Lost & Found Series VIII Launch

NOV 22, 2019 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


November 22, 2019: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




The Center for the Humanities


Join us for the launch of Lost & Found Series VIII archival publications, as graduate student editors will share their experiences in the archive researching Diane di Prima, Pedro Pietri, Muriel Rukeyser, Mary Norbert Korte, and Julio Cortázar. We will also be launching the first two Lost & Found Now and Then publications dedicated to Cecil Taylor.

Grounded in an exploration of relationships between writers and their guides past or present, as well as particular times and places, Lost & Found Series VIII unfolds an astounding array of unknown materials that reconfigure our present cultural and social map. From Argentinian exile Julio Cortázar’s erudite and intimate companionship with John Keats, as portrayed in never before translated excerpts from his little known first book, to Diane di Prima’s methodical thinking through the ritual of a poetics based on Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound—in the form of her raw notes to a series of lectures—we glimpse the depth and stakes of transmission across time. In Mary Norbert Korte’s 1967 Response to Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras, we see the human gesture of one poet reaching out to another at a time of radical political and personal transition, as Korte is considering leaving the Dominican Sisterhood she had been a member of in order to lead a different life. The discovery of Muriel Rukeyser’s student translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, undertaken in the early 1930s while Rukeyser was active over the Scottsboro Trial, amply displays the roots of her poetics and the basis of her lifelong commitment to translation. Not tied to an individual relationship but to a whole community, selections from Pedro Pietri’s poetry and activist art during the AIDS crisis, Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All—with an envelope of reproduced visual artifacts—demonstrates Pietri’s commitment to working outside mainstream forms to incite the people’s imagination. Finally, we introduce our Lost & Found Now & Then Series, with two projects commemorating the extraordinary life and work of pianist, composer, and poet Cecil Taylor.

This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

This series includes the following publications:

  • Julio Cortázar: Julio y John, caminando y conversando: Selections from Imagen de John Keats
  • Edited by translated by Olivia Loksing Moy & Marco Ramírez Rojas
  • Diane di Prima: Prometheus Unbound as a Magickal Working
    Edited by Iris Cushing
  • “the difficulties involved”: Muriel Rukeyser’s A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud Edited by Chris Clarke
  • “a strange gift”: Mary Norbert Korte’s Response to Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras
    Edited by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh
  • Pedro Pietri: Condom Poems 4 Sale One Size Fits All
    Edited by Rojo Robles; Afterword by Cristina Pérez Díaz

And Lost & Found Now and Then publications:

  • Archie Rand: Eulogy for Cecil Taylor
  • Cecil Taylor: Memorial Scrapbook & Sessiongraphy
    Edited by Ammiel Alcalay & Michelle Yom

The readings and presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Copies of Lost & Found Series VIII books will be available at the event!

Image Credits, left to right, top to bottom: Photo of Diane di Prima by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate; Photo of Rev. Pedro Pietri, 1990, courtesy of ADÁL; Photo of Jack Spicer and Mary Norbert Korte at the 1965 Berkeley Poetry Conference, by Tové Neville, with permission of The Estate of Jack Spicer. Photo of Julio Cortázar in 1967 by Sara Facio; Photograph of Muriel Rukeyser by Nancy Naumberg, 1937 courtesy of Bill Rukeyser; Photo of Cecil Taylor by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate.


Sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.