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Phillips (Stan) Western Poetry Project Collection
MSS 0819  
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Description
The Stan Phillips Western Poetry Project Collection consists of spoken word poetry recordings and related correspondence between Stan Phillips and poets James Broughton, Jess Collins, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson and Louis Zukofsky.
Background
In 1953 Stan Phillips was a motion picture and audio-visual consultant at Western Cine, a film laboratory and sound recording and editing studio in Denver, Colorado. He was also the cinematographer for Interim, an experimental short film directed by his childhood friend, poet and filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who had become friends with Robert Creeley and James Broughton. After Black Mountain College closed its doors in 1957, Phillips and Brakhage proposed the idea of recording poets reading their own work and then making these recordings available to the public in the form of long-playing records. This concept was influenced by Black Mountain poet Charles Olson, who believed poetry should be read aloud in order for listeners to hear its rhythm, breath and nuances.
Extent
1.25 Linear feet (1 archives box and 1 record carton)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Original sound recording reels are restricted. Researchers may inquire regarding listening copies in advance of their visit.