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Jonas Mekas Reviews The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry

By Harriet Staff

Renowned avant-gardist writer, curator and filmmaker Jonas Mekas gives the most honest review yet of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry in this video diary. "John Wieners is not included!" "Helen Adam is not included!" Mekas stacks book by book of those excluded from the anthology, including Paul Blackburn, Kenneth Patchen, Frank Keunstler, Diane di Prima, Kenward Elmslie, Ed Dorn, and on and on ("So many poets that the stack collapses," said our friend Ted Dodson). Watch to the end: "Allen Ginsberg is not included. Sylvia Plath is not included. How do they dare to call this the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry? Penguins! They did this tribute to the penguins in the North Pole. That's my fair opinion, friends."

Photo courtesy of Beyond Race.

Originally Published: May 1st, 2012