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Outburst Archive

Call Number



1959-1964, inclusive


Outburst (1961-1963)


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


The Outburst Archive is a collection of correspondence and manuscripts received by Tom Raworth while he was publishing Outburst, a poetry magazine produced under the Matrix Press imprint. Noted correspondents include Carol Bergé, Paul Blackburn, William Burroughs, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Anselm Hollo, LeRoi Jones, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Henry Miller, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Gary Snyder.

Biographical and Historical Note

From 1961 to 1963, Tom Raworth edited and published three issues of Outburst, a poetry magazine produced under Raworth's Matrix Press imprint, which also published several small books by authors such as Pete Brown, Edward Dorn, Anselm Hollo, Piero Heliczer, and David Ball. Outburst and the Matrix Press focused on British and American poets, but include other European poets and prose writers as well. Most authors are associated with the Beat poets, the British Poerty Revival, or the Black Mountain school. Six hundred copies of the first issue and 700 copies of the second were produced.

Tom Raworth (b. 1938) is a British poet with over 40 published works of poetry and prose to his credit. Raworth is often associated with the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 1970s. His first published book of poetry, Relation Ship, received acclaim when it was released in 1966. He has published poetry steadily since that time and often performs readings of his work. Raworth is also a visual artist producing drawings, paintings, and collages.

Raworth, Thomas Moore. "CV." Accessed March 25, 2009.
Tuma, Keith, ed. Anthology of 20th Century British and Irish Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.


The Outburst Archive is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence and Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

The Outburst Archive contains correspondence and manuscripts submitted to Tom Raworth for publication in Outburst or through the Matrix Press. The manuscripts are primarily poetry, but also include prose works.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Outburst Archive; MSS 022; Collection number; Box number; Folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.


The collection was acquired in April of 1965.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

Collection processed by

Colin Wells, 2009. Processed by Amber Creger, February 1999.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:03:33 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from outburst.html


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