On Alexander Trocchi and Wonder, High and Low

By caskew on June 2, 2017 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, What's New

One of the fastest ways to make any group of people disagree is to ask them to draw a hard line between high and low culture. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what one person considers great art, an achievement for all humankind, another considers vacuous. Popular culture is […]

Remembering Derek Walcott

By caskew on April 14, 2017 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Determining the boundaries of poetry, what it is and isn’t, what counts as ‘poetry’ and what doesn’t, is a thorny endeavor even – perhaps especially – for experienced poets. W.B. Yeats offered this standard: “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.” Poet, painter, and […]

Remembering David Meltzer

By caskew on March 2, 2017 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Born in 1937 to a cellist and harpist, poet and musician David Meltzer was perhaps destined to a life informed and enchanted by sound. As a child, he performed on the radio and on TV with The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. This strong musical heritage was only the beginning of Meltzer’s robust creative life. […]

Raymond Federman’s “Take It or Leave It”

By caskew on February 16, 2017 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

February marks the original release date of Federman’s third novel, Take It or Leave It. To celebrate this, we offer a peek into some of the materials related to the book in the Raymond Federman Papers. Published in 1976 by Fiction Collective, Take It Or Leave It exemplifies Federman’s boldly innovative style. The book follows the wild adventures of […]