The New American Poetry, 1945-1960 (Paperback)

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By Donald Allen (Editor)
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Just reissued by California, this incredible anthology has literally transformed American poetry since its original publication in 1960. Still packing a powerhouse of poets and poetics, this is an excellent introduction to American poetry & a deep course in writing from the New York School to the San Francisco Renaissance, Black Mountain to Beat.

— From John


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.

About the Author

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).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520209534
ISBN-10: 0520209532
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 1999
Pages: 479
Language: English