Southeast Missouri State acquires poetry archives

Southeast Missouri State acquires poetry archives

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KAIT) - Southeast Missouri State will showcase the poetry archives of St. Louis businessman and poet Louis Daniel Brodsky.

Brodsky's William Faulkner collection was acquired by Southeast in 1988, and he arranged for them to receive his other poetry archives just before his death in June 2014.

Assembling of material and readying storage space in the University's Special Collections delayed delivery of the archives.

Brodsky authored more than 84 volumes of poetry including more than 13,000 original poems during his lifetime and many of his poems were published in journals and magazines.

His last work of literature was penned during his year-long journey living with terminal brain cancer.

The book was published days before his death and is a series of Psalm-like reflections entitled, The Words of My Mouth and the Meditations of My Heart.

Books, handwritten and typed manuscripts, and correspondence and notes related to the poems are among the items featured in the archives.

Jerry Call, Brodsky's longtime editor, will be the keynote speaker for the opening of the Louis Daniel Brodsky Poetry Archives. The event is planned for sometime in September.

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