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Janine Pommy - Vega
Manuscripts

1967 - 1980

 

Manuscript Collection Number: 456
Accessioned: Purchase, 2002
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Content: Manuscripts, correspondence
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: January 2003, by Kevin Burke

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Table of Contents


Introductory Note

The American poet Janine Pommy-Vega was born in 1942 in Jersey City, New Jersey. During the early 1960s she moved to Greenwich Village, became acquainted with the Beat writers Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac, and married the Peruvian painter Fernando Vega. Following Vega’s death from a drug overdose in 1965, Pommy-Vega wrote and published her first book, Poems to Fernando, with City Lights Books in 1968. She has traveled extensively in North and South America, and in Europe. An extended stay at Lake Titicaca in Peru resulted in the material for two of the books included in this collection, Journal of a Hermit (1974) and Morning Passage (1976).

Pommy-Vega has published nine volumes of poetry over the course of her career. Since 1975 she has been involved with the New York Poets in the Schools program. She has also been involved in poetry in the prisons programs and is a co-founder and coordinator for the poetry workshop at Sing Sing, the state prison at Ossining, New York.

The Janine Pommy-Vega Manuscripts collection includes autograph and typescript drafts, galleys, and correspondence related to the publication of three of Pommy-Vega’s books: Morning Passage (1976), Journal of a Hermit (both the original 1974 edition, and the reprinting with new material published as Journal of a Hermit & in 1979), and The Bard Owl (1980). Also included are the manuscripts for and a printed copy of the broadside Star Treatise.

Source:

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003. Retrieved January 14, 2003 from http://www.galenet.com/servlet/BioRC.

Related Collections:

Mss 457 Charles Plymell Manuscripts


Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents


Morning Passage (1976)
          Includes all drafts for twenty poems, copies of the
          manuscript, galleys, correspondence with the publisher,
          and a review of the book from the Woodstock Times. A
          copy of the book has been removed from the collection
          and cataloged separately by the University of Delaware
          Special Collections Library.

F1   “Morning Passage Archives”
     Pommy-Vega’s typed catalog of the material related to the
     composition and publication of Morning Passage.

F2   Drafts of Poems
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Morning Passage,” “Song on the Lake,” “I Set My Heart on
     the Road To Find You,” “Drought,” and “Aurora,” each
     arranged successively with latest version on top.

F3   Drafts of Poems
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of “New
     Year’s Crossing,” “Sunset Under Clouds and Luminous,”
     “Deepening Twilight, Wind From the North,” “Jungle
     Vegetation,” and “Return,” each arranged successively with
     latest version on top.

F4   Drafts of Poems
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Eclipse of the Archer Moon,” “The Butterfly of Fire,”
     “Dawn, a Turtle Dove,” “Winter Solstice,” and “Island
     Legend,” each arranged successively with latest version on
     top.

F5   Drafts of Poems
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Sitting in a Lantern House,” Song in a Snowstorm,” “Goodbye
     Again,” “Birthday Cake,” and “Song of Departure,” each
     arranged successively with latest version on top.

F6   Copies of Manuscript of Morning Passages
     Includes Pommy-Vega’s original typed manuscript, the
     photocopy of the manuscript sent to the publisher, Maureen
     Owen of Telephone Books, and correspondence between the
     author and the publisher.


F7   Working Copy Manuscript of Morning Passage
     Includes carbon copy of TLS from Pommy-Vega to Maureen Owen
     regarding dedication and magazine credits for the book,
     Pommy-Vega’s notes on cover art and layout, and the working
     copy of the manuscript.

F8   Galleys for Morning Passage (includes envelope)

F9   Review of Morning Passage
     Note: Photocopy of a review of Morning Passage by John Eskow
          in the Woodstock Times (14 Apr 77). Original shelved
          separately.
     
     Star Treatise
     
F10  Autograph and typescript drafts with corrections of the
     prose poem Star Treatise, final draft dated 1973. Envelope
     addressed to Janine Pommy-Vega from Lita Hornick that
     apparently contained printed broadside version of the poem
     (postmarked 1980). Photocopy of broadside (original shelved
     separately).

     Journal of a Hermit (1974) and Journal of a Hermit & (1979)
          Includes drafts for the long poem Journal of a Hermit
          and for other poems that were included in the second
          printing Journal of a Hermit &, manuscripts,
          correspondence with the publishers (Charles and Pamela
          Plymell of Cherry Valley Editions, Cherry Valley, New
          York), a work copy of the first printing used for
          proofing the second printing, and covers from the
          second printing.
     
F11  “Journal of a Hermit Archives”
     Pommy-Vega’s typed catalog of the material related to the
     composition and publication of Journal of a Hermit.

F12  Journal of a Hermit I – XI,  Drafts
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of the
     first eleven sections of Journal of a Hermit. Drafts for
     each section are arranged successively with latest version
     on top. Section II includes an undated letter from Carol
     Berg, apparently an editor at Center in Woodstock, New York,
     commenting on sections of the poem Pommy-Vega had submitted
     for publication.

     
F13  Journal of a Hermit XII – XXII, Drafts
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     sections twelve through twenty-two of Journal of a Hermit.
     Drafts for each section are arranged successively with
     latest version on top.

F14  Journal of a Hermit, Drafts of unnumbered and miscellaneous
     sections.

F15  Drafts of poems included in Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Poem to Pitt/ If That Is Your Name,” “Junksick
     Dirge/Abandonment,” “We Are All One,” “Song in the
     Nightwind,” “Song of the Soul to Itself on a Rooftop,” each
     arranged successively with latest version on top.

F16  Drafts of Poems included in Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Simplified Legend,” “Poem to David, the Psalmster,”
     “Birthday Poem,” “Song of the Solitude Sleek-footed Bird,”
     “Return to My Birthplace and First Sixteen Years/47th
     Street, Union City,” each arranged successively with latest
     version on top.

F17  Drafts of Poems included in Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes autograph and typed drafts with corrections of
     “Poem to the Viking Warrior Angel,” “Song for Mad Marcus the
     Dark,” “Eli the Collie,” “La Puna,” “Twenty-eighth
     Birthday,” each arranged successively with latest on top.

F18  Working Manuscript for Poems included in Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes two ALS from the publisher, Pamela Plymell of
     Cherry Valley Editions, Cherry Valley, New York.

F19  Working Manuscript for Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes carbon copies of two TLS from Pommy-Vega to her
     publishers and autograph notes on revisions and publication
     details.


F20  Correspondence of Janine Pommy-Vega related to publication
     of Journal of a Hermit and Journal of a Hermit &
     From Pamela Plymell to Janine Pommy-Vega
     1974 Aug 2          ALS  1 p
     1974 Sep 12         ALS  1 p
     1974 Oct 9          ALS  1 p
     [1976]              ALS  1 p
     Note: Includes envelope.
     From Charles Plymell to Janine Pommy-Vega
     [1976]              ALS  1 p
     Note: Includes flyer for Maryland Writers Conference.
     From Janine Pommy-Vega to “Clifford”
     1975 June 18   TLS(c)     1 p
     From Janine Pommy-Vega to Pamela Plymell
     1978 Feb 22         ALS    1 p
     Note : Includes envelope.
     From Janine Pommy-Vega to Pamela and Charles Plymell
     1978 Sep 19         TLS(c)       2 p
     [n.d.]              ACS
     1978 Dec 25         TLS     1 p

F21  Material related to publication of Journal of a Hermit &
     Includes copy of first printing of Journal of a Hermit used
     for proofing Journal of a Hermit &, layout mock-ups and
     cover for Journal of a Hermit &.

     The Bard Owl (1980)
          Includes drafts of poems, versions of the manuscript
          and covers letters sent to Harper & Row, Kulcher Press
          (which published the book), and other presses,
          correspondence and other material related to
          publication.

F22  “The Bard Owl Archives”
     Includes Pommy-Vega’s catalog of materials related to the
     composition and publication of The Bard Owl and an
     unaddressed TLS(c) dated 13 Feb 81.

F23  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of
     “Invocation,” “San Francisco Shuffle,” “Ranging the
     Headlands,” “The Expected One,” “Impressionists,” “Gypsy
     Players,” “Lunar Eclipse,” “Roots Revisited.” Drafts are
     arranged successively with final version on top.
     
F24  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of
     “Song for Aunt May,” “Blues,” “The Poet’s Gown,” “The
     Traveler,” “Stargazer,” “Tale of the Hunter,” “Winter,”
     “Song for the Lady.” Drafts are arranged successively with
     latest version on top.

F25  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of “The
     Merchant Poet,” “Song for My Father” (Parts I – VII),
     “Spring,” “Leaving Town In a Hurry,” “Song for Csar,”
     “Panama Airport,” “Trainride,” “Little Song.” Drafts are
     arranged successively with final version on top.

F26  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of
     “Exhortation,” “The Empress,” “The Lover,” “The Regular,”
     “The Poster,” “The Birds,” “The Hermit,” “Serenade.” Drafts
     are arranged successively with final version on top.

F27  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of “For
     the Bard Owl,” “Promise of a Day,” “Companion on the Path,”
     “The Ritual,” “Aer Lingus,” “Preview,” “Your Song,”
     “Walker.”  Drafts are arranged successively with latest
     version on top.

F28  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of
     “Ring Fort,” “Druid Theatre,” “Jameson’s Whiskey,” “November
     Landscape,” “Take on Your Poem,” “Dracula’s Imprint,” “The
     Geminids,” “Himalayan Air in the City.” Drafts are arranged
     successively with latest version on top.

F29  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of
     “Document,” “John Garfield’s Favorite Song,” “Eric Zamm
     Rides Again,” “Aurora Borealis/Fourth of July,” “Willow,”
     “Yourself,” “Equinox,” “Where Are You?” Drafts are arranged
     successively with latest on top.
     
F30  The Bard Owl, Drafts
     Includes typed and autograph drafts with corrections of “
     The Thaw,” “Nocturne,” “Peter, Your Poems,” “March 30th,
     1979,” “Blue Hills at Dusk,” “Temple Built in a Museum,”
     “Home,” “Re-entry.” Drafts are arranged successively with
     latest version on top.

F31  The Bard Owl, Manuscript Sent to Harper & Row (1977 – 1978)

F32  Correspondence Related to Publication of The Bard Owl
     Includes cover letters by Janine Pommy-Vega and rejection
     notices by Houghton Mifflin Company, Princeton University
     Press, and The University of Massachusetts Press.

F33  The Bard Owl, Manuscript Sent to Kulcher Press (the
     publishers)
     Corrected manuscript used for publication.

F34  Material Related to the Publication of The Bard Owl by
     Kulcher Press
     Includes typed manuscript of dedication by Paul Metcalf, a
     TLS from the publisher Lita Hornick, and autograph notes
     pertaining to the layout of the book and other matters.

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