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Robert Kelly Papers

Identifier: 2001-0081

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence between George Minkoff, Robert Kelly and "Button", primarily in regard to the publication of a broadside of Common Shore, Book 5.


  • 1967-1969


The collection is open and available for research.


Robert Kelly was born 24 September 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Samuel Jason and Margaret Rose (Kane) Kelly. He attended City College, now City College of the City University of New York, (A.B., 1955) and Columbia University (1955-1958). He has been employed as a translator (Continental Translation Service, New York City, 1955-1958), lecturer in English (Wagner College, New York City, 1960-1961) and assistant professor of English (1961-1968) and professor of English (1974-) at Bard College. He has also been the co-director of the writing program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1974-). He is a co-founder, with George Economou, of the Chelsea Review (1957-1960) and Trobar (1960--); editor of Matter (1963--); assistant professor of English (1964) at the State University of New York at Buffalo; visiting lecturer in modern poetry (1966) at Tufts University; and conducted a fiction workshop at the New York City Writers Conference, Staten Island (summer, 1967). He has been Poet-in-residence at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (1971-1972), University of Kansas (1975), Dickinson College (1976), and Naropa Institute (1977--). Kelly has received the Los Angeles Times First Annual Book Award (1980) for Kill the Messenger Who Brings Bad News and the American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation (1991) for In Time.


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Language of Materials



The collection contains correspondence between George Minkoff, Robert Kelly, and "Button," primarily in regard to the publication of a broadside of Common Shore, Book 5.


The materials are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Unknown, purchase probable. A collection of Kelly's manuscripts are housed at the Lockwood Memorial Library, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to literary materials, especially those associated with Black Mountain College, Charles Olson and the Beat Generation Poets. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.


POETRYArmed Descent, Hawk's Well Press, 1961. Her Body against Time (English and Spanish editions), Ediciones El Corno Emplumado, 1963. Tabula, Dialogue Press, 1964. Enstasy, Matter, 1964. Matter/Fact/Sheet/1, Matter, 1964. Matter/Fact/Sheet/2, Matter, 1964. Round Dances, illustrated by Josie Rosenfeld, Trobar, 1964. (With Jerome Rothenberg) Lunes/Sightings, Hawk's Well Press, 1964. Lectiones, Duende, 1965. Song XXIV, Pym-Randall Press, 1966. Weeks, Ediciones El Corno Emplumado, 1966. Words in Service, Robert Lamberton, 1966. Devotions, Salitter, 1967. Twenty Poems, Matter, 1967. Axon Dendron Tree (long poem), Matter, 1967. Crooked Bridge Love Society, Salitter, 1967. A Joining: A Sequence for H.D., Black Sparrow Press, 1967. Alpha, J. Fisher, 1967. From the Common Shore, Book V, Minkoff, 1968. Songs I-XXX, Pym-Randall Press, 1968. Statement, Black Sparrow Press, 1968. Sonnets, Black Sparrow Press, 1968. Finding the Measure, Black Sparrow Press, 1968. The Common Shore, Books I-V: A Long Poem about America, Black SparrowPress, 1969. We Are the Arbiters of Beast Desire, MBVL, 1969. A California Journal, Big Venus, 1969. Kali Yuga, Grossman, 1970. Flesh, Dream, Book, Black Sparrow Press, 1971. Ralegh, Black Sparrow Press, 1972. The Pastorals, Black Sparrow Press, 1972. Reading Her Notes, Salisbury Press, 1972. The Tears of Edmund Burke, privately printed, 1973. The Mill of Particulars, Black Sparrow Press, 1973. Whaler Frigate Clippership, Tansy, 1973. The Belt, University of Connecticut Library, 1974. The Loom, Black Sparrow Press, 1975. Sixteen Odes, Black Sparrow Press, 1976. The Lady Of, Black Sparrow Press, 1977. The Convections, Black Sparrow Press, 1977. The Book of Persephone, Treacle Press, 1978. Kill the Messenger Who Brings Bad News, Black Sparrow Press, 1979. Sentence, Station Hill Press, 1980. Spiritual Exercises, Black Sparrow Press, 1981. The Alchemist to Mercury: An Alternate Opus, edited by Jed Rasula, NorthAtlantic, 1981. Mulberry Women, illustrated by Matt Phillips, Hiersoux, 1982. Under Words, Black Sparrow Press, 1983. Thor's Thrush, Coincidence Press, 1984. Not This Island Music, Black Sparrow Press, 1987. The Flowers of Unceasing Coincidence, edited by George Quasha, Station HillPress, 1988. Oahu, St. Lazaire Press, 1988. Ariadne, St. Lazaire Press, 1991. Manifesto for the Next New York School, Leave Press, 1991. A Strange Market, Black Sparrow Press, 1992. Red Actions: Selected Poems, 1960-1993, Black Sparrow Press, 1995. The Time of Voice: Poems, Black Sparrow Press, 1998. PROSEThe Well wherein a Deer's Head Bleeds, (play; produced in New York, 1964), Black Sparrow Press, 1968. The Scorpions, Doubleday, 1967. Eros and Psyche, (play; music by Elie Yarden), produced in New York, 1971 . In Time(essays and manifestos), Frontier Press, 1971. Cities, Frontier Press, 1972. Sulphur, privately printed, 1972. A Line of Sight, Black Sparrow Press, 1974. Wheres, Black Sparrow Press, 1978. The Cruise of the Pnyx, Station Hill Press, 1979. How Do I Make Up My Mind, Lord?: Story Devotions for Boys, illustrated by Tom Maakestad, Augsburg, 1982. A Transparent Tree, McPherson, 1985. The Mail of Mann: The Story of the Isle of Man Post Office, Manx AssociatedPublications, 1988. Doctor of Silence, McPherson, 1988. Cat Scratch Fever, McPherson, 1990. Queen of Terrors, McPherson, 1994 EDITOR(With Paris Leary, and contributor) A Controversy of Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Doubleday, 1965. Paul Blackburn, The Journals, Black Sparrow Press, 1975. Contributor to a variety of literary magazines, including Chelsea Review, Trobar, Caterpillar, and Sulfur.
Robert Kelly Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2002 May
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