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Merton's Correspondence with:

Raymond Francis Roseliep; Raymond Roseliep; Roseliep, Raymond Francis; Sobi-shi

Roseliep, Raymond, Fr., 1917-1983  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1963-1968
Volume: 17 item(s); 17 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Raymond Roseliep was a Catholic priest and poet. He was born in Iowa and spent almost all of his life in Dubuque with the exception of his seminary studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. When he first wrote to Merton, he was an English professor at Loras College in Dubuque. After suffering some health problems, he became a chaplain from 1966 through the rest of his career at Mount Saint Francis in Dubuque. In the 1960's, he began to experiment with concrete poetry and Merton publishes Roseliep in Monks Pond, volumes 2 and 4. In the 1970's, he became best known for his use of the haiku, sometimes taking the pseudonym Sobi-shi. (Source: "Roseliep, Raymond." Biography from American National Biography. 2004. Wilson Biographies Plus. Online. H.W. Wilson. Bellarmine University Library, Louisville, KY. 27 Feb. 2006. ‹›.)

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See also contributions to Monks Pond, volumes 2 and 4.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1963/11/19 TLS to Merton You must not even consider that what I am going to ask you is a bold request--because my students, «detailed view»
2. 1964/02/08 TLS to Merton Your "Message to Poets" is great; it's really a kind of poem itself: "here is the water of life. «detailed view»
3. 1964/02/26 TAL[c] from Merton Sorry so many days have gone by since your letter. I get swamped once in a while and then «detailed view»
4. 1964/09/17 TAL[c] from Merton It was good to hear from you at Georgetown and to get the charming card of the dancing girl off «detailed view»
5. 1965/05/31 TL[c] from Merton You can be sure that I will keep you in my prayers, such as they are. I am very sorry to hear you «detailed view»
6. 1966/07/11 TL[c] from Merton Glad to hear from you and to know that you are settled. On the whole it sounds fair enough, though «detailed view»
7. 1967/04/15 TL[c] from Merton Thanks so much for your letter, poem and concern. No, I don't see Triumph but a somewhat hostile «detailed view»
8. 1967/04/28 (#01) TLS to Merton Thanks greatly for your wonder-ful letter, the Smithgirls poem, the Zen book: what riches you have «detailed view»
9. 1967/04/28 (#02) other[x] to Merton ON HIS RETURN [-] Frog is frog green [mimeograph of poem by Roseliep with a handwritten note from Roseliep to Merton] «detailed view»
10. 1967/04/28 (#03) other to Merton Superior at New Melleray to Head Monastery in Ireland [-] Peosta. - Announcement is made [newspaper clipping from The Witness of Dubuque, Iowa, 1967/04/20] «detailed view»
11. 1968/01/09 TL[c] from Merton I am very sorry indeed to hear of your loss. It is especially hard at such a time, and I know what «detailed view»
12. 1968/01/12 TALS to Merton Your letter was a lift. And thanks. Thanks greatly. I have been busy getting Mom's house in order «detailed view»
13. 1968/02/29 TL[c] from Merton Sorry to have been so long answering. I had forgotten than [sic] running a magazine would mean «detailed view»
14. 1968/03/21 TLS to Merton I took my first splash into MONKS POND today. Invigorating. What a brave, beautiful think you have «detailed view»
15. 1968/06/28 TLS to Merton Here is my fling at the concrete, which I'd like to offer for your consid. for MONKS POND. «detailed view»
16. 1968/07/03 TPCS to Merton I know who would appreciate greatly being on your mailing list for all the issues of MONKS POND: [verso: color photograph of a monk engaged in Lectio divina outside at New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa] «detailed view»
17. 1969/05/17 HNS to Laughlin, James To Mark Van Doren, Tom Merton's ideal of a friend and teacher [-] Raymond Roseliep 17 May 1969 [handwritten note on page clipping (pages 53-54 of The Catholic World, May 1969) with Roseliep's poem, "thomas merton" and article verso by Rosemary Haughton, "Signs of the Times"] «detailed view»

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