1923 in poetry

1923 in poetry

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in2?=in literature
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c=20th century
cf=21st century



* In Paris, Basil Bunting meets Ezra Pound, whose poems will have a strong influence on Bunting throughout his career.

Works published

* Djuna Barnes, "A Book", collection of prose and poetry
* E. E. Cummings, "Tulips and Chimneys"
* Walter De La Mare, "Come Hither: A Collection of Rhymes and Poems for the Young of all Ages" (anthology)
* Sir Muhammad Iqbal, "Payam-i-Mashriq" ("Message from the East"), a philosophical poetry book in Persian
* D. H. Lawrence, "Birds, Beasts, and Flowers", including "Snake"
* John Masefield, "Collected Poems"
* Sukumar Ray, "Abol Tabol" ("literally, "weird and random"), a collection of Bengali children's poems and rhymes
* Wallace Stevens, "Harmonium", including "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" and "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle". Stevens' first book, it was published by Knopf when the was in middle age (44 years old). Its first edition sold only a hundred copies before being remaindered, suggesting that Mark Van Doren had it right when he wrote in "The Nation" in 1923, that Stevens's wit "is tentative, perverse, and superfine; and it will never be popular." [Axelrod, Steven Gould, and Helen Deese. "Critical Essays on Wallace Stevens". 1988: G. K. Hall & Co., p. 4] Yet by 1960 the cottage industry of Stevens studies was becoming a "multinational conglomerate". [Axelrod, Steven Gould, and Helen Deese. "Critical Essays on Wallace Stevens". 1988: G. K. Hall & Co., p. 11]
* Jean Toomer, "Cane"
* William Carlos Williams:
**"Go Go" and "Spring and All"
* William Butler Yeats, "The Cat and the Moon", including "Leda and the Swan"

Awards and honors

* Nobel Prize in Literature: William Butler Yeats
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Edna St. Vincent Millay, "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: A Few Figs from Thistles: Eight Sonnets in American Poetry, 1922. A Miscellany"


* January 15 — Ivor Cutler (died 2006), Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist
* January 16 — Anthony Hecht (died 2004), American poet
* February 2 — James Dickey (died 1997), American poet and novelist
* March 21: Nizar Qabbani, Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher
* March 27 — Louis Simpson, Jamaican-born American poet who won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
* March 30 — Milton Acorn (died 1986), Canadian poet, writer and playwright nicknamed "The People's Poet"
* April 3 — Daniel Hoffman, American poet, essayist, and academic who served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress — a position now known as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, from 1973 to 1974
* May 19 — Dorothy Hewett (died 2002), Australian poet and playwright
* July 2 — Wisława Szymborska, Polish poet, essayist and translator who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996
* July 16 — Mari Evans African-American poet
* September 22 — Dannie Abse, British poet and writer
* October 24 — Denise Levertov (died 1997), British-born American poet
* November 9 — James Schuyler (died 1991), American poet and a central figure in the New York School
* December 21 — Richard Hugo (died 1982), American poet
* date not known:
** Alan Dugan (died 2003), American poet
** Cola Franzen
** John Logan (poet)
** Michalis Katsaros, Greek


* 9 JanuaryKatherine Mansfield, 34, New Zealand poet and prominent Modernist writer of short fiction
* date not known — Maurice Henry Hewlett, English historical novelist, poet and essayist
* 15 DecemberFrank Morton, Australian poet and journalist

ee also

* Poetry
* List of poetry awards
* List of years in poetry


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