Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Poetry collection

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Poetry collection

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May 4 Poetry collection, 1970-2013; undated

May 4 Collection - Box 83

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, 6 May 1994; Updated April 2015; Updated by Rennie Greenfield December 2015; December 2016.

Extent: 1 document case, .33 cubic feet

Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content

The May 4 Poetry collection contains poetry related to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. A significant number of folders include correspondence and other supporting documents related to the authors and their poetry. Poems are arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


Sponsor: Digitization of this collection was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Box 83
Folder -- Contents

  1. Arthrell, Bill: "Guilt Trip," undated
  2. Arthrell, Bill: "Springtime," July 10, 2006
  3. Barnett, Robert R: "The Other Side of Blanket Hill," May 9, 2000; May 4, 2006
  4. Birmingham, Thomas Harlan: "Up the Constitution," 1996
  5. Bresky, James J.: Student Poetry, 1980-1989
  6. Card, Herman R.: "Memorials, May 4, 1994," 1994
  7. Carson, Beverly: "Untitled," 1977
  8. Collected Poems: From the Center for Peaceful Change and the May 4 Task Force, 1974-1978
  9. Collected Poems: Songs for May 4th, poems by Alan Paton, George H. Kotok, Alex Gildzen, Donald M. Hassler, Denise Levertov, and Marilyn Heck Headley; music by Daniel Jahn, 1974
  10. Culp, Wayne A.: "Kent," 1970
  11. Davidson, Richard: "Elegy for Four," undated
  12. Davis, Marilyn: "May 4th - The Poem," 1984
  13. Eisenhauer, Michael: "Outrage: A Four Hour Walk - A Forty Year Journey," July 6, 2009
  14. Fithian, Rosemary: "Spring Comes to the Hill," undated
  15. Gallagher, Diane: "Town of Ohio," 1990; October 15, 2000
  16. Gildzen, Alex: "Allison," undated
  17. Greenberg, Gail: "Lesson," 2000
  18. Haines, John: "Kent State, May 1970," 1995
  19. Hassler, Donald M.: "May 4, 1970," 1970
  20. Collected Poems: The Poems, 1970-1973
    Scope and Content: Handbound booklet of poems by various authors, with an introduction by Donald M. Hassler. Also includes Hassler's poem, "May 4, 1970."
  21. Headley, Marilyn Heck: "Kent State - May 4, 1970," 1973
  22. Helwig, David: "After the Deaths at Kent State," 1971
  23. Hickson, Jed: "On the Fourth of May," 2009-2010
  24. Johnson, Wendy L.: "Spectator Sport, May 4th, 1970," May 5, 1970; April 18, 2000
  25. Kauhl, Beverly Gorsica: "Early Writings," 1971
  26. Keith, Marsha J.: "The Block, The Evening, The May Spring, The Town," May 4, 2001
  27. Kotok, George H.: "State of the Union," undated
  28. Kyle, Howard: Poems About May 4, undated
  29. Lawless, Jim: "They Didn't Cry," May 1971
  30. Levertov, Denise: "The Day the Audience Walked Out on Me and Why," 1971
  31. Levine, Barry: "Bullet," undated
  32. Levine, Barry: "Who Killed Allison? Why? What has she done?," 2000
  33. Lifshin, Lyn: "They," undated
  34. Lingner, Vicki (Instructor): "Nine Reflections: A Collection by Creative Connections Institute, Kent State University, Creativities Class," July 20, 1994
  35. Lourie, Dick: "Triumphal," undated
  36. Lund-Goldstein, Bailey: "May 4th," undated
  37. Lunine, M. J.: "Untitled," November 12, 1971
  38. Madden, Ned: "School Out - Kent May 4," March 1995; 2001
  39. Mahoney, Anne Rankin: "Do We Have Enough Springs Left?," May 1970
  40. McDonald, Marian: "Lessons," June 2, 1976
  41. McGrath, Tom: "Anniversary - May 1970," 1970s
  42. Miller, Jeffrey Glenn: "The War Without End," undated
  43. Mills, Lloyd: "5 4 1970," 1970
  44. Mothersbaugh, Mark: "May 4th," May 4, 1975
  45. No Author: "Untitled," undated
  46. Olds, Glenn A.: "Never Again!," May 1972
  47. Paton, Alan: "Flowers for the Departed," with music by Daniel Jahn, 1971
  48. Pittser, Darlene: "The Cemetery on the Hill," 2005
  49. Prosen, Rose Mary: "Rites of Spring," undated
  50. Sadler, Norma J.: "Montage," 1978
  51. Sanders, Ed: "1970," 2001-2002
    Note: Poems are from America, a History in Verse, Volume 3, 1962-1970, Black Sparrow 2004. Used by permission of author.
  52. Sarton, May: "We'll to the Woods No More, the Laurels Are Cut Down," 1978
  53. Schorb, E. M.: "Dirge for the Dead Students," 1970
  54. Schreiber, Ron: "Death of an American Bum," undated
  55. Thompson, Daniel: "My Alma Mater," May 4, 1980
  56. Yevtushenko, Yevgeny: "Flowers and Bullets," 1970
  57. Zempter, Michael: "The Wind at Kent State," November 5, 2001
  58. Ziavras, Charles E.: "Kent State*," May 5, 1970; 1995