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
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.
6.5 Linear feet
(16 archives boxes, 1 card file box and 3 oversize folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Original audiorecordings in box 17 are restricted. Users must request that a listening copy be produced.