Thursday, September 27, 2012

Louis Gilmore and a love poem

Twentieth-century New Orleans poet Louis Gilmore (1891-1972) was the son of city attorney and U.S. congressman Samuel Louis Gilmore (1859-1910), and the brother of Martha Gilmore Robinson.  Born in New Orleans, he attended college at Columbia University, and then served in the Army during World War I.   Back home, his primary professional interest became literary writing.  He also translated from French literature, and worked as an editor at The Double Dealer, a literary monthly published in New Orleans in the 1920s.  The name he chose to use on publications was Louis Gilmore, but in letters, his friends and family would call him Sam.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 695, formally titled Samuel Louis Gilmore, Jr. papers, 1909-1996, consists of the personal and literary papers of Louis Gilmore, and it contrasts sharply with our collection relating to his father (Collection 618), both being centered in New Orleans, but of importantly different generations and circles. 

Included here in the younger collection are handwritten and typed personal and business correspondence, photographs, translations, original manuscript and annotated typescript poetry and plays, financial documents, greeting cards, post cards, invitations, calling cards and other social stationery, programs, diplomas, copyright documents, Gilmore’s 1972 obituary and memorial booklet, newspaper clippings, journal issues, and other printed items.  Individual correspondents include Poetry (Chicago) editor Daryl Hine, poet Maxine Kumin, and photographer William C. Odiorne.  Publishers represented in this collection include Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Macmillan, Vantage Press, New Yorker, New York Quarterly, Atheneum, Vanderbilt University Press, Texas Quarterly, Columbia University Forum, and Exposition Press.   Like numerous other archival collections in our repository, Louis Gilmore’s papers trace the tediously slow process of scholarly and literary publication in the pre-Internet years of the twentieth century.

Gilmore's 1959 compilation of his own published poems, combined with his selected translations of Baudelaire, Vine Leaves and Flowers of Evil, is held in multiple locations within the library; there are two copies of it available in the Louisiana Research Collection (PS 3513 .I6365 V5 LACOLL).    He continued publishing new work through the year of his death, such as the six poems appearing in the Feb. 1972 issue of Poetry (v. 119, no. 5), available through JSTOR.

Captions:  photograph of Louis Gilmore in 1914 (695-1-14); p. 30 of Vine Leaves and Flowers of Evil, featuring his poem, “Variation on a Theme of Catullus.”

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rising Tide 7, Sept. 22

The 7th Rising Tide conference will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 on the campus of Xavier University, New Orleans.   The organizers describe this annual event as “a conference on the future of New Orleans” and a “day-long program of speakers and presentations … tailored to inform, entertain, enrage and inspire.”  This unique gathering began in 2006 as a post-Katrina New Orleans bloggers’ advocacy group, and has now grown into a larger-scale, upbeat blend of an academic symposium and a Louisiana festival.  

The first keynote speaker this year will be well-known scholarly author and activist Lawrence N. Powell, with “The Accidental History of an Accidental Book.”   Dr. Powell is an Emeritus Professor of History at Tulane University, and a familiar face in Special Collections.   The previous year's first keynote speaker was another noted Tulane author and geographer, Richard Campanella, who delivered a lively presentation about New Orleans neighborhoods.

Then the program provides two concurrent tracks, called here “stages,” featuring panel discussions:

                The Education Experiment – Petri Dish Reform in New Orleans and Louisiana, moderated by Jessica Williams.

                Take This Job and Love It: Owning Your Own Business in NOLA, moderated by Victoria Adams.

                Community or Commodity?, moderated by Kalen Wright.

                Neighborhoods: Shake For Ya ‘Hood (If It’s All Good), on the role of neighborhood associations in New Orleans.

After lunchtime, the second keynote speaker will be New Orleans-based writer and filmmaker, Lolis Eric Elie, whose talk is titled “At War With Ourselves: New Orleans Culture at the Crossroads … Again … And Again …  And …

This is followed by panel discussions:

                Oil and Water, moderated by Robert Thomas.

                Mardi Gras Moms and Who Dat Dads – A Discussion on Parenting in New Orleans, moderated by Bart Everson.

                Black and White and Red All Over – The Digital Future of the New Orleans Media Market, moderated by Peter Athas.

Times, treats, book and gift exhibits, coffee and pastries, taco lunch, and the after-party are all described on the Rising Tide website, and the Rising Tide blog.    

Posted by Susanna Powers (my photographs of the 2011 Rising Tide here  and 2012 here.)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Isaac information

Hurricane Isaac made its landfall in Louisiana on the evening of August 28, 2012, as a Category 1 hurricane, continuing to batter the state for days.   Isaac caused at least nine fatalities in the United States and at least thirty-four in Hispaniola.

Gov. Jindal Holds Unified Command Group, Updates On State Response to Isaac, Sept. 4, 2012. 

Hurricane Isaac Power Outages Remain Across Louisiana, Huff Post Green, Sept. 4, 2012.

Our Schiro Reading Room has now resumed its normal schedule, as the fall semester gets underway.
We learned Wed., 9/5, that a long-time Howard-Tilton library colleague, Ann George, was among those who perished in the storm.

Captions: large old oak tree down across Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans, Saturday 9/1; power discussion near Nashville and Prytania, in New Orleans, Monday evening, 9/3.

Post and photographs by Susanna Powers