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MERTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH:
Brigham, Besmilr, 1923-

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence

Dates of materials: 1968, 1970-1971

Volume: 14 item(s); 20 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Poet Keith Wilson (see "Wilson, Keith" file) had asked Brigham to send some poetry to Merton for publication in Monks Pond. Merton decides to include her poems in the last three of his total four Monks Pond issues. Included are original letters to and from Merton concerning Merton's thoughts on Brigham's poems and details about their publication in Monks Pond.

Biography

Besmilr Brigham was born in Pace, Mississippi in 1923. Although spending much in her life traveling to places such as France, Central America, and Mexico, she was living in Horatio, Arkansas, the home of her parents, at the time of correspondence with Merton. She now lives with her daughter and son-in-law, the poet Keith Wilson, in New Mexico. In 1971, she published the book Heaved from the Earth. Merton had many good things to say about another book she was attempting to publish at the time of writing entitled The Tiger (Source: The United States of Poetry website, a program produced by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting).

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See also Monks Pond.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

SeriesDateTypeTo/FromFirst LinesPubFull TextNotes
 1968/01/22 (#01)TLSto MertonPassed on to me through Keith Wilson an 'invitation' to submit to Monks Pond. Are you planning to   
 1968/01/22? (#02)otherto MertonBesmilr Brigham--- drag sheet [-] Biography-- Choctaw (French, Irish and English) from my  [curriculum vitae for Brigham]
 1968/02/28 (#01)TLSfrom MertonThanks for your most generous letter, stock of poems, offer of addresses, everything. First the   
 1968/02/28 (#02)TL[c]from MertonThanks for your most generous letter, stock of poems, offer of addresses, everything. First the   
 1968/03/no? TLSto MertonI hope you will not regret asking for my poems: I am sending you <u>The Tiger</u> (the moving force   
 1968/04/28 (#01)TALSfrom MertonSuch a long time I have your Tiger and letters, and finally I want to answer. How much to respond   
 1968/04/28 (#02)TAL[c]from MertonSuch a long time I have your Tiger and letters, and finally I want to answer. How much to respond   
 1968/08/31 TLSfrom MertonI8m [sic] returning what's left of your beautiful book. Have used and pilfered for MPOND iii and iv   
 1968/09/06 TLSto MertonNo, Mpond 3 hasn't arrived yet; sure it will in a day or two--. Book is with Doubleday, yes;   
 1970/10/14 TLS[x]to Center from Brigham, BesmilrI will be glad to contribute my correspondence with Thomas Merton to your Studies Center--and to   
 1971/03/14 TLS[x]to Center from Brigham, BesmilrI notice that I never did write out the quote mentioned in the letter that accompanies this. I will   
 1971/03/22 TL[c]from Center to Brigham, BesmilrThank you for your letter of March 14, together with the one of last October 14. We would be very   
 1971/04/17 TLS[x]to Center from Brigham, BesmilrYou will see that our correspondence was not extensive, that it was a brief contact--relative to the   
 1971/04/27 TL[c]from Center to Brigham, BesmilrThank you so much for the three original letters you sent us that Thomas Merton had written you.   
        

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