The Modern Poetry Collection in Keene State College’s Mason Library offers students, faculty, and members of the public a range of materials, including the New Hampshire Poetry Collection.

Draft of the Table of Contents Page from Alice Fogel’s manuscript Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations

The Mason Library Modern Poetry Collection includes The Zephyr Press Archive and Aspect Magazine (1969-1980). Aspect was the creation of Edward J. Hogan, of Somerville, Massachusetts. Hogan was a history major at Northeastern University in March of 1969 when he launched a magazine featuring social and political commentary by a small group of university students. Hogan expanded that magazine to include poetry, fiction, graphic design, and literary news and reviews. Aspect published many writers, poets, and artists that represented the “Boston Scene” of the late 1960s and 1970s.

The Aspect Magazine Project is designed for researchers, readers, writers, and students interested in the intellectual history of the New England region. As a scholarly resource, the archive increases access to the conversations and intellectual exchanges associated with the production of literature in New England among committed poets, artists and intellectuals.

Students in professor Mark Long’s course on literature and democracy working with issues of Aspect magazine in the Keene State Modern Poetry Collection

The Aspect Project Director and Editor is professor Mark C. Long. With the assistance of the College Archivist, Rodney Obien, professor Long and his students created descriptive metadata for an issue of the journal using the Dublin Core metadata standard and wrote a professional commentary on the writing and art in each issue. Each digital issue is published in the Aspect magazine archive. Students also use the art and writing in Aspect as a primary source in longer essay projects.

Cover of Aspect magazine, lookout with salt lake

The Aspect Magazine Project offers students hands-on experience with scholarly inquiry and production, as well as applied archival methods and textual theory working with primary documents. Professor Long’s courses in poetry and poetics use the archives to promote critical reflection on rapidly changing forms of digital communication and algorithmic organization, the technologies that organize information and increasingly shape how we use language and make meaning.