Scope and Contents: The James Tate Papers consists almost entirely of Tate’s correspondence with Charles Simic. These letters provide an interesting insight into Tate’s writing and his ideas on contemporary poetry, and many include Tate’s opinions on and suggestion for Simic’s poetry. Some letters also contain discussions on other contemporary poets. All letters are from Tate. Other items in the collection include manuscripts by Tate: “Cruisin’ Even.” Typescript, 1 page on verso of letter to Simic, 1972: October 8. “Return to a Place Lit by a Hamburger.” Typescript, 1 page, on postcard to Simic, 1975: November 12. “A Guide to the Stone Age.” Typescript, 1 page no date. “Urgent Letter to Charles Simic Concerning the State of Poetry and the Angel of Death.” Typescript, 1 page 1970: February 27.