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Ronald Perry Poetry collection, 1956-1982 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Craig Likness and Marcia Evanson

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Title: Ronald Perry Poetry collection, 1956-1982Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-1982

ID: ASM0631

Creator: Perry, Ronald Lee (1932-1982)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into five series: I. Books, II. Periodicals, III. Manuscripts, IV. Correspondence, and V. Miscellaneous Materials.

Formats/Genres: Books, Clippings, Letters, Manuscripts, Periodicals, Photocopies

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Ronald Lee Perry was a Miami poet and University of Miami alumnus. The Ronald Perry Poetry collection consists of books of his poetry, periodicals containing reviews of or essays about his writings, manuscripts, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials.

Biographical Note

Ronald Perry was born in Miami, Florida, in 1932, but spent most of his childhood on Key Largo where his parents operated a fishing lodge.  He enrolled at the University of Miami receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1954.  He then joined the Army and served two years as a cryptographer leaving in 1956 to enroll in graduate studies, only briefly, at the University of Iowa.  Perry returned to Miami, published his first volume of poems, The Fire Nursery and Other Poems, and soon thereafter traveled to Southeast Asia where he worked for an engineering firm.  In 1959, Perry published Rock Harbor and in 1960 The Pipe Smokers : An Ecologue for an Unspecified Occasion.  Perry then moved to the Bahamas where he lived for eleven years.  In 1962 Voyages from Troy was published, but he published little else until Denizens appeared in 1980, a volume chosen by Donald Justice, whom Perry met while a student at the University of Miami, for the National Poetry Series.  Perry was preparing a manuscript entitled In the Smoke at the time of his death in 1982.

Subject/Index Terms

American poetry - 20th century
Perry, Ronald, 1932-
Poets, American - 20th century

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Ronald Perry Poetry Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials: See also the Clark Mixon Emery Papers (linked below). For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Ronald Perry Poetry Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History:

Revised by Rudo Kemper.

Container list by Marcia Evanson.

Container List (PDF):

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[Series I: Books],

Series I: BooksAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Denizens - National Poetry Series. New York; Random House, 1980Add to your cart.
2 copies.
Item 2: The Fire Nursery and other Poems - Series II: Chapbook 1. Miami; Stamperia di Antonio, 1956Add to your cart.
2 copies.
Item 3: The Pipe Smokers - An Eclogue for an Unspecified. Miami Pandanus Press, 1960Add to your cart.
1 copy.
Item 4: The Rock Harbor – The new poetry series. Denver; Alan Swallow, 1959Add to your cart.
1 copy.
Item 5: Voyages from Troy - Drawings by Laurence Donovan. Miami; The Mariner Press, 1962Add to your cart.
2 copies.
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