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Poetry in 1968

By Harriet Staff

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We’ve been thinking about all things 1968 ever since we read David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire at The Rumpus the other day. He offers an interesting challenge, as we mentioned earlier, to name the “Year of Years” in American poetry. We decided to twist the game a little and stick with 1968, searching inwardly at what the year looked like for Poetry magazine. What we found was that 1968 was one hell of a year for the magazine! Below, we cherry-picked a few gems from each month to show what was happening with Poetry in that year of years.

January
Jean Valentine, “April
Muriel Rukeyser, “Delta Poems

February
Michael Harper, “The Black Angel
Dick Gallup, “The Door to the Future
James Schuyler, “Seeking

March
Gary Snyder, “Eight Songs of Clouds and Water
David Bromige, “Dictation
Larry Eigner, “Eight Poems

April
Gerard Malanga, “Determinism
Ross Feld, “A Set of Poems for Jack Spicer
Gilbert Sorrentino offers a review of 10 pamphlets.

May
Adrienne Rich, “Implosions
Robert Grenier, “Warm

June
Ted Berrigan’s only appearance in Poetry, “Words for Love
Pablo Neruda, translated by Ben Belitt, “Party’s End

July
Hayden Carruth, “Coming Down to the Desert at Lordburg, N.M.
Eleanor Ross Taylor, “His Wish

August
Louis Zukofsky, “‘A’-21
Robert Creeley, “Chicago

September
Louis Zukofsky, “‘A’-21” (continued from August)
Mona Van Duyn, “The Creation

October
James Schulyer, “Now and Then
Lewis Warsh, “The California Poem
James Tate, “Jim’s All-Night Diner

November
Denise Levertov, “An Interim
Tom Clark, “January Second

December
May Swenson, “The DNA Molecule
Robert Duncan, “Passages 31” and “Passages 32

And that’s just scratching the surface… Go over to the Poetry archive and check out the entire year.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Harriet Staff.