Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing wrote two small collections of poetry , Fourteen Poems, and a small series of poetry in the Inpopa Anthology respectively. These books are not readily available.
Fourteen Poems was published in 1959 by Scorpion Press. After the closure of Scorpion, the Lessing archive was accquired by Special Collections at the McFarlin Library, University of Tulsa. McFarlin accquired also the Lessing correspondence related to the collection.
I was very curious about accessing the poems and blogged the process at Poethead, my blog. It was great to find that Lessing's poetry in Fourteen Poems was available at University College, Dublin and that I could go read and transcribe sections of the book for my readers.
I am adding here a short list of the collections that house Ms Lessing's poetic works, as well as a very special link to the poems that I transcribed for my blog, and that I am allowed to hold until October of 2012.
Doris Lessing's literary agents , Jonathan Clowes Ltd. have allowed the Lessing poems to be published onto Poethead for the period of one year. I cannot publish them on Salon, but I can link to the poems directly here and I decided to do so. I am a little sad that my legal agreement to share the poems is so restricted and a little limited. I'd like lots of people to read them to see that Lessing is as good a poet as she is a novelist and writer.
The link to the Scorpion Archive at the McFarlin Library collection is at the following link,
Jonathan Clowes, Lessing's publisher is at the following link ,
I am adding here the Poethead links to my Doris Lessing archive,
'Fable' and 'Oh Cherry Trees You are Too White for My Heart' , two poems by Doris Lessing are reproduced at the following link, with the kind permission of Doris Lessing's publishers, Jonathan Clowes Ltd.
My Licence to carry the Doris Lessing poems has been extended until November 2013.