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Cid Corman letters to John Martone

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: PCMS-0109

Content Description

Collection consists of letters from Cid Corman to John Martone and includes two typed manuscripts by Corman, Pith Water and No Telling.


  • 1987-2004


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Terms of Access and Use

The Cid Corman letters to John Martone, 1987-2004, are open for research. Files on one 3.5 floppy disk are not yet available for use.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

Cid Corman (1924-2004), was a poet, editor, and translator, and author of over 100 publications. Born in Roxbury, MA, he received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and went on to graduate work at University of Michigan and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, though he did not complete his studies at either. In 1951, he founded Origin, a poetry magazine that published Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Louis Zukofsky, among many others, and ran Origin Press. In 1958 he moved to Kyoto, Japan, where he met and married Konishi Shizumi. Although he returned to Boston twice, he spent most of the rest of his life in in Kyoto, until his death in 2004.

John Martone is a poet and publisher of journals and small presses such as tel-let (1980’s-early 2000’s) and Otata (2015-current) as well as the personal imprints dogwood and honeysuckle (through early 2000’s) and samuddo/ocean. His books include Ocean Vows (Copper Beech Press, 1983), dogwood and honeysuckle (Red Moon Press, 1997), Ksana (Red Moon Press, 2010).


.417 Linear Feet (1 letter manuscript box)

0.001 Gigabytes (1 3.5-inch floppy disk)


Collection consists of letters from poet and publisher Cid Corman to John Martone and includes two typed manuscripts by Corman, Pith Water and No Telling.


Letters were arranged chronologically by John Martone. This arrangement has been preserved.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by John Martone in April 2019.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Marie Elia in April 2019.


Finding aid for the Cid Corman letters to John Martone
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Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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