The Young American Poets. Paul Carroll, Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark, Clark Coolidge, James Dickey, Kenward Elmslie, Robert Kelly, Gerard Malanga, Ron Padgett, Diane Wakoski, Anne Waldman.
The Young American Poets
The Young American Poets
The Young American Poets
The Young American Poets

The Young American Poets

Chicago, IL & New York,NY: 1968. Hardcover. Signed by Diane Wakoski. "This anthology contains over 300 poems by 54 of the freshest and most exciting young poets to emerge on the American literary scene since 1960. Most of these poets are in their 20s. their work ranges from poems in experimental styles which explore rich, new subjects and experiences to those written in more traditional styles about the perennial themes of the young poet: love, death, and indignation or irony about social, political or moral barbarism. Each poet is introduced by a full page photograph and biography." (from front flap) A now-legendary compendium of cutting-edge poetry by its up-&-coming practitioners during the explosive 1960s decade. Edited by Paul Carroll, who edited most of the iconic issues of Big Table that all Beat-&-Beyonders know & revere, & published as "A Big Table Book." After an intense introduction entitled "The Son, The Cave and The Burning Bush" by the great American novelist James Dickey, many of the then-young poets quite familiar to us are beautifully & generously represented: Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark, Clark Coolidge, Kenward Elmslie, Robert Kelly, Gerard Malanga, Ron Padgett, Diane Wakoski, Anne Waldman & many others. Below a bold image of her pointing a gun at the viewer, Wakoski has hand-written her signature with characteristic series of vertical doodles (pg. 467). This is the first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page, hardcover in original unclipped dust jacket. An outstanding contemporary anthology of many of the greatest American poets at their early, blinding best; an essential literary collectible. Book in fine condition with only a bit of wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild browning & rubbing to edges of text block. Interior fine with bookplate of previous owner Ralph J. Mills, Jr. (whom we believe to be the noted Chicago poet, 1931-2007) affixed to blank inner front cover; slightest browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Dust Jacket in near-fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers & spine; moderate-to-mild wear & some thin creases, tiny bumps & a few very short, mostly closed tears at edges & corners of same; very light edgewear & slight browning to flaps. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #3386]

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