Max Douglas, Poet

Max Douglas was a Kansas poet who died much too young, leaving behind many admirers, and a thick volume’s worth of really fine work. Douglas, born in 1949, passed away in 1970 of an accidental heroin overdose. During his life, many of his poems were published in literary periodicals, and his Collected Poems was published in 1978 by White Dot Press. It’s now very hard to find – if you come across a copy, be sure to pick it up!

His work was much admired by other poets, and Kenneth Irby wrote the poem, “For Max Douglas” in 1971.

Max Douglas Audio-Documentary

St. Joseph (Missouri) scholars are working on audio-documentary about poet Max Douglas. They have already interviewed John Martin (founder of Black Sparrow Press), David Bromige (poet, friend of Max), and Andrea Wyatt-Sexton and Kit Weinert (co-editors of Max’s Collected Poems).

Particularly interested in establishing contact with Douglas’s sister Linda. Her married name is unknown; she was last known to be living somewhere in Colorado. Any leads in contacting her would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact: Vernon Gravely, P.O. Box 966, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702,
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