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The new American poetry, 1945-1960
Allen, Donald, 1912-2004.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]

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xxiii, 456 pages ; 21 cm
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Previously published: New York : Grove Press, c1960.
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With more 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.

Author Notes

Donald Allen (1912-2004) was the editor of The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara (California, 1995) and coeditor of The Collected Prose of Charles Olson (California, 1997).

Table of Contents

Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Charles Olson (1910-1970)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Robert Duncan (1919-1988)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Denise Levertov (1923-1997)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Paul Blackburn (1926-1971)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Robert Creeley (1926)Paul Carroll (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Larry Eigner (1927-1996)Edward Dorn (1929)Edward Dorn (1929)Edward Dorn (1929)Edward Dorn (1929)Edward Dorn (1929)Edward Dorn (1929)Jonathan Williams (1929)Jonathan Williams (1929)Jonathan Williams (1929)Jonathan Williams (1929)Jonathan Williams (1929)Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988)Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988)Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988)Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988)Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988)Helen Adam (1909-1992)Brother Antoninus (1912-1994)Brother Antoninus (1912-1994)Brother Antoninus (1912-1994)James Broughton (1913)Madeline Gleason (1903-1979)Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919)Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919)Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919)Robin Blaser (1925)Robin Blaser (1925)Robin Blaser (1925)Robin Blaser (1925)Robin Blaser (1925)Jack Spicer (1925-1965)Lew Welch (1926-1972)Lew Welch (1926-1972)Richard Duerden (1927)Richard Duerden (1927)Richard Duerden (1927)Philip Lamantia (1927)Philip Lamantia (1927)Philip Lamantia (1927)Philip Lamantia (1927)Bruce Boyd (1928)Bruce Boyd (1928)Bruce Boyd (1928)Kirby Doyle (1932)Ebbe Borregaard (1933)Ebbe Borregaard (1933)Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Gregory Corso (1930)Peter Orlovsky (1933)Barbara Guest (1923)Barbara Guest (1923)Barbara Guest (1923)Barbara Guest (1923)James Schuyler (1923-1991)James Schuyler (1923-1991)James Schuyler (1923-1991)James Schuyler (1923-1991)Edward Field (1924)Edward Field (1924)Kenneth Koch (1925)Kenneth Koch (1925)Kenneth Koch (1925)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)John Ashbery (1927)John Ashbery (1927)John Ashbery (1927)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Philip Whalen (1923)Gilbert Sorrentino (1929)Gilbert Sorrentino (1929)Stuart Z. Perkoff (1930-1974)Stuart Z. Perkoff (1930-1974)Stuart Z. Perkoff (1930-1974)Gary Snyder (1930)Gary Snyder (1930)Gary Snyder (1930)Gary Snyder (1930)Gary Snyder (1930)Edward Marshall (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Michael McClure (1932)Ray Bremser (1934)Ray Bremser (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)LeRoi Jones (1934)John Wieners (1934)John Wieners (1934)John Wieners (1934)John Wieners (1934)John Wieners (1934)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)Ron Loewinsohn (1937)David Meltzer (1937)David Meltzer (1937)David Meltzer (1937)David Meltzer (1937)
Prefacep. xi
I. The Kingfishersp. 2
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to Youp. 8
The Songs of Maximusp. 11
Maximus, to himselfp. 14
The Death of Europep. 16
A Newly Discovered 'Homeric' Hymnp. 22
The Lordly and Isolate Satyrsp. 24
As the Dead Prey Upon Usp. 27
Variations Done for Gerald van de Wielep. 34
The Distancesp. 37
The Song of the Borderguardp. 40
An Owl Is an Only Bird of Poetryp. 41
This Place Rumord To Have Been Sodomp. 44
The Dancep. 46
The Questionp. 48
A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindarp. 49
Food for Fire, Food for Thoughtp. 57
Dream Datap. 58
Beyond the Endp. 60
The Handsp. 61
Merritt Parkwayp. 61
The Way Throughp. 62
The Third Dimensionp. 63
Scenes from the Life of the Peppertreesp. 64
The Sharksp. 66
The Five-Day Rainp. 66
Pleasurep. 67
The Goddessp. 68
The Continuityp. 69
The Assistancep. 69
Night Song for Two Mysticsp. 70
The Problemp. 72
Sirventesp. 72
The Once-overp. 75
The Encounterp. 76
The Innocencep. 77
The Kind of Act ofp. 77
The Immoral Propositionp. 78
A Counterpointp. 78
The Warningp. 78
The Whipp. 79
A Marriagep. 79
Ballad of the Despairing Husbandp. 80
If Youp. 81
Just Friendsp. 82
The Three Ladiesp. 83
The Doorp. 83
The Awakeningp. 86
The Wayp. 87
Fatherp. 88
A Fetep. 90
Noise grimacedp. 90
Bp. 91
Environ sp. 92
Openp. 93
A Gonep. 94
Passagesp. 95
Keep me still, for I do not want to dreamp. 95
Do it yrselfp. 96
The Rick of Green Woodp. 97
Vaquerop. 98
The Hide of My Motherp. 98
Are They Dancingp. 103
The Air of June Singsp. 104
When the Fairiesp. 105
A Little Tumescencep. 107
The Switch Blade (or, John's Other Wife)p. 107
Those Troublesome Disguisesp. 108
The Distances to the Friendp. 108
Fast Ballp. 109
The Bathp. 110
The Bus Tripp. 110
The Feedingp. 111
Mare Nostrump. 111
Blue Funkp. 112
II. I Love My Lovep. 114
Adventp. 118
A Canticle to the Waterbirdsp. 118
The South Coastp. 121
Feathers or Lead?p. 123
Once and Uponp. 125
Pictures of the Gone Worldp. 128
A Coney Island of the Mindp. 130
HEp. 134
Poem by the Charles Riverp. 138
A 4 Part Geometry Lessonp. 138
Poemp. 139
Heronsp. 140
Poemp. 141
Imaginary Elegies, I-IVp. 142
Chicago Poemp. 148
After Anacreonp. 150
Musica no. 3p. 151
Dance with Banderillasp. 152
Moon Is to Bloodp. 152
Terror Conductionp. 154
"Man is in pain"p. 155
Morning Light Songp. 156
Still Poem 9p. 157
This Is What the Watchbird Sings, Who Perches in the Lovetreep. 158
Sanctuaryp. 158
Venice Recalledp. 159
Strangep. 161
Some Stories of the Beauty Wapitip. 163
"Each Found Himself at the End of ..."p. 165
III. Mexico City Blues: 12 Chorusesp. 168
The Shrouded Strangerp. 178
Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullop. 179
Sunflower Sutrap. 179
A Supermarket in Californiap. 181
Howl, Parts I and IIp. 182
Sather Gate Illuminationp. 190
Messagep. 194
Kaddish, Parts I, III, IV, Vp. 194
Birthplace Revisitedp. 202
Poets Hitchhiking on the Highwayp. 202
Zizi's Lamentp. 203
Uccellop. 204
But I Do Not Need Kindnessp. 205
Dialogue -- 2 Dollmakersp. 206
Paranoia in Cretep. 207
A Dreamed Realizationp. 208
From Another Roomp. 208
Notes After Blacking Outp. 208
Marriagep. 209
Second Poemp. 213
IV. Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higherp. 216
Sunday Eveningp. 216
Santa Fe Trailp. 217
Piazzasp. 218
Salutep. 220
Februaryp. 220
"The Elizabethans Called It Dying"p. 222
Freely Espousingp. 223
A View of Jerseyp. 225
The Floor Is Dirtyp. 227
Mending Sumpp. 229
Fresh Airp. 229
Thank Youp. 236
Chez Janep. 239
For James Deanp. 239
Odep. 242
Why I Am Not a Painterp. 243
In Memory of My Feelingsp. 244
Ode to Joyp. 250
To Hell with Itp. 251
Ode: Salute to the French Negro Poetsp. 253
Ode to Michael Goldberg ('s Birth and Other Births)p. 254
The Day Lady Diedp. 264
You Are Gorgeous and I'm Comingp. 265
Poemp. 266
Poemp. 267
In Favor of One's Timep. 268
Hotel Transylvaniep. 269
A Boyp. 271
The Instruction Manualp. 272
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able To Inhabit the Divine Sepulcher ..."p. 275
V. Martyrdom of Two Pagansp. 280
2 Variations: All About Lovep. 281
Sourdough Mountain Lookoutp. 284
Denunciation: or, Unfrock'd Againp. 289
The Same Old Jazzp. 290
Forty-five Years Since the Fall of the Ch'ing Dynastyp. 292
For Cp. 293
Take I, 4:II:58p. 294
A Classic Casep. 296
The Zoop. 297
Flowers for Luis Bunuelp. 298
The Reclusesp. 299
Feasts of Death, Feasts of Lovep. 300
Praise for Sick Womenp. 307
Riprapp. 308
For a Far-out Friendp. 309
This Tokyop. 310
Myths and Texts, Part III: Burningp. 312
Leave the Word Alonep. 323
The Breechp. 334
The Rugp. 335
Hymn to St. Geryon, Ip. 335
Canticlep. 339
Peyote Poem, Part Ip. 339
Ode for Soft Voicep. 343
For Artaudp. 344
The Flowers of Politics, Ip. 349
The Flowers of Politics, IIp. 350
Poem of Holy Madness, Part IVp. 352
Bloodp. 356
In Memory of Radiop. 357
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Notep. 358
Way Out Westp. 358
One Night Standp. 360
To a Publisher ... cut-outp. 361
Ostriches and Grandmothers!p. 363
The Turncoatp. 364
A poem for paintersp. 365
A poem for the old manp. 369
A poem for museum goersp. 371
A poem for the insanep. 373
A poem for trapped thingsp. 375
Pastoralp. 376
Insomniac Poemp. 376
The Thing Made Realp. 378
The Stillness of the Poemp. 378
Mrs. Loewinsohn andcp. 379
My Sonsp. 381
Revelationp. 382
12th Raga / for John Wienersp. 382
15th Raga / for Bela Lugosip. 383
Prayerwheel / 2p. 383
VI. Statements on Poetics
Charles Olson: Projective Versep. 386
Letter to Elaine Feinsteinp. 397
Robert Duncan: Pages from a Notebookp. 400
Robert Creeley: To Definep. 408
Olson and Others: Some Orts for the Sportsp. 408
Denise Levertovp. 411
Lawrence Ferlinghettip. 412
Jack Spicer: Letter to Lorcap. 413
Jack Kerouacp. 414
Allen Ginsberg: Notes for Howl and Other Poemsp. 414
James Schuyler: Poet and Painter Overturep. 418
Frank O'Harap. 419
Philip Whalenp. 420
Gary Snyderp. 420
Michael McClure: From a Journalp. 421
LeRoi Jones: "How You Sound??"p. 424
John Wieners: From a Journalp. 425
Biographical Notesp. 427
Afterwordp. 447
A Short Bibliographyp. 451
Index (of Authors and Poems)p. 453