It's not often that a humble archivist receives recognition in the literary world. But on March 25 a book launch/gathering, organized by his family and some of the hundreds of poets Marvin Orbach archived for posterity, will be launching a posthumous collection of HIS secret life as a poet, Redwing.
Here's the link to the Quill & Quire article on Marvin:
On 2012-07-12, at 2:07 PM, marvin orbach wrote:
I hope your Milton Acorn event went well, and that you
accomplished everything you set out to do. You must have had some
interesting poets reading Milt's poems.
Thank you very much for sending the pictures of your hideaway.
It looks like a real paradise. You are very lucky to have such a
place. Do you have a special spot for meditation, somewhere in the
woods next to a stream?
And thank you for sending me Katherine Gordon's endearing new
poems. They were a pleasure to read. According to my records, she
sent me some items in the year 2004. Her material in my collection
consists of : booklets of poetry, correspondence, photographs, and
holograph and typescript copies of several of her poems.
Many years ago I corresponded very briefly with Alden Nowlan.
It was a shock to find out that he passed away at such a young age.
Think of all the great poems he could have written, had he lived to an
I am delighted that you like my neologism, Biblioheaven.
Somehow I believe that after I pass into the other world, I will be
sitting on my favourite armchair, on top of a big white, fluffy cloud,
reading Leonard Cohen's poems until the end of time.
I would be pleased to add some of your manuscripts to my
archival collection. Perhaps one day a western Canadian scholar will
be your biographer. I am surprised that Ontario universities
haven't come running after you, asking for your papers. Oh well!!
The University of Calgary Library has the papers of many prominent
authors from across the country. It is an ideal location for your
It is great that you and your frienda are actively engaged in
preserving our country's literary heritage. Blessings upon you. As
for me, I have always been a bit of an archivist at heart. While a
student at McGill, I did take a course in archives.
Al Purdy, one of our great People's Poets, many years ago
spent the winter months at Loyola, as writer in residence. This is
where I worked for many years. I thought a little anecdote about
Purdy would be of interest to you. Al Purdy was in the habit of
bringing beer into the classroom. He would throw the empty beer
cans out of the window, and they would tumble down into the snow.
Come spring, after the snow had melted, a pile of beer cans was
clearly visible on the grass next to the classroom where Purdy had
held court. A fitting tribute to one of our great poets. Purdy was
always very kind, and passed on to me several nicely inscribed
volumes of his poetry.
I hope your return home is without incident.
Regards to Chase. Woof woof.
Marvin, in a sunny and warm Montreal.