The New American Poetry 1945–1960

poetry anthology edited by Donald Allen

The New American Poetry 1945–1960 is a book of poems by many new and different poets of that time. It was edited by Donald Allen and put out by Grove Press in 1960.[1] In 1999 it came out again from University of California Press with a new afterword.[2]

Many readers think the book is very important in the history of American poetry after World War II. Many of the included poets had long careers after the book came out. Many of their ideas about how to write poetry became popular with even younger poets.[3]

In 1982 the book was made bigger and published as The Postmoderns: The New American Poetry Revised edited by Donald Allen and George Butterick.[4]

In the original book, Donald Allen printed the work of Black Mountain poets, the New York School, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beats and others who were not well-known.[3]

The poets change

These are the poets of The New American Poetry as grouped by Donald Allen in 1960.[1]

I. Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Paul Carroll, Larry Eigner, Edward Dorn, Jonathan Williams, Joel Oppenheimer

II. Helen Adam, Brother Antoninus, James Broughton, Madeline Gleason, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robin Blaser, Jack Spicer, Lew Welch, Richard Duerden, Philip Lamantia, Bruce Boyd, Kirby Doyle, Ebbe Borregaard

III. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky

IV. Barbara Guest, James Schuyler, Edward Field, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery

V. Philip Whalen, Gilbert Sorrentino, Stuart Z. Perkoff, Gary Snyder, Edward Marshall, Michael McClure, Ray Bremser, LeRoi Jones, John Wieners, Ron Lowensohn, David Meltzer

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Allen, Donald (1960). The new American poetry, 1945-1960. Internet Archive. New York, Grove Press.
  2. Allen, Donald, ed. (1999). The New American Poetry, 1945-1960. U of California P. ISBN 978-0-520-20953-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Golding, Alan (1998). ""The New American Poetry" Revisited, Again". Contemporary Literature. 39 (2): 180–211. doi:10.2307/1208984. ISSN 0010-7484. JSTOR 1208984.
  4. The Postmoderns: The New American Poetry Revised | Grove Atlantic.