Starting a Voice That Is Great List


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm .

    There’s no better way<BR/>to start yer day<BR/>than feet up by the fire warmin'<BR/>and in yer lap—Cid Corman!<BR/><BR/>I always wanted a dog named Doggerel. Anyway, glad you found both Carruth and Corman, two of my favorites. Thanks for the link to your sites as well. I’m a jazz fan though poorly educated in it. Looks like you’ll be able to help!

  2. Jason Crane
    Jason Crane April 9, 2009 at 4:47 am .

    Thanks very much for this post. Because of it, I bought a copy of Carruth’s anthology. And because of that, during a random flip through the pages, I discovered Cid Corman. And because of that, life is a little better today than it was yesterday. <BR/><BR/>All the best,<BR/><BR/>Jason Crane<BR/><BR/>

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm .

    Hi, Mairi—<BR/><BR/>I’m not sure what you mean by "last word first recourse." I did post a comment on Plumbline to the effect that replacing Carruth’s anthology doesn’t seem like a useful goal. Updating it—maybe, especially for those poets who were in early to mid career when the book came out. Certainly the Merwin-Bly-Rich generation would be represented differently. But replace it? No….

  4. Mairi
    Mairi April 5, 2009 at 6:59 am .

    Joseph, What is the currently accepted last word first recourse for reference anthology for the period under consideration? Is there a good one? Would you recommend it to your students? Would you like to have to rely on it yourself? Could the plumbline undersigned make a better job of it? Is replacing it a worthwhile undertaking? Remember, the next generation of poetry readers may be on your

  5. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 3, 2009 at 1:14 am .

    The one-poem-per-poet’s ok sometimes, but it’s hard on poets who work in sequences.

  6. baj salchert
    baj salchert April 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm .

    Carruth’s anthology was another. So many good books. Gave most of those I owned to libraries. Too much moving. I too have been thinking about such a list, but there is no way I could do it. My usual habit is to allow no more than one poem per poet.

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm .

    Oh, the "left outs" will be fun to list! But it’s important to remember it’s not just poets but poems—the best poems of any included poet, which makes it even more fun. I don’t imagine this will actually go anywhere, though it may turn into an Internet beast….<BR/><BR/>Yes, I remember how exciting Carruth’s anthology was for me—the sheer breadth of it. It set a different standard that Don

  8. J.H. Stotts
    J.H. Stotts April 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm .

    who are some of the writers left out? richard howard, john hollander, amy clampitt, [the late] joan murray, jose garcia villa (was he american? this is a question carruth tackled with when considering auden and eliot and mina loy). writers like eshleman and pinsky would need updating (there are a lot of writers in this group, whose careers were far from over).<BR/><BR/>i got this anthology

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