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Forty Years of Burning Deck Press
1961 - 2001

an exhibit of materials from the
Burning Deck Archive
and the
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays
Brown University Library

Annmary Brown Memorial
12 March to 6 April, 2001

The Memorial is open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday.

For further information about the exhibit
and the Burning Deck Archive, contact
Rosemary_Cullen@brown.edu


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"In 1961, poets were supposed to be in opposing camps, often inelegantly - and inaccurately - labeled 'academics' or 'beats'. The two most widely noted anthologies of the time, borh representing the period 1945-1960, contain not a single poet in common.

Burning Deck (the magazine) disregarded this split, printing and reviewing a spread of poets wide enough that on occasion an author would complain of being published in such unprogrammatic company. Though advertised as a 'quinterly', the magazine, after only four issues, gave way to a series of pamphlets and - later - books of poetry and short fiction. Our list remains eclectic, with some emphasis on experimental writing and an attention to recent British poets generally ignored in this country.

Since being eclectic is not always taken for a virtue, we would note that our eclecticism - besides simply reflecting personal ranges of appreciation - is based on an inability to believe that the history of, for instance, poetry can possibly be clear before the poems are written. It is not denying the importance of 'movements', to insist that there is another importance in moving beside or apart from them. After all, there are many judgements, none of them the last."
K. & R.W. (excerpted from Preface to A Century in Two Decades, 1981)

"Until 1985, we printed Burning Deck publications on our own letterpress.In the beginning it seemed the only way to afford publishing anything at all and, in spite of the drudgery involved, it remains a source of satisfaction. At this point, however, the automation of bookbinding makes it financially more feasible to print full books offset and reserve letterpress work for the smaller chapbooks. We admire fine printing (under no illusion that ours is such) and admire any press that prints good work, even by mimeo. Our own practice - a middle way - is to design and print books with care, in permanent form (smyth-sewn, acid free paper), but at a price that will not keep them on closed shelves."
[K. & R.W.] (excerpted from "About Burning Deck: A history")

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Tom Ahern
The Transcript.

1972. 28 pp. Offset from typewriter, color letterpress cover by Rosmarie Waldrop. 8-1/2x7, saddlestitched. 500 copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #23

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text



Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
The Heat Bird.

1983. 64 pp. Text linotyped in 11 pt. Caledonia. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title page and 4 half titles in 2 colors. The cover reproduces an etching by Lee Sherry and Porfirio DiDonna. 9x6, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 17 of 50 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #14

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
TLS to Rosmarie Waldrop, 10/31/[82-83?]



William Bronk
Utterances.

1972. 12 pp. printed on recto. Handset in 18 & 24 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Keith Waldrop. 2 colors throughout. 11x8-1/2, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 84 of 250 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #25

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text
ALS to Keith Waldrop, 1/28/72
TS with MS note to Keith Waldrop, 9/5/72
Rosmarie Waldrop, carbon TS to William Bronk, 9/15/73



Brown Alumni Monthly.
November, 1988. Article on small presses operated by Brown faculty.

Burning Deck Archive



Alison Bundy
Duncecap.

1998. 128 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Palatino. Designed by Rosmarie Waldrop. Printed offset on 55 lb. Writers Natural and smyth-sewn by McNaughton & Gunn. Cover by the author and Keith Waldrop. 7x5. Smyth-sewn original paperback. One of 50 signed copies.
Burning Deck Fiction #15

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text of "Chihuahua Primer"
ALS to Rosmarie Waldrop, undated. 1998?



Burning Deck.
Vols. 1-4, 1962-1965

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
James Camp TL to Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, 10/24/62
Robert Duncan typescript, with ms notes. "Strains of Sight"
Glauco Cambon typescript, with ms corrections. "Yaddo"
Eli Siegel. TLS to Editor, Burning Deck
Typescript, signed "B.W."



Burning Deck letterhead & envelope

Burning Deck Archive



Burning Deck Postcards:
The First Ten. 1974.
The Second Ten. 1974.
The Third Ten. 1975.
The Fourth Ten. 1978.

Each poem is printed on different colored and sized paperboard; in lettered and illustrated minala envelope. Designed and printed by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop. 100 copies of The First Ten and The Second Ten; 150 copies of The Third Ten and The Fourth Ten.

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



James Camp
An Edict from the Emperor.

1969. 32 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress by Rosmarie Waldrop. Cover photo by Keith Waldrop. 10x7, saddlestitched. No. 171 of 225 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #8

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



Century in Two Decades : A Burning Deck Anthology, 1961-1981. Edited by Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop.

1982. 176 pp. Text linotyped in 10 pt. Caledonia. Designed and printed letter press on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title and half title pages in 2 colors. Offset cover by Keith Waldrop. 9x6, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 5 of 100 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #13

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript, with corrections, of text



Christopher Montgomery sings Connecticut Elegy.
Music by Christopher Montgomery; words by James Camp, Charles Causley, X. J. Kennedy, Keith Waldrop.

[1971?] Includes advertising flyer and text booklet.
A Burning Deck Record

Burning Deck Archive



Robert Coover
In Bed One Night & Other Brief Encounters.

1983. 64 pp. Text linotyped in 10 pt. Palatino with hand-set titles. Design and offset cover by Keith Waldrop. Text printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title and half titles in 2 colors. 7 1/4 x 5, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 31 of 200 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Fiction #6

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text, with printer's notes
Original cover

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Dorothy Donnelly
Houses.

1970. 24 pp. printed on recto. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress in 2 colors by �Keith Waldrop. 9-1/2x6-1/2, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 26 of 150 numbered copies, signed by the author.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #10

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text



Forrest Gander
Eggplants and Lotus Root.

1991. 36 pp. Text linotyped in 11 pt. Caledonia, with Cheltenham titles. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop. Cover by Pam Rehm. 2 color title and half titles. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4, saddlestitched, in Strathmore wrappers. 500 copies, of which 26 are lettered A-Z and signed. This is copy G.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #105

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Manuscript
Corrected galleys



Michael Gizzi
Bird As.

1976. 20 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Joel Rosen, Windfall Press. 2 colors throughout. 9-1/2x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers printed both offset and letterpress. 350 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #59

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text



Peter Gizzi
Artificial Heart.

1998. 96 pp. Text computer typeset in 10.5 pt. Janson Text. Designed by Brian Schorn. Printed offset on 55 lb. Writers Natural and smyth-sewn into paper covers by McNaughton & Gunn. The cover by Brian Schorn uses a photograph by Tina Modotti. 9x6. No. 3 of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Page proofs
Cover proofs



Jaimy Gordon
Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue.

1979. 76 pp. Set in Deepdene and P.T.Barnum by Serif Composition. Offset. Frontispiece and 5 ornamental initials by Dennis Hlynski. Cover & design by Keith Waldrop. 7-1/4x5, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 5 of 50 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Fiction #2

Starred Books Collection

Burning Deck Archive
Original front and back cover



Barbara Guest
The Countess from Minneapolis.

1976. 46 pp. Text linotyped in 12 pt. Caledonia. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop, with a 2-color titlepage. The offset cover by Keith Waldrop uses a reproduction of Robert Koehler's painting, Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue. 9x6, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 13 of 50 cloth-bound numbered copies, signed by the author.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #4

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript with corrections
Corrected galleys
ALS to Rosmarie Waldrop, 9/11/76



Lyn Hejinian
A Mask of Motion.

1977. 28 pp. Text linotyped in 12 pt. Caledonia. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop. Title page in 2 colors. The cover drawing is by Eli M. Mile. 9-1/2x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Strathmore Americana wrappers. No. 120 of 350 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #63

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected galleys
TLS, with ms note, to Rosmarie Waldrop, 12/1/76
Original cover drawing by Eli M. Mile [Elizabeth MacKiernan]



Edwin Honig
At Sixes.

1974. 36 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by George Hodgkins. 2 colors. 4-3/4x 6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 76 of 300 numbered copies, autographed by the author.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #47

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typscript of text, with printer's notes



Lisa Jarnot
Some Other Kind of Mission.

1996. 112pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Palatino. Designed by Rosmarie Waldrop. Printed offset on 55 lb. Glatfelter and smyth-sewn into paper covers by McNaughton & Gunn. The cover by the author reproduces an etching by Bruce Kurland. 9x6, smyth-sewn original paperback. No. 4 of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #37

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected page proofs
TLS to Rosmarie Waldrop, 4/16/96



Margaret Johnson
A Visit to the Cities of Cheese.

1985. 40 pp. Text linotyped in 11 pt. Devinne. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Pitt Harding. 2-color title page. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4, saddlestitched, in Strathmore Brigadoon wrappers. One of 500 copies, unsigned.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #93

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected galleys, with ANS of Rosmarie Waldrop

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X. J. Kennedy
Bulsh.

1970. 68 pp. printed on recto. Handset in 18 pt. Caslon Oldstyle & 48 pt. Cable Extra Bold and printed letterpress by Keith Waldrop. 5x7, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 61 of 110 numbered copies, signed by the author
Burning Deck Chapbooks #13

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text



Damon Krukowski
5000 Musical Terms.

1995. 28 pp. Text linotyped in 10 pt. Palatino with handset 18 pt. Bernhard Gothic Medium titles. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop. Cover by Keith Waldrop. 2 color titlepage. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4, saddlestitched, in Artemis wrappers. Copy E of 26 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #108

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected galleys



Federica Garcia Lorca
Poem of the Gypsy Seguidilla.

1967. 20 pp. printed on recto. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress by Keith Waldrop in "a small edition for friends." Cover and title page have woodcuts by Keith Waldrop. 10-1/2x7-1/4, saddlestitched. Autographed by the translator.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #2

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



Jackson MacLow
4 Trains.

1974. 28 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle & 30 pt. Bauer Topic and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop. 2 colors. 9-1/2x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. 300 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #48

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript copy of text
TLS to Rosmarie & Keith Waldrop, 5/28/73
Rosmarie Waldrop (?) TL carbon to Jackson MacLow, undated. (6/73?)



Mark McMorris
Moth-Wings.

1996. 40 pp. Text linotyped in 11 pt. Caledonia with handset Lutetia and Berthold Post roman Bold titles. Designed and printed letterpress on Mohawk Vellum by Rosmarie Waldrop. Cover by Keith Waldrop. 2 color title and half titles. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4, saddlestitched, in Artemis wrappers. Copy D of 26 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #110

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Galley proofs



Harry Mathews
Trial Impressions.

1977. 46 pp. Text linotyped in 12 pt. Baskerville. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title page in 2 colors. Offset cover by Keith Waldrop. 9x6, Smyth-sewn clothback. 50 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #5

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
ALS to Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, 2/4/77



Ruth Montgomery
An Intellectual Discussion.

Wolgamotica. Printed text, Typescript, and Cover paste up

Burning Deck Archive

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Gale Nelson
stare decisis.

1991. 142 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Century Schoolbook, with titles in Caslon Oldstyle. Designed by the author and Rosmarie Waldrop. Printed offset on 60 lb.Glatfelter and smyth-sewn into paper covers by Thomson-Shore. Cover collage by Denis Mizzi. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, smyth-sewn original paperback. No. 11 of numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #27

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected page proofs



Ray Ragosta
Sherds.

1982. 30 pp. Text linotyped in 12 pt. Palatino. Designed and printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Doretta Wildes, with the title page in 2 colors. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4, saddlestitched, in Classic Laid wrappers. 500 copies, of which 26 are signed. This copy unsigned.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #86

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected galleys



Pam Rehm
The Garment In Which No One Had Slept.

1993. 64 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Century Schoolbook, with Optima titles. Designed by the author and Rosmarie Waldrop. Printed offset on 60 lb. Glatfelter and smyth-sewn into paper covers by Thomson-Shore. 9x6, smyth-sewn original paperback. No 4 of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #32

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
ALS (postcard) to Rosmarie Waldrop, 12/2/92
Typescript text of poem "Repudiation"
Corrected page proofs



Claude Royet-Journoud
i.e., trans. from the French by Keith Waldrop

[Série d'Ecriture Supplement #1] 1995. 20 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Century Schoolbook. Designed by Rosmarie Waldrop. Cover by Keith Waldrop. Printed offset on 60 lb. Offset and saddle-stitched by Jo-Art. 8-1/2x5-1/2. 750 copies.

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected page proofs
ALS to Rosmarie Waldrop, undated. 1995?



Barton Levi St.Armand
Hypogeum.

1975. 30 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Keith Waldrop. 9-1/2x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. 350 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #56

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text, with ms. corrections



W. D. Snodgrass
Six Minnesinger Songs.

1983. 48 pp. Text linotyped in 11 pt. Caledonia with titles in Caslon Oldstyle. Designed by Keith Waldrop. Printed letterpress by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title and half titles pages in 2 colors. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4. Copy 1: Letter E of 26 lettered & signed copies, printed on Barcham Green Charter Oak, handsewn, in Fabriano wrappers. Copy 2: saddlestitched, in Artemis wrappers; one of 1000 copies printed on Warren Olde Style.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #91

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
ALS to Rosmarie Waldrop, 1/31/83



Stony Hills. The New England Alternative Press Review.
No. 7, Summer, 1980.

"Interview at Burning Deck; Rosmarie & Keith Waldrop, Tom Ahearn. Providence, Rhode Island."

Burning Deck Archive



Cole Swensen
Numen.

1995. 64 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Century Schoolbook. Designed by Rosmarie Waldrop. The cover by Keith Waldrop uses a photo from Frank Gilbreth's 1916 Fatigue Study: The elimination of Humanity's Greatest Unnecessary Waste. Printed offset on 55 lb. Glatfelter and smyth-sewn into paper covers by McNaughton & Gunn. 9x6, smyth-sewn original paperback. No. 4 of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #36

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected page proofs
TLS to Rosmarie Waldrop, 7/19/[94-95]?

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Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop
Since Volume One

1975. 34 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop. 2 colors throughout. Cover by Keith Waldrop. 4-3/4x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 322 of 500 numbered copies; authors' autographed presentation copy.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #57

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Manuscript of text



Keith Waldrop
Analogies of Escape.

1997. 80 pp. Text computer typeset in 10 pt. Palatino. Designed by Rosmarie Waldrop. Printed offset on 55 lb. Writers Natural and smyth-sewn by McNaughton & Gunn. Cover by Keith Waldrop. 9x6. Smyth�-sewn original paperback. One of 50 numbered and signed copies.
Burning Deck Poetry Books #38

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Original cover
Page proofs



Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop
Until Volume One.

1973. 34 pp. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Warren Antique by Rosmarie Waldrop. 2 colors throughout. Cover by Keith Waldrop. 4-3/4x6-1/4, saddlestitched, in Tweedweave wrappers. No. 235 of 500 numbered copies; authors' signed presentation copy.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #39

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text, with mss corrections



Rosmarie Waldrop
Body Image. Poetry by Rosmarie Waldrop; photographs by Nelson Howe

New York: G. Wittenborn, 1970.
No. A89 of a limited edition of 125 numbered copies signed by the poet and the artist. Issued in portfolio.
A Burning Deck Book

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays.



Rosmarie Waldrop
Camp Printing.

1970. 40 pp. printed on recto. Offset from letterpress and collage transformations of poems by James Camp. 9-1/2x11, side-stitched. 500 copies. "The poems were by James Camp"
Burning Deck Chapbooks #19

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



Rosmarie Waldrop
A Dark Octave.

1967. 24 pp. printed on recto. Handset in 12 pt. Caslon Oldstyle and printed letterpress on Parchment Deed by Keith Waldrop. The 2-color title page has a linoleum cut by Keith Waldrop. 8x5-3/4, saddlestitched. No. 46 of 100 numbered copies.
Burning Deck Chapbooks #3

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



Dallas Wiebe
The Transparent Eye-Ball & Other Stories.

1982. 114 pp. Text linotyped in 10 pt.Palatino. Designed by Keith Waldrop (using a photo of the author by William Hamrick). Printed letterpress on Warren's Olde Style by Rosmarie Waldrop, with the title page and 4 half titles in 2 colors. 7 1/4 x5, Smyth-sewn clothback. No. 12 of 50 numbered & signed copies.
Burning Deck Fiction #5

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Typescript of text of "Billy Jack" with printer's notes



The Wolgamot Interstice
Edited by D. C. Hope.

1961. 51 pp. Book design by Joe Gula. "'The Men's Room in the College Chapel' by W. D. Snodgrass was the winner of the John Barton Wolgamot Society's Aardvark Award for the Best Men's Room Poem of 1959, here printed in a revised and lengthened version with new material added." Josiah Carberry is said to have presented the award.

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays



Xue Di
Heart into Soil: Selected Poems. Translated by Keith Waldrop.

1998. 93 pp.

Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Burning Deck Archive
Corrected proofs


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