1996 in poetry

1996 in poetry

in?=in poetry
in2?=in literature
cp=19th century
c=20th century
cf=21st century


* National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 as way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
* The movie Dead Man, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, about a man named William Blake on a trek through the American West who is taken as the resurrected Romantic poet by a character named Nobody.

Works published in English


* Raewyn Alexander, "Fat", Auckland: Penguin [http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/nzp/nzlit2/alexander.htm Web page titled "Raewyn Alexander / New Zealand Literature File"] at the University of Aukland Library website, accessed April 30, 2008]
* Robert Gray, "Lineations"
* Jennifer Harrison: "Cabramatta/Cudmirrah" (Black Pepper)
* Les Murray:
** "Late Summer Fires"
** "Subhuman Redneck Poems", Carcanet and Sydney, Duffy & Snellgrove winner of the 1996 T. S. Eliot Prize [http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=216] Les Murray Web page at The Poetry Archive Web site, accessed October 15, 2007]
* Philip Salom: "Feeding the Ghost". (Penguin) ISBN 978-0-14-058692-3


* Roo Borson, "Water Memory", ISBN 0-7710-1589-5 American-Canadian
* Sylvia Legris:
**"ash petals" (chapbook)
**"Circuitry of Veins"

New Zealand

* James K. Baxter, posthumous, "Cold Spring : Baxter's Unpublished Early Collection", edited by Paul Millar, Auckland: Oxford University Press
* Alan Brunton, "Romaunt of Glossa: a saga", Bumper Books [Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, "The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature", 1998, pp. 75-76, "Alan Brunton" article by Peter Simpson]
* Alistair Campbell, "Pocket: Collected Poems", Christchurch: Hazard Press
* Bill Manhire:
** "My Sunshine"
** "Sheet Music: Poems 1967-1982"

=United Kingdom=

* Ciarán Carson: "Opera Et Cetera", Bloodaxe, Wake Forest University Press, United Kingdom
* T. S. Eliot, "Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917" (posthumous)
* Seamus Heaney, "The Spirit Level" Faber & Faber
* Grace Nichols, "Sunris" (no "e" in the title), Virago Press (London, England)
* John Heath-Stubbs, "Galileo's Salad"
* Alice Oswald, "The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile", Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-282513-5
* Peter Redgrove:
** "Assembling a Ghost"
** "The Book of Wonders: The Best of Peter Redgrove's Poetry", edited by Jeremy Robinson

Criticism, scholarship, and biography in the United Kingdom

* Anthony Cronin, "Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist" (London: HarperCollins), one of "The New York Times" "notable books of the year" for 1997, when it was published in the United States (Irish poet and scholar published in the United Kingdrom)

United States

* Elizabeth Alexander, "Body of Life" [ [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=82517 Web page titled "Elizabeth Alexander"] at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed April 24, 2008]
* A.R. Ammons, "Brink Road"
* Virginia Hamilton Adair, "Ants on the Melon"
*Joseph Brodsky: "So Forth : Poems", New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1987/brodsky-bibl.html] Web page titled "Joseph Brodsky / Nobel Prize in Literature 1987 / Bibliography" at the "Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation", accessed October 18, 2007] Russian-American
* Raymond Carver, "All of Us: The Collected Poems"
* Ed Dorn, "High West Rendezvous"Web page titled [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=1837"Archive / Edward Dorn (1929-1999)"] at the Poetry Foundation website, retrieved May 8, 2008]
* Haim Gouri, "Milim Be-Dami Holeh Ahavah" ("Words in My Love-Sick Blood"), selected poems in English translation Detroit: Wayne State University Press, ISBN 0-8143-2594-7 [ [http://www.ithl.org.il/author_info.asp?id=101] Web page titled "Haim Gouri" at the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature Web site, accessed October 6, 2007]
* Paul Henry, "Captive Audience", Seren
* Mark Jarman and David Mason, editors, "Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism"
* Kenneth Koch, "The Art of Poetry", Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press (criticism) [Web page titled [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=3809 "Archives / Kenneth Koch (1925 - 2002)"] , "Further Readings" section, at Poetry Foundation website, accessed May 15, 2008]
* James McMichael, "The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996"
* Patti Smith, "The Coral Sea"

Poets in "The Best American Poetry 1996"

Poems from these 75 poets were in "The Best American Poetry 1996", edited by David Lehman, guest editor Adrienne Rich:

*Latif Asad Abdullah
*Sherman Alexie
*Margaret Atwood
*Thomas Avena
*Marie Annharte Baker
*Sidney Burris
*Rosemary Catacalos
*Marilyn Chin
*Wanda Coleman
*Jacqueline Dash
*Ingrid de Kok
*William Dickey
*Nancy Eimers
*Nancy Eimers
*Martin Espada
*Martin Espada
*Beth Ann Fennelly
*Robert C. Fuentes
*Rámon Garcia, Salmo
*Suzanne Gardinier
*Frank Gaspar
*Reginald Gibbons
*C. S. Giscombe
*Kimiko Hahn
*Gail Hanlon
*Henry Hart
*William Heyen
*Jonathan Johnson
*Jane Kenyon
*August Kleinzahler
*Yusef Komunyakaa
*Stanley Kunitz
*Natasha Le Bel
*Natasha Le Bel
*Carolyn Lei-Lanilau
*Valerie Martínez
*Davis McCombs
*Sandra McPherson
*James Merrill
*W. S. Merwin
*Jane Miller
*Susan Mitchell
*Pat Mora
*Alice Notley
*Naomi Shihab Nye
*Alicia Ostriker
*Raymond Patterson
*Carl Phillips
*Wing Ping
*Sterling Plumpp
*Katherine Alice Power
*Reynolds Price
*Alberto Álvaro Ríos
*Pattiann Rogers
*Quentin Rowan
*David Shapiro
*Angela Shaw
*Reginald Shepherd
*Enid Shomer
*Gary Soto
*Jean Starr
*Deborah Stein
*Roberta Tejada
*Chase Twichell
*Luis Alberto Urrea
*Jean Valentine
*Alma Luz Villanueva
*Karen Volkman
*Diane Wakoski
*Ron Welburn
*Susan Wheeler
*Paul Wilis
*Anne Winters
*C. Dale Young
*Ray A. Young Bear

Other in English

* Pat Boran, "The Shape of Water" (Dedalus), Ireland [http://www.patboran.com/ "Publications" Web page] at Pat Boran's Web site, accessed May 2]
* Sir Muhammad Iqbal, "Bang-i-Dara" ("The Call Of The Marching Bell"), a philosophical poetry book in Urdu; M.A.K. Khalil translation into English of the 1923 work
* Thomas McCarthy, "The Lost Province", Anvil Press, London, Ireland [http://ireland.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=9272 Web page titled "Thomas McCarthy"] at the Poetry International Website, accessed May 2, 2008]

Works published in other languages

French language


*Esther Tellermann, "Pangeia"


* Matilde Camus, "Reflexiones a medianoche" ("Midnight thoughts")


* Wisława Szymborska: "Widok z ziarnkiem piasku" ("View with a Grain of Sand"), Poland

Awards and honors

* Nobel prize: Wislawa Szymborska


* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Peter Bakowski, "In the Human Night"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Eric Beach, "Weeping for Lost Babylon"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Morgan Yasbincek - "Night Reversing"


* Gerald Lampert Award
* Archibald Lampman Award
* See 1996 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
* Pat Lowther Award
* Prix Alain-Grandbois

=United Kingdom=

* Cholmondeley Award: Elizabeth Bartlett, Dorothy Nimmo, Peter Scupham, Iain Crichton Smith
* Eric Gregory Award: Sue Butler, Cathy Cullis, Jane Griffiths, Jane Holland, Chris Jones, Sinead Morrissey, Kate Thomas
* Forward Poetry Prize Best Collection: John Fuller, "Stones and Fires" (Chatto & Windus)
* Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection: Kate Clanchy, "Slattern" (Chatto & Windus)
* Orange Prize for Fiction: Helen Dunmore, "A Spell of Winter"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Peter Redgrove
* T. S. Eliot Prize (United Kingdom and Ireland): Les Murray, "Subhuman Redneck Poems"
* Whitbread Award for poetry and for book of the year (United Kingdom): Seamus Heaney, "The Spirit Level"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Helen Conkling, "Red Peony Night"
* Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: John Voiklis, "The Princeling's Apology", and (separately) Sarah Arvio, "Visits from the Seventh"
* Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry: Kenneth Koch, "One Train"
* National Book Award for poetry: Hayden Carruth, "Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Jorie Graham: "The Dream of the Unified Field"
* Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize: Gerald Stern
* Wallace Stevens Award: Adrienne Rich
* Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Jay Wright


* January 28 — Joseph Brodsky, 55, a Russian-American poet and essayist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1987) and was chosen Poet Laureate of the United States (1991-1992), of a heart attack
* February 11 — Amelia Rosselli, 66, Italian poet and ethnomusicologist, from suicide, on the same date Sylvia Plath killed herself.
* March 18 — Odysseus Elytis, Greek
* April 13 — George Mackay Brown, 74, Scottish poet, author and dramatist
* August 18 — Geoffrey Dearmer, 103, British poet
* September 25 — Mina Loy, 83, an artist, poet, Futurist, actor,
* date not known — Larry Levis, 49, American poet, of a heart attack

ee also

*List of years in poetry
*List of poetry awards


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