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Collection of uncorrected poetry proofs


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Originally compiled by bookseller Chloe's Books, this collection contains uncorrected proofs of poetry collections written by various authors between 1984 and 1998, arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author or editor. These advance proofs allowed authors to make corrections to the books before the final versions were printed and released. All of the copies are softcover uncorrected proofs, except where noted. Publicity materials that were originally laid into the proofs, including newsletters, press releases, publishers' letters to reviewers, and other ephemera, are found throughout the collection. The texts were produced by many different publishing companies, including large publishers such as Knopf, Penguin, and Norton, several university presses, including the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, and Miami University, and small private presses such as Sheep Meadow Press, Thunder's Mouth Press, and Graywolf Press.

The poets whose work comprises this collection range from Pulitzer prize winners to educators to performance artists. All of the books included in this collection would go on to be published in the United States, but many of the authors featured were born outside of the continental United States, such as Miguel Algarín, Nina Cassian, Ariel Dorfman, Arthur Gregor, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Giannēs [also spelled Yannis] Ritsos. This collection also features works from several former state poet laureates, including Carol Muske-Dukes (California) and Ellen Bryant Voigt (Vermont), as well as 1992 United States Poet Laureate Mona Van Duyn.

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Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Box 2: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons (6 inches)

Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscripts boxes (3 inches)

Gift, Chloe's Books, 2018.

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University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2021 September 30
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Algarín, Miguel. Love is Hard Work. New York: Scribner, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Afterword by Ishmael Reed.

Allen, Dick. Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F2
Anania, Michael. Selected Poems: 1965-1994. Wakefield, RI: Moyer Bell, 1994.
Box 1 Folder F3
Barnstone, Willis. Algebra of Night: New & Selected Poems. Riverdale on Hudson, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F4
Beckman, Joshua. Things Are Happening: Poems. Philadelphia: American Poetry Review, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Introduction by Gerald Stern. Winner of the APR / Honickman First Book Prize.

Behn, Robin. The Red Hour. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.
Box 1 Folder F6
Biespiel, David. Shattering Air: Poems. Foreword by Stanley Plumly. Brockport, NY: Boa Editions, Ltd., 1996.
Box 1 Folder F7
Bruce, Debra. What Wind Will Do: Poems. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F8
Bush, Barney. Inherit the Blood: Poetry and Fiction. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985.
Box 1 Folder F9
Scope and Contents

This proof edition lacks the illustrations by Daryl Trivieri.

Cassells, Cyrus. Beautiful Signor. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F10
Scope and Contents

Excerpts from Hilda Morely and W.S. Merwin precede the text.

Cassian, Nina. Take My Word for It. New York: Norton, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F11
Christopher, Nicholas. Under 35 : The New Generation of American Poets. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F12
Scope and Contents

The publication date on the front cover is corrected in ink. Contributions by Henri Cole, Elaine Equi, Mary Jo Salter, David Trinidad, Robert McDowell, Jack Skelly, Cynthia Zarin, and others. Blurbs by Alfred Corn, A.R. Ammons, Maxine Kumin, and others.

Clinton, Robert. Taking Eden: Poems. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F13
Coles, Katharine. A History of the Garden: Poems. Reno / Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F14
de Nicolas, Antonio. T. Remembering the God to Come, With a Prologue by William Packard. New York: Paragon, 1988.
Box 1 Folder F15
Digges, Deborah. Late in the Millennium: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F16
Dischell, Stuart. Evenings and Avenues. New York: Penguin Poets, 1996.
Box 1 Folder F17
Dorfman, Ariel. Last Waltz in Santiago: And Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance. New York: Penguin, 1988.
Box 1 Folder F18
Scope and Contents

Translated by Edith Grossman.

Eisenberg, Susan. Pioneering: Poems from the Construction Site. Ithaca: IRL Press/Cornell University Press, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F19
Funkhouser, Erica. The Actual World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F20
Glazner, Greg. Singularity. New York: Norton, 1996.
Box 1 Folder F21
Scope and Contents

Cover comment by James Dickey.

Gregor, Arthur. The River Serpent: And other poems. Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY: Sheep Meadow, 1994.
Box 1 Folder F22
Jordan, Barbara. Trace Elements. New York: Penguin, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F23
Kane, Paul. Poetry of the American Renaissance: A Diverse Anthology from the Romantic Period. New York: G. Braziller, 1995.
Box 1 Folder F24
Scope and Contents

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, and others.

Kavanaugh, James. Laughing Down Lonely Canyons. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984.
Box 1 Folder F25
Kinzie, Mary. Autumn Eros: And Other Poems. New York: Knopf, 1991.
Box 1 Folder F26
Kramer, Larry. Brilliant Windows: Poems. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F27
Kruger, Michael. At Night, Beneath the Trees: Selected Poems. New York: Braziller, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F28
Scope and Contents

Translated by Richard Dove.

Levin, Harriet. The Christmas Show, With an Introduction by Eavan Boland. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F29
Logan, William. Vain Empires. New York: Penguin, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F30
Marcus, Morton. Pages from a Scrapbook of Immigrants: Poems. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1988.
Box 1 Folder F31
Mariani, Paul. The Great Wheel. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996.
Box 1 Folder F32
Marlis, Stefanie. Rife: Poems. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F33
Mayerson, Charlotte. The Death Cycle Machine: Poems. New York: Crown, 1995.
Box 1 Folder F34
Scope and Contents

Publisher corrections on the back cover. A paragraph on the cover by Kurt Vonnegut.

McDowell, Robert. Quiet Money: Poems. New York: Holt, 1987.
Box 1 Folder F35
Mitsui, James Masao. From a Three-Cornered World. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.
Box 1 Folder F36
Scope and Contents

Cover comment by Garrett Hongo.

Moss, Thylias. Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler: Poems. New York: Persea, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F37
Scope and Contents

Uncorrected softcover bound galley.

Muske, Carol. Applause. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F38
Scope and Contents

Uncorrected proof made of stapled, photocopied sheets with the publisher's label on the first page.

Myers, Jack. As Long As You're Happy: Poems. St. Paul: Graywolf Press, 1986.
Box 1 Folder F39
Scope and Contents

Includes commentary by Seamus Heaney.

Neville, Tam Lin. Journey Cake. Kansas City: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F40
Parini, Jay. House of Days. New York: Holt, 1998.
Box 1 Folder F41
Patrick, William B. These Upraised Hands: Poems. Brockport, NY: Boa Editions, 1995.
Box 1 Folder F42
Piercy, Marge. Mars and Her Children: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1992.
Box 1 Folder F43
Ping, Wang. Of Flesh & Spirit: Poems. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 1992.
Box 2 Folder F1
Ponsot, Marie. The Bird Catcher: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1998.
Box 2 Folder F2
Preston, Elaine. Look for Field to Land: Poems. Bridgehampton, NY: Bridge Works, 1994.
Box 2 Folder F3
Ragan, James. Lusions. New York: Grove Press, 1997.
Box 2 Folder F4
Ragan, James. The Hunger Wall. New York: Grove Press, 1995.
Box 2 Folder F5
Ransom, Jane. Scene of the Crime: Poems. Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1997.
Box 2 Folder F6
Ritsos, Yannis. Exile and Return: Selected Poems 1967-1974. New York: Ecco Press, 1985.
Box 2 Folder F7
Scope and Contents

Translated by Edmund Keeley.

Rivard, David. Torque. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.
Box 2 Folder F8
Scope and Contents

Stapled photocopied sheets with the publisher label attached to the front cover.

Rohrer, Matthew. A Hummock in the Malookas: Poems. New York: Norton, 1995.
Box 2 Folder F9
Rosen, Michael J. Telling Things. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997.
Box 2 Folder F10
Rutsala, Vern. Backtracking. Santa Cruz: Storyline Press, 1985.
Box 2 Folder F11
Sandy, Stephen. Man in the Open Air: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1988.
Box 2 Folder F12
Seidel, Frederick. These Days: New Poems. New York: Knopf, 1989.
Box 2 Folder F13
Shabtai, Aharon. Love & Selected Poems. Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1997.
Box 2 Folder F14
Scope and Contents

Translated by Peter Cole.

Short, Gary. Flying Over Sunny Liston. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1996.
Box 2 Folder F15
Scope and Contents

1996 WESTAF book award winner for poetry.

Silk, Dennis. Hold Fast. New York: The Viking Press, 1984.
Box 2 Folder F16
Skinner, Jeffrey. A Guide to Forgetting: Poetry by Jeffrey Skinner. St. Paul: Graywolf Press, 1988.
Box 2 Folder F17
Scope and Contents

A volume from the National Poetry Series selected by Tess Gallagher that includes a statement by Gallagher on the front cover.

Song, Cathy. Frameless Windows, Squares of Light: Poems. New York: Norton, 1988.
Box 3 Folder F1
Spires, Elizabeth. Annonciade: Poems. New York: Viking, 1989.
Box 3 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

A comment by Anthony Hecht is attached to the front cover.

Trinidad, David. Answer Song. New York: High Risk/Serpent's Tail, 1994.
Box 3 Folder F3
Tsvetayeva, Marina. Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva. New York: Dutton, 1987.
Box 3 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

A comment by Ted Hughes on the back cover. Translated by Elaine Feinstein.

Tucker, Memye Curtis. The Watchers. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998.
Box 3 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Uncorrected advance sample pages. Winner of the 1998 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.

Van Duyn, Mona. Near Changes: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1990.
Box 3 Folder F6
Vazirani, Reetika. White Elephants. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
Box 3 Folder F7
Scope and Contents

Winner of the 1995 Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Introduction by Marilyn Hacker.

Viereck, Peter. Archer in Marrow: The Apple­wood Cycles, 1967-1987. New York: Norton, 1986.
Box 3 Folder F8
Scope and Contents

A word and a correction on the cover in ink.

Voigt, Ellen Bryant. The Lotus Flowers. New York: Norton, 1987.
Box 3 Folder F9
Volkman, Karen. Crash's Law. New York: Norton, 1996.
Box 3 Folder F10
University of Pittsburgh Press. New Fall Books 1988. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.
Box 3 Folder F11
Scope and Contents

Catalog containing titles scheduled for publication between September 1988 and January 1989.

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