By Daniel Kane
The voices and works of John Ashbery, Amiri Baraka, Charles Bernstein, invoice Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Kenneth Koch, Bernadette Mayer, Ron Padgett, Denise Levertov, Paul Blackburn, Frank O'Hara, and so forth liven up those pages, and the thirty five-track CD contains recordings of a number of of the poets examining from their paintings within the sixties and seventies. The decrease East Side's cafes, coffeehouses, and salons introduced jointly poets of varied aesthetic sensibilities, together with writers linked to the so-called long island institution, Beats, Black Mountain, Deep picture, San Francisco Renaissance, Umbra, and others. Kane indicates that the importance for literary historical past of this loosely outlined group of poets and artists lies partially in its reclaiming an orally founded poetic culture, tailored particularly to open up the chances for an aesthetically bold, playful poetics and a politics of pleasure and resistance.
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39 The phrase “cornbelt Donnes” would likely have been interpreted by knowledgeable readers as referring to those “academic” poets and teachers in universities and colleges, including Kenyon College in Ohio. ”40 The New Critical approach positioned the poem as an object to be identiﬁed and studied in order to determine a conclusive meaning for the static text. ” 42 Along with emphasizing San Francisco poets’ dissident aesthetics, editors, publishers, and the popular press interpreted many of the “nonacademic” poets associated with the Evergreen Review as political agitators.
Why bother? But if you don’t want another man to handle your life . . you might, just might, mind you, have to kill him) because they admit (ofﬁcially) that there is some common utopia each of them wants/ collectively. If this is true, they are stuck, perhaps, for another hundred years. But the minute some intrepid soul prints up, say, a manifesto, detailing exactly what, just he, himself, alone, uncontrolled by the NAACP or KKK or Fischer Baking Co, wants . . (t)hen perhaps these “wants” will not be so common: and then perhaps, someone’s list might deﬁnitely have to do with homicide.
63 Slogans like “Come east young man” casually if unselfconsciously echoed colonialist rhetoric used by predecessor settlers of the American Wild West in that they suggested an uninhabited space ripe with low-cost artistic lebensraum. Of course, as the “frontier” American landscape was populated in the eighteenth and nineteenth century by Native Americans, the Lower East Side was settled, before the bohemian inﬂux, by Latino, African American, Jewish, white-ethnic poor, and working-class people.
All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s by Daniel Kane