Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative publishes original research, based on primary sources and related to figures central to or associated with the New American Poetry. Under the guidance of an extended scholarly community, the work is done by students in the English Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as by guest fellows, and supported by private donors, foundations, and the Center for the Humanities.

These chapbooks are a gold mine, so rich and important, and may well give rise to a new generation of writers."
-Diane di Prima

LOST & FOUND FALL 2014 PUBLIC EVENTS

Ed Sanders: A Book of Glyphs
Thursday, September 18, 6:30pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre
Join legendary author, musician, and Fugs founder Ed Sanders for a visual presentation and discussion of his latest publication, A Book of Glyphs. Learn more about this event here.

Naropa at 40
Wednesday, November 5, All Day
The Skylight Room (9100)
Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with two panels on “keeping the world safe for poetry.” Speakers include Ammiel Alcalay, Anselm Berrigan, Renee Gladman, Alan Gilbert, Erica Hunt, Vincent Katz, Rachel Levitsky, Tracie Morris, Eileen Myles, Jena Osman, Michelle Naka Pierce and Anne Waldman. Learn more about this event here.

Editing Archival Materials: Robin Blaser’s Astonishment Tapes
Friday, December 5, 4pm
English Department Lounge
Join literary scholar Miriam Nichols as she discusses the work behind her publication of Robin Blaser's Astonishment Tapes, an 800+ page transcript of 20 audiotapes. Following her talk, Nichols will be joined by Ammiel Alcalay and several Lost & Found editors in a round-table discussion on problems in contemporary textual scholarship. Learn more about this event here.

 

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LOST & FOUND SERIES IV
May, 2014

Literary Nonfiction/ Poetry History & Criticism/ Poetics/ Research 
$25 | Set of 8 Chapbooks | 600 pages

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series IV consists of eight beautifully printed chapbooks (600 pages in all), featuring rare and unpublished texts, including late work by Harlem Renaissance poet Helene Johnson, Adrienne Rich’s teaching materials, a newly discovered film script by Edward Dorn, the formative correspondence of Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan, and a facsimile reproduction of Vincent Ferrini’s 1946 Tidal Wave: Poems of the Great Strikes. This collection consists of:

Edward Dorn: Abilene! Abilene! (Parts I & II) (ed. Kyle Waugh)
Vincent Ferrini: Before Gloucester (eds. Ammiel Alcalay & Kate Tarlow Morgan)
Helene Johnson: After the Harlem Renaissance (ed. Emily Rosamond Claman)
Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan: Selected Letters 1945-1946 (PARTS I & II) (ed. Bradley Lubin)
Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Parts I & II) eds. Iemanjá Brown, Stefania Heim, erica kaufman, Kristin
Moriah, Conor Tomás Reed, Talia Shalev & Wendy Tronrud
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LOST & FOUND SERIES III

December, 2012

Literary Nonfiction/ Poetry History & Criticism/ Poetics/ Research  
$25
Set of 8 Chapbooks | 500 pages

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series III consists of the following eight beautifully printed chapbooks (500 pages in all) of original research and extra-poetic work (correspondences, journals, critical prose) and the extraordinary blue-ink facsimile edition of Lorine Niedecker’s Homemade Poems.
Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War 
(Anne Donlon, editor)
Lorine Niedecker: Homemade Poems (John Harkey, editor)
John Wieners & Charles Olson: Selected Correspondence (Parts I & II) (Michael Seth Stewart, editor)
Diane di Prima: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture (Ammiel Alcalay and Ana Božičević, editors)
Edward Dorn: The Olson Memorial Lectures (Lindsey Freer, editor)
Michael Rumaker: Selected Letters (Megan Paslawski, editor)
Letters to & from Joanne Kyger (Ammiel Alcalay and Joanne Kyger, editors)

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LOST & FOUND SERIES II

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Margaret Randall: Selections from El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn
Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
Jack Spicer’s Beowulf: Selections
Robert Duncan: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture

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LOST & FOUND SERIES I

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Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: Selections from the Collected Letters, 1959-1960
The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara: 1955-1956 (Parts I & II)
Darwin & the Writers: Muriel Rukeyser
PHILIP WHALEN’S JOURNALS 1957-1977: SELECTIONS (PARTS I & II)
The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference Robert Creeley’s Contests of Poetry: with selections from Daphne Marlatt’s Journal Entries

 

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Lost & Found:The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Your support will ensure that our editors can continue to unearth, preserve, and expand poetic texts related to New American Poetry.

Thank you for supporting Lost & Found and the research of students at The Graduate Center, CUNY!

 

Lost & Found has established itself as one of the most exciting developments on the literary and cultural scene, creating a new model for cultural recuperation. Those who have come to our events, like the tribute to Muriel Rukeyser, the electrifying reading by Diane di Prima, Jerome Rothenberg’s 80th birthday celebration, or the reunion of old friends Joanne Kyger and Michael Rumaker, know very well what kind of energy Lost & Found has generated.

Those getting to know the scholarship of our graduate students realize that a new generation of cultural critics and literary historians is in the making. And publishers are taking notice as Lost & Found Elsewhere embarks on two new projects: Michael Rumaker’s Robert Duncan in San Francisco (with selected correspondence & interview), edited by Ammiel Alcalay and Megan Paslawski, due out from City Lights in 2012, and the stunning discovery of Muriel Rukeyser’s unknown Spanish Civil War novel, Savage Coast (Costa Brava), edited and annotated by Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, due out from Feminist Press in 2013.

For more on Lost & Found, read Joanne Kyger's piece on the series on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog, and an interview with Ammiel Alcalay and Ana Božičević on The Volta.

We hope you enjoy Series III!

You can purchase Series I-IV of Lost & Found directly from this site using Paypal. You don't need a Paypal account to complete your purchase.

 

ABOUT LOST & FOUND
 

Lost & Found also initiates research, works with living writers and their heirs, and organizes seminars and events that promote new, cooperative models of textual scholarship and publication. Taking the New American rubric writ large, to include the affiliated and unaffiliated, the precursor and follower, our aim is to open the field of inquiry and include ancillary materials of importance to the writers themselves. In focusing on extra-poetic work (correspondence, journals, transcriptions of lectures), Lost & Found illuminates unexplored terrain of an essential chapter of 20th-century life. Utilizing personal and institutional archives located throughout the country, Lost & Found scholars seek to broaden the vision of our literary, cultural, and political history. In addition to the annual series, the Initiative has joined with select publishers for book length projects emerging from our research, to appear under the general title Lost & Found Elsewhere.

 

Poised at the intersection of scholarly investigation, innovative publishing, public programming, and the preservation of cultural heritage, each Lost & Found project emphasizes the importance of cooperative work and the relationship of archival materials to a living legacy.

 

 

LOST & FOUND ELSEWHERE

 

Lost & Found Elsewhere is a unique new series of book-length projects emerging from the research of Lost & Found editors. Working in partnership with select publishers, these books bring to light unpublished or long unavailable materials that have emerged alongside or as part of the Lost & Found project. Available in this series:

Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters
Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn
ed. Claudia Moreno Pisano

University of New Mexico Press, 2013
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From the end of the 1950s through the middle of the 1960s, Amiri Baraka (1934–2014) and Edward Dorn (1929–99), two self-consciously avant-garde poets, fostered an intense friendship primarily through correspondence, as seen in this University of New Mexico Press edition. The early 1960s found both poets just beginning to publish and becoming public figures. Bonding around their commitment to new and radical forms of poetry and culture, Dorn and Baraka created an interracial friendship at precisely the moment when the Civil Rights Movement was becoming a powerful force in national politics. The major premise of the Dorn-Jones friendship as developed through their letters was artistic, but the range of subjects in the correspondence shows an incredible intersection between the personal and the public, providing a schematic map of what was so vital in postwar American culture to those living through it.

Their letters offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity. Reading through these correspondences allows access into personal biographies, and through these biographies, profound moments in American cultural history open themselves to us in a way not easily found in official channels of historical narrative and memory.

Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker

Expanded edition, with selected correspondence and interview edited by Ammiel Alcalay and Megan Paslawski
City Lights Publishers, 2013
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A newly expanded edition of an enduring classic, Robert Duncan in San Francisco is both a portrait of the premier poet of the SF Renaissance and a fascinating account of gay life in late 1950s America. Following his graduation from Black Mountain College, Michael Rumaker made his way to the post-Howl, pre-Stonewall gay literary milieu of San Francisco, where he entered the circle of Robert Duncan. His account of that time gives an unvarnished look at Duncan's magnetic personality and occasional failings, while delivering vivid snapshots of other significant poets like Jack Spicer, John Wieners, and Joanne Kyger, against the backdrop of legendary North Beach haunts like The Place, Vesuvio, and City Lights Books. Contrasting Duncan's daringly frank homosexuality with his own then-closeted life, Rumaker conjures up with harrowing detail an era of police persecution of a largely clandestine gay community struggling to survive in the otherwise "open city" of San Francisco. First published in 1996, this expanded edition includes a selection of previously unpublished letters between Rumaker and Duncan, and an interview conducted for this edition, in which Rumaker provides further reflections on the poet and the period.

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights), The Gay & Lesbian Review, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) L.A. Letters, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) Bookslut, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) Lambda Literary, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) San Francisco Chronicle, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) San Francisco Weekly, 2013

 

Savage Coast
Muriel Rukeyser 

Edited, with an introduction by Rowena Kennedy-Epstein
The Feminist Press, 2013
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A young reporter in 1936, Muriel Rukeyser traveled to Barcelona to witness the first days of the Spanish Civil War. She turned this experience into an autobiographical novel so forward thinking for its time that it was never published. Recently discovered in her archive, this lyrical work charts her political and sexual awakening as she witnesses the popular front resistance to the fascist coup and falls in love with a German political exile who joins the first international brigade.

Rukeyser's narrative is a modernist investigation into the psychology of violence, activism, and desire; a documentary text detailing the start of the war; and a testimony to those who fought and died for freedom and justice during the first major battle against European fascism.

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), The Paris Review, June 11, 2013.

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), The New York Times Book Review, June 7 2013

All Clear Ahead: Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), Los Angeles Review of Books, May 21, 2013

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), Publishers Weekly, April 1, 2013

 

A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester
Peter Anastas

With an afterword by Ammiel Alcalay
Back Shore Press
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Also available from book stores or from distributor Byers Books, Ann Byers, 978-283-9294.

Between 1978 and 1990, Peter Anastas published 620 columns on the editorial page of his hometown newspaper, the Gloucester Daily Times. Anastas' weekly column, "This Side of the Cut," recalled his childhood during the 1940s. He shared stories of his Greek immigrant family and the rich diversity of social life he experienced growing up on the Boulevard and in Gloucester's inner city. Walking to and from school, and later around the city, Anastas came to know the look and feel of each neighborhood, the unique character of local businesses, the people themselves through their stories. He watched the fishing vessels being unloaded on Gloucester's historic waterfront and he tramped the woods and beaches of the town, observing the abundant wildlife and unspoiled natural environment.

All of this Anastas described in clear, direct prose, as though entering into dialogue with the people and place of his birth. Anastas also wrote about changes in the landscape, often with a sense of what the consequences would be of precipitous development or unplanned growth. Yet what shines through these selected newspaper columns, and those he subsequently wrote for alternative media under the rubric of "A Walker in the City," is a native's love and concern for his homeplace.

Review of A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester by Peter Anastas (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Back Shore Press) Enterprise News, 2013

Brian James' Review of A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester by Peter Anastas (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Back Shore Press) 2013