The list of works by and about Hart and writers who worked with him continues to expand, selection below. Book titles with links can be ordered from the John Hart Bookstore or Sugartown Publishing. Click on linked article titles to view.
Barlow, Robert, et al. Accent on Barlow. San Rafael, Calif.: Lawrence Hart, 1962. A commemorative anthology assembled by Hart after Barlow’s death, with examples of work by other Activists of the day.
Bradley, George, ed. The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998). Poems by Moore and Horan; somewhat inaccurate characterization of the Activists by the editor at lxii.
Hart, John. The Climbers. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1978.
Hart, John, et al. “Poetry Activists.” Seventh Quarry 22 (Autumn 2015). Introduction and selection from the current work of the group.
Hart, John. “Pursuing the Modernist Vision: Lawrence Hart and the ‘Activist Group’ in American Poetry.” Literary Imagination 3, no. 3 (2001): 386-400. Includes poems by Robert Barlow, Judith George, Lawrence Hart. Robert Horan, Jeanne McGahey, Rosalie Moore, Lois Moyles, Fred Ostrander.
Hart, John. “The Raw and The Cooked.” Caesura Spring/Summer 2001: 15-16.
Hart, Lawrence, et al. Ideas of Order in Experimental Poetry. Berkeley, George Leite, 1945. Previously appeared as Circle 6, 1945.
Hart, Lawrence, et al. “Six California Poets.” Quarterly Review of Literature 4,1. 1947. Includes introduction by Hart and poems by Rosalie Moore, Robert Barlow, Jeanne McGahey, Adele Levi, Kenneth Pettitt, Marie Wells.
Hart, Lawrence, et al. Number: Nos. 1-8. New York: AMS Press, 1970. Republication of the Activist magazine Number, which appeared from 1950 to 1955.
Hart, Lawrence, ed. “Activists, 1951.” Poetry 78, no. 2 (May 1951): 63-119. Special issue guest edited by Hart. Includes “About the Activist Poets” and “A Note on Robert Barlow” by Hart; “Rosie the Riveter” by McGahey; “A Letter from William Carlos Williams”; and poems by Robert Barlow, Ada Davies, Marie Graybeal, Richard L. Hart, Mary Hutton, Ann Larson, Adele Levi, Jeanne McGahey, Rosalie Moore, Emily Pausch, Kenneth Pettit, Suzanne Sullivan, Betty Turnoy, Marie Wells, Elva Williams, Don Wobber, Emily White.
Hart, Lawrence, ed. “Activists: A Sequel.” Poetry 93, no. 2 ( November 1958): 63-81, 102-107. Special section guest edited by Hart. Includes “A Note on the Activists” by Hart, “The Beat and the Unbeat” by Rosalie Moore, and poems by Robert Brotherson, Waltrina Furlong, Marie Graybeal, Jeanne McGahey, Rosalie Moore, Emily Pausch, Betty Turnoy, Marie Wells.
Hart, Lawrence. “The New Face of Conformity.” Works 1,3 (Spring 1968), 106-113. An analysis of the 1960s poetic scene.
Haven, Cynthia. “The Bay Area’s ‘Activists’ Shook Up Poetry in the ’50s.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 4, 2005. See Archive.
Horan, Robert. A Beginning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948.
McGahey, Jeanne. “The White Box.” In Five Young American Poets 2. Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions, 1941.
McGahey, Jeanne, ed. The poetry LETTER. San Rafael, Ca.: Lawrence Hart Institute, 1983-86. 17 issues of this newsletter of literary debate were published under a grant from the San Francisco Foundation.
McGahey, Jeanne. Homecoming with Reflections. In Contemporary Poetry Series IX. Princeton: Quarterly Review of Literature, 1989.
Moore, Rosalie. The Grasshopper’s Man and Other Poems. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949.
Moore, Rosalie. Of Singles and Doubles. Andes, New York: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1979.
Moore, Rosalie. Year of the Children: 1212 A.D. Poems for a Narrative. Andes, N.Y.: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1977.
Nelson, Patricia. Rosalie Moore and the Activist Movement in Poetry. MA Thesis, New College of California, 1998.
Nelson, Patricia. Among the Shapes That Fold and Fly. Crockett, California: Sugartown Publishing, 2012. Introduction by John Hart.
Ostrander, Fred. The Hunchback and the Swan. Andes, New York: Woolmer/Brotherson, 1978.
Ostrander, Fred. It Lasts a Moment: New and Collected Poems. Crockett, California: Sugartown Publishing, 2013. Introduction by John Hart.
Ostrander, Fred. Petroglyphs. San Francisco: Blue Light Press, 2009.
Thomas, Bonnie. Sun on the Rind. Crockett, California: Sugartown Publishing, 2015. Introduction by John Hart.
Wright, George T. Lawrence Hart and the Activists in the Early 1950s. Excerpt from an unpublished memoir.
Yamamoto, Judith. At My Table. Crockett, California: Sugartown Publishing, 2014. Introduction by John Hart.