• Wesley McNair Papers

    This collection documents McNair’s early life, college, and professional years, and is a valuable tool for understanding and teaching the writing of poetry.
  • My Life As a Poet

    McNair’s discussion of his archive and the pattern of his life as a poet, presented at the celebration of the acquisition of his papers, 2006.
  • Lovers of the Lost

    Designed as an aide to teaching poetry, this site contains images of McNair’s writing notebooks, transcriptions, and audio versions of new and selected poems that represent his creative process.
  • Letters Between Poets

    Centering on an exchange of letters between McNair and the poet Donald Hall during McNair’s early struggle as a poet, this site presents to students, teachers, and the public what it is like to develop as a poet with the guidance of a mentor.
  • The Unfastening

    In a dark time, unfastened by loss and despair, how does one find one’s way back to the world again? This difficult question underlies the personal experiences and stories of McNair’s most recent collection,
    The Unfastening.
 
In 2006, Colby College Special Collections acquired the personal papers of one of New England’s most notable poets, Wesley McNair.The collection is a rich body of materials that documents McNair’s early life as well as his college and professional years, and includes scrapbooks, photographs, family letters, teaching notes and poem drafts, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, and extensive correspondence with colleagues and literary peers.Representing one poet’s daily life and his creative process, the collection is a valuable tool for understanding and teaching the writing of poetry.This website highlights McNair’s writing and revision process by making available scans and transcriptions of a selection of his draft poems (Lovers of the Lost) as well as a portion of his correspondence with the poet Don Hall (Letters Between Poets), a mentor and friend.Find out more about the Wesley McNair Papers @ Colby.