[Item #6097] Where New Poetry Finds Fertile Ground: The Men, the Magazines, and Their Presses and Spice (Page 24 of the Monday, July 11th Edition of The National Observer). Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder.

Where New Poetry Finds Fertile Ground: The Men, the Magazines, and Their Presses and Spice (Page 24 of the Monday, July 11th Edition of The National Observer)

Washington, DC: The National Observer, 1966. First Printing. Single Sheet. “The continuing development here of what its practitioners call “The New American Poetry” is surely one of the major untold stories of our time. That a movement so serious, so vital, and so accomplished should remain, years after its inception, largely unknown to most people and misunderstood by others is surprising. Comparable postwar developments in the arts—abstract expressionism, black humor, Pop art, electronic music, even the underground film—are common knowledge. But not the vast, exciting body of poetry written outside the academic mainstream of American verse. In part, of course, the press is at fault. It has inadvertently associated San Francisco poetry exclusively with the Beatniks of the 1950s in the public mind. In A.D. 1966, however, years after the Beatniks’ noise, there is little excuse for not knowing of the New Poetry. It is more vigorous than ever, gaining great strength in its maturity. ‘More poetry is happening in San Francisco, said Irish poet John Montgomery on a recent visit, “than anyplace else in the world” (from Clipped Article). Offered here is a most unique relic of mid-century American literature: one of the rare flattering looks at the then-ascendant fame of the New American Poetry — a rather late look at it, in actual fact (as most might say that its real “blow-up” had happened years before. This article — authored by one Douglas M. Davis — covers ‘the scene as a whole’ as it stood in 1966, and does so rather astutely, we might add. He makes ripe mention of the fact that, well, it didn’t all die with the publication of The New American Poetry in 1960, and this whole new thing that’s going on (with what he calls “electronic music” and we today would call Psychedelic Rock) hasn’t & shouldn’t replace or obscure the development of Mid-Century American Poetry (a.k.a. “The New American Poetry). To do this, he provides capsule biographies and/or excerpts from the work of six American poets – Robin Blaser, Robert Duncan, Gene Fowler, Charles Olson, and Gary Snyder – and arrays them (conceptually, as well as physically on the page) rather artfully for a journalist! Noticeably absent from this essay is the great Allen Ginsberg, the pied-piping Maestro of the whole bunch, their acknowledged “paterfamilias” (as Thomas Rain Crowe calls him), but in another sense Allen’s absence is a kind of strength; divvying up the spotlight in a way that reflects more honorably upon the energies of the group as a whole. From the collection of scholar, artist and our dear friend Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. In strong near fine condition with only moderate-to-enunciated shelf-wear, age-toning, fraying, and some light, closed tears (all minute-to-minor) to fine-edges & corners, otherwise clean. NOTE: the item is oversized, and thus we had to scan it in two halves; because of this, one line from the article is missing in the images we have shown here on the site. The entirety of the item is in fact intact, however, and no “misprints” which mar it are present! This item is too delicate to be rolled & must be shipped flat to assure no damage, therefore extra shipping costs will be required. Near Fine. [Item #6097]

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