Exhibition Items


Allen, Dick. Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic: Poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1984.  Includes a lengthy presentation inscription from Allen to X. J. Kennedy.”

Apollinaire, Guillaume. Alcools: Poèmes 1898-1913. Paris: Gallimard, 1955.  Includes the ownership note: “Kennedy Paris Dec. 55.”

Austin, Peter. On Occasion: Poems. Torrance, California: White Violet Press, 2012.  Inscribed by the author.  X. J. Kennedy’s blurb appears on the rear cover.

Brooks, Gwendolyn. To Disembark.  Chicago: Third World Press, 1981.  Bears the note “Kennedy 12/82 from Grolier.”

Chernoff, Maxine. New Faces of 1952. Ithaca, N.Y.: Ithaca House, 1985.  Author's autograph presentation copy, inscribed “for Joe,” dated 10/21/85.

Ciardi, John. Other Skies: Poems.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1947.  Bears the note “Kennedy Ann Arbor March 1960.”

Clifton, Lucille. The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2012.  Laid into this copy is a letter from the publishers to X.J. and Dorothy Kennedy.

Collins, Billy. The Art of Drowning. Pitt Poetry Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995.  X.J. Kennedy has written a short blurb on the rear cover: “Nobody else today writes quite like Collins, and few indeed write any better.”

Cullen, Countee. Collected Poems. New York, N.Y.: Library of America, 2013.  X.J. Kennedy has written the following note on the rear free endpaper of this collection of poems by one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance: “Some lyrics like Teasdale’s; some in similar form, but Gutsier.”

Espaillat, Rhina P. Agua de dos Ríos: poemas, prosa y traducciones: una colección bilingüe. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Secretaría de Estado de Cultura, Editora Nacional, 2006.  Inscribed by the author to “Joe and Dorothy” with an autograph card laid in.

Finlay, Ian Hamilton. They Returned Home Tired, but Happy. Dunsyre, Lanark: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1972.  Folded card illustrated by Ian Gardner.  Accompanied by an autograph note from Ian Hamilton Finlay: “Dear X. J. Kennedy, your Counter/Measures arrived today.  This is The End. Yours sincerely, Ian Hamilton Finlay.”

Finlay, Ian Hamilton. A Pretty Kettle of Fish. Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.  This chapbook contains the short picture poem “Sail Plan” which is dedicated “For X. J. Kennedy.”

Gilbert, Jack. Views of Jeopardy.  New Haven: Yale University Press: New Haven, 1962.  Bears the note: “Kennedy Feb ’62 Review copy from N.Y. Times.”

Gioia, Dana. Daily Horoscope: Poems. Saint Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, 1986.  Laid into this copy are two letters from the author to Kennedy, as well as a photograph and a published interview with Dana Gioia.

Hall, Donald. The Museum of Clear Ideas. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1993.  X.J. Kennedy’s copy of The Museum of Clear Ideas includes two poetry broadsides inscribed by Donald Hall.

Kizer, Carolyn. Cool, Calm & Collected: Poems, 1960-2000. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press, 2001.  A copy of Kizer’s obituary from the Boston Globe is laid in X. J. Kennedy’s copy of this collection.

Tynan, Katharine. The Poems of Katherine Tynan, edited by Monk Gibbon. Dublin: Allen Figgis, 1963.  Bears the autograph note: “Kennedys Dublin April 1965.”

Wagoner, David. Collected Poems 1956-1976. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1976.  Bears the autograph note: “Kennedys Review copy from Parnassus Jan. 77.”

Waldrop, Rosmarie, and Keith Waldrop. Well Reality. Sausalito, Calif.: Post-Apollo Press, 1998.  Presentation inscription from the authors.