Series A - Papers, manuscripts, documentation

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  • 1963-1998 (Creation)

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The fifteen boxes of papers consist of eleven boxes of original manuscripts, including working drafts and final drafts of texts from 1966 to 1998. There is one box of files for two magazines that Stephen Morrissey edited and published, what is and The Montreal Journal of Poetics, between 1973-1985. There are also three boxes of documents and literary archives relating mostly to the Montreal poetry scene. These boxes contain audio and video tape recordings of poetry readings; photographs by Stephen Morrissey including colour slides and black and white photographs of poets giving readings and colour photographs of poets; a collection of poetry magazines; posters for poetry readings, and information on poets handed out at their readings; and broadsides of poems, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. There are also items from the 1990s.

The eleven boxes of manuscripts, working drafts, notebooks, and manuscripts of Morrissey’s writings have resulted in seven published books of poetry; these are The Trees of Unknowing (Montreal, Vehicule Press, 1978), Divisions (Toronto, Coach House Press, 1983), Family Album (Vancouver, Caitlin Press, 1989), The Compass (Montreal, Empyreal Press, 1993), The Yoni Rocks, (Montreal, Empyreal Press, 1995), The Mystic Beast (Montreal, Empyreal Press, 1997), and Mapping the Soul, New and Selected Poems 1978-1998 (Winnipeg, The Muses' Company, 1998). As well, there are five chapbooks; these are Poems of a Period (Montreal, 1971), The Divining Rod (Edmonton, Greensleeve Editions, 1993), The Beauty of Love (Vancouver, The Poem Factory, 1993), The Carolyn Poems (Vancouver, The Poem Factory, 1994), 1950 (Vancouver, The Poem Factory, 1996), and several broadsides. Copies of the poetry books are included in the respective boxes.

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