The Poem in its Skin

The Poem in its Skin

Chicago, IL & New York, NY: Follett Publishing Company, 1968. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Here is the first book of criticism to explore the influential generation of American poets now in their early 40s (as of circa 1968). Ten outstanding poems by leading members of the generation are discussed in these ten essays...In addition, Paul Carroll's long essay "Faire, Foul and Full of Variations: The Generation of 1962" defines and discusses the generation as a whole- with particular attention devoted to what is perhaps its most significant contribution: the impure poem." (from back cover) a now-classic work of poetry criticism by Paul Carroll (1926-1996) who, most famously to us Beat-&-Beyonders, created the Big Table journal after the Chicago Review, at which he was an editor, refused to publish excerpts from William S. Burroughs' then-upcoming (The) Naked Lunch during 1958. The next year, the first issue of Big Table featured those excerpts & is now an iconic WSB collectors' item. A single poem by each of ten famous poets born in the mid-1920s are presented, followed by an insightful analytic essay by Carroll. Each poet-chapter begins with a contemporary photograph of the poet. Among the poets are John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, W.S. Merwin & Frank O'Hara. The study includes but is not limited to some of the foremost figures of the Beat Generation. At the end of the volume is Carroll's long, more general essay on this generation of American poets. First trade-format softcover edition in sewn binding, first printing as noted in copyright page. Appropriately, part of the publisher's Big Table Book series. A collectible cornerstone of contemporary poetry scholarship by this most distinguished author. In fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild wear, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block esp. side edge. Interior in very fine condition with only one very small paper-loss tear at blank lower edge of short title page/ front endpaper; tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #3179]

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