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Abstract

Papers of Hannah Weiner (1928-1997), a New York City poet and significant member of the "language-centered" group of writers. The papers, covering the years 1946-2002, contain notebooks, typescripts of poems, prose works, typed transcriptions of notebooks, audiorecordings, and miscellaneous materials. Included are materials for Clairvoyant Journals 1974: March - June Retreat (1978), Code Poems: From the International Code of Signals for the Use of All (1982), The Fast (1992), The Magritte Poems (1970), and Spoke (1984).

Biography

Hannah Weiner was born on November 4, 1928, in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Providence Classical High School in June 1946. She attended Radcliffe College and graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, in English Literature in 1950. After a brief marriage, she took various jobs in New York City, and began writing poetry around 1963. Her first book, The Magritte Poems, was published in 1966. In the late 60s, Weiner participated in several events within the visual arts scene in New York City. Her most notable "poetry event" was the International Code of Signals. In the early 70s, she commenced her primary body of written work, a series of experimental journals which were in part "clairvoyantly" dictated. I See Words became both her manifesto and method of composition.

Weiner's Clairvoyant Journal 1974 was published by Angel Hair Books in 1978, followed by LittleBooks/Indians (Roof Books, 1980) and Nijole's House (Potes and Poets, 1981). She became one of the most prominent individuals involved with the "language-centered" movement of poets and experimental prose writers. Her work was featured in Ron Silliman's anthology, In the American Tree, Douglas Messerli's Language Poetries, and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, edited by Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews. She was awarded a creative writing fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986. Other important collections of her poetry include Spoke (Sun & Moon Press, 1984), The Fast (United Artists Books, 1992), Silent Teachers Remembered Sequel (Tender Button, 1994), and We Speak Silent (Roof Books, 1996). Weiner's manuscript Page, as well as selections from her Clairvoyant Journal and Little Books/Indians have been published posthumously by various presses.

Hannah Weiner died in September 1997 in New York City.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hannah Weiner Papers contain notebooks (1971-1979, 1984, 1990-1992, and 1997) and typed transcriptions from the notebooks which provided the basis for several of her books. Also included are significant unpublished materials in both notebook and manuscript form, typescripts of poems and prose works, cassette audiorecordings of several poetry readings, and a small amount of miscellaneous material. The bulk of the collection dates between 1971 and 1979 with some documentation of the early 1990s and the year prior to Weiner's death. The materials are arranged in three series: 1) WRITINGS, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, and 3) AUDIORECORDINGS.

SERIES 1: WRITINGS

The WRITINGS series is arranged in three subseries: A) Notebooks, B) Manuscripts and C) Posthumous Publications. The first subseries contains bound notebooks which are arranged chronologically. There are three primary sequences of notebooks, 1971-1975, 1976-1979, and 1990-1992. These notebooks consist largely of undated entries which document Weiner's creative process. The second subseries gathers typed transcriptions from the notebooks, as well as typescripts of poems published in magazines or anthologies and short prose pieces. The final subseries contains correspondence sent between Charles Bernstein and various other editors for the posthumous publication of some of Weiner's well-known works, including Clairvoyant Journal and Page. Editor-annotated manuscripts and page proofs are also included.

SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series contains several versions of resumes and biographical lists of artistic activities and publications. It also includes miscellaneous photographs and memorabilia.

SERIES 3: AUDIORECORDINGS

The AUDIO RECORDINGS series contains tape recordings made of Hannah Weiner's readings between 1974 and 1994. All of the readings occurred in New York City, largely at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's.

Notebooks

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1 1 Notebook #2 - The Hell Book, begins January 24, 1971.
1 2 Notebook #3 - Hell Book II, ends ca. 1971.
1 3 Notebook #4 - Hell Book III.
1 4 Notebook #5 - Heaven Book.
1 5 Notebook #6 - Ides of March, begins March 15, 1971.
1 6 Notebook #7 - At B Blue's.
1 7 Notebook #8 - Apts for Rent, begins March 15, 1971.
1 8 Notebook #9 - The Rose Continued.
1 9 Notebook #10 - The Bus Terminal.
1 10 Notebook #11.
1 11 Notebook #12 - The Loft.
2 1 Notebook #13 - Halfway through.
2 2 Notebook #14 - (No Name).
2 3 Notebook #15 - New Place.
2 4 Notebook #16 - Orpheum.
2 5 Notebook #17, June 21, 1971.
2 6 Notebook #18 - Toilet Paper.
2 7 Notebook #19 - 4 Days.
2 8 Notebook #20 - Mareng Again.
2 9 Notebook #21 - Country 1.
2 10 Notebook #22 - Country 2.
2 11 Notebook #23 - The Last Week.
3 1 Notebook #24 - Almost.
3 2 Notebook #25 - Capture.
3 3 Notebook #26 - More Country.
3 4 Notebook #27 - More Country 2.
3 5 Notebook #28 - More Country 3.
3 6 Notebook #29 - More Country 4.
3 7 Notebook #30 - Astrology - MC5.
3 8 Notebook #32 - City.
3 9 Notebook #33 - Leap Year.
3 10 Notebook #34 - Potatos [sic].
3 12 Notebook #36 - E.
3 14 Notebook #38 - Blue Book.
4 1 Notebook #39.
4 2 Notebook #40 - I.
4 3 Notebook #41 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 1.
4 4 Notebook #42 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 2.
4 5 Notebook #43 - The Book of Exorcism (Between I and _) Part 3.
4 6 Notebook #44 - 1972, August.
4 7 Notebook #45.
4 8 Notebook #46.
4 9 Notebook #47.
4 10 Notebook #48.
4 11 Notebook #49, 1972.
4 12 Notebook #50 - Funny.
5 1 Notebook #51, 1972.
5 2 Notebook #52 - Autumn, 1972.
5 3 Notebook #53 - "no wrong", 1972.
5 4 Notebook #54, November 17, 1972.
5 5 Notebook #55 - Eating, November 25, 1972.
5 6 Notebook #56 - Eating, 1972.
5 7 Notebook #57, 1972.
5 8 Notebook #58 - End of December, 1972.
5 9 Notebook #59, January 1, 1973.
5 10 Notebook #60, January 6, 1973.
5 11 Notebook #66, March 11, 1973.
6 1 Notebook #67, March 21, 1973.
6 2 Notebook #68, April 4, 1973.
6 3 Notebook #73, July 7, 1973.
6 4 Notebook #74, July 31, 1973.
6 5 Notebook #75, August 30, 1973.
6 6 Notebook #77, December, 1973.
6 7 Notebook #80, January, 1974.
6 8 Notebook #81, March - April, 1974.
6 9 Notebook #85, February - March, 1975.
6 10 Notebook #87, April 27, May - June, 1975.
7 1 Notebook #98 - You Scribble in It (Retreat 76?).
7 2 Notebook #99 - After June Retreat, June - July, 1976.
7 3 Notebook #104A - " I Like OK", December 7, 1976.
7 4 Notebook #107 - Gray Book, May 13, 1977.
7 5 Notebook #107 - Friday, May 13, 1977.
7 6 Notebook #108 - Gray Book, May 19 - 22, 1977.
7 7 Notebook #109 - Gray Book, July 1, 1977 and February, 1978.
7 8 Notebook #111 - Black Book - Sheets, October - December, 1977.
7 9 Notebook #111 - Sheets - I see words (copy), October - December, 1977.
7 10 Notebook #122 - Charlemagne (cover note: father dies dead), June 11, 1978.
7 11 Notebook #123 - Cont, June 14, 1978.
7 12 Notebook #128 - I Just Remembered It, October 14, 1974(?).
7 13 Notebook #129 - October 26.
7 14 Notebook #131 - Page 4, October 29.
7 15 Notebook #138 - Silent Cont, April 7 - 24, 30, 1979.
7 16 Notebook #142, July 19, 1979.
7 17 Notebook - 1984, July (The Zuo One?) Part 4 - 83 lines.
8 1 Notebook #2, April 23, 1990.
8 2 Notebook #1, June 27 - September 13, 1990.
8 3 Notebook #1, September 14 - October 1, 1990.
8 4 Notebook #3, October 1 - 4, 1990.
8 5 Notebook #4, October 5 - 8, 1990.
8 6 Notebook #5, October 9 - 15, 1990.
8 7 Notebook #6, October 15 - 31, 1990.
8 8 Notebook #7, November 1 - 20, 1990.
8 9 Notebook #8, November 20 - December 7, 1990.
8 10 Notebook #9, December 8, 1990 - January 8, 1991.
9 1 Notebook #10, Jnauary 11 - August 13, 1991.
9 2 Notebook #11, August 14 - October 31, 1991.
9 3 Notebook #12, November 1, 1991 - January 12, 1992.
9 4 Notebook #13, January 13, 1992.
9 5 Notebook #14, Autumn, 1992 (?).
9 6 Notebook #15, September 29, 1992 - January, 1993.
9 7 Notebook #25, July 15, 1997.
9 8 Notebook #26, November 13, 1997.
9 9 Unnumbered notebook.
9 10 FB27104 Journal entries in drawing pad, plus artwork. Undated. Oversize.

Manuscripts

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10 1 1990 Welcome in Sentences. Typescript.
10 2 Abazoo. Manuscript and photocopy, 1988 - 1988.
10 3 All Words are Seen. Typescript, ca. 1979 - 1980.
10 4 Article subtitle. Typescript, 1990 - 1990.
10 5 Astral Visions. Typescript.
10 6 Book of Revelations. Manuscript.
10 7 Children from the Trees. Typescript published in Little Lights 5., 1982 - 1982.
Clairvoyant Journal.
10 8 1973 Original - "Retreat", June, 1973.
10 9 1973 Original - "Original retyped June 1973".
10 10 1973 Original, July - September, 1973.
10 11 1973 Original, October - November, Christmas, 1973.
10 12 1973 original (hand-drafted pages), September - November, 1973.
10 13 1974 typsecript.
10 14 1974, March - June retreat. Photocopy of manuscript, stapled, with handwritten notes on final page.
10 15 1974, cuts.
10 16 Clairvoyant Journal typescript., 1975 - 1977.
10 17 Clairvoyant Journal. Published edition used as a reading copy and signed by Steve McCaffery..
11 1 Code Poem. Visuals and graphics, 1968 - 1968.
11 2 Code Poems.
11 3 Complete Edition. Typescript and photocopy, 1990.
Country Girl.
11 4 Typescript transcription with annotations of notebooks #30 and #31.
11 5 Typescript transcription with annotations of notebooks #21, #22, #26, #28, and # 29.
11 6 Typescript, 1971.
11 7 Dear Andrew letter peyote, ... Typescript. Dark Ages Class - the Daisy Root #1, ending 1989.
11 8 Dear Douglas - Merida, Christmas 1964. Photocopy published in El Corno Emplumado #18, April 1966.
11 9 Early poems.
11 10 Explain Yourself and untitled journal entries beginning "A Beautiful Sunday..." Numbered pages 42-145.
11 11 Fast Day (Country Girl?), Sections 1-10.
11 12 Fast Day, Sections 11-23.
12 1 Fast Day, Section 31.
12 2 Feb. 11 (I Ams [sic] Spring) and Feb. 15 (I Ams [sic] a Little Word Book). Typescript.
12 3 Great Me Sentences. Typescript.
12 4 Guatamala photocopy of typescript published in New American Writing #7, Spring 1991.
12 5 Hannah youre scared a little plus subject. Typescript.
12 6 I Believe. Typescript.
12 7 I See Words.
12 8 I See Words. Published in the Ron Silliman issue of The Difficulties, vol. 2, no. 2 (1985).
12 9 I was awakened this morning by the sound of the train horn. Typescript.
12 10 I don't doubt. Typescript.
12 11 If workshop. Photocopy of typescript.
International Code of Signals.
12 12 Script and graphic material, 1968.
12 13 Original graphics in black-and-white and colored pencil.
12 14 Slides.
13 1 Art object.
14 1 Jackson Mac Low. Photocopy of typescript.
14 2 FB27105 Just like Charles likes it / I seem yellow words. Poem composed on six sheets of a watercolor pad.
14 3 Magritte Poems. Published in Poetry Newsletter (Sacramento, Ca.), 1970.
14 4 Many lit let times I counseled you... Manuscript.
14 5 Meaning Bus Halifax to Queensbury. Typescript published in Tuyone (Fall 1990).
Mostly About the Sentence.
14 6 Manuscript.
14 7 Typescript published in Jimmy and Lucy's House of "K" (1986), 1984.
14 8 Mother thinks thats a great / poem but I should cut it out. Typescript.
14 9 My period plus my second line. Typescript.
14 10 Narrative. Typescript collaboration between Abigail Child and Hannah Weiner published in Avec #3 (Fall, 1990) without identifying initials next to stanzas.
14 11 Obligated. A short typescript prose piece about Ted Berrigan.
14 12 Once there was a girl... Manuscript.
14 13 Other Person. Typescript.
Page.
14 14 A manuscript dated 1990, June 4. Three sections: Page (44 pages), Articles (53 pages), Same Page (19 pages).
14 15 1990 manuscript sent to Charles Bernstein.
14 16 FB27106 Large mailing envelope with handwritten notes.
15 1 Pictures and Early Words. Typescript transcription of notebooks #48, 49, 50, 51, 52, and 55 dated September 1972.
15 2 Radcliffe and Guatemalan Women. Typescript..
15 3 Remembered Sequel. Photocopy of typescript.
15 4 Research important conflict two obedient. Typescript, 1990.
15 5 Returning to the Edge. Typescript published in Gandhabba #4, 1986.
15 6 Saturday, May 11. Published in Only Prose (July 1977).
15 7 Sign Language of the American Indian. Typescript.
15 8 Sins Deadly Some. Typescript.
15 9 Sis explain energy we feel slightly without... Typescript.
15 10 Skies. Typescript.
15 11 Some. Photocopy of typescript published in Acts #3 (1984).
15 12 Sorry no title. Typescript.
Spoke.
15 13 Original - Book 2 of 5, June - July, 1981.
15 14 Original - Book 3 of 5, 1981.
15 15 Strict obedience. Typescript.
15 16 Subject. Photocopy of typescript.
15 17 Subliminate. Typescript.
15 18 Ubliminal. Typescript.
15 19 Untitled prose piece ("It is interesting that while my mind was open..."). Read at Symposium on Poetry of the Future, St. Mark's Church, 1989 - 1989.
15 20 Untitled poetics statement. Published in The Politics of Poetic Form, edited by Charles Bernstein (Roof, 1990).
15 21 [Words]. Typescript transcription of notebooks #44, 46 and 47.

Posthumous Publications

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15 22 Correspondence concerning publication of Page and other manuscripts, 1999-2002.
15 23 Clairvoyant Journal - Two annotated proofs including correspondence concerning their republication, 2000.
15 24 Little Books/Indians - Two manuscript copies of selections from the publication, one with corrections.
Page.
15 25 1990 manuscript sent to Charles Bernstein by the author. Bernstein sent the manuscript to various editors after Weiner's death; their annotations are on post-it notes.
15 26 Page proofs with August 2000 changes and cover note from Charles Bernstein.
15 27 Page proofs with May 2002 changes.
16 1 Manuscript used for Roof Books' 2002 publication. Annotated by typesetter.
16 2 Start comfort - Proofs of the poem and letter from Sharon Angle to Charles Bernstein concerning its publication, 2002.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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16 3 Antin, Eleanor.
Invitation to "Portraits of Eight New York Women" (1970, November 21 - December 6): Naomi Dash, Amy Goldin, Margaret Mead, Rochelle Owens, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Scheemann, Lynne Traiger, Hannah Weiner. Hotel Chelsea, New York City.
16 4 Awareness and Communication - Instructions to a writing class.
16 5 Biography / Resume.
16 6 Doonesbury cartoon by Garry Trudeau (1982, January 9).
16 7 High school diploma, June 13, 1946.
16 8 Magazine submission list, 1974 - 1975.
16 9 Manuscript / book chronology, 1966 - 1989.
16 10 Open House: 1969, October 4, 5 and 19.
Schedule for "Hannah Weiner's Open House," featuring Vito Acconci, Bernadette Mayer, John Perreult, Arakwawa, et al. Photograph by Jim Stephens.
16 11 Photograph - Seven people including Hannah Weiner, Anne Waldman, and Bernadette Mayer. Photograph by Robert R.
16 12 Publication and performance list.

AUDIORECORDINGS

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17 1 Astral Visions - Reading with L. Brown (1992-1994?). Reading followed by H.W.'s post-reading comments.
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17 2 Clairvoyant Journal.
Recorded at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's (New York City), March 1976 and re-broadcast on radio (note: recording on side B only with several minute gap after first ten minutes).
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17 3 Pah - Reading / talk in New York City with Bruce Andrews, November 20, 1994.
Weiner reads for 25 minutes on side A and for a few minutes on side B. Andrews does not read on this tape.
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17 4 Reading - St. Mark's, from Three Voice Journal (1974), November 2, 1977.
All of Side 1, six minutes on Side 2.
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17 5 Reading at the Poetry Project, St, Mark's. October 28, 1992. Introduction by Ed Friedman.
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17 6 Audio track of Phill Niblock's film of Hannah Weiner (made in 1974). Retreat from Clairvoyant Journal, June, 1974.
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