The New American Poetry, 1945-1960

Donald Merriam Allen


The New American Poetry, 1945-1960

The New American Poetry, 1945-1960

  • Title: The New American Poetry, 1945-1960
  • Author: Donald Merriam Allen
  • ISBN: 9780520209534
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback



With than 100,000 copies sold, The New American Poetry has become one of the most influential anthologies published in the United States since World War II As one of the first counter cultural collections of American verse, this volume fits in Robert Lowell s famous definition of the raw in American poetry Many of the contributors once derided in the mainstream presWith than 100,000 copies sold, The New American Poetry has become one of the most influential anthologies published in the United States since World War II As one of the first counter cultural collections of American verse, this volume fits in Robert Lowell s famous definition of the raw in American poetry Many of the contributors once derided in the mainstream press of the period are now part of the postmodern canon Olson, Duncan, Creeley, Guest, Ashbery, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Levertov, O Hara, Snyder, Schuyler, and others Donald Allen s The New American Poetry delivered the first taste of these remarkable poets, and the book has since become an invaluable historical and cultural record, now available again for a new generation of readers.


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The New American Poetry 1945-1960 is considered a landmark anthology, thanks in no small part to the fact that many of the poets selected herein went on to become among the most influential American poets of the second half of the twentieth century. Among them: Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Larry Eigner,Edward Dorn, Joel Oppenheimer, Helen Adam,Madeline Gleason, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robin Blaser,Jack Spicer, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, James [...]

For me, this is where my reading & writing of poetry began. It's not just the poets represented here (Olson, Blackburn, Creeley, Duncan, Spicer, etc.), but the poems selected, which, frankly, seems to be a lost art. There have been numerous anthologies published since, some with even more impressive lineups, but they lack the selectivity of works that this anthology epitomized. The poems selected for Olson really highlight what was revolutionary in his thought; The Kingfishers, The Lordly &a [...]

Published in 1960, this is considered a classic anthology introducing the poetic movements that began to mature in the 1950s. For me, its value is almost entirely historical, but it admittedly has huge historical value. The copy I have, picked up at a library book sale, is the original with the contents divided into six parts, which I lay out in detail below because it best expresses the scope of the book:I. Black Mountain poetsCharles OlsonRobert DuncanDenise LevertovPaul BlackburnRobert Creele [...]

Well, I had mostly planned to dip into this periodically over a couple months, but I wound up being more into it than I'd expected. Of the poets gathered here, I'd only previously read Ginsberg, O'Hara, and Ashbery, but nearly half of the others I marked as being worth further exploration. That seems like a more than solid ratio.My growing interest in poetry is reminding me of when I started really digging into music, and how that process was informed by big reference books like the All Music Gu [...]

Just flipped through this the other day for the first time in a few years, and I'd forgotten how great it is. It's a great anthology for finding out what was going on in American poetry immediately after the War, and it spans a short enough period (15 years) to be very comprehensive and, with a few exceptions, gives a good amount of print space to poets who otherwise wouldn't have had any in print. A beautiful book, and a must own for poetry lovers.

A little bit of this may go a long way. So far some very good stuff (Olson's Kingfishers is awesome), but also some silly stuff (Olson's The Lordly and Isolate Satyrs). But placed within the context of the times, the silly stuff is also ok. Maybe I'll watch Corman's Bucket of Blood (so bad it's good) this weekend, and then go back and read "Satyrs."

This was the book that introduced me to contemporary American poetry - at least the poetry that was outside of academia at that time - in the 1960's. Many of the poets have since passed, but I still read the works of some of them - Sorrentino, Dorn, Blackburn, Creeley, J. Williams - today. For me it's a book that's still alive.

I took a poetry class with this as a supplementary text. I enjoyed most of the poetry therein but found the selections at times a little frustrating for a lack of giving me a 'taste' of the poet featured.

Only read the work by Charles Olson. A good overview of mid-century American poetry.

so much talk of this collection & it's 'ground broken' in contemp. amer. poe. so to hold my face i can't not read it any longer.

A mix of well-known and lesser known poets, this collection harbors some rare treasures from its time period.

This is the best resource I have found for those poets who follow the tradition of William Carlos Williams.

i tended toward darker thoughts/writings at the time i read this, so i'm not sure how i would feel about this book today

(Mine is the original Grove Press edition of 1960. It does not have the dates of inclusion in the title.)

Reread this after many years. I enjoyed some of it, but much of it seemed dated, and a lot of it sounded like the worst Beatnik cliches.


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