- 1954 in poetry
Robert Creeleyfounds and edits the " Black Mountain Review" [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]
Jack Kerouacreads Dwight Goddard's "A Buddhist Bible", which will influence him greatly.
January 25— Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" is broadcast on radio
W. H. Auden, "The Shield of Achilles"
John Betjeman, "A Few Late Chrysanthemums"
E.E. Cummings, "Poems, 1923-1954"
Babette Deutsch, "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral"
Haim Gouri, "Shirei Hotam" ("Poems of the Seal"), Israeli writing in Hebrew [ [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]
Thom Gunn, "Fighting Terms", Fantasy Press
John Heath-Stubbs, "A Charm Against the Toothace"
Philip Larkin, "The Less Deceived"
Frank Prince, "Soldiers Bathing and Other Poems"
Jon Silkin, "The Peaceable Kingdom", including "Death of a Son (who died in a mental hospital aged one)"
Keith Sinclair, "Strangers or Beasts: Poems", New Zealand
Wisława Szymborska: "Pytania zadawane sobie" ("Questioning Yourself"), Poland
Dylan Thomas, "Quite Early One Morning", New Directions Publishers
William Carlos Williams, "The Desert Music and Other Poems"
Criticism, scholarship and biography
* P. Cruttwell, "The Shakespearean Moment", criticism, United KingdomPreminger, Alex, and Brogan, T.V.F., editors, "The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", Princeton University Press, 1993, "English Poetry" article, "History and Criticism" section, p 353]
* G. Hartmann, "The Unmediated Vision", criticism, United Kingdom
Hugh Kenner, " Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guidebook", criticism, United States
* W. C. Williams, "Selected Essays", criticism, United States [Preminger, Alex, and Brogan, T.V.F., editors, "The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", Princeton University Press, 1993, "American Poetry" article, "History and Criticism" section, p 66]
* W. K. Wimsatt Jr., "The Verbal Icon", criticism, United Kingdom
Awards and honors
National Book Award for Poetry: Conrad Aiken, "Collected Poems"
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Theodore Roethke: "The Waking"
* King's Gold Medal for Poetry:
Bollingen Prize: W. H. Auden
Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Louise Townsend Nicholland Oliver St. John Gogarty
April 17— Erin Mouré, Canadian poet
July 31— Kim Addonizio, American poet and novelist
August 15— Mary Jo Salter, American poet
October 15— Peter Bakowski, Australian poet
December 5— Lynda Hull, American poet
December 20— Sandra Cisneros, American poet and author
*date not known:
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Janet Charman, New Zealand
Cornelius Eady, African American poet
Sotiris Kakisis, Greek poet
Jan Heller Levi
Thylias Moss, African American poet, writer, and playwright
Luis J. Rodriguez, American poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist
March 28— Francis Brett Young, 73, English novelist and poet
January 1— Leonard Bacon (poet), 66
* date not known —
Maxwell Bodenheim, 62, American poet and novelist known as the "King of Greenwich VillageBohemians"
List of poetry awards
List of years in poetry
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