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Collection of materials received by Jack E. Lorts from and concerning the poet Larry Eigner. Includes correspondence and poem typescripts from Eigner and two letters from poet Cid Corman. Lorts had undertaken a college paper on Larry Eigner and began corresponding with him as part of that project.
American poet Larry Eigner, 1927-1996, wrote his poetry in an open form, sometimes referred to as "spatial poetry". This collection is primarily composed of a large number of his poems as well as rough drafts. Also included are some of Eigner's prose writings and his correspondence with poets, publishers and librarians, which give insight into his life and art.
This collection originated in the library of Ruth Bloom, a cousin of poet Larry Eigner. The materials relate to the life and work of Eigner, including some correspondence, newspaper clippings, draft poetry, and published poetry and prose.
Robert Grenier (born 1941), an American poet and educator, transcribed these poems of Larry Eigner (1927-1996) in the early 1980s. He consulted with Eigner to assure that the typewritten transcriptions were correct and represented the poet's intentions. The transcriptions are from Eigner's Notebooks D, E, and F and poems numbered 1-1124.