1970 in poetry

1970 in poetry

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



* release of "Tomfoolery", an animated film directed by Joy Batchelor and John Halas, based on the nonsense verse of Edward Lear (especially "The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo") and Lewis Carroll
* May — "La nuit de la poésie", a poetry reading in Montreal bringing together poets from French Canada to recite before an audience of more than 2,000 in the Théâtre du Gesu, lasted until 7 a.m. ["1971 Britannica Book of the Year", covering events of 1970, published by "The Encyclopaedia Britannica" (1971), "Literature" article, "Canada" section, "French Language" subsection, page 457]

Works published in English


* Robert Adamson "Canticles on the Skin"
* B. Elliott and A. Mitchell, "Bards in the Wilderness: Australian Colonial Poetry to 1920", 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, "Australian Poetry" article, Anthologies section, p 108]
* John Tranter, "Parallax", South Head Press


* Joan Finnigan, 'It Was Warm and Sunny When We Set Out"
* Gail Fox, "Dangerous Season"
* R.A.D. Ford, "The Solitary City", his poems and translations from Russian and Portuguese
* John Glassco, "Memoirs of Montparnasse"
* Michael Ondaatje:
** "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-handed Poems" (adapted by Ondaatje into a play of the same name in 1973), Toronto: AnansiWeb page titled [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=5142 "Archive: Michael Ondaatje (1943- )"] at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed May 7, 2008] ISBN 0887840183 ; New York: Berkeley, 1975
** "Leonard Cohen" (literary criticism), Toronto: McClelland & Stewart


* Robert Evans, editor, "Song to a Seagull", collected Canadian songs and poems
* John Glassco, editor, "The Poetry of French Canada in Translation", translated by English-speaking poets, including E.J. Pratt, Al Purdy, Leonard Cohen; and poetic lyrics from recent songs

New Zealand

* James K. Baxter, "Jerusalem Sonnets"
* Bill Manhire, "Malady"
* F. McKay, "New Zealand Poetry", scholarshipPreminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "History and Criticism" section, p 837]
* Vincent O'Sullivan, editor, "An Anthology of Twentieth Century New Zealand Verse"
* J. E. Weir, "The Poetry of James K. Baxter", a critical study

=United Kingdom=

* Dannie Abse, "Selected Poems"
* Margaret Atwood, "The Journals of Susanna Moodie"
* George Barker, "At Thurgarton Church"
* R. H. Bowden, "Poems from Italy"
* Frederick Broadie, "My Findings"
* Michael Dennis Browne, "The Wife of Winter"
* Charles Causley, "Figgie Hobbin"
* Donald Davie, "Six Epistles to Eva Hesse"
* Clifford Dyment, "Collected Poems"
* D.J. Enright, "Selected Poems"
* W.S. Graham, "Malcolm Mooney's Land"
* Ian Hamilton, "The Visit"
* Tony Harrison, "The Loiners" (1970)
* Seamus Heaney:
** "Night Drive", Gilbertson
** "A Boy Driving His Father to Confession", Sceptre Press
* Glyn Hughes, "Neighbours"
* Ted Hughes, "A Crow Hymn"
* C. Day Lewis, "The Whispering Roots"
* George MacBeth, "The Burning Cone"
* Norman MacCaig, "A Man in My Position"
* Hugh MacDiarmid, "Selected Poems"
* Walter de la Mare, "The Complete Poems of Walter de la Mare"
* Stuart Montgomery, "Circe"
* Christopher Pilling, "Snakes and Girls", won the new Poets Award sponsored by Leeds university and the "Yorkshire Post"
* Burns Singer, "Collected Poems" (posthumous)
* Iain Crichton Smith, "Selected Poems"
* Charles Tomlinson, "The Way of a World"
* John Wain, "Letters to Five Artists"
* Ted Walker, "The Night Bathers"
* Mary Wilson (wife of Prime Minister Harold Wilson), "Selected Poems", "easily the 'best selling'" poetry book of the year. ["1971 Britannica Book of the Year" (covering events of 1970), 1971, published by the Encyclopaedia Britannica, "Literature" article, "English" section, "Poetry" subsection, page 460]


* Alan Bold, editor, "The Penguin Book of Socialist Verse"
* Peter Robins, editor, "Doves for the Seventies"
* Edward Lucie-Smith, editor, "British Poetry since 1945", Penguin
* F.E.S. Finn, editor, "Poems of the Sixties"
* Howard Sergeant, editor, "Poetry of the 1940s"

United States

* A.R. Ammons, "Uplands"
* John Ashbery, "The Double Dream of Spring"
* Paul Blackburn:
** "The Assassination of President McKinley"
** "Three Dreams and an Old Poem"
** "Gin: Four Journal Pieces"
* Louise Bogan, "A Poet's Alphabet"
* Philip Booth, "Margins"
* Stanley Burnshaw, "The Seamless Web"
* Gwendolyn Brooks, "Family Pictures"
* Raymond Carver, "Winter Insomnia"
* Clark Coolidge, "Space", Harper & Row
* L. Sprague deCamp, "Demons and Dinosaurs"
* James Dickey, "The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victory, Madness, Buckhead and Mercy"
* Ed Dorn:
** "Gunslinger I & II", Fulcrum PressWeb 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]
** "Songs Set Two: a Short Count", Frontier Press, ISBN 978-0686050520
* Michael S. Harper , "Dear John, Dear Coultrane", [http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/277 Web page titled "Michael S. Harper"] at the Academy of American poets website, accessed April 23, 2008] nominated for the National Book Award [http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/277 Web page titled "Michael S. Harper"] at the Academy of American poets website, accessed April 23, 2008]
* John Hollander, "Images of Voice", criticism
* David Ignatow, "Poems: 1934-1969"
* LeRoi Jones, "It's Nation Time"
* Shirley Kaufman, "the Floor Keeps Turning"
* Denise Levertov, "Relearning the Alphabet"
* William Meredith, "Earth Walk"
* W.S. Merwin, "The Carrier of Ladders"
* Lorine Niedecker, "My Life by Water: Collected Poems, 1936-1968" (Fulcrum Press)
* Michael Ondaatje, "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid"
* Ezra Pound's Drafts and Fragments of Cantos CX to CXVII
* Mark Strand, "Darker"
* May Swenson, "Iconographs"
* Mona Van Duyn, "To See, To Take"
* Reed Whittemore, "Fifty Poems Fifty"
* William Carlos Williams, "Imaginations" (posthumous)

Works published in other languages


* Thorkild Bjørnvig, a book of "collected or selected works""1971 Britannica Book of the Year" (covering events of 1970), 1971, published by "the Encyclopaedia Britannica", this is as much information about the book as is given in the "Literature" article, "Danish" subsection, page 456]
* Regin Dahl, "Ærinde uden betydning"
* Ivan Malinovski, a book of "collected or selected works"
* Jess Ørnsbo, a book of "collected or selected works"

French language


* Gaston Miron, "L'Homme Rapaillé"
* Yves Préfontaine:
** "Débâcle"
** "À l'Orée des travaux"
* Fernand Dumont, "Parler de septembre"
* Raoul Duguay, "Manifeste de l'Infonie"
* Nicole Brossard, "Suite logique"
* Louis-Philippe Hébert, "Les Mangeurs de terre"


* Alain Bosquet and Pierre Seghers, "Poèmes de l'année"
* J.L. Moreau, "Sous le masque des mots"
* L. Brauquier, "Feux d'épaves"
* M. Béalu, "La Nuit nous garde"
* Michel Leiris, "Mots sans mémoire"
* M. Manoll, "Incarnada"
* C. Le Quintrec, "La Marche des arbres"
* Vandercammen, "Horizon de la vigie"
* J. Tardieu, "Poèmes à jouer"


* Paul Celan, "Lichtzwang" (Romanian, writing in German)


* M. Temkin, "Shirai Yerushalayim"
* A. Broides, "Tahana ve-Derech"
* Z. Gilead, "Or Hozer"
* I. Shalev, "Naar Shav Min ha-Tzava"
* Abba Kovner, "Hupahba-Midbar"
* T. Carmi, "Davar Ahed"
* Avot Yeshurun, "Ze Shaim ha-Sefere"


* Nelo Risi, "Di certe cose"
* Maria Luisa Spaziani, "L'occhio del ciclone"
* Sandro Penna, "Tutte le poesie"
* Alfredo Giuliani, "Il tautofono"
* Dino Buzzati, "Poema a fumetti"
* Giovanni Testori, "Erodiade"
* Carmelo Bene, "Lorecchio mancante"


* Rolf Jacobsen, "Headlines"
* Stein Mehren, "Aurora"
* Ragnvald Skrede, "Lauvfall"
* Simen Skjønsberg, "Flyttedag"
* Tarjei Vesaas, "Liv ved straumen" (posthumous)

Portuguese language


* Augusto de Campos, "Equivocábulos", collection of "semantic-visual texts, photo-poems, and 'Viagem via linguagem', a collapsible environment-poem resembling an architect's model" [1971 Britannica Book of the Year", covering events of 1970 (1970), "Literature" article, "Latin American" section, page 466]
* Affonso Avila, "Código de Minas"
* Silviano Santiago, "Salto"


* Andrei Voznesenski, "The Shadow of Sound"
* Y. Smelyakov, "December"
* Boris Slutski, "Tales for Today"
* Evgeni Vinokurov, "Shows"
* Leonid Martynov, "Peoples' Names"
* Leonid Vasilyev, "Ognevistsa"
* Evgeni Yevtushenko, a collection, including some new poems and omitting some "controversial earlier ones" ["1971 Britannica Book of the Year", covering events of 1970, published by the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" (1971), "Literature" article, "Soviet" section, page 469, the exact name of the book, even in translation, was not given]

panish language


* Jorge Guillén, "Obra poética"
* José Caballero Bonald, "Vivar para contarlo" ("Live to Tell It"), including "Zauberlehrling"


* Washington Delgado, "Un mundo dividado"
* C.G. Belli, "Sextinas"
* J.G. Rose, "Informe al rey"
* M. Martos, "Cuaderno de quejas y contentamientos"
* C. Bustamante, "El nombre de las cosas"

=Elsewhere in Latin America=

* Julio Cortázar, "Último round", miscellany of stories, poems, essays and collage games (Argentina)
* Alberto Girri, "Antología temática" (Argentina)
* Alberto Vanasco, "Canto rodado" (Argentina)
* I. López Vallecillo, "Puro asombro" (El Salvador)
* Ernesto Cardenal, "Salmos" (Nicaragua)
* R. Fernández Retamar, "Que veremos arder" (Cuba)
* Nicanor Parra, "Obra gruesa" (Chile)
* Enrique Lihn, "La musiquilla de las pobres esferas" (Chile)


* Werner Aspenström, "Inre" ("Inner")
* Gören Sonnevi, "Det Måste gå" ("It Must Be Possible")
* Maja Ekelöf, "Rapport från en skurhink" ("Report from a Scrub Bucket")
* Henry Olsson, "Vinlövsranka och hagtornskrans", a study of the poet Gustaf Fröding (died 1911)



* Abraham Sutzkever, "Ripened Faces"
* Yaakov Zvi Shargel, "Sunny Doorsteps"
* Aryeh Shamri, "Song in the Barn"
* David Rodin, "Young and Younger", for young readers
* Leizer Eichenrand, "Thirst for Duration"

United States

* Joseph Rubeinstein, "Exodus from Europe", third volume of a narrative trilogy
* Wolf Pasmanik, "My Poems"
* Kadya Molodovsky, "Marzipans", for children and adults
* Moshe Shifris, "Under One Roof"


* Melekh Ravitch, "Post Scriptus" (Canada)
* Jacob Sternberg, "Poem and Ballad on the Carpathians" (France)
* Izzy Kharik, "With Body and Life" (Russia)

Awards and honors


* See 1970 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.

=United Kingdom=

* Cholmondeley Award: Kathleen Raine, Douglas Livingstone, Edward Brathwaite
* Eric Gregory Award: Helen Frye, Paul Mills, John Mole, Brian Morse, Alan Perry, Richard Tibbitts
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Roy Fuller

United States

* Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (later the post would be called "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress"): William Stafford appointed this year.
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Richard Howard, "Untitled Subjects"
* National Book Award for Poetry: Elizabeth Bishop, "The Complete Poems"
* Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Howard Nemerov


* Prix Max Jacob: Daniel Boulanger for "Tchadiennes" and "Retouches"
* French Academy's Grand Prix de Poèsie: Jean Follain

oviet Union

* Lenin Prize: Nikolai Tikhonov


* September 10 — Phaswane Mpe (died 2004), South African novelist and poet
* September 16 — Nick Sagan, American poet, novelist and screenwriter
* September 24 — Gemma Moraleja Paz, Spanish poet and novelist
* date not known:
** Victoria Chang, American poet [ [http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=80664 "Victoria Chang (1970 - )"] at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed April 24, 2008]
** Alex Garland, novelist
** David Roderick, American poet


* January 10 — Charles Olson, 59, of cancer
* February 4 — Louise Bogan, 72
* February 19 — Edsel Ford, 41
* March 29 — Vera Brittain, novelist and poet
* approximately April 20 — Paul Celan, 49, Romanian-born poet who wrote in German and became a French citizen, from suicide
* May 12 — Nelly Sachs (born 1891), German-Swedish poet and dramatist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966
* June 2 — Giuseppe Ungaretti, 82, Italian
* June 18 — Nicholaas Petrus Van Wyk Louw, 64, South African Afrikaans poet and critic
* December 31 — Lorine Niedecker
* Date not known:
** Nathan Alterman, Israeli poet, journalist and translator
** Mary Crosby
** John Dos Passos
** Leah Goldberg (born 1911), Israeli poet who wrote in Hebrew
** Arthur Nortje (born 1942), South African poet

Notes and references

* "1971 Britannica Book of the Year" (covering events of 1970), "Literature" article and "Obituaries of 1970" article; source of many of the books in the "Works published" list and some deaths.

ee also

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

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