John M. Bennett Papers 1956-1985.
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II. Manuscripts. [series]: (478 items.)   
Scope: Consists of poems, letters and mail-art flyers, (1958-1983), bound by Bennett into volumes and miscellaneous unbound drafts of poems. The series are: The Trials of Harmony and Invention (bound volumes), Works (bound volumes), Journals (bound volumes), and Miscellaneous manuscripts (unbound drafts).


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II. 1. The Trial of Harmony and Invention. (24 items.)   
Scope: Consists of Ms and Ts drafts of poems, with titles of specific subdivisions on some volumes indicating the location where the work was done.


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II. 2. Works . (15 items.)   
Scope: Consists of ca. 4500 pages of poems in various drafts, bound together in 15 separate volumes. Consult data base for more detailed information.


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II. 3. Journals. (10 items.)   
Scope: Consists of 10 bound volumes containing correspondence to various persons on subjects ranging from personal, professional and literary matters. Also included are mail-art graphics, rubber stamp imprints, and business correspondence from Luna Bisonte Prods. Consult data base for more detailed information.


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II. 4. Miscellaneous manuscripts. (429 items.)   
Scope: Consists of unbound poems, mostly unrevised Ts drafts, including early poems written while an undergraduate at Washington University, love poems inscribed to his wife, Janifer, and translations from Spanish-language authors. Other poems are organized alphabetically by title.


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II. 4. a. Poetry. Consists of miscellaneous drafts of poems by Bennett, some of which are collected. (389 items.)
 
5 poems [poem]. 1960: December. (Ts. 7p. filed in Ser I.3 with note from Robert Bly, [1960:Dec].)
 
The derelict [poem]. [Oct-Nov]. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Nov 29. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
The derelict [poem]. Oct-Nov. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Nov 29.)
 
The derelict [poem]. Oct-Nov. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Dec 4.)
 
[Early poems] [poem]. 1961. (Ts. 29p.)
 
Evening song [poem]. 1962:June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:June 15. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Ferris wheel [poem]. July-August. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Aug 22.)
 
Ferris wheel [poem]. (Ts(cb). 1p. filed in Ser I.1 with letter from Palen to Bennett, [n.d.].)
 
Fugue no. 10 [poem]. 1961: March 5. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963 Feb 25.)
 
In the afternoon an old beggar [poem]. (Ts.(cb). 1p. filed in Ser I.1 with letter from Palen to Bennett, [n.d.].)
 
Letter five [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 6. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Letter four [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. light revision. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:June 6. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Letter one [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 5. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Letter six [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 6. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Letter three [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 6. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Letter two [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. light revision. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:June 5. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Love poems [[collection of poems]]. 1961-1963. (Ts, Ts(cb). 16p. several poems inscribed to Janifer [Bennett].)
 
Machine sea [[collection of poems]]. 1972. (Ts(x). 71p. Auto note on title page.)
 
Meditation [poem]. 1962: June 8. (Ts. light revision. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Aug 7. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Meditation [poem]. July-August. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Aug 22. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
The Mexican flower-woman [poem]. 1963: March 21. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Mar 21. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
The newlyweds in early winter [poem]. 1963: January 26. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Jan 27. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Poem [poem]. 1963: February 4. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser 1.2 in text of letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963: Feb 4.)
 
poem [poem]. 1963: March 5. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Mar 5. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Poem [poem]. 1963: March 5. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Mar 6. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Poem [poem]. 1963: March 7. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Mar 7.)
 
Poem about parting [poem]. Sept-Nov. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1966:Nov 11. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Poetry [[collection of poems]]. 1973. (Ts(x). 12p. Fellowship application to Literature Program of National Endowment for the Arts.)
 
The pomegranate [poem]. June 3-Aug 7. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Aug 7. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Selected poems [[collection of poems]]. 1966: April 12. (Ts(x). 54p. prefacefd by TLS(x) to John Palen.)
 
Spanish guitar [poem]. [1962] [6]. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 9. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
Spanish guitar [poem]. 1962: June. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962: June 15. Inscribed to JHB from Bennett.)
 
[Unititled] [[collection of poems]]. 1964: September 7. (Ts, Auto. heavy revision. 19p. consists of 2 untitled collections of poems.)
 
White [[collection of poems]]. 1974: February 17. (Ts(x). 76p. auto inscription on title page.)
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II. 4. b. translations A. Consists of miscellaneous translations by Bennett. (22 items.)
 
[Translations] [poems]. [n.d.]. (Ts, Ts(cb). light revision. 14p. translations of poems by Machalde, Neruda, Jimenez.)
 
Machado, Antonio. The river awakens (f1) [poem]. 1961: October 18. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1962:Oct 13. Translation by Bennett of poem by Antonio Machado.)
 
Mistral, Gabriella. Sleeplessness [poem]. (Ts. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Mar 12. Translation by Bennett of poem by Gabriella Mistral.)
 
Paz, Octavio. Between your legs there is a well of sleeping water [poem]. [1963]: [January] [22]. (Auto. light revision. 1p. filed in Ser I.2 with letter from Bennett to Janifer Holley Bennett, 1963:Jan 22. Translation by Bennett of poem by Octavio Paz.)
 
Vigo, Edgardo-Antonio. The state of mail art in South America 1977 [essay]. 1977. (Ts, Ts(x). light to moderate revision. 2 drafts, 14p. filed in Ser I.1 with letter from Bennett to Mike Crane, 1977:Aug 15 translation by Bennett of essay by Edgardo-Antonio Vigo.)
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II. 4. c. Miscellaneous manuscripts--prose. Consists of miscellaneous prose pieces by Bennett. (15 items.)
 
[Ritual manuscripts] [[prose]]. [n.d.]. (Ts(x), Ts(x)s. 16p. instructions for various rituals.)
 
Thoughts for Barbara [[prose piece]]. (Ts. 1p.)
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II. 4. d. Cassette tape. Consists of one 60 minute audio cassette tape, (1982), of Bennett reading his poems from Blender, Nips Poems, Time Release, Meat Watch, Puking Horse, and The Same. (1 item.)