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Merton's Correspondence with:

Miguel Grinberg

Grinberg, Miguel, 1937-2022  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1963-1966, 1995
Volume: 35 item(s); 45 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Miguel Grinberg was a poet from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has authored a number of collections of poetry. He took over the editorship of Eco Contemporáneo in 1961, a publication to which Merton later subscribed. He came to Gethsemani to meet Merton in March of 1964 while traveling across the United States.

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See published letters from Merton to Grinberg in The Courage for Truth, pp. 195-204.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1963/05/05 HLS to Merton Hello, here I am, Ernesto Cardenal gave me your address, I've mailed for you the 4 issues we have «detailed view»
2. 1963/06/21 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks very much for your letter. I am very interested in your project, but I am a very bad «detailed view»
3. 1963/08/19? TALS to Merton Hello, I received all the things you sent for us, thank you very much, I will include a few of them [date from postmark - page starts with a series of questions for Merton labeled "Art and Freedom. 1) Which is art utility ?." - continues for a total of nine questions - in response, Merton wrote the article "Answers on Art and Freedom"] «detailed view»
4. 1963/11/no HLS to Merton Mea Culpa, sorry for this silence I've given you - but it was better so. - For months I have had «detailed view»
5. 1964/01/17 TALS to Merton Dear Thomas Merton, as I have not had any word from you since my last letter, here I'm thinking you «detailed view»
6. 1964/01/28 HLS[x] from Merton In haste I have written this statement - hope it is all right. I am sending more copies. If you «detailed view»
7. 1964/03/05 other   TRES VENTANAS [-] Tuvo que ser [-] Aun en la barriga de la misericordia [poem "Tres Ventanas" (Three Windows) by Miguel Grinberg - see Merton's journal entry for 1964/03/10] «detailed view»
8. 1964/03/no? HLS to Merton Here in the New York scene, lot of work, but everything goes fine.- A little limited by problems «detailed view»
9. 1964/04/05 TAL[c] from Merton The copies of Cold War letters are flying in all directions, and I will send more to anyone you like «detailed view»
10. 1964/04/10 HLS to Merton Dear amigo: just leaving the City.- Here some of the pictures.- I'll do better and more «detailed view»
11. 1964/05/06 HLS to Merton Lot of changes since I left your monastery.- This is my 7th week in N.Y.C. I'm better now, and I «detailed view»
12. 1964/05/11 TAL[c] from Merton Reason I did not mention the pictures in writing the letter I sent to California is that I had not «detailed view»
13. 1964/07/07 TALS to Merton Querido amigo, this time Miguel is writing from the Capital of the Nation, an incredible comeback, «detailed view»
14. 1964/07/11 HLS to Merton two girls had a ticket to Louisville, so I remembered Gethsemani.- Here I am, crossing the country, «detailed view»
15. 1964/07/12 TAL[c] from Merton I sent Henry Miller a picture of the two of us in the front garden of the monastery amid cold winds, «detailed view»
16. 1964/07/26 HLS to Merton Yes, I'm here, back from Big-Sur.- will spend a couple of days in Oregon, then back and south «detailed view»
17. 1964/08/16 TAL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter from SF. Two days from now, your birthday, I will send up a rocket with «detailed view»
18. 1964/09/15? HLS to Merton Here Managüa, with friends and melting walls.- The sun is powerful and I keep growing.- Next 25th [dated by Grinberg "Sept 15/1943" - it is an obviously facetious date and seems to be from 1964] «detailed view»
19. 1964/10/29 TAL[c] from Merton Today is for poets, and for writing to poets, since the sky has a warm front, it is perplexed, it is «detailed view»
20. 1964/12/12 (#01) HLS to Merton Dear Uncle Louie, your good letter is someplace in the midst of this mess, and so, I'm not answering «detailed view»
21. 1964/12/12 (#02) other   CRÓNICA LUNAR [-] Tiempo de alzarse y caminar. Caían voraces gotas de lluvia hacia el polvo. [enclosed with 1964/12/12 letter to Merton - 1964 periodic bulletin from The Angel Press from Buenos Aires containing "Cronica Lunar" by Grinberg] «detailed view»
22. 1965/01/01 TL[c] from Merton It is January first and the beard of the calendar is shaved. It is now the illusion of a new year. «detailed view»
23. 1965/01/no? HLS to Merton Right here your message, with sound of storms and scent of rains.- The point is that now I'm not «detailed view»
24. 1965/07/17 TAL[c] from Merton Your tulip on the green paper came from the mists and the waves. I have no green paper and no «detailed view»
25. 1965/07/no? HLS to Merton A long cloud since your last silent signals.- Hope you are all right and healthy.- Stormy human «detailed view»
26. 1965/09/03 TLS[x] from Merton Here is Uncle Louie out in space hung up in space I got your letter written on the feast of St Louis «detailed view»
27. 1965/11/07 TALS[x] from Merton It was good to get your letter. Yes the tulips grow on the mountain of dogs. I heard from Ludovico «detailed view»
28. 1966/01/19 (#01) TALS to Merton I have not had any answer to my last letter, I guess it is coming down. Anyway, the mails are «detailed view»
29. 1966/01/19 (#02) other   POESÍA Y REVOLUCIÓN [-] Miguel Grinberg [-] Lo nuevo o lo viejo, ésta es la elección que [signed typescript of Grinberg's "Poesia y Revolution" - enclosed with 1966/01/19 letter to Merton] «detailed view»
30. 1966/03/11 TL[x] from Merton I will try to use up the red ribbon. Only economy, nothing more, not politics. I am always glad «detailed view»
31. 1966/10/08 TL[c] from Merton I heard your cry out of the belly of the whale. Have not had much intelligence of events. «detailed view»
32. 1966/10/28 TL[c] from Merton Sun rises in mist with thousands of very soft explosions and I am entirely splashed with designs «detailed view»
33. 1995/07/02 (#01) TLS to Center from Grinberg, Miguel Well, I am again alive and well in Argentina. And I am still rejoicing myself for the splendid «detailed view»
34. 1995/07/02 (#02) other to Center from Grinberg, Miguel NEW SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT Dear Friend: The New Solidarity Movement began in 1963 [dated February 1964 - sent by Grinberg to Robert Daggy in 1995] «detailed view»
35. 1995/07/10 TL[c] from Center to Grinberg, Miguel I am glad you are well and alive in Argentina. I made it back to Kentucky all right and I am alive «detailed view»

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