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Series 1
Poetry, 1992-2012
Boxes 1-13, 15, 19-21

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of poetry written both by and for Jake Adam York from 1992-2012, including handwritten and printed drafts in various stages of development. Major topics of York's poetry include civil rights and race, personal narrative, and reflections on historical events. This series also includes manuscripts and drafts of poetry volumes that were eventually published, in particular A Murmuration of Starlings, Murder Ballads, and Abide. The poetry written by others for Jake Adam York includes poetry by former students and colleagues sent via email. Folder titles in this series are preserved from York's original folder titles.

Arrangement Note

Series is arranged in its original order.

Poetry by Jake Adam York
Box Folder Content
1 - “Postscript” for Evers, undated
1 - Poem to be Held in the Light, 2008-2010
1 - Sestina Playtime, 2011
1 - Secessions, 2007-2009
1 - Distant Relations, 2010
1 - Graber, undated
1 - HAL, 2009
1 - Civil Rights Memorial, undated
1 - Sensitivity, undated
1 - Not in Our Stars, 2007
1 - Poems for Dave Smith, 2008
1 - Letter/Bottle of Whiskey for Morgan, 2009-2010
1 - Toward a Documentary Poetry, undated
1 - Research, undated
1 - Leads, undated
1 - Escape Velocity, undated
1 - Dickinson/Audience, undated
1 - Elegy on an Empty Table, undated
1 - Mothlight, 2008
1 - Watershed, 2008
1 - Morse/Dee, 2007
1 - Skin Memory, 2009
1 - Photography, undated
1 - Slave Burial, 2005
1 - Light, Direction, Concentration, 2008
1 - Self-Portrait, undated
1 - Mothlight, 4-week, undated
1 - Montgomery, undated
1 - Walks, undated
1 - Echo Poems, undated
1 - Jerry Seigel, undated
1 - Mockingbird in L.A., undated
1 - Tapeworm, undated
1 - Shroud, undated
1 - Letter Written on Sassafrass Leaves, 2009
1 - Stanton/Miles, Columbus, GA, 2008
1 - Jack, Diagram, undated
1 - Counties, undated
1 - Hauntings, undated
1 - Letter from Oklahoma, 2007-2008
1 - Letter Written in the Breath, undated
1 - An Unfinished Sentence, undated
1 - Toll Booth Lady, 2003
1 - Ever, undated
1 - Elegy in Silk and Brass, 2012
1 - I Didn't Know What Time It Was, undated
1 - Self-Portrait as Superman, Alternate Take, undated
1 - You May Already Be a Winner, undated
1 - Self-Portrait with the Cast of Match Game 1976, 2012
1 - Calendar Days, 2012
1 - To Wink Martindale, 2012
1 - The You Tree, Relativity, 2012
1 - Golden Shovel, undated
1 - SFA 2012
1 - Grace, undated
1 - Last Call, undated
1 - H. Glover/Five Waltz, 2011
1 - Contopus, 2012
1 - Ben Chester White, undated
1 - Relent, 2006
1 - Alexander's Confession, 2008
1 - Self-Portrait with 28 Dead Birds, undated
1 - Reese/Voice/Afterlife, 2011
1 - Tape Loop for Collis, undated
1 - Zagajewski/Hesitation, 2012
1 - A (Partially) True Account of the Bully, undated
1 - Digging/Names, undated
1 - Postscript (Already Broadcast into Space) to Sun Ra, from Earth, undated
1 - Blue Shiff, 2012
1 - Arrowroot, undated
1 - Poems to Komunyakaa, undated
1 - Blueshifting, undated
1 - Self-Portrait in August, 2012
1 - Self-Portrait in a Plate-Glass Window, 2009
1 - Self-Portrait as Broadcast/Cryptomnesia, undated
1 - Sun Ra Prayer, undated
1 - Self-Portrait with Someone Else's Name, undated
1 - Listen, 2005
2 - Beauty as a Form of Discourse, 2008
2 - Daguerreotype, undated
2 - Reese, Elegy, undated
2 - Abide, 2012
2 - Vis Viva, Laws of Conservation, undated
2 - Fire Waltz, 2010
2 - Fire Waltz research, 2011
2 - Fire Next Time, 2012
2 - Self-Portrait in Someone Else's Hand, 2011
2 - Child, undated
2 - Nadie Olvida Nada, undated
2 - Crepuscule, undated
2 - Letter from Okemah, undated
2 - Coltrane, Japanese interviews, 2011
2 - Self-Portrait as Silence, 2011
2 - Propagation, undated
2 - Feedback, undated
2 - Feedback, Moron, undated
2 - Mementos, undated
2 - Evidence, undated
2 - Pilgrim's Rest, undated
2 - Submissions, undated
2 - Letter to be Found in a Catfish's Stomach, 2010
2 - Epistrophy, undated
2 - Monk's Music, 2011
2 - Matejka, Third Hand Letter, undated
2 - Scar, 2012
2 - Letters, notes and scraps, 2011
2 - Beginning with a Line by Agee, 2011
2 - Theory of Translation, 2011
2 - A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar, undated
2 - A Letter to be Read by Furnace Light, undated
2 - Letter to Okemah, Hayes, undated
2 - Letter Written on the James, to Joshua Poteat, undated
2 - Dear Brother, Payne, 2011
2 - Mayflower, Feedback, undated
2 - The Cruel Radiance, 2008
2 - Furnace, Exploded View, 2011
2 - Pastoral, 2009
2 - NARDIS, undated
2 - Letter Written on a Hundred Dollar Bill, to a Howlin' Wolf from Mississippi
2 - Meditations (Run-out), 2011
2 - Ammon's Letter, undated
2 - Letter Also to be Also Written to Albert Murray, 2011
2 - 'Round Midnight, undated
2 - Inscription, 2010
2 - Palms, Frank Morris, undated
2 - Sun Ra Letter, 2010
2 - Letter to Twombly, 2011
2 - Letter to be Read in a Ghost Town, undated
2 - Letter to be Erased from the Back of a Photograph, undated
2 - Letter Written in Four Hands, for Robert Glasper, 2010
2 - Letter to be Wrapped Around a 12-Inch Disc, for Major Jackson, undated
2 - Oumar Dia, undated
2 - 1861, undated
2 - Subtone Letter, undated
2 - Snuff, 2011
2 - McFee, Seven Questions, undated
2 - Cobb, CRM Poetry, undated
2 - Stembridge, Don't Ask, undated
2 - Maya Lin, Boundaries, undated
3 - 374, undated
3 - The Price of Poetry/Poems, undated
3 - Grove, undated
3 - Curvature, undated
3 - Rainwater Sabbath/Rain, undated
3 - Compositions from Denver, undated
3 - Compositions from Alabama, August 1997
3 - MUD, undated
3 - Rabbit, undated
3 - Notes on the Elegy, undated
3 - Home, undated
3 - Rust, 1996
3 - No More Boxcars, Willie, undated
3 - Memory, 1992
3 - Antiques, undated
3 - Orgasm, undated
3 - My Grandfather's Heart, undated
3 - Dinner/Plate/Remainder Guest, undated
3 - Sonnets, undated
3 - 1948, Photo, Storyteller, undated
3 - Angel, Chimborazo, undated
3 - Vietnam War Memorial, undated
3 - Spikes, undated
3 - Honest/Cops and Robbers, undated
3 - Bones, 1994
3 - A Moveable Feast, undated
3 - Unfiled poems, undated
3 - Curvature 4, 1996
3 - Jacob, undated
4 - Iron, August 1997
4 - Descendant, undated
4 - Curvature Sequence, undated
4 - Horseshoe Bend, undated
4 - Manhattan, Alabama, Voi ch'intrate, undated
4 - 3rd Shift, undated
4 - Iron, undated
4 - At Cornwall Furnace, undated
4 - Eating Mark Strand, undated
4 - Already, undated
4 - Field Knowledge, undated
4 - Orline, undated
4 - Appalachian Phrases, undated
4 - Fantasia for Charles Mingus, undated
4 - His Voice Moved Stones, 2001
4 - The Echo of Its Echo, 2000
4 - Made Beasts Lie Down, undated
4 - Trees Fall, undated
4 - Wake, undated
4 - Some November, undated
4 - Until Its Hold is Gone, undated
4 - Letter to be Wrapped around a 12-inch Disc, undated
4 - Abide, collection of poems, late November 2012
4 - Abide, collection of poems, 1 October 2012
4 - Unfiled handwritten poems, 1995
5 - The Crooked Hour, undated
5 - The Tree, 2012
6 - Poems for self-presentation, undated
6 - Amora Australia, written while at Cornell, undated
6 - Leaving Choctaw, undated
6 - In a Country Church, undated
6 - Couvade, undated
6 - Wake, worksheets, January 1995
6 - August, undated
6 - Gulf, undated
6 - There, There, undated
6 - Catch, undated
6 - Feedback, undated
6 - BLEW, undated
6 - Recombinant, undated
6 - Nighthouses 1/Aubade, undated
6 - Assorted, unfiled, handwritten poetry, undated
6 - Starling, Departing, undated
6 - Will Not Consume, undated
6 - The Famous Poet Reads Across Town, undated
6 - Untitled poems, handwritten, undated
6 - Old Man…, undated
6 - Umbrage, undated
6 - Untitled Poem in Progress, undated
6 - Table, developing poem, undated
6 - 1, Sestina, Roof/Child, World Trade Center Bombing, undated
6 - Janney, loose drafts and notes, undated
6 - Interference, et. al., Murder Ballads, undated
6 - Young Poet Gone to Seed, undated
6 - Curvature/drafts/workshop copies, 1995
6 - Curvature, loose and unfiled, undated
6 - Curvature, June 1995
6 - Curvature drafts, 1996
6 - Curvature, early drafts, undated
7 - Photo of my Mother as a Child, undated
7 - Tuck, drafts, undated
7 - At Sun Ra's Grave, My Brother the Wind, undated
7 - Substantiation, undated
7 - Murmuration, for Jimmie Lee Jackson, undated
7 - Testimony, undated
7 - A Murmuration of Starlings, undated
7 - Mothlight, after Stan Brakhage, undated
7 - Self-Portrait as a Field, undated
7 - Self-Portrait Florida, undated
7 - City of Grace, Jackson, including publication agreement, undated
7 - Oxford/Faulkner, undated
7 - Natchez, undated
7 - Meditation/Elegy, undated
7 - Collect, undated
7 - Homochitto, undated
7 - Anniston, 2009
7 - Persons Unknown, 2009
7 - A Natural History of Missouri, 2008
7 - Water Fountain, undated
7 - St. Delay, undated
7 - And Ever, undated
7 - Angel of Evidence, 2007
7 - Hands of a Person Unknown, 2009
8 - Say what, undated
8 - Current work as poems, undated
8 - How I Got That Name, undated
8 - Pop York's Eyes, undated
8 - Black Panthers, undated
8 - Home Movie, 2012
8 - Family Photographs, 2012
8 - Walking Denver, composition book, undated
8 - Legba Says, composition book, undated
8 - Interference, drafts and edits, 2002
8 - In the First Place, 2001
8 - Murder Ballads, chap, undated
8 - Robbery, undated
8 - A Tale Untold, 1992
8 - Rust, undated
8 - Christmas, 1993
8 - Master of None, undated
8 - Frozen Woman, 1995
8 - Stump, undated
8 - Geography for Beginners, undated
8 - Omissions, 2009
8 - Nocturne, undated
8 - Hear Island, undated
8 - American Novel, undated
8 - Interferometry, undated
8 - Wasps, undated
8 - Morning Prayers, undated
8 - Enormity/Empty Finger, undated
8 - The Kiss: 20th, undated
8 - August scraps, undated
8 - Sacre-Coeur, undated
8 - Rust and Feathers, undated
8 - The Song of the Water, undated
8 - The October Tide, undated
8 - O, Wonderful Autumn, undated
8 - Physical Algebra, undated
8 - New Orleans, undated
8 - A murmuring wind..., undated
8 - Mind the Gap, undated
8 - Monday, undated
8 - Signal, undated
8 - Hardsleep Knob, undated
8 - Thirst, undated
8 - In the Blind Man's House, undated
9 - Translator/Before the Court Martial, undated
9 - Making Love, undated
9 - Beale St.,Singer, 1999
9 - Beale St., Businessman?, 1997
9 - Watermelon, undated
9 - Beale St., Street Music, undated
9 - Beale St., 1994
9 - Beale St., Trumpet, 1997
9 - Bread, undated
9 - Orchard, undated
9 - Rust, 1997
9 - Farmer Watches His Wife Go, undated
9 - The Backward Cloth, undated
9 - The Aging Mathematician Loses Time, undated
9 - Junior Johnson, undated
9 - Root, undated
9 - South of Appomattox, undated
9 - Confederate, undated
9 - Returning, undated
9 - Kudzu, undated
9 - Shearing, undated
9 - Sims/Dieuer, undated
9 - Solstice, undated
9 - Uncle Outside, undated
9 - Short History of the Founding of Double Springs, undated
9 - Corbiere: fa: "Paris," undated
9 - Red Hand, undated
9 - Bones, 1994
10 - Storymother, 1996
10 - Iron, 2000
10 - Alabama notebook, undated
10 - Girl with Dog, undated
10 - Nighthouses, undated
10 - Milkman, undated
10 - Abide, undated
10 - Memphis Sestet/With Changes, undated
10 - Local Weather, undated
10 - Virgil Ware, Elegy, undated
10 - Beer poetry, undated
10 - Poetry Street, 2003
11 - Alabama Constitution, undated
11 - Poetry from Kenyon College, undated
12 - Corn, undated
12 - Bones, draft pages, undated
12 - Water, undated
12 - Poetry scraps, undated
12 - Graham's Forge, undated
12 - Tomatoes, undated
12 - Sermon/Preacher boy, WWJD, undated
12 - Southern Cross/Exile, undated
12 - Caesur/St. George and the Dragon, undated
12 - Cicadas, undated
12 - Cockroach, undated
12 - Sunday Afternoon, undated
12 - Sweet Chariot, undated
12 - For Rod, undated
12 - Evensong, undated
12 - The White Morning..., undated
12 - A Rainy Dream, undated
12 - Resurrection, undated
12 - Revenge, undated
12 - Sleepy Eyes, A Vision, undated
12 - Golgotha, undated
12 - Les Ecoliers Curieux, undated
12 - Virginia, undated
12 - Snow, undated
12 - Adam's Apple, undated
12 - A Marat, undated
12 - Balance, undated
12 - Shalako, Surely the Rats Slept..., undated
12 - Warwoman, undated
12 - Gold Hill, undated
12 - Tobacco, undated
12 - Hawk-wing, Hopkins, undated
12 - Indian Woman, undated
12 - Forge, undated
12 - Fountain of Youth, undated
12 - Forget, undated
12 - Fire, undated
12 - Poteat/Lightbox/Eroteme, undated
12 - Psalm 6, undated
12 - Jesus, undated
12 - Landing, undated
12 - Handler, 2004
12 - Abide, undated
12 - What Is Given, What Is Made, undated
12 - If You Can Speak, undated
12 - You Tree Table of Contents, undated
12 - Capital to My Brother's Bar, undated
12 - Larimar and Environs, undated
12 - 19 April 2005
12 - The 1500 m Freestyle and the Long Poem, undated
13 - Shroud, undated
13 - In Todd's House, undated
13 - Lyre, undated
13 - Letter/Inside Twombly, undated
13 - Postscript written on a J-card, undated
13 - Letter on a Record Sleeve, for Moran, undated
13 - Tapeworm, undated
15 - The Odour of Verse, Book One: Ed with pushpins, composition book, undated
15 - Slave's War/Two Wars, composition book, undated
15 - President, composition book, undated
15 - Baudelaire, composition book, undated
15 - Poems, composition, October 2000
15 - George Sandy's Metamorphoses, composition book, undated
15 - Poem exercises, composition book, undated
15 - Cedar Chest, composition book, undated
15 - Curvature, August 1996, composition book, undated
15 - West, composition book, undated
15 - Barbecue, composition book, September 1997
15 - Striations/Bones, composition book, 1994
15 - Poetry journals, 1993-2000
19 - Ekphrasis, undated
19 - Memphis Sestet, undated
19 - A Murmuration of Starlings, composition book, undated
19 - Knoxville Girl, undated
20 - Mano, undated
20 - Abide, undated
Poetry written by others
5 - Poem from Marc Laughton sent via email, 2010
5 - From Ralph Hammond from Arab, AL, former poet laureate of AL, undated
6 - Poems from Hjosh Kalscheur, undated
7 - McQuillian, Learning Angels, undated
7 - McQuerry, Lacemakers, undated
8 - John Donne, Meditation Poem, undated
8 - Krikalev, last Soviet Cosmonaut, undated
10 - Apostrophe to the Tallapoosa, undated
10 - Simmons Buntin, undated
11 - Student poetry from Kenyon College, 2011
11 - Poetry by Courtney Charles sent via email, 2011
12 - Poetry by Jennifer Bannister, undated
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