Robert Duncan and Jess were domestic partners for thirty-seven years, from 1951 until Robert Duncan’s death in 1988. Copyright for the writings of Robert Duncan is held by The Jess Collins Trust.

To request permission for use of Robert Duncan’s writings and/or artwork, please send a message using the contact form or contact directly:

Mary Margaret Sloan
The Jess Collins Trust


Christopher Wagstaff
1012 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707

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The Poetry Collection, The University Libraries, The State University of New York at Buffalo
The literary materials of Robert Duncan are chiefly held by The Poetry Collection.

For more information, contact James Maynard, Associate Curator

The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley
Robert Duncan papers, circa 1944-1966, including early letters, poem manuscripts and notebooks.

Kent State University Libraries

More information about Robert Duncan

The Poetry Foundation

The Academy of American Poets

Modern American Poetry

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Principal Works of Robert Duncan in Print

The University of California Press
Robert Duncan, The Collected Writings
Volume I, The H.D. Book
edited by Michael Boughn, Victor Coleman
Volume II, Robert Duncan: The Collected Early Poems and Plays
edited by Peter Quartermain
Volume III, Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays
edited by Peter Quartermain
Volume IV, Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose
edited by James Maynard

UC Press Robert Duncan publications

New Directions Publishing Company
Ground Work
Selected Poems of Robert Duncan
A Selected Prose
The Opening Of The Field
Roots And Branches
Bending The Bow

New Directions Robert Duncan publications

Selected Additional Works By or About Robert Duncan

Such Conjunctions: Robert Duncan, Jess, and Alberto de Lacerda
edited by Luís Amorim de Sousa, Mary Porter de Sousa, James Maynard, BlazeVOX [books], 2014

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff, Pomegranate Communications, 2013

Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker, City Lights Publishers, 2013 (new expanded edition)

A Poet’s Mind: Collected Interviews With Robert Duncan, 1960-1985
edited by Christopher Wagstaff, North Atlantic Books, 2012

Reading Duncan Reading: Robert Duncan and the Poetics of Derivation (Contemporary North American Poetry)
edited by Stephen Collis and Graham Lyons, University of Iowa Press, 2012

Robert Duncan: Ambassador from Venus (biography)
Lisa Jarnot, University of California Press, 2012

(Re)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan (Contemporary Poetry and Poetics)
edited by James Maynard, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

The Structure of Rime. Intro. by Michael Palmer, prints by Frank Lobdell. Ltd. ed., The Arion Press, 2008

The Unruly Garden: Robert Duncan and Eric Mottram/ Letters and Essays edited by Amy Evans and Shamoon Zamir, Peter Lang
International Academic Publishers, 2007

Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov: The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry
edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi, Stanford University Press, 2006, Flood Editions, 2003

The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov
edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi, Stanford University Press, 2006

Letters: Poems 1953-1956
by Robert Duncan, edited by Robert J. Bertholf, Flood Editions, 2003

Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness
Peter O’Leary, Wesleyan University Press, 2002

Robert Duncan: Drawings and Decorated Books
ed. Christopher Wagstaff, Rose Books, 1992

A Great Admiration: H.D./Robert Duncan Correspondence 1950-1961
edited by Robert Bertholf, Lapis Press, 1991

Robert Duncan: A Descriptive Bibliography
Robert J. Bertholf, Black Sparrow Press, 1986

Young Robert Duncan: Portrait of the Poet as Homosexual in Society
by Ekbert Faas, Black Sparrow Press, 1984

Robert Duncan: A Special Issue
22, Fall 1983

Robert Duncan: Scales of the Marvelous, Insights, Working Papers in Contemporary Criticism
edited by Robert Bertholf and Ian Reid, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., 1980