And a happy new year…Holiday Cards by Poets

Poets House exhibition Alice Notely cardPostcard by Alice Notley. Photograph: Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University

As the 2104 holiday season wraps up let’s finish the year with a look at how some of our most beloved poets shared the holiday love. Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets currently on view at Poet’s House features over 40 works by poets who included creative correspondence as a component of their offerings.

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“Holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, including Langston Hughes, Alice Notley,  Ted Berrigan, Seamus Heaney, and Sylvia Plath. Ranging from intimate exchanges to collaborative artworks to annual original compositions, the pieces in the show offer a fascinating look at the ties of love and friendship behind the literary success, as well as at shifting styles and conventions in correspondence.”





Poets House exhibition Card by Robert Duncan and Jess, 1965Card by Robert Duncan and Jess, 1965.  Photograph: Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University

Poets House exhibition seamus heaneyGreetings from Seamus Heaney, 1976. Photograph: Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University

Poets House exhibition Langston Hughes cardHoliday greetings from Langston Hughes, 1953. Photograph: Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University

Most of the cards live at the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University where poet and co-curator of the exhibition Kevin Young presides.

Full exhibition checklist (pdf)

More at the Guardian: Poets’ holiday greetings cards: an intimate glimpse into genius

Holiday Bonus:

Past Poets House exhibit of a selection of Robert Frost’s Christmas cards which were all published at the Spiral Press and printed by Joseph Blumenthal.
and of course Charles Bukowski made a habit out of issuing New Year’s Greeting Cards through his publisher Black Sparrow Press.

Previously on Book Patrol:
Emory University Unleashes The Danowski Poetry Collection 04/2008

Wilde News: Newly discovered items, books from his library and more

Wilde as an undergraduate, April 3, 1876.Oscar Wilde as an undergradute

A couple of recent Oscar Wilde related happenings instigated this look into the holdings available through the DPLA.

First there is a new program produced by KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, which highlights the unparalleled Oscar Wilde collection that resides at The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles.

Then we found out that The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The National Library of the Netherlands, has discovered in its holdings five books from Wilde’s own library

And if that is not enough Wilde goodness The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has an upcoming exhibition on Wilde featuring several newly discovered works including a notebook from around 1880, with unrecorded versions of early poems and with drawings ; a hand-corrected typescript of the play Salome; and a draft of part of his poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” (1898), with previously unknown variations.


Wilde portraitAn 1882 portrait of Wilde by N. Sarony

Wilde Woman of No Importance 1893from a production of A Woman of No Importance, 1893

Wilde Salome NYPLundated image from a production of Salome

Wilde Salome film adaptation 1922from a 1922 film adaptation of Salome by Charles Bryant featuring Nazomova

Salome german edition illusAubrey Beardsley illustration from a 1918 German Edition of Salome published by H. Böhme

Wilde Vincent Price asVincent Price as Oscar Wilde in the Broadway production of the one-man play “Diversions and Delights” Baltimore, 1978

 This post originally appeared on the blog of the DPLA

Previously on Book Patrol:
A Birthday Salute to Oscar Wilde
A Wilde Mystery
Wilde Times, 2007

We’re Still On The March: A look back to Wrightsville, Georgia 1980

Wrightsville, Georgia march

Wrightsville is an anachronism of the most disturbing kind. All the tired marches and all the old songs serve up reminders of hopes still unfulfilled, of how far we have not come – Ron Taylor

As we rise up yet again against the racism, the injustice and the police misconduct that continues to stifle this country let’s revisit the goings on in a small Georgia town in 1980.

On a May night shots rang out in the black part of town. A young black girl was wounded and a white policeman was grazed. By then the citizens of Wrightsville had already begun to push back against the racist behavior of Johnson County Sheriff Roland Attaway. After the shots were fired Attaway and his cronies moved in and arrested upward of 40 people of color, many of whom were held for days without being charged and were unable to speak to an attorney.

Ron Taylor a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, who is quoted above, wrote about the troubles in an article for Southern Changes, titled What’s Wrong With Justice in Wrightsville:

Johnson County Sheriff Roland Attaway keeps two microphones dangling from the roof outside his office in Wrightsville, Georgia, for the purpose of tape recording his critics. The last few months, he has not liked what he has heard. Moreover, the criticism has made it difficult for him to run his county the way he is accustomed to running it. A host of “outside agitators,” liberal lawyers and nosy newsmen have poked fun at his habit of arresting people without charging them with anything.


In the last roundup, following sniper fire in a Black section of that racially troubled town, Attaway managed to nab at least 38 suspects (he never seemed to know just how many himself) and succeeded in getting two leaders of the Black protest there indicted on a host of curious charges that included inciting a riot that apparently his deputies helped start. During the past few months, Blacks and Whites in Wrightsville have scuffled on the courthouse lawn; a little girl, a woman and a policeman have been wounded, and every extremist group in Georgia, left and right, has shown its colors there. The miracle, say those who have watched the painful developments, is that nobody has been killed.

Civil rights march in Wrightsville, Georgia, September 20, 1980





These photos are from a march held on September 20, 1980. The protest was led by Reverend E. J. Wilson and Southern Christian Leadership Conference official John Martin, the two men who had both been indicted.



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In 1983 a civil rights suit was filed against Sheriff Roland Attaway and his cohorts. And guess what? An all-white jury found them not guilty.

”I just think it’s a sad day for all black people, for white people and for the South…’This is 1983, but it has shadows of the 1960’s. Every day since the trial began on Jan. 10 we had to look at 12 white faces. Faces of middle-class whites who could not understand the lifelong plight of my clients.” said Donald C. Keenan, chief attorney for the plaintiffs.

When will it end.

The photos were taken by Kenneth Walker for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and now reside at the Georgia State University Library