Scope and arrangement
The collection is comprised of an unbound compilation (typescript, photocopy, and computer printout) of Turcotte's writings (1969-1992, 1680p). A second, variant copy of the prose poem "Romance and Brain Damage" is included. A number of the works are illustrated with sketches, often cut from the notebooks; loose at the front of the manuscript are three photographs of Turcotte in 1991 and 1992, when he had Kaposi's sarcoma (one of the opportunistic diseases common to people with AIDS). The photographs were taken in New York by Bill Bytsura. There are nine bound notebooks (1972-1985, numbered 10-15 plus three unnumbered). Turcotte used these variously as journals and to record his other writings. Photographs and related ephemera are occasionally taped in.
Some of Turcotte's poems have been published in Unending Dialogue. Rachel Hadas, ed. (Boston, Faber and Faber, 1991).