THIRTY -ONE NEW AMERICAN POETS by Rb Ed. Sch

THIRTY -ONE NEW AMERICAN POETS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

None of the poets in this anthology is very widely known, but most have published a book or appeared in magazines. They represent a wide range; editors, teachers, actors, Negroes, women, hippies, homosexuals, a nun, etc., of a variety of ages and geographical locations. Some are preoccupied with Indians (East and West), pot, Tarot, protest (anti-war-and-civilization, pro-love), and familiar, contemporary, cultural artifacts. They write in an unrhymed free-form as-I-feel-it style, which is sometimes self-consciously alienated but can become a powerful instrument for describing a complex, often fragmented society. A few have an original and whimsical personal outlook--among them Joel Sloman, John Unterecker and Nancy Willard. Despite some surface similarities they are, in fact, all quite different; their common bond is that they reflect and represent acutely the diverse elements of the New America, for which they are poet-spokesmen. The foreword is by Denise Levettov. An interesting collection of our unrecognized poets, though not always cheerful or reassuring.

Publisher: Hill & Wang