Peter Seaton Papers, 1977 - 2000 (MSS 0748)

Extent: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Papers of Peter Seaton, an American poet and writer associated with the Language poets. Materials include typescript and manuscript drafts of Seaton's writing, drafts of unpublished poetry books, and ephemera related to Seaton and his career.

Peter Seaton was born on December 16, 1942 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1964. After college, Seaton became involved in the New York poetry scene and was a frequent contributor to L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. His first book, Agreement, was published in 1978, followed by The Son Master (1982) and Crisis Intervention (1983).

Peter Seaton died in New York on May 18, 2010.

The papers document Peter Seaton's career as a writer. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) WRITINGS and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL.


The WRITINGS series is comprised of typescript and manuscript poetry drafts, drafts of unpublished books of poetry, and a transcript of an interview of Henry Hills conducted by Seaton. Materials are arranged by title, when given, with miscellaneous poems and drafts filed at the end. The bulk of this material is undated.


The second series, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL, includes a letter to Charles Bernstein, a photograph of Seaton and his then wife Judy Lippa, an article about Seaton by Larry Price, and a typescript poem dedicated to Seaton. The series also contains several love letters written by Seaton to artist Lee Sherry.

Container List


Box: 1 Folder: 1
Axiom of Choice, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 2
From a Linear Point of View, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Imaginary Ship - Book draft, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Interview with Henry Hills by Peter Seaton, March 17, 1987
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Leeward, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 6
O there is blessing in this gentle breeze... [Opening line from untitled poem], undated
Box: 1 Folder: 7
The Pyramids of Elysium - Book draft, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 8
The Son Master, 1982
Miscellaneous writing
Box: 1 Folder: 9 Oversize: FB-520-08
Handwritten poetry and notes, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Typescript poetry drafts with handwritten edits, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Typescript drafts and copies of poems, undated


Box: 1 Folder: 12
Letter & ephemera, 1977, 1985, undated
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Letters to Lee Sherry, 2000 & undated
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Writings about & for Seaton, 1984, 1986