesis of Pound's 'vortex' in The Pound Era, pp. 145 ff.)--holding these 4 pp. (13-16) together up to the light makes 'something like' the fact of a heart beating in physical (paper) space/time. (RG balked at providing glosses to accompany holograph texts at the time, proposed by Leslie Scalapino (see exchange in D.15. above), disinclined to substitute any 'traducement'.)
However, faced w/ problem of how to extract holograph images 'directly' from RG notebooks via xerography, RG soon discovered that xerox images were also ('different') translations, that in fact decent first-stage xerox 'copies' were better than their originals (w/ darker/thicker/more legible lines), esp. those made on Kodak machines (darker/grainier images), & that it was going to be a lot of work to produce 1st the masters for 0 Books edition (see D.11. above) & then to locate/learn to run the best machine to make the second-stage xerox 'copies' (better than first-stage--actually 'new poems'!--whereas third-stage images begin to disintegrate/lose detail) (see history documented in D.12.-14. above) which are WHAT I BELIEVE TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING MINNESOTA itself.
Boxes were made, to RG's design (see D.1b. above), when it was felt loose-leaved format wd allow individual pages to be taken up/seen (1 possible sequence preserved by RG hand-numbering 24,800 pp.). RG glued on box hinges, & RG & daughter Amy glued Leslie Scalapino's introduction to inside box covers (w/ acid-free glue) by learning how.
RG & Kathleen Frumkin separated in October 1988.
Box 23

1. Folder containing 82 RG holograph poems on 8½" by 11" bond paper from beginning of WHAT I BELIEVE period, transitional work not included (some ok)

Physical Description: (87 pp. total)
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2. Folder w/ 12 RG holograph & ts. drafts of poems in WHAT I BELIEVE from ca. 1987

Physical Description: (11 pp. total)
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3. Envelope containing RG original manual typewriter images & holograph drawing poems from 1987-88, reproduced as such in RG issue of A*BACUS, No. 37 (October 1, 1988)

Physical Description: (37 pp. total)

Scope and Content Note

Ed. Peter Ganick & in eventual 0 Books edition (including original RG color holograph 4-page poem "my heart is beating / I am a beast", pub. in color in 0, No. 4 (1993), ed. Leslie Scalapino, which marks the beginning of RG's color holograph Drawing poem project r h y m m s) (RARE / SAVE!) + xerox copy of RG ms. sent Peter Ganick for A*BACUS version of WHAT I BELIEVE
Box 23

4. Some RG early xerox versions of WHAT I BELIEVE from ca. 1988

Physical Description: (23 pp. total)
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5. Folder containing 13 RG original holograph poems on 8½" by 11" pages included in facsimile in TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING, including prefatory matter

Physical Description: (10 pp. total)
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6. RG first-stage xerox images from RG notebooks of all poems reproduced in 0 Books edition of TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING

Physical Description: (47 pp. total) (1 p. has "copied by July 4, 1989")

Scope and Content Note

(many of these images included in eventual xerox master for edition), showing numerous examples of production of single 8½" by 11" pages from separate RG notebook pages
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7. Envelope containing WHAT I BELIEVE & TRANSPIRATION/TRANSPIRING organized as complete sets w/in a single text, comprised of first- & second-stage xerox images made from RG manual ts. & holograph writings, ca. Summer 1989

Physical Description: (54 pp. total)
Box 23

8. Folder containing RG first-stage xerox images of holograph drawing poems from a single RG notebook, September-December 1989

Physical Description: (73 pp. total)