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American Literary Studies

Robert Grenier Papers

The Papers

The Robert Grenier Papers feature materials relating to Grenier's creative career until 1999, including notebooks, correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, critical works and journal articles. Also present are color slides of the "r h y m m s" project and signed copies of published works,.

Location of the Collection: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M1082

Size: 54 linear ft.

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Robert Grenier ( 1941 - )

Poet, essayist, editor, and translator Robert Grenier is one of the principal figures in the Language Poetry group. He was born on August 4, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graduating from Harvard College in 1965, he went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa in 1968. Dusk Road Games (1967) - apprentice work from Robert Lowell's class at Harvard and from George Starbuck's and Fred Will's 'living example' at the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa - was his first published book of poetry. He has subsequently published eleven collections of poems: Sentences Toward Birds (1975), Series (1978), Sentences (1978), CAMBRIDGE M'ASS (1979), Oakland (1980), A Day At the Beach (1985), Phantom Anthems (1986), What I Believe (1988), What I Believe transpiration/transpiring Minnesota (1991), 12 from r h y m m s (1996) and OWL/ON/BOU/GH (1997). Grenier is also the author of two books of criticism, Attention (1985) and Grenier Talk (1996), the co-translator of Selected Poems: Georg Trakl (1968), the editor of books of poetry by Robert Creeley and Larry Eigner, the author of numerous articles, and the co-founder of This magazine (1971-4). Grenier's recent work is marked by radical experiment and his "books" have been folios of xeroxes of haiku-like inscriptions or transcriptions - at first in black script and then in four-colored script, which foreground the materiality of the words - and as Grenier phrases it "that materiality's 'relation to'/invocation of/ 'invention' and attempted embodiment/'clarification' of 'other matters'."

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