Inventory of the Sandra McPherson Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: McPherson, Sandra
Title: Sandra McPherson Papers
Date (inclusive): 1962-2009
Extent: 10.4 linear feet
Abstract: Sandra McPherson served as Professor of English at the University of California, Davis where she taught creative writing and poetry-as-literature courses. The Sandra McPherson Papers contain her literary publications, the majority of which are her published poems.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-551
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.


Sandra McPherson was born in 1943 in San Jose, California. She received a B.A. from San Jose State University and completed graduate work at the University of Washington.
Before joining the faculty of the English Department at the University of California, Davis in 1985, she taught for four years in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and served as Holloway Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. At Davis, McPherson taught creative writing and poetry-as-literature courses.

Scope and Content

The Sandra McPherson Papers contain her literary publications, the majority of which are her published poems. Also included are interviews of McPherson, reviews of her writings, as well as sources that mention her work.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in three series: Works by Sandra McPherson, About Sandra McPherson and Her Works, and Correspondence.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
McPherson, Sandra--Archives
University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives
Poets, American--20th century
American poetry--20th century


Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection and created and encoded this finding aid with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie. The finding aid was primarily derived from a list provided by McPherson.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sandra McPherson in 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sandra McPherson Papers, D-551, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents


Series 1. Works by McPherson 1962-2009

Physical Description: 9.4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains McPherson's writings, the majority of which are published poems.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 1:1

"Why do . . . ," and "To Aunt Virginia who Lives in Napa Valley," The Phoenix, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Vol. III, No. 1. 1962

Box 1:2

"In the Chapel," "After Grief," "On Being More," "Old," The Phoenix, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Vol. IV, No. 1. 1963

Box 1:3

"Riding," "Intersection: On Listening to Thelonius Monk," "Convergence," The Reed, San Jose State College, Vol. XVII, May. 1964

Box 1:4

"The Switch," The Reed, San Jose State College, Vol. XVIII, May. 1965

Box 1:5

"For One Who Tells Me Carpe Diem," The Free Lance, Cleveland, Vol. 9, No. 1. 1965

Box 1:6

"Return from Hunting" and "The Bull," Poetry Northwest, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Autumn. 1965

Box 1:7

"Outside & Inside Songs," Andante (McMahon dorm's literary magazine, University of Washington), May. 1966

Box 1:8

"To a Night Worker" and "The Finishing," Hollow Orange 3, San Francisco, January. 1967

Scope and Content Note

Published under the name of Sandra J. Carlile
Box 1:9

"In the House of Hardware" "Job-Hunting Song" Poetry Northwest, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Summer. 1967

Box 1:10

"For the Birthday of a Hunter," Epoch, Vol. XVII, No. 1, Fall. 1967

Box 1:11

"A Change of Place," South Dakota Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn. 1967

Box 1:13

"The Joy of the Spadefoot Toad," Sage #4, Fall. 1967

Box 1:14

"Transparency," The Poetry Bag, Columbia, Mo., Vol. I, No.5, Fall. 1967

Box 1:15

"Deus Ex Machina," Perspective, Vol. 15, No. 3, Winter-Spring. 1968

Box 1:16

"A Gift," Southern Humanities Review, Vol. II, No. 1, 1968

Box 1:17

"Poppies," Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, February 25. 1968

Box 1:18

"The Tax Assessor," Kayak #16. 1968

Box 1:19

"Elegies for the Hot Season," "Lake and Moon: Two Versions of Death," "View from Observatory Hill," Poetry Northwest. 1968

Box 1:20

"Leaf Smoke" and "In the Columbia Gorge, After a Death,"Quixote 1968

Box 1:21

"Magazine Salesman" and ""A Generation" Consumption, Vol. 1, No. 4, Summer. 1968

Box 1:22

"Preparation," The Colorado Quarterly, Vol. XVII, No. 1, Summer. 1968

Box 1:23

"The Circle," The Goodly Co. #13, November. 1968

Box 1:24

"In the Tramp's Dress," University of Portland Review, Vol. XX, No. 2, Fall. 1968

Box 1:25

"You, Asleep," "Roof Rat," "The Plant," "Losing Ground," "Gulls After a Ferry Between Countries," "Pisces Child," "Evolving an Instinct," Poetry Northwest, Vol. X, No. 1, Spring. 1969

Box 1:26

"The Spider," Malahat Review #10, Spring. 1969

Box 1:27

"The Tightrope Walker" and "Poem for the Happiness of Peter Orlovsky," Consumption, Vol. 2, No. 4, Summer. 1969

Box 1:28

"Worlds of Different Sizes," The Nation, August 25. 1969

Box 1:29

"Autumnal," Poetry, Vol. 114, No. 6, September. 1969

Box 1:30

"The Blessing" and "Lullaby: Baby Bats," Epoch, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Fall. 1969

Box 9:4

"A Map of the Pacific Ocean Floor," Rogue River Gorge #2, Ashland, OR. 1970

Box 1:31

"Amanitas" and "Resigning from a Job in a Defense Industry," Field. 1970

Box 1:32

"Lions," The Carleton Miscellany, Vol. XI, No. 1, Winter. 1970

Box 1:33

"Peace Talks," "A Book by William Morris," ""Foetal Pig," Shenandoah, Vol. 21, No. 2, Winter. 1970

Box 1:34

"His Body," "Some Meanings of Silence," "Eschatology," Poetry, Vol. CXVI, No. a, April. 1970

Box 1:35

"Keeping House" and "Succeeding a Fraternity into an Old House," Northwest Review, Vol. 10, No. 13, Summer. 1970

Box 1:36

Elegies for the Hot Season, (Book) New York: Ecco Press. 1970

Box 1:38

"Peter Rabbit," The New Republic, June 20. 1970

Box 1:39

"Three from the Market," Field #3, Fall. 1970

Box 9:10

"Paper Snake," Puget Soundings, March, p. 3. 1970

Box 1:41

"The Dawn of the Wheel" and "A Pumpkin at New Year's," Poetry Northwest, Vol. XIII, No. 1, Spring. 1971

Box 1:42

"A Community," "The War Surplus Store," and "Triolets," with the first lines: "Too poor to buy," "You folded your sheet," and "I have forgotten" Poetry, Vol. CXVIII, No. 2, May. 1971

Box 1:43

"Homage to John Clare," The Iowa Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, Summer. 1971

Box 1:44

"Butchery," Malahat Review #19, July. 1971

Box 1:45

"Coin," The Nation, November 1. 1971

Box 1:46

"Peddler," The Nation, December 6. 1971

Box 1:47

"Raffaele Minichiello," Shenandoah, Vol. XXII, No. 2, Winter. 1971

Box 1:48

"Holding Pattern," Poetry, Vol. CXIX, No. 4, January. 1972

Box 1:49

"What He Must Do To Earn Money," The New Yorker 1972 March 4

Box 1:50

"Mishima," The Nation 1972 March 6

Box 9:2

"On My Way to the Psychiatrist I Ask Directions of a Garbage Man," The New York Times 1972 March 25

Box 1:51

"Wanting a Mummy," The New Republic, April 8. 1972

Box 1:52

"Tenants," Stooge #6 1972

Box 1:53

"Seaweeds," "Some Engravings of Pierre Joseph Redoute," "A Little Fire," "Siberia," Poetry, Vol. CXXI, No. 2, November. 1972

Box 1:54

"Opossum," Shenandoah, Vol. 24, No. 1, Autumn. 1972

Box 9:1

Sheep," The New York Times 1972 October 14

Box 1:55

"Mary," "You lying beneath," "When I open one door," Egg, Surfside, CA, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1972-1973

Box 2:1

"Cinderella," Harper's Magazine, January. 1973

Box 2:2

"A Feast for Rats: Old Japanese Print," The Iowa Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring. 1973

Box 2:3

"Michael," "Morning Glory Pool," "Reply to a Letter of Inquiry After My Spirituality," "Bread," "Little Gold Coin for the Mouth of the Spring," Field #8, Spring. 1973

Box 2:4

"Little Songs," The New Republic, June 16. 1973

Box 2:5

"Saying No: A Brief Compendium & Sometimes a Workbook with Blank Spaces," The Iowa Review, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer. 1973

Box 2:6

"The Gun is Such a Horse," "Honey," "Digging," "Wearing White," Harper's Magazine, July. 1973

Box 2:7

"Page," "The Empty House," "Poem,"with the first line "The name of his boat is Ophelia." "Triolet," with the first line "She was in love with the same danger." Poetry, Vol. CXXII, No. 4, July. 1973

Box 2:8

"Sisters," "Marlow and Nancy," "Ballad of Sonnets," "Water Poems," "Poem for Ishi, the Last Wild Indian," Antaeus #11, Autumn. 1973

Box 2:9

Radiation, (Book) New York, NY: The Ecco Press 1973

Box 2:10

"Myself" "Silver," The Iowa Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall. 1973

Box 8:3

"Sonnet for Joe," The New Republic, May 12. 1973

Box 8:29

"Markers," Concerning Poetry, Vol. VI, No. II, Fall. 1973

Box 8:27

"For Fathers," Harper's Magazine, December. 1974

Box 2:11

"An Exhibit of Picasso," Malahat Review #30, Victoria, B.C., April. 1974

Box 2:12

"Letter After the Poems of a Friend," "Letter by Air," "Extract," "Fresh Flowers," Poetry, Vol. CXXIV, No. 3, June. 1974

Box 2:13

"Childish Landscape," "January Apples," Ironwood #4, December. 1974

Box 2:14

"Poem Whose First Stanza is Martin Heidegger on George Trakl," "The Heredity of Systems," "Metaphors," "In a Garden," "Seeing Dr. H, Teacher of Villanelles, 10 Years Later," "Sentience," Poetry, Vol. CXXVI, No. 4, July. 1975

Box 2:15

"A Coconut for Katerina," "The Bittern," "To An Alcoholic," "An Anonymous Pornographic Valentine," Field #13, Fall. 1975

Box 2:16

"Solvents," The Ohio Review, Vol. XVII, No. 1, Fall. 1975

Box 8:28

"Gnawing the Breast," American Review #24, April. 1976

Box 2:17

"Studies in the Imaginary," Poetry, Vol. CXXVIII, No. 6, September. 1976

Box 2:18

"On Coming Out of Nowhere," "Children," Antaeus #24, Winter. 1976

Box 2:19

"1943," The Iowa Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter. 1976

Box 9:5

"January Apples," in Rook Folios: Encircled by an Alphabet, Derry, PA 1976

Box 2:20

"Senility," "The Mouse," Field #16, Spring. 1977

Box 2:21

"Centerfold Reflected in a Jet Window," The Iowa Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring. 1977

Box 2:22

"Preoccupied as last year's matted nests," "Storms side to side," The Iowa Review, Vol. 8, No. 4, Fall. 1977

Box 2:23

"To My Mother," "The Blue Sky," Poetry Northwest, Vol. XVIII, No. 4, Winter. 1977-1978

Box 2:24

"Last Week of Winter," The New Leader 1978 May 22

Box 9:7

"You Bring Me Two Fish," Poets On: Endings, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer. 1978

Box 2:26

"Dependence on Flowers," "Sensing: Stories for a Deaf Friend," Field #18, Spring. 1978

Box 2:27

"The Compound Eye," "On a Picture of My Parents Together in the Second Grade," "Orange Peels," Antaeus #28, Winter. 1978

Box 8:4

"Considering Your Age," "Sitting on a Log in New York City," "Wisconsin," Willamette Week, March. 1978

Box 2:28

The Year of Our Birth, (Book) New York, NY: The Ecco Press 1978

Box 2:29

"Two Poems on Bitch," "Games," "Blue-Black Image," Field #20, Spring. 1979

Box 2:30

"For Johannes Bobrowski," Chicago Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, Summer. 1979

Box 2:31

"The Spa of the Posthumous," "In the Deceased Woman's Blossoming Yard," The Iowa Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, Fall. 1979

Box 8:7

"Loneliness," The Agni Review 10/11. 1979

Box 8:8

"Sensing: Stories for a Deaf Friend," "The Clown," "Writing to a Prisoner," "Corresponding," Helix #3, Australia, February. 1979

Box 2:32

"The Jet Engine," "Haze," "Lullaby," "Debut," "Black Soap," Poetry, Vol. CXXXV, No. 5, February. 1980

Box 9:11

"For Johannes Bobrowski," Reprinted in The Pushcart Prize, V: Best of the Small Presses, ed. Bill Henderson. Yonkers, NY: The Pushcart Press, pp. 456-57. 1980

Box 2:33

"The Mooncalf," Crazyhorse #20, Spring. 1980

Box 2:34

"To Mary Barnard," "The Root Hunters," The Iowa Review, Vol. 11, No. 2-3, Spring-Summer. 1980

Box 2:35

"If the Cardinals Were Like Us," "The Firefly," Antaeus #38, Summer. 1980

Box 3:1

"Man in an Old Myth," Antaeus 339, Autumn. 1980

Box 3:2

"The Wheel," Concerning Poetry, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall. 1980

Box 3:3

"Unexplained Absences," Water Table, Seattle, No. 1, Fall. 1980

Box 3:4

"For Elizabeth Bishop," "Alleys," American Poetry Review, Vol. 9, No. 6, November-December. 1980

Box 3:5

"Immunization," Poets On: Passages, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter. 1980

Box 9:3

"His Body," The Poet's Choice: 100 American Poets' Favorite Poems, ed. George Murphy. Green Harbor, MA: Tendril, Inc., p. 103. 1980

Box 9:12

"The Delicacy," American Poetry Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, Jan/Feb. 1980

Box 9:8

"The Root Hunters," The Iowa Review, Vol. 11, No. 2-3, Spring-Summer. 1980

Box 3:6

"A Tracing," "7, 22, 66," "Two Anonymous Poems Found in a Drawer, Dated 1979," Antaeus #40/41, Winter/Spring. 1981

Box 3:7

"The Museum of the Second Creation," "Lavender Mist," Field #24, Spring. 1981

Box 3:8

"Living Glass," "Singing Teakettle," "Preparing the Will, Three Generations," "Diary--May 15, 1980--Twin Cities," Poetry, Vol. CXXXVIII, No. June. 1981

Box 3:9

"Utanikki, August,1978," The Iowa Review, Vol. 12, No. 2-3, Spring/Summer. 1981

Box 3:9

Review of Leaf's Boundary by Sheila Zamora, The Iowa Review, Vol. 12, No. 2-3, Spring/Summer, pp. 373-74. 1981

Box 3:10

"In Costume," "Precocity, November 24," "Discoveries, Mid-Letter," "Russian Lyric," American Poetry Review, Vol. 10, No. 5, September-October. 1981

Box 3:11

"Night Vision," The Paris Review #81. 1981

Box 3:12

"Athletic Heart Syndrome," "Pheasant," Helix #7 & 8, Australia. 1981

Box 3:13

"Urban Ode," "Peter Is Here," "Only Once," "Wings and Seeds: For My Birthmother," Poetry, Vol. CXL, No. 4, July. 1982

Box 3:14

"Earthstars, Birthparents' House," "Ode Near the Aspen Music School," Antaeus #47, Autumn. 1982

Box 2:25

"Last Week of Winter," The Reaper 5. 1982

Box 3:15

"Helen Todd: My Birthname," "The Anointing," The Iowa Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, Winter. 1982

Box 8:23

Comment on Montale's "In the Greenhouse," Field #27, Fall, pp. 9-10. 1982

Box 8:21

"Wanting a Mummy," "Collapsars," The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry: 1950-1980, eds. Stuart Friebert & Davis Young. New York: Longman, pp. 574-576. 1983

Box 3:16

"Poem Begun in the Haro Strait When I Was 28 and Finished When I was 38," "Opening Fred Fujii's Shrine," Calapooya Collage #9, Summer, p. 11. 1983

Box 3:17

"Frightening Things," "The Machinists," Quarterly West #16, Spring/Summer. 1983

Box 3:18

Patron Happiness, (Book) New York, NY: The Ecco Press 1983

Box 3:19

"Wedding Dress," Grand Street, Vol. 2, No. 4, July. 1983

Box 3:20

"The Braille Volcanoes," The Nation, September 17. 1983

Box 3:21

"Telephone Report from the Executive Inn, Owensboro, Kentucky," Hubbub, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall. 1983

Box 3:22

"From My Notebook, Cape Cod," Field #29, Fall. 1983

Box 3:23

"Lament, with Flesh and Blood," The Georgia Review, Vol. XXXVII, No. 3, Fall. 1983

Box 8:5

"Red Seeds Opening in the Shade," "Numbers 31," "The Red Wig," "Conception," "Young Women Talking about the Void," "Ode to a Friend from the Early Sixties," American Poetry Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, July/August. 1983

Box 8:15

"Opening Fred Fujii's Shrine," Anno Secundo, ed. Fr. William Ruddy. Blessed Sacrament Church, Seattle. 1983

Box 3:24

"Approaching Robert Hayden," Obsidian, Vol. 8, No. 1. 1984

Box 3:26

"Ledge," "Unspoken Request (Assembly of God, 1980)," "On Being Told `You Have Stars in Your Eyes' by a Man Who Denied that 95.6% of Single-Parent Households on Welfare in Our State are Headed by Women," Grand Street, Spring. 1984

Box 3:27

"Alcatraz," The New Republic, July 30. 1984

Box 3:28

"Chicory at Night," "The Man on the Plane Proposes Sterilization of Poor Women," The Yale Review, Vol. 73, No. 4, Summer. 1984

Box 8:2

"Portrait of a Man (1973)," "Poem beginning 'Standing in the Green Dolphin used books store,'" Calapooya Collage 8, Summer. 1984

Box 8:22

Untitled essay on the writing of "Collapsars," 45 Contemporary Poems: The Creative Process, ed. Alberta Turner. New York: Longman, pp. 134-37. 1985

Box 9:9

"Mesembryanthemum and Zauschneria," "Athletic Heart Syndrome" in Fusion West 1985

Box 3:29

"Fringecups," Grand Street, Vol. 4, No. 3, Spring, pp. 56-57. 1985

Box 4:1

"The Microscope in Winter," "Hallucination," Field #32, Spring 1985

Box 4:2

"The Feather," The New Yorker, June 10, p. 44. 1985

Box 4:3

"American Footnote: Hiroshima," Grand Street, Vol. 4, No. 4, Summer, p. 154. 1985

Box 4:4

"Picketing Our Anti-Choice Senator at Reed College, September 1982," "Security Clearance," Crazyhorse 29, Fall, p. 26-28. 1985

Box 4:5

Floralia, (Chapbook) Portland, OR and West Burke, VT: Trace Editions and The Janus Press 1985

Box 4:8

"In the Surgeon's Museum of Hands," The Iowa Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, Winter, p. 33. 1985

Box 4:6

"At the Grave of Hazel Hall," "The Senses," TriQuarterly 66, Spring/Summer 1986

Box 4:7

"Yellow Sand Verbena," "Wild Radish," The Yale Review, Vol. 75, No. 3, Spring (June) 1986

Box 4:9

"Deep Grass, May" Moth Mullein," "Streamers," "The Fidelity," "Eve," American Poetry Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, March/April 1986

Box 4:10

"Secrets: Beginning to Write Them Out," Field #34, Spring, pp. 19-36. 1986

Box 4:11

"Flowering Plum," Zyzzyva, Vol. II, No. 2, Summer, pp. 23-24. 1986

Box 4:12

"Maureen Morris, Mother of Five, Eats a Pansy from the Garden of a Fancy Restaurant in Aspen," The Iowa Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter, p. 86. 1986

Box 4:13

"Fox," Western Humanities Review, Vol. xxxx, No. 2, Summer, pp. 123-24. 1986

Box 4:14

"YWCA, Wilder Avenue, Honolulu," Grand Street, Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, pp. 69-70. 1986

Box 4:15

"The Danger Is," "Letter Resembling Things," Field #35, Fall, pp. 81-4. 1986

Box 4:16

"Note to Sappho," The New Republic, Feb. 2, Vol. 196, No. 5, p. 39. 1987

Box 4:17

"Of Birds and Their Metaphors," Threepenny Review #28, Vol. VII, No. 4, Winter, 22. 1987

Box 4:18

"Alpine Two-step," Antaeus, No. 58, Spring, pp. 87-8. 1987

Box 4:19

Alder, 1982," Zyzzyva, Vol. III, No. 2, Summer, pp. 104-5. 1987

Box 4:20

"Presbyterian, 1983," Poetry, Vol. CLI, Nos. 1-2, October-November, pp. 94-95. 1987

Box 4:21

"The Pantheist to His Child," Field 37, Fall, pp. 63-64. 1987

Box 4:22

"Elegy for Floating Things," Grand Street, Vol. 7, No. 3, Spring, pp. 96-97. 1988

Box 4:23

"Suspension: Junior Wells on a Small Stage in a Converted Barn," "Hawaiian Buddha," "Blues in the Joy of the Fourth of July, Dusk, Crissy Field, San Francisco," Tri-Quarterly, 72, Spring/Summer, pp. 186-192. 1988

Box 4:24

Streamers, (Book) New York: The Ecco Press. 1988

Box 4:25

"Design of Days, Redstart 7, December, 23. 1987

Box 9:13

"Kindness," Verse, Vol. 5, No. 1, February, pp. 9-11. 1988

Box 4:26

"The Ability to Make a Face like a Spider while Singing Blues: Junior Wells," The New Republic, p. 25 1988 May 16

Box 4:27

"Ridge Road," "Sonnet for a Singer," Ploughshares, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 68-70. 1988

Box 4:28

"Quilt of Rights," The American Voice, No. 11, Summer, p. 33. 1988

Box 4:29

"Easter 1979," "Some Schizophrenics," "As She Left Their Home," "The Stranger Melody," The Missouri Review, Summer, pp. 151-158. 1988

Box 4:30

"Black Quilt from the '60's: Synthetics: the No Blocks," "Red Diamond Centers: Approximation," Western Humanities Review, Vol. XLII, No. 3, Autumn, p. 214-215. 1988

Box 4:31

"Mrs. Longmire Builds a Picket Fence Quilt and Talks to It," "Muskogee Quilter Explains: The Non-Shortcut Method," "Tents-of-Armageddon Quilt, Black Improvisation, 1980's," "Waterfall With Baskets, Summer Quilt," "Twelve Bar Quilt," Field, No. 39, Fall, pp. 88-94. 1988

Box 4:32

Untitled comment on the influence of Pablo Neruda on my poetics, Quarry West 25, p. 59. 1988

Box 4:33

"Gulls in Frost," The New Criterion, Vol. 7, No. 6, February, p. 43. 1989

Box 5:1

"Autumn on a Small Tree," "Esther Mack's Utility Quilt with the Lights in It," "Quilt Top Discovered at the Muskogee Flea Market and Found to Contain Blocks Resembling Certain Designs of Descendants of Escapes Slaves in Suriname," "Some Metaphysics of Junior Wells," The Yale Review, Vol. 77, No. 4 1989

Box 5:2

"Diary: Day of Rest," TriQuarterly, No. 74, Winter, pp. 180-181. 1989

Box 5:3

"Bad Mother Blues," "Dancer to J. J. Malone and the Texas Twisters, Caspar, California," "For St. James, Who Said He Was on Tour with The Emotions," "We Were Waking," The American Poetry Review, Vol. 18, No. 3, May/June, pp. 3-4. 1989

Box 5:4

"Designating Duet," "Holy Woman: Pecolia Warner," "Notes on a Missouri Quilt Top Pieced on a Western Auto Catalog and on Newspaper Dated December 22, 1956," Two Private Sermons from the Reverend Dr. Small Surprised by Coni, Denise, and Me One Saturday in the Sanctuary of the Southside Community Church of God," Field, No. 41, Fall, pp. 72-78. 1989

Box 5:5

"Mysterious-Shape Quilt Top, Anonymous, Oklahoma," Tri-Quarterly 76, Fall, pp. 90-92. 1989

Box 5:6

"Appliqué Tulip Quilt from Kansas," "Willia Ette Graham's Infinity Log Cabin Quilt, Oakland, 1987," The New Criterion, Vol. 8, No. 4, December, pp. 44-48. 1989

Box 8:18

"Resigning from a Job in a Defense Industry," "Keeping House," Vital Signs ed. Ronald Wallace. Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 130-131. 1989

Box 8:24

"Two Young Trees Bending in Strong Wind," The New Republic, February 5, p. 35. 1990

Box 5:7

"One Way She Spoke to Me," "Redheart, Greenbark, Blueblossom," Field, No. 42, Spring, pp. 58-60. 1990

Box 5:8

"The Thorn-Shaver on Fifth," The Paris Review, No. 114, Spring, pp. 123-124. 1990

Box 5:9

"Millionaire Records," Zyzzyva, Vol. VI, No. 2, Summer, pp. 105-108. 1990

Box 5:10

"Postcard to the Musician," "Lowell Fulson, Age 66, Eli's Mile High Club, Oakland, California," Poetry, July, pp. 187-89. 1990

Box 5:10

"Lowell Fulson, Age 66, Eli's Mile High Club, Oakland, California," Poetry, July, 188-189. 1990

Box 5:11

"Eclipse Facsimile," The New Yorker, August 13, p. 38. 1990

Box 5:12

"Affirmation Against Critics," "Mixing the Patches," Poetry, October, pp. 1-3. 1990

Box 5:13

"Center: Strip and Medallion Quilt, 1890, by Mrs. Longmire, African-American Seamstress for Her Town in Maryland," "Suit and Tie," The Kenyon Review, Vol. XII, No. 4, Fall, pp. 71-73. 1990

Box 8:1

"On the Abundance of Shell Hinges after a Storm," Threepenny Review, Spring, p. 12. 1990

Box 8:25

"Finding the Quilter in Her Quilt," "Wake-Up Colloquy," "I Cannot Teach Her Closure," "Persuading My Lover That My Daughter is Fun to Live With because We'll Pretend She's My Sister," "Goose-in-the-Pond Improvisations, Southside Estate-Sale Quilt and Ghost," Weber Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall, pp. 79-82. 1990

Box 8:19

"Aggregating Anemones: New Year's Poems," Provincetown Arts, Vol. 7, p. 153. 1991

Box 5:14

"Women and Objects," Tri-Quarterly #81, Spring/Summer, pp. 197-200. 1991

Box 5:15

"Great Art, Great Criticism," "Illusion from a Quilt by Louise Williams," "Anonymous Kentucky Quilter," The Southern Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, April, pp. 247-249. 1991

Box 5:16

Untitled short essay on "audience," Manoa, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring, pp. 108-110. 1991

Box 5:17

"Genius of Fog at Ecola Creek Mouth," Poetry, pp. 5-6. 1991

Box 1:12

"A Change of Place," South Dakota Review, Vol. 29, No.3, part two, p. 21, Autumn. 1991

Box 5:18

"Choosing an Author for Assurance in the Night," in Field, No. 45, pp. 44-45, Fall. 1991

Box 5:19

"Artists," "Waiting for Lesser Duckweed: On a Proposal of Issa's," The Iowa Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall, pp. 4-10. 1991

Box 5:20

"Precipice, Rush, Sheath," in The Paris Review, No. 120, Fall, p. 211. 1991

Box 8:13

"Memento Mori: Pajamas He Fell Away From Us In," "Three Purses of a Nomadic Woman," "Postmark February 21, 1989: He Has Just Pulled The Hammer Back," "Postmark February 21, 1989: He Has Just Pulled The Hammer Back," "In Memory of the Surprised," American Poetry Review, July/August, pp. 16-17. 1991

Box 9:14

"Choosing an Author for Assurance in the Night," Reprinted in The Best American Poetry, 1992, ed. Charles Simic. New York: Scribners 1992

Box 5:21

"Bedrooms," in The New Yorker, January 20, p.36. 1992

Box 8:14

"Bedrooms," in See: A Journal of Visual Culture. Michael Read, Ed. The Friends of Photography, San Francisco. 1992

Box 5:22

"Landscape with Master Class, Northern Oregon Coast," The Southern Review, Vol. 28, No. 2, April, pp. 226-228. 1992

Box 5:23

"Coastscape and Mr. Begley," The Yale Review, Vol 80, No. 1 & 2, April, pp. 81-84. 1992

Box 5:24

"Women and Vision," in The Kenyon Review, Vol. XIV, No. 3, Summer, pp. 154-156. 1992

Box 5:25

"Two Men Trading Dance Movements at Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall, Baton Rouge," in The Paris Review, No. 124, Fall, pp. 52-55. 1992

Box 8:17

"Food," Bakunin, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 44-45. 1992

Box 5:26

"The Context of a Necktie Quilt, Silk and Satins, 1940's," The New Republic, March 29, Vol. 208, No. 13, p. 48. 1993

Box 5:27

"Bluegum: On the Curving Paths of Golden Gate Park," in Tri Quarterly, 86, Winter, pp. 50-52. 1992-1993

Box 6:1

"Ode to Early Work," "Trading," "My Personal Hercules," in The Paris Review #127, Summer, pp. 120-123. 1993

Box 6:2

"Six Movements for Portraits of Erzulie," "Signs of Salvation," The Iowa Review, Vol 23, No. 2 (Spring/Summer) pp. 59-62. 1993

Box 6:3

"Path Through the Rhododendron and Azalea Test Gardens Twenty Years Ago," The New Criterion Vol 12, No. 3, November, pp. 48-49. 1993

Box 8:11

"Chain," "Preface in Invisible Ink to Accompany the Gift of a Blank Book," Western Humanities Review, Vol XLVII, No. 4, Winter, pp. 383-385. 1993

Box 6:10

The God of Indeterminacy (Book), Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 1993

Box 8:26

"Desert Night, Las Vegas," Field #49, Fall, p. 47. 1993

Box 9:6

"Lament, with Flesh and Blood," in Oregon Literature Series, eds Ingrid Wendt & Primus St. John, OSU Press, p. 238. 1993

Box 8:12

"Reposoir: Four Legends for Mose Tolliver's `Flowering Tree'," The American Poetry Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, May/June, p. 6. 1994

Box 1:37

"Pregnancy," in Articulation: The Body and Illness in Poetry. (revised edition), edited by Jon Mukand. The University of Iowa Press, 239-240 pp. 1994

Box 6:4

"Outsider: Juanita Rogers," "Outsider: Minnie Evans," in The Kenyon Review, Winter, Vol. XVI, No 1, pp. 152-154. 1994

Box 6:5

"Harmonies for the Alienation of My Daughter," "Ode for the God of Indeterminacy," Bakunin, Vol. 4, No. 2, Winter, p. 29-33 1994

Box 8:20

"Viewing Wildflowers on Mothers Day, 1950s," in Mockingbird 1994

Box 6:6

"The Study of Genius," Poetry, Vol. CLXIV, No. 2, May, pp. 63-64. 1994

Box 6:7

"Phlox diffusa: A Poem for My Fiftieth Birthday," "Paths Rounding Timberline, Mt. Hood, Last Week of Summer," The Yale Review, Vol. 82, No. 3, July, pp. 24-30. 1994

Box 6:8

"Measurings: Work and Worth," The American Voice, No. 34, pp. 95-96. 1994

Box 6:9

"Preliminary Designs," in The Southern Review, Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer, pp. 556-558. 1994

Box 6:11

"Justin McCarthy, Naive," "Trail to the Farthest Spring, Mt. Hood, September," "Diablerie: Haitian Spirit Flag," in Poetry Ireland Review 43/44, Autumn/Winter, pp. 96-98. 1994

Box 6:12

"My Theory of Mockingbirds," in Poetry, vol. CLXV, No. 4, pp. 212-213. 1995

Box 6:13

"Lessons Learned from a Small Drawing by Victor Joseph Gatto, Self-Taught Artist," in The Paris Review #135, Summer, p.51. 1995

Box 6:14

As yet untitled prose comment, for a Symposium on Writing and Spirituality, in Manoa, Vol. 7, No. 1, Summer, p.111. 1995

Box 6:15

"Ocean Water Absorbs Red, Orange, and Yellow Light." Harvard Review #8, spring, pp. 20-22. 1995

Box 6:16

"The Spaces Between Birds," "Images" "Poem for My Fifty-First Birthday," Field, No. 52, Spring, pp. 64-69. 1995

Box 6:17

"Edge Effect," "Research Trail, Cold Canyon, November: Solano County." Poetry, Vol. CLXVI, No. 4, July, pp. 203-209. 1995

Box 6:18

"Painting Self-Portraits with the Wisdom Project Women," in The American Voice, No. 33. 1995

Box 6:19

"Precious Metal." Field No. 53, Fall, pp. 77-79. 1995

Box 9:15

"Trail to the Farthest Spring, Mt. Hood, September," "Lessons Learned from a Small Drawing by Victor Joseph Gatto, Self-Taught Artist," "Diablerie: Haitian Spirit Flag," in Wild Duck Review, Vol. I, No. 6, September pp. 18-19. 1995

Box 9:16

"Edge Effect," Reprinted in The Best American Poetry, eds. Adrienne Rich and David Lehman, Scribner (New York) pp. 123-126 with comment on pp. 265-266 1996

Box 6:20

The Space Between Birds: Mother/Daughter Poems 1967-1995. (Book), Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, published by University Press of New England 1996

Box 6:21

Edge Effect: Trails and Portrayals (Book), Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, published by University Press of New England 1996

Box 6:22

"To a Penny Postcard, c 1911", "Four Anonymous Women with Bright Sad Mouths", Field #55, Fall, pp. 72-76. 1996

Box 6:23

"Tri Tactics" The Progressive, p. 30. 1997

Box 6:24

"Rolaids Bottle Vase, Chicago Highrise", The Antioch Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 85. 1997

Box 6:25

"Primaries," "From Several Flea Markets in Arkansas," New England Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 160-62. 1997

Box 6:26

"Chalk-Circle Compass", Poetry, Vol. CLXIX, No. 5, pp. 332-333. 1997

Box 6:27

"Through Lace Curtains, Ravens' (Pasternak)," The Yale Review, Vol. 85, No. 2, pp. 39-40. 1997

Box 6:28

"Material Theology," The Southern Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 275-279. 1997

Box 6:29

"Driving in Circles with the Blind," Zyzzyva, Vol. XIII, No. 2, pp. 171-173. 1997

Box 6:30

"The Hectograph," Field #57, pp. 103-106. 1997

Box 6:31

"To a Book of Needles, 1918," Poetry, Vol. CLXXI, No. 1, pp. 52-53. 1997

Box 7:1

"Seven Telegrams to Miss Olive M. Richards," The Massachusetts Review, Winter Issue, pp. 514-518. 1997

Box 8:6

"With Respect to the Palmer Method", The Missouri Review Vol. XX, No. 3, pp. 78-79. 1997

Box 8:9

"Peppertree and Tea," Mänoa 9:1, pp. 59-61. 1997

Box 7:2

"Given and Received," The Southern Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 32-33. 1998

Box 7:3

"Philosophy," The American Voice, No. 45, pp. 77-79. 1998

Box 7:4

"Man with a Tail," Oxymoron, Vol. 2, pp. 40-41. 1998

Box 7:5

"Gypsy Life," DoubleTake, p. 123. 1998

Box 7:6

"A Perspective of Tangerines," The Yale Review, Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 94-95. 1999

Box 7:7

"In Her Image," Ploughshares, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 21-22. 1999

Box 7:8

"Last October," Field, #61 Fall, p127 1999

Box 3:25

"Approaching Robert Hayden," "Design of Days," "Hawaiian Buddha," "Given and Received," >"Man with a Tail," "In Her Image," "A Gentlewoman," Reprinted in Metre 7/8, A Magazine of International Poetry, Eds. by Justin Quinn and David Wheatley 2000

Box 7:9

"Blossom River Drive," "Children of the Village," Field #64, Spring, pp. 18-19. 2001

Box 8:10

"Do-It-Yourselfers Ghazal," "Expectation Days," "Cabawaguni Scarecrow," ZYZZYVA #61, Spring pp. 87-89. 2001

Box 7:10

"The Mexican Acrobat," TriQuarterly #110/111, Fall, p. 147. 2001

Box 8:16

"Solvents." Reprinted in The Ohio Review New & Selected, Vol II M-Z, p. 71. 2001

Box 7:11

A Visit to Civilization (Book), Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press 2002

Box 1:40

"Three from the Market," reprinted in Appetite: Food As Metaphor. Eds. Phyllis Stowell and Jeanne Foster. BOA editors, Ltd, Rochester, NY, pp. 120-121 2002

Box 7:12

"On Being Transparent," Poetry, No 6, September issue, p. 318. 2002

Box 7:13

"Virtue Study: It was his first," Poetry, November issue, p.51. 2002

Box 7:14

"Pre-Op Room," The Yale Review, Vol 91, No. 1, pp. 38-39. 2003

Box 7:15

"Blue Puzzle," Pacific Review, p. 34. 2003

Box 7:16

"Foil," "Gospel Disinclined," The Kenyon Review, Vol. XXVI, No. 3, Summer, pp. 131-132. 2004

Box 7:17

"Officer and Gentleman and a Small Heroic Order," Paris Review, No. 170, Summer, pp. 19-20. 2004

Box 7:18

"For a Buried Doll's Head, "Comparative Threats," Manufactured 1890's," Crazyhorse, No. 67, Spring, pp. 89-90. 2005

Box 7:19

"'Someone Talked'," "Silent Area," Field, No. 72, Spring, pp. 38-40. 2005

Box 7:20

"Virtue Study: Pastoral," Harvard Review, No. 28, pp. 138-139. 2005

Box 7:21

"The Bat By Porch Light," Agni, No. 63, pp. 77-78. 2006

Box 7:22

"Grouse," "On Suicide Watch," Poetry, Vol. CLXXXVII, No. 6, March, pp. 455-457. 2006

Box 7:23

"Sandra McPherson to Daryl Hine," letter dated 27 October 1969, in Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002, Eds. Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young, Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Chicago, 2006, p. 124. 2006

Box 7:24

Expectation Days, (Book), Champaign-Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press 2007

Box 9:17

Manuscripts undated

Box 9:18-26

Additional published poems and prose 1973-2009

Box 10:1-6

Poems published under the name Sandra Gibson 1978-1979

Box 11:1-33

Series 2. About Sandra McPherson and Her Works 1968-1996

Physical Description: 1 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

Includes interviews of McPherson, reviews of her writings, as well as sources that mention her work.
Arranged chronologically.

Series 3. Correspondence 1978-1997

Physical Description: 4 letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains four letters written to McPherson.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 10:7

Garnder, Thomas 1985 August 14

Box 10:8

Poetry 1978 December 13

Box 10:9

Thornwillow Press 1997 August 7

Box 10:10

VanStavern, Jan 1990 October 30