1957 in poetry

1957 in poetry

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



* Howl obscenity trial in San Francisco brings significant attention to beat poetry, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg
* This year, Ginsberg surprised the literary world by abandoning San Francisco. After a spell in Morocco, he and Peter Orlovsky moved to Paris at the suggestion of Gregory Corso, who introduced them to a shabby lodging house above a bar at 9 rue Gît-le-Coeur, where they were soon joined by William Burroughs and others, including young painters, writers and black Jazz musicians. The building became known as the Beat Hotel. The writers' time there became a productive, creative period for many of them. There, Ginseberg would finished his poem "Kaddish", Corso composed "Bomb" and "Marriage", and Burroughs (with Ginsberg and Corso's help) put together "Naked Lunch", from previous writings. Corso returned to New York in 1958. The "hotel" closed in 1963. Ginsberg and Orlovsky left for travels to India in 1967.
* "Shi'r" ("Poetry") magazine is founded in Beirut by Syrian-born poets Yusuf al-Khal and Ali Ahmad Said (a.k.a. Adonis) [Irwin, Robert, "An Arab Surrealist", "The Nation", January 3, 2005, pp 23–24, 37–38] The journal is a showcase for experimental Arabic poetry as well as translations of poetry from European languages. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=980CE7D71130F930A25754C0A9649C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print "An Arab Poet Who Dares to Differ"] by Adam Shatz, "The New York Times", July 13, 2002, accessed April 23, 2008]
* Black Mountain Review literary magazine folds. [Everett, Nicholas, [http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/creeley/life.htm "Robert Creeley's Life and Career"] at the "Modern American Poetry" website, accessed May 1, 2008]

Works published in English

* Donald Hall, Robert Pack and Louis Simpson, "New Poets of England and America", anthology (Meridian Books)


* Harry Ammos, "Churchill and Other Poems"
* Dick Diespecker, "Windows West"
* Joan Finnegan, "through The Glass, Darkly"
* Northrop Frye, "", literary theory (Princeton University Press)
* Gordon Leclaire, "Carpenter's Apprentice"
* Dorothy Livesay, "Selected Poems, 1926-1956"
* Goodridge Macdonald, "Recent Poems"
* Jay Macpherson, "The Boatman"
* A. J. M. Smith, "The Book of Canadian Poetry", third revised edition (anthology)Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "Canadian Poetry" article, English "Anthologies" section, p 164]

New Zealand

* James K. Baxter:
** "The Iron Breadboard: Studies in New Zealand Writing ", a parody, imitating 17 New Zealand poets, which was greeted with acrimony by some fellow poets
* James K. Baxter, Charles Doyle, Louis Johnson and Kendrick Smithyman, "The Night Shift: Poems on Aspects of Love", Wellington: Capricorn Press
* Charles Brasch: "The Estate, and Other Poems", Christchurch: Caxton Press [http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/nzp/nzlit2/brasch.htm Web page titled "Charles Brasch: New Zealand Literature File"] at the University of Auckland Library website, accessed April 26, [2008]
* Allen Curnow, "Poems 1949–57" [ [http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/curnowa.html Allen Curnow Web page] at the New Zealand Book Council website, accessed April 21, 2008]
*Louis Johnson, "New Worlds for Old" [http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/L/LiteraturePoetry/TheContemporaryScene/en Web page titled "The Contemporary Scene"] in "An Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966 website, accessed April 21, 2008]
* W. H. Oliver, "Fire Without Phoenix: Poems 1946–1954", Christchurch: Caxton Press

United Kingdom

* Dannie Abse, "Tenants of the House", London: HutchinsonM. L. Rosenthal, "The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II", New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, "Selected Bibliography: Individual Volumes by Poets Discussed", pp 334-340]
* Kingsley Amis, "A Case of Samples", New York: Harcourt Brace
* George Barker, collected works
* Edmund Blunden, collected works
* Norman Cameron, collected works (posthumous)
* Charles Causley, "Union Street"
* Donald Davie, "A Winter Talent", London: Routledge and Kegan Paul
* Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), "Selected Poems of H.D."
* Kenneth Fearing, "New and Selected Poems"
* Thom Gunn, "The Sense of Movement", London: Faber and Faber; University of Chicago Press
* Ted Hughes, "The Hawk in the Rain", including "The Thought Fox", London: Faber and Faber; New York: Harper
* James Kirkup, "The Descent into the Cave"
* C. Day Lewis, "Pegasus"
* Louis MacNeice, "Visitations"
* Norman McCaig, "The Sinai Sort", London: Hogarth Press
* Edith Sitwell, collected works
* C. A. Trypanis, "The Stones of Troy"

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom

* T. S. Eliot, "On Poetry and Poets"

United States

* W. H. Auden, "The Old Man's Road"
* Richard Eberhart, "Great Praises"
* Robert Fitzgerald, "In the Rose of Time"
* Robert E. Howard, "Always Comes Evening"
* William Meredith, "The Open Sea and Other Poems"
* W. S. Merwin, "Green with Beasts"
* Marianne Moore, "Like a Bulwark"
* Howard Moss, "A Swimmer in the Air"
* Ogden Nash, "You Can't Get There from Here"
* Marie Ponsot, "True Minds"
* Kenneth Rexroth, "In Defense of the Earth"
* Kenneth Rexroth and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, LP record, "Poetry Readings in the Cellar (with the Cellar Jazz Quintet): Kenneth Rexroth & Lawrence Ferlinghetti" Fantasy #7002 LP (Spoken Word)
* Stevie Smith, "Not Waving but Drowning"
* Wallace Stevens, "Opus Posthumous", edited by Samuel French Morse (posthumous)
* Robert Penn Warren, "Promises: Poems 1954-1956"
* James Wright, "The Green Wall"

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

* "Annotated Index to the Cantos of Ezra Pound", the first guide to Pound's "Cantos"
* William Carlos Williams, "The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams", edited by John C. Thirwall
* William Butler Yeats, "Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats", edited by Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, New York: Macmillan (posthumous) [Mac Liammoir, Michael, and Eavan Boland, "W. B. Yeats", Thames and Hudson (part of the "Thames and Hudson Literary Lives" series), London, 1971, "Bibliographical Note", p. 130]

Other in English

* D. Stewart and N. Keesing, editors, "Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times", anthology (Australia) [Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "Australian Poetry" article, Anthologies section, p 108]

Works in other languages

Portuguese language


* Mário Cesariny, "Pena Capital"


* Carlos Drummond de Andrade, "Fala,amendoeira" and "Ciclo"

French language


* Claude Fournier, "Le Ciel fermé "
* Pierre Trotier, "Poèmes de Russie"
* Reginald Boisvert, "Le Temps de vivre"
* Maurice Beaulieu, "À glaise fendre"
* Jean-Guy Pilon, "L'Homme et le Jour"
* Rina Lasnier, "Présence de l'absence"


* Saint John Perse, "Amers"
* Fernand Gregh, "Le mal du monde"
* Alain Bosquet, "Premier Testament"
* Frances de Dalmatie, "Anamorphose"

German language


* Peter Gan, "Schachbrett"
* Margot Scharpenberg, "Gefährliche Uebung"
* Benno von Weise, editor, "Die deutsche Lyrik: Form und Geschichte. Interpretationen" ("German poetry: Form and history. Interpretations"), two volumes, Düsseldorf (criticism)Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "German Poetry" article, "Criticism in German" section, p 474]


* N. Alterman, "Ir ha-Yona" ("City of the Dove")
* Moses Ibn Ezra, "Shirai ha-Kodesh le-Moshe Ibn Ezra" ("The Sacred Poems of Moses Ibn Ezra"), edited by Simon Bernstein, the first comprehensive collection
* Ephraim Lisitzky, "Negohot ma-Arafel" ("Light through the Mist")
* Yaakov Schteinberg, "Kol Kitvai Yaakov Schteinberg" ("Complete Works")
* A. Zeitlin, "Ben ha-Esh ve-Hayesha" ("Between Fire and Redemption")

panish language


* V. Aleixandre, "Mis poemas mejores" (1956)
* Gabriel Celaya, "De claro en claro"
* R. Montesino, "La soledad y los días"
* R. Pombo, "Poesías completas"
* María C. Lacaci, "Humana voz" (winner of the 1956 Adonais Prize)
* J. Guillén, "Lugar de Lázaro" (fragment of "Clamor")
* J.R. Jiménez:
** "Libros en poesía"
** "Tercera antología poética"


* R. Menendez Pidal, editor, "Espana y su historia"
* J.M. Blecua, "Floresta lírica espanola"

=Latin America=

* Jacinto Cordero Espinosa, "Despojamiento"
* Pablo Neruda:
** "Viajes"
** "Nuevas odas elementales"
* Amado Nervo:
** complete poetic works (publisher: Aguilar)
** "Pensamientos" (publisher: Barcelona)
* Octavio Paz (Chile), "Piedra de sol"
* César Vallejo (Peru), collected poems (posthumous)


* Yankev Glatshteyn, "Fun mayn gantser mi" ("Of All My Labor, Selected Poems, 1919-1956")
* A. Leyeles, "Baym fus fun barg" ("At the Foot of the Mountain")
* Khos Kliger, "Peyzazhn fun Yisroel" ("Israel Landscapes")

Other languages

* Wisława Szymborska: "Wołanie do Yeti" ("Calling Out to Yeti"), Poland,

Awards and honors


* Governor General's Awards: Robert A.D. Ford, "A Window on the North"
* President's Medal for a single poem: Jay Macpherson, "The Fisherman — A Book of Riddles"

United Kingdom

* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Siegfried Sassoon
* Guinness Poetry Awards: Vernon Watkins, "The Tributary Seasons"; Cecil Day-Lewis, "Moods of Love"; Roy Fuller, "Seven Mythological Sonnets"

United States

* National Book Award for Poetry: Richard Wilbur, "Things of this World"
* Pulitzer Prize for poetry: "Things of This World" by Richard Wilbur
* Bollingen Prize: Allen Tate
* Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Conrad Aiken
* Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry: May Swenson
* Yale Series of Younger Poets Award: James Wright for "The Green Wall"

Poetry Magazine awards

* Levinson Prize: Thom Gunn
* Oscar Blumenthal Prize: William Carlos Williams
* Eunice Tietjens Prize: James Wright
* Bess Hokin Prize: Philip Booth
* Union League Civic and Arts Foundation prize: Ann Ridler
* Vachel Lindsay Prize: V.R. Lang
* Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize: John Ciardi

Poetry Society of America awards

* Alexander Droutzkoy Memorial award: Mark Van Doren
* Walt Whitman Award: Fredson Bowers
* Reynolds Lyric Award: Frances Minturn Howard and David Ross
* Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award: Richard Wilbur
* William Rose Benet Memorial Award] : Babette Deutsch
* Ridgely Torrence Memorial Award: John Hall Wheelock
* Poetry Chap-Book Award: Grover Smith, Jr.
* Emily S. Hamblen Memorial Award: Trianon Press of Paris for a work on William Blake
* Arthur Davison Ficke Memorial Award: Margaret Haley Carpenter, Leah Bodine Drake, Frances Minturn Howard, Ulrich Troubetzkoy
* Leonora Speyer Memorial Award: Lois Smith Hiers
* Annual Award: Joyce Horner
* Borestone Mountain Poetry Award: Eric Barker


* Fastenrath Prize (Spain) for the best poetry published in the past four years: J. García Nieto, "La red"


* April 23 — Bruce Meyer, Canadian poet and educator
* August 19 — Li-Young Lee American poet born in Jakarta, Indonesia to Chinese parents.
* date not known:
** Cyrus Cassells
** Afua Cooper, Jamaican-born Canadian dub poet, sociologist, and historian who migrated to Canada in 1980.
** Claudia Emerson, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
** Martín Espada, poet and professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and Latino poetry.
** Essex Hemphill (died 1995), gay American poet and activist
** Uwe Kolbe, German [Hofmann, Michael, editor, "Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology", Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006]
** Anthony Molino
** Haris Vlavianos, Greek


* January 10 — Gabriela Mistral, 67, Chilean
* April 22 — Roy Campbell, 56, South African poet and satirist
* March 28 — Christopher Morley, 66, American journalist, novelist, and poet
* August 13 — Joseph Warren Beach, American author, book critic and educator
* September 20 — Merrill Moore, 54, American psychiatrist and poet
* September 22 — Oliver St. John Gogarty, 79, Irish poet, writer, physician and ear surgeon, one of the most prominent Dublin wits, political figure of the Irish Free State, and now best known as the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's novel "Ulysses", of a heart attack
* October 26 — Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek
* Date not known:
** Skipwith Cannell (born 1887), American poet associated with the Imagist group (pronounce his last name with the stress on the second syllable)
** Charles Badger Clark
** Arthur R. D. Fairburn


ee also

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


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