South Carolina Poetry Archives

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Materials from the S.C. Poetry Archives on display in the James B. Duke Library.

The South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University is a collection of published works, manuscripts, and ephemeral materials from over one hundred authors. It is housed in Greenville, South Carolina, at the Special Collections and Archives department of the James B. Duke Library.

Purpose[edit]

Started in 2005, the archives highlights 20th and 21st century poets connected to South Carolina by birth, employment, residence, or subject matter. Among the most extensively collected authors are Gilbert Allen, Claire Bateman, Phebe Davidson, Kurtis Lamkin, and Ronald Moran. The collection includes works of all South Carolina poets laureate, literary fellows selected by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, Pushcart Prize winners, Piccolo Spoleto Fiction prize winners, and recipients of many other awards.

In the context of Furman University's emphasis on "engaged learning," the Poetry Archives also provides a gateway for university students. Furman professors draw on the manuscripts, correspondence and ephemeral materials made available in the collection to integrate South Carolina poetry into their curricula and acquaint students with the construction and publication of poetry.

Collection inventory[edit]

  • William Aarnes
    • Learning to Dance
    • Predicaments
  • Christopher Abani
    • There are no names for red: poetry and paintings
    • Charon's Manifest
  • Dan Albergotti
    • The boatloads
  • Gilbert Allen
    • Commandments at Eleven
    • Driving to Distraction
    • In Everything: Poems, 1972-1979
    • Second Chances
  • Paul Allen
    • American Crawl
    • Ground forces
  • Ken Autrey
    • Pilgrims: Poems
  • Jan Bailey
    • Midnight in the Guest Room
  • Frederick W. Bassett
    • Awake My Heart: Psalms for Life
    • Love: The Song of Songs
  • Claire Bateman
    • At the Funeral of the Ether
    • The Bicycle Slow Race
    • Clumsy
    • Friction
    • Leap
    • Coronology
  • John Beecher
    • Collected Poems, 1924-1974
    • Report to the Stockholders and other poems, 1932-1962
  • Libby Bernardin
    • The book of myth
  • Laurel Blossom
    • The papers said
    • Wednesday: New and Selected Poems
    • What's Wrong: Poems
  • Phil Bowman
    • The museum of childhood
  • Cathy Smith Bowers
    • The Candle I Hold Up to See You: Poems
  • Alice Cabaniss
    • The Dark Bus and Other Forms of Transport
  • Wayne Cox
    • The Things We Leave Behind
  • DéLana R.A. Dameron
    • How God Ends Us
  • Debra A. Daniel
    • As is: poems
  • Kate Daniels
    • Four Testimonies
    • The White Wave
  • Phebe Davidson
    • Back to Square One: New and Selected Poems
    • Dreameater: Poems
    • The Drowned Man: Poems
    • Lying Down with Grief: Poems
    • A Note on Demographics: Poems
    • The Plumage of Swans
    • Song Dog
    • Twelve Leagues In: Poems
    • Fat moon rising: Poems
    • Milk and brittle bone
    • The Surface of Things: Poems
    • Plasma Justice: Poems
  • Carol Ann Davis
    • Atlas hour: Poems
  • Kwame Dawes
    • Wisteria
    • Impossible Flying
    • Requiem
    • Midland
  • James Dickey
    • Falling: May Day Sermon, and other poems
    • For A Time and Place
    • Four Seasons: False Youth
    • Puella
    • Strength of Fields
  • Skip Eisiminger
  • Shellie Enteen
    • Journey to the meaning of love
  • Percival Everett
    • Abstraktion und einfühlung
    • Swimming swimmers swimming
  • Gene Fehler
    • When Main Street Was One Block Long: Poems from a Small Town Childhood
    • Breaking Into a Smile: Poems with a Light Touch
  • Linda Annas Ferguson
    • It's Hard to Hate a Broken Thing
    • Last Chance to Be Lost
    • Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk: Poems
    • Dirt Sandwich: Poems
  • Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
    • Dancing With My Daughter
    • I Am the Mother of My Sons
    • A New Mother's Thoughts
    • A New Mother's Prayers
    • She of the Rib: Woman Unwrapped
  • Nikky Finney
    • Heartwood
    • On Wings Made of Gauze
    • Rice
    • The World is Round
  • Starkey Flythe, Jr.
    • Paying the Anesthesiologist
    • They Say Dancing
    • The futile lesson of glue: a collection of poems
  • Grace Beacham Freeman
    • Midnight to Dawn
    • No Costumes or Masks
    • Not Set in Stone
    • Stars and the Land
  • Keller Cushing Freeman
    • Corinthians
    • Walking Kiawah
    • Walking Like a Waterspider
  • Richard Garcia
    • Persistence of Objects
    • Rancho Notorious
  • Vera Gómez
    • Barrio voices
  • Aly Goodwin
  • Barbara G. S. Hagerty
    • The guest house: poems
  • Tim Harkins
    • Chasing the ineffable
  • Lina Lee Harper
    • Buckeye: Poems
    • Kiss, kiss
  • Joseph Harris
  • Mary Hutchins Harris
    • A tongue full of yeses
  • Ashley Mace Havird
    • Dirt Eaters
  • Terrance Hayes
    • Wind in a Box
    • Muscular Music
    • Hip Logic
  • Sean Hill
    • Blood ties & brown liquor: poems
  • Janet Carr Hull
    • Gravity
  • Ellen E. Hyatt
  • Helen von Kolnitz Hyer
  • Sue Lile Inman
    • Voice Lessons
  • Melissa Carol Johnson
    • Looking twice at the world
  • Thomas Johnson
    • The costume: new and selected poems
  • Angela Kelly
  • Kurtis Lamkin
    • Magic Yams
    • Queen of Carolina
    • El Shabazz
  • John Lane
    • Against Information and other poems
    • As the World Around Us Sleeps"
    • Midnight on the Water
    • The Dead Father Poems
    • Noble Trees of the Upstate
    • Abandoned quarry : new and selected poems
  • Susan Ludvigson
    • The Beautiful Noon of No Shadow
    • Escaping the House of Certainty
    • Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems
    • The Swimmer: Poems
    • To Find the Gold: Poems
    • Trinity: Poems
  • Nan Lundeen
    • The pantyhose declarations: poems
  • Ed Madden
    • Prodigal: variations
    • Signals
    • Nest
  • Joel McCollough
    • Cool Granaries of the Night
  • Terri McCord
    • In the company of animals
  • Ray McManus
    • Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born
    • Left Behind
  • Susan Meyers
    • Keep and Give Away
  • Ronald Moran
    • The Blurring of Time
    • Diagramming the Clear Sky: Poems
    • Fish Out of Water
    • Getting the Body to Dance Again
    • Greatest Hits, 1965-2000
    • Life on the Rim
    • Saying These Things
    • So Simply Means the Rain: Poems
    • Waiting
    • The Jane Poems
    • Sudden Fictions
  • Rick Mulkey
    • Before the Age of Reason
    • Bluefield Breakdown: Poems
    • Greatest Hits: 1994-2003
    • Toward Any Darkness
  • Horace Mungin
    • Now See Here, Homes
    • Poetic portraits: the African people of San Juan Hill
  • Carol Peters
    • Muddy prints, water shine: poems
  • Jim Peterson
    • The resolution of Eve: poems
  • Eugene Platt
    • Original Sin, and other poems
    • Summer Days with Daughter
  • Brittney Blaskowitz Prichard
    • Lessons in disaster
  • Ron Rash
    • Raising the Dead
    • Among the Believers
    • Eureka Mill
    • Waking
  • Ennis Rees
  • Paul Rice
  • Alex Richardson
    • Porch Night on Walnut Street
  • Archibald Rutledge
    • The Ballad of the Howling Hound, and other poems
    • The Beauty of the Night
  • Sherod Santos
    • The Perishing
  • Roy Seeger
    • The boy whose hands were birds: poems
  • Kimberly Jane Simms
    • Collected Poems
  • Bennie Lee Sinclair
    • The Arrowhead Scholar
    • The Endangered: New and Selected Poems
    • Little Chicago Suite
  • Warren Slesinger
    • Greatest Hits: 1970-2002
  • Brian Slusher
    • Waking in the Driver's Seat
  • Anne Soni
    • The body that shadows this space
  • Charlene Spearen
    • A book of exquisite disasters
  • Laura Stamps
    • Cat Daze: New and Selected Poems
    • Cats and Chrysanthemums: New & Collected Poems
    • In the Garden
    • Joy Unspeakable: New Poems
    • The Year of the Cat: New Poems
  • Cassie Premo Steele
    • Ruin
  • Celisa Steele
    • How Language is Lost
  • Susan Finch Stevens
    • Lettered bones
  • Dennis Ward Stiles
    • Saigon Tea
    • The fire in which we burn: poems
  • Nancy Drew Taylor
  • Dorothy Perry Thompson
    • Fly with the Puffin
    • Priest in Aqua Boa
  • Sheila Tombe
  • Deno Trakas
  • Ryan G. Van Cleave
    • Elephant Tracks Across Topeka
    • The Florida Letters
    • Greatest Hits, 1992-2002
    • Ha Ha Tonka: A Book of Rune
    • Imagining the Dawn
    • Landscape & Dream: Poetry
    • The Magical Breasts of Britney Spears
    • Ohio Letters: 19 Original Poems
    • The Roots of Roses: 20 Poems of Love & Longing
    • Say Hello
    • The Tallahassee Letters
  • Henry Vereen
    • Water
  • Ceille Baird Welch
  • Marjory Heath Wentworth
    • Noticing Eden
  • Katherine Williams
    • Cranioglyph: a memoir in verse
  • William Wright
    • Night field anecdote: poems
  • Ivan Young
    • A shape in the waves
  • Tommy Scott Young
    • Black Blues and Shiny Songs

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