David Cope:  Works and Publications


*Starred manuscripts and/or books and related materials are on file as "David Cope Papers" in  archive at the Special Collections Library, The University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI. Substantial collections of issues of Big Scream are also available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library, and at the New York Public Library.




American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters Award in Literature, 1988.  [for On the Bridge, 1986.  Selected by Allen Ginsberg, James Dickey, and Irving Howe]


Poetry Books:


Early Poems.  88 pages, unpubl.


Quiet Lives.  Foreward by Allen Ginsberg.  Totowa, New Jersey:  Humana, 1983.  88 pages.*


On The Bridge.  Totowa, New Jersey: Humana, 1986.  88 pages.*


Fragments from The Stars.  Totowa, New Jersey:  Humana, 1990.  119 pages.*


Coming Home.  Totowa, New Jersey:  Humana, 1993.  119 pages.*


Silences for Love.  Totowa, New Jersey:  Humana, 1998.  119 pages. *


Turn the Wheel.  Totowa, New Jersey:  Humana, 2003.  88 pages.*


Masks of Six Decades:  poems 2003-2010.  Grandville:  Nada, 2010.  40 pages.*


Moonlight Rose in Blue:  the selected poems of David Cope, 1974-2010.  unpubl., 1974-2009.  88 pages.





Selected Letters 1992-1999. with index of correspondents and notes. unpubl.  139 pages*


The Signing Space:  Interview and Letters.  with Jim Cohn.  unpubl. 153 pages.*


Canon Debate:  Multiculturalism & The Canon.  with Edward Jayne III.  (1996) unpubl. 97 pages.*


Canon Debate II:  Inclusion & Materialism.  with Edward Jayne III.  (1997-98) unpubl. 166 pages.*


Canon Debate III:  Skepticism, Syntactic Risk, and The Impeachment Hearings. with Edward Jayne III.  (1998-99).  unpubl. 152+ pages (in progress).


New Letters:  1997-present.  unpubl. 162+ pages (in progress).        



Academic and Literary Essays:


The Blue Notebook:  Early Autobiographical and Literary Essays.  unpubl.  81 pages.*


Book One:  Dante & Chaucer.  unpubl.  175 pages.


Book Two:  Shakespeare & His Contemporaries.  unpubl.  352 pages. 


Book Three:  Paradiso X:  "L'Amor che l'uno e l'altro etternalmente spira."  unpubl. 114 pages.*


Book Four:  Julius Caesar:  The Political Text in Performance.  unpubl.  83 pages.


Book Five:  Multiculturalism & The Canon.  unpubl. 161 pages.


Book Six:  Miscellaneous Essays, Mostly Medieval.  unpubl.  92 pages.


Renaissance Drama Plot Outlines.  unpubl. 89 pages.


Ghost Dances:  The Prose Writings of David Cope.  unpubl. 154 pages.



As Editor:


Big Scream.  poetry journal, 48 issues publ. Grand Rapids:  Nada, 1974-2009 (ongoing).*    


 The Roaring Girl, or Moll Cutpurse.  by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker.  with introduction.  Grand Rapids:  Grand Rapids Community College, 1996.  77 pages.*  


Nada Poems.  anthology of poets  Grand Rapids:  Nada, 1998.  128 pages.* 


A Poet's Sourcebook.  anthology of poems. Second ed.  Grand Rapids:  Grand Rapids Community College, 1997, 2004. 219 pages.*


Sunflowers & Locomotives:  Songs for Allen.  in memoriam Allen Ginsberg.  Grand Rapids:  Nada, 1997.  58 pages.*


Demotic Fire:  The Postbeat Poets.  Ed. Jim Cohn and David Cope.  24 poets in postbeat tradition, with biographies and acknowledgements.  239 pages.  2008-09.  Unpublished as of this compilation.



Publication, Anthologies:


“Crash.”  The Pushcart Prize II:  Best of the Small Presses.  .  Ed. Bill Henderson.  Avon, 1978.


Selection of poems.  City Lights Journal #4.  Ed.  Mendez Monsanto.  City Lights, 1978.


Selection of poems incl. in Ginsberg’s Choice..  New Directions Anthology #37.  Ed.  J. Laughlin, with Peter Glassgold and Frederick R. Martin.  New Directions, 1978.


Selection of poems.  Friction 5/6:  Obscure Genius Issue.  Ed.  Allen Ginsberg and Randy Roark.  Laocoon, 1984.


“Congratulations.”  Best Minds:  Festschrift for Allen Ginsberg.  Ed. Bill Morgan and Bob Rosenthal.  New York:  Lospecchio, 1986).


 “The Declaration of Interdependence.”  Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School.  Ed. Anne Waldman and Andrew Schelling.  U of New Mexico Press, 1994.  (Cope was principal author, with 32 contributors).


“Sirens & Flashing Lights Stop.”  Poems for the Nation (anthology ed. Allen Ginsberg, Andy Clausen, Eliot Katz.  New York:  Seven Stories, 2000).


“Tender Petals for Calm Crossing.”  Van Gogh’s Ear:  Poetry for the New Millennium  2.1.  Ed. Ian Ayres.  Paris/New York:  French Connection/Committee on Poetry, 2003.


“Labor Day.”  Visiting Walt:  Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman. Ed. Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro.  Iowa City:  Iowa U P, 2003.


“Crash.”  Poems to Live By in Troubling Times Ed. Joan Murray.  Boston:  Beacon P, 2006).


Selection of poems.  Sins and Felonies.  Ed. G. F. Korreck.  Grand Rapids:  Barbaric Yawp P, 2007.


Selection of poems.  Fresh Grass.  Ed. Roseanne Ritzema.  Rockford:  Presa, 2009.


“Sirens & Flashing Lights Stop.”  Working Words:  The Literature of Work, Class & Art. Ed. M. L. Liebler.  Coffee House, 2010. 



Small Press Publication (1975-2010):


Blind Alley, In The Light, Windows in The Stone; Delirium; The World; Roof, Bombay Gin; New Blood; Ferro Botanica; Wonderland; Voices; The Grand Rapids Press; Long Shot; Action; Pay Up Dead Beat; Ahnoi; Planet Detroit; La Voz; The NewYork Quarterly; WFMU 91.1 FM (New Jersey); Poetry Flash; Lactuca; LSA (University of Michigan); The Underground Forest; We; Big Fireproof Box; Big Hammer; Black Swan Review; The Grand Rapids College Review; Napalm Health Spa; Lame Duck; The St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter; The Michigan Council of Teachers of English (November 1985);  Vajradhatu Sun; Headcheck Number Four; Heaven Bone; WSLU (Canton, New York); Indefinite Space; Big Fish; Shambala Sun; The Cafe Review; The Wayne Literary Review; The Ann Arbor Poetry Forum; The Brooklyn Review, Hazmat, Bill Freeman's Magazine; Louisiana Review; The Paper 4.22 (Jan 25-31, 2001); The Woodstock Journal “October Surprise” online issue; Rattapallax; The Chiron Review, Presa 1 and 2; The Grand Rapids Press (“A Well-Versed Man,” by Beth Loechler, with Cope’s poem “The Rhododendron,” J1, 9 April 2006); prose memento celebrating Allen Ginsberg, “Allen in Memory,” published in The Paterson Literary Review 35, Paterson, New Jersey; The Litribune; Wildflowers:  a Woodstock mountain poetry anthology; “A Memento for Diane,” published in Big Bridge 14 (ed. Michael Rothenberg):  Features:  Diane di Prima:  a Retrospective Collection of Essays, ed. David Hadbawnik.



Selected Lectures and Readings (*audiotape in David Cope Papers, UM archive):


1980:  “On the Poetry of Charles Reznikoff and Marsden Hartley,” and reading my poetry with Andy Clausen and others.  Naropa Institute, Boulder, Co.  


1982  Reading with Jack Micheline and Peter Orlovsky,  Jack Kerouac Conference, Naropa Institute, Boulder., Co.


1983.  Reading with Andy Clausen and Antler, introduced by Allen Ginsberg.  67th Street YMCA.  New York City, March 15.


1984.  Solo reading.  Lines Series, Detroit Institute of Art.  3-18-1984.*


1987:   “The Poetry of Carl Rakosi.”*  Objectivist Conference, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Co. Evening reading with Carl Rakosi.*


1988.  Reading with Allen Ginsberg, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mi. Two audiotapes.*           


1990.  “Rested Poetics.”  Ecopoetics Conference, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Co. Reading with Antler, Jeff Poniewaz, and Greg Keeler.


1992.  Reading with Anne Waldman and Jim Cohn, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mi. 


1994.  “On the Later Poetry of Allen Ginsberg,” Beats & Rebel Angels Conference, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Co.  Reading with Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, and Ed Sanders.


1997.  “Black English Vernacular, Creolization, and 'Market' English." GRCC Diversity Conference.  Grand Rapids, Michigan.


1998.  "Slave Rebellions in Life and Literature." GRCC Diversity Conference.  Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


1998.  Reading of my poems.  Michigan Poetry Conference (with Richard Tillinghast, Diane Wakoski, Michael Heffernan, and Thomas Lynch).  Northern Michigan College, Petoskey, Mi.  


2002.  Poetry and Buddhism panel chair, and reading of my poems. Anne Waldman Conference, The University of Michigan Special Collections Library, Ann Arbor, Mi. 


2003.  David Cope:  A Poet’s Journey, 1968-2003.  Retrospective Exhibit at Grand Rapids Community College Library, October 30-November 14.  Poetry reading and reception, October 30.


2004.  “Translating ‘Que Despierte El Leñador.’”  The Pablo Neruda Centennial Celebration, sponsored by the Diversity Center.  Grand Rapids Community College Library.  Grand Rapids, Mi. 





David Cope Papers.  Special Collections Library.  The University of Michigan. http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/000803213


David Cope Homepage.  The Museum of American Poetics



The Shakespeare Project.  (curator) Course materials for Cope's Shakespeare classes.  http://www.grcc.edu/shakespeare/ 


"Fran" and other poems.  The Pier.  Bob Rixon's online zine. http://thepier.homestead.com/files/David_Cope.html


"October Surprise:  An Absurd Reverie."  The Woodstock Journal October Surprise Project. http://www.woodstockjournal.com/pdf/october-surprise.pdf   (now defunct)


Poems in Napalm Health Spa (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 ff)  David Cope Homepage (scroll to bottom and click):  http://www.poetspath.com/exhibits/cope/


"Shakespeare in Love course notes."  LehrerInnen Fortbildung-Baden-Wurttemberg. http://www.lehrerfortbildung-bw.de/faecher/englisch/bs/dvd/unterricht/bearbeitung.htm


"Shakespeare in Love course notes."  .Steven Marx Homepage.  http://cla.calpoly.edu/~smarx/Shakespeare/Shak_inLove/SILCope.html


Three essays on renaissance drama.  Essays and Articles in Early 17th Century Literature  (search under Jonson, Dekker, or Middleton): http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/sevenessay.htm


“A Memento for Diane.”  Big Bridge 14 (Features:  Diane di Prima:  a Retrospective Collection of Essays, ed. David Hadbawnik).  http://www.bigbridge.org/BB14/2010_diprima/DiPrimaTOC.HTM     


“David Cope.”  Thru the 3rd Eye.  (website operated by Rod Torreson’s student poets.  This page includes three poems, interview, and essay). http://throughthe3rdeye.com/node/322