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Buckle Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0030

Scope and Content Note

The Buckle materials include editorial correspondence (1977 to 1982) from writers such as William Dickey and Marge Piercy, along with a few miscellaneous manuscripts and business records. The Buckle & documents include books and magazines inscribed to Frank; approximately 140 leaves of correspondence with nine Israeli poets including Yaara Ben David, Moshe Dor, Eli Netzer and Manfred Winkler; several volumes in Hebrew from Frank’s personal library; approximately 30 leaves of correspondence with such writers as Margaret Atwood, Tess Gallagher, Philip Levine and Shirley Kaufman containing 7 photographs; approximately 29 leaves of general correspondence with various editors, columnists, critics, directors, and actors; and approximately 800 leaves of Buckle & editorial correspondence (1998 to 2007).


  • 1977-1982
  • 1998-2007


Language of Materials

Collection material in English and Hebrew.

Terms of Access

The Buckle Collection, 1977-1982, 1998-2007, are open for research.


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

The semi-annual magazines Buckle”: A Poetry Journal and Buckle & were published by Bernhard Frank in Buffalo, New York, from Fall 1977 to Spring/Summer 1982 and from Fall/Winter 1998 to Fall/Winter 2006, respectively. The titles for these magazines come from the following lines of the poem The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins: “My heart in hiding / Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of, the mastery of the thing! // Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here / Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion / Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!” All ten issues of Buckle” include poetry, poetry translations into English, and illustrations, and published such authors as Dennis Maloney, Marge Piercy, Jon Daunt, William Dickey, Alice Fulton, John Tagliabue, and Joan Colby. As Frank—a poet, translator, and retired professor of English at Buffalo State College—explains in the first issue of Buckle &, Buckle” came to an end because of “dwindling sales and burnout.” Several issues of Buckle & accepted submissions as part of a poetry contest, and over the span of its seventeen issues its contributors include Deborah Bogen, Joseph Lisowski, Constance Vogel, Dennis Saleh, Leonard Cirino, Shmu’ el Shatal, and John M. Bennett. Recurring features in both literary magazines include The Creative Process (juxtapositions of a poem’s manuscript next to the finished version with commentary by the poet), Cameo of the Poet (a brief biographical spotlight), The Buckle” of Younger Poets (poetry by elementary, high school, and college students), Editors Fling (poems by Frank), and numerous English translations of poetry in other languages.


7 Linear Feet


The Buckle Collection contains the records for both of Frank’s literary magazines. The Buckle" materials include editorial correspondence (1977 to 1982) along with a few miscellaneous manuscripts and business records. The Buckle& documents include books and magazines inscribed to Frank; general correspondence with various editors, columnists, critics, directors, actors, and Israeli and American poets; and editorial correspondence.


The collection is not fully sorted.

Acquisition Information

The materials for Buckle” were donated to The Poetry Collection by Bernhard Frank in 1984. Frank then gave the remaining papers for Buckle & in 2007.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Physical Description

2 linear feet

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.


Finding Aid for the Buckle Collection, 1977-1982, 1998-2007
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and Marie Elia. Finding aid encoded in EAD by Marie Elia,Gabrielle Carlo, Elizabeth Stengel, and Danielle White.
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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