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John M. Bennett Papers (MSS009)

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Correspondence, Box 1-32

Manuscripts, Box 33-94

Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97

Mail Art, Box 98-143

Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149

Personal Papers, Box 150-156

Ephemera, Box 157-176

Audiovisual, Box 177



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John M. Bennett Papers (MSS009), 1956-2014 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: John M. Bennett Papers (MSS009), 1956-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-2014

ID: MSS/MSS/009

Primary Creator: Bennett, John M., 1942-

Extent: 177.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A large portion of the Bennett Papers consists of mail or correspondence art, a unique blend of painting, drawing, stickers, rubber stamp work, found objects, poetry, clippings, collage, etc., which are then sent through the postal system. Like all mail artists, Bennett is also a recipient of mail art, and his Papers include hundreds of examples of the work of many of the leading correspondence artists working today. The Bennett Papers also include his own manuscripts and poetry journals, as well as a large collection of small press publications, including Lost and Found Times, and a complete collection of printed items from Luna Bisonte Prods. Bennett carries on an extensive correspondence with artists, poets, and small press editors and his Papers contain a good portion of this correspondence as well.

Collection Historical Note

John M. Bennett is an American author and artist whose work, though not well known to the academic community, has made a significant contribution to the world of innovative poetry. Born in Chicago, Bennett received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1970. He taught Hispanic literature from 1969 to 1976 at Ohio State University.

Bennett is the author of numerous books of poetry, all published by small presses, including Luna Bisonte Prods, his own press. Much of his poetry relies upon the visual experience of the poem for its effect. The interplay of texts with space, the physical appearance of the page, and the printing process itself are all important elements in Bennett's work. He is also one of a growing number of poets and artists who have made innovative use of inexpensive mimeographic and xerographic processes. Luna Bisonte Prods, which he founded in 1976, publishes a variety of printed pieces including broadsides, rubber stamp art, labels, and stickers. Since 1975, Bennett has also produced the Lost and Found Times.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and Purchase of John M. Bennett

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-32],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 33-94],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97],
[Series 4: Mail Art, Box 98-143],
[Series 5: Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149],
[Series 6: Personal Papers, Box 150-156],
[Series 7: Ephemera, Box 157-176],
[Series 8: Audiovisual, Box 177],
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Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 33-94Add to your cart.
Consists of poems, letters and mail-art flyers, (1958-1983), bound by Bennett into volumes and miscellaneous unbound drafts of poems.
Sub-Series 2.1: Material Toward Books, Box 33-45Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1.a: Trial of Harmony and Invention, Box 33-40, 1958-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bound manuscript drafts, volumes 1-24Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1.b: Glue, Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript draftAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1.c: rOLLing COMBers, Box 40-42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 8 proofsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: 2 printer's copies (1 Jim Wiese's)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1.d: Mailer Leaves Ham, Box 43-44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript [photocopy] (Jim Wiese's master copy)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: TypescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 6 proofsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Final editsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1.e: Chac Prostibulario, Box 44-45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 9 draftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: 3 proofsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.2: Translations, Box 46Add to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous translations by Bennett.
Folder 1: [Translations] [poems].Add to your cart.
(Typescript and typescript [carbon], light revisions, 14 pages, translation of poems by Machalde, Neruda, Jimenez
Sub-Series 2.3: Prose, Box 46Add to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous prose pieces by Bennett.
Folder 1: [Ritual manuscripts]Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 16 pages, instructions for various rituals
Folder 2: Thoughts for BarbaraAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Sub-Series 2.4: Works, Box 47-76Add to your cart.
Consists of 57 bound volumes, numbered 1 - 72, ranging from 1972 to 2009. Missing volumes 26 - 44, from 1989 to 1997. Goes to volume 63 in 2006, then volumes go back to 59 in 2006 and continue from there with several repeating numbers.
Sub-Series 2.5: Journals, Box 77-83Add to your cart.
Consists of 23 bound volumes, numbered 9 - 38, ranging from 1966 to 2007. Missing volumes 1 - 8, dates unknown, and 19 - 25, 1978 - 1992.
Sub-Series 2.6: The Book of John M. Bennett, Box 84-91Add to your cart.
Consists of 40 notebooks ranging from 1979 to 2010, containing drafts, ideas, and poems.
Sub-Series 2.7: Coph Notes and Poems, Box 92Add to your cart.
Consists of five 1983-84 5 notebook
Sub-Series 2.8: Poetry, Box 92-94Add to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous drafts of poems by Bennett, some of which are collected.
Folder 1: Antologia Semilaria [collection of poems]1970Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 7 pages
Folder 2: Blank Blue Side of Chevy [collection of poems]1969Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 10 pages
Folder 3: Buy Poetry [collection of poems], [no date]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 15 pages
Folder 4: A Few Since California [collection of poems]1966Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 9 pages
Folder 5: Fifteen Papers of Poems [collection of poems]1984Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 15 pages
Folder 6: Lost Objects: New Poems 1967 [collection of poems]1967Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 13 pages
Folder 7: Love poems [collection of poems]1961-1963Add to your cart.
Typescript and Typescript [carbon], 16 pages. Several poems inscribed to Janifer Bennett
Folder 8: Machine Sea [collection of poems]1972Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 71 pages
Folder 9: My Mouth Become Insects [collection of poems]1968Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 13 pages
Folder 10: On Material Presented to the Washington University Library [collection of poems]1958-1964Add to your cart.
Typescript, 17 pages
Folder 11: Poems [collection of poems]1967Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 13 pages
Folder 12: Poems for Reflections: Washington University Student Review [collection of poems]1961: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Typescripts, 29 pages
Folder 13: Poetry [collection of poems]1973Add to your cart.

Typescript [photocopy], 12 pages

Fellowship application to Literature Program of National Endowment for the Arts

Folder 14: Poetry by John M. Bennett [collection of poems]1979Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 16 pages
Folder 15: Selected Poems [collection of poems]1966: April 12Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 54 pages, prefaced by typed letter signed [photocopy] to John Palen
Folder 16: Spitting [collection of poems]1985Add to your cart.
Typescripts [photocopy], 72 pages, first version
Folder 17: Rejects [collection of poems]1983-1985Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [photocopy], 64 items. Titled rejects by Bennett
Folder 18: White [collection of poems]1974: February 17Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 76 pages
Folder 19: Miscellaneous poemsAdd to your cart.
341 items, arranged alphabetically by title or first line
Sub-Series 2.9: Offprints, Box 94Add to your cart.
3 items

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-32],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 33-94],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97],
[Series 4: Mail Art, Box 98-143],
[Series 5: Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149],
[Series 6: Personal Papers, Box 150-156],
[Series 7: Ephemera, Box 157-176],
[Series 8: Audiovisual, Box 177],
[All]


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