May 4 Poetry collection

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Poetry collection

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Poetry collection

Finding Aid for the May 4 Poetry collection

May 4 Collection - Box 83

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, 6 May 1994; Updated April 2015; Last Updated: May 2022


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2020; undated
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
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.

Arrangement: Poems are arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


Sponsor: Digitization of a portion 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. Brockwell Simcox, Judy: "May Fourth Nineteen Seventy," 1970
  7. Card, Hermon R.: "Memorials, May 4, 1994," 1994
  8. Carson, Beverly: "Untitled," 1977
  9. Collected Poems: From the Center for Peaceful Change and the May 4 Task Force, 1974-1978
  10. 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
  11. Cormany, Stephen: "I Came to Poetry Late: Collected Poems," 1993-2004
  12. Culp, Wayne A.: "Kent," 1970
  13. Davidson, Richard: "Elegy for Four," undated
  14. Davis, Marilyn: "May 4th - The Poem," 1984
  15. Eisenhauer, Michael: "Outrage: A Four Hour Walk - A Forty Year Journey," July 6, 2009
  16. Fithian Guruswamy, Rosemary: Three Poems, undated
    Scope and Content: Includes three poems: "Spring Comes to the Hill," "Falling at Kent," and "Faces."
  17. Gallagher, Diane: "Town of Ohio," 1990; October 15, 2000
  18. Gildzen, Alex: "Allison," undated
  19. Gorden, William I.: "May 4 Before and After," 1970
  20. Greenberg, Gail: "Lesson," 2000
  21. Haines, John: "Kent State, May 1970," 1995
  22. Hassler, Donald M.: "May 4, 1970," 1970
  23. 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."
  24. Headley, Marilyn Heck: "Kent State - May 4, 1970," 1973
  25. Helwig, David: "After the Deaths at Kent State," 1971
  26. Hickson, Jed: "On the Fourth of May," 2009-2010
  27. Johnson, Wendy L.: "Spectator Sport, May 4th, 1970," May 5, 1970; April 18, 2000
  28. Kauhl, Beverly Gorsica: "Early Writings," 1971
  29. Keith, Marsha J.: "The Block, The Evening, The May Spring, The Town," May 4, 2001
  30. Kotok, George H.: "State of the Union," undated
  31. Kyle, Howard: Poems About May 4, undated
  32. Lawless, Jim: "They Didn't Cry," May 1971
  33. Levertov, Denise: "The Day the Audience Walked Out on Me and Why," 1971
  34. Levine, Barry: "Bullet," undated
  35. Levine, Barry: "Who Killed Allison? Why? What has she done?," 2000
  36. Lifshin, Lyn: "They," undated
  37. Lingner, Vicki (Instructor): "Nine Reflections: A Collection by Creative Connections Institute, Kent State University, Creativities Class," July 20, 1994
  38. Lourie, Dick: "Triumphal," undated
  39. Lund-Goldstein, Bailey: "May 4th," undated
  40. Lunine, M. J.: "Untitled," November 12, 1971
  41. Madden, Ned: "School Out - Kent May 4," March 1995; 2001
  42. Mahoney, Anne Rankin: "Do We Have Enough Springs Left?," May 1970
  43. McDonald, Marian: "Lessons," June 2, 1976
  44. McGrath, Tom: "Anniversary - May 1970," 1970s
  45. Miller, Jeffrey Glenn: "The War Without End," undated
  46. Mills, Lloyd: "5 4 1970," 1970
  47. Mothersbaugh, Mark: "May 4th," May 4, 1975
    Note: This poem has been removed from the collection at the request of the author.
  48. No Author: "Untitled," undated
  49. Olds, Glenn A.: "Never Again!," May 1972
  50. Paton, Alan: "Flowers for the Departed," with music by Daniel Jahn, 1971
  51. Pittser, Darlene: "The Cemetery on the Hill," 2005
  52. Prosen, Rose Mary: "Rites of Spring," undated
  53. Sadler, Norma J.: "Montage," 1978
  54. 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.
  55. Sarton, May: "We'll to the Woods No More, the Laurels Are Cut Down," 1978
  56. Schorb, E. M.: "Dirge for the Dead Students," 1970
  57. Schreiber, Ron: "Death of an American Bum," undated
  58. Sedacca, Sandra: "50th Reunion (Kent State)," 2020
  59. Thompson, Daniel: "My Alma Mater," May 4, 1980
  60. Yevtushenko, Yevgeny: "Flowers and Bullets," 1970
  61. Zempter, Michael: "The Wind at Kent State," November 5, 2001
  62. Ziavras, Charles E.: "Kent State*," May 5, 1970; 1995