Library Exhibit: Celebrating New Additions to the Rare Book Room

Celebrating New Additions to the Rare Book Room

This May, the Poetry Center Library is proud to showcase books and broadsides added to our Rare Book collections over the past year. These works have come to our collections through a major campaign to raise funds for rare book acquisitions and preservation. The recently-completed Rare Books Endowment Fund will allow us to collect, preserve, and display extremely rare items, making them permanently available to the Tucson literary community. 

This year's Rare Books Endowment Fund purchases are all works authored by female and female-identified writers, in honor of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment being sent to the states for ratification.

Come to the library through May 24 to see these works and more in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery:

A suite of vibrant children's books by Lucille Clifton

Detail of Everett Anderson's Year and cover of Amifika by Lucille Clifton

The rare "suppressed" first binding of Muriel Rukeyser's Wake Island (most copies of this print run were destroyed because the author disliked the cover)

Poem scan and cover of Muriel Rukeyser's Wake Island

Extremely rare works by H.D. and Marianne Moore, generously donated by Val Schaffner

What Do I Love and Bid Me to Live by H.D. and The Pangolin by Marianne Moore

A gorgeous broadside of Linda Hogan's poem "Turtle Watchers"  

Detail of broadside: Linda Hogan's Turtle Watchers

And other works by Adrienne Rich, Layli Long Soldier, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, and Denise Levertov. 

Heartfelt thanks to our community for making this exhibit possible!