Penguin Poetry Series: Selection (c. 1958–1969)
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Baltimore, New York, Middlesex, Melbourne. Penguin Books. [c. 1958–69]. Softcovers. Book Conditions: Near Fine, tanning to pages over time & well-preserved covers with slight signs of shelf wear. 250-350pp. (ea.).
Cover Patterns by Stephen Russ.
Collection of poetry anthologies published as part the "Penguin Poets" series. The volumes are mid-twentieth century collections of poetic contexts; each one is a collage of the voices, imagery, and structures of language from the poets of certain disciplines or places each book takes as its theme. These creative profiles are snapshots that maintain their subject's necessarily unfixed identities––the nature of poetry uses the cadence of such a physical or conceptual landscape to historicize as much as demonstrate how its words will play, and things will change. Each volume includes a thoughtful introduction, biographical notes, and a poem-by-poem index of first lines (which reads as a kind of numinous poem in its own right). These volumes are lighthouses in poetry's history, chorusing cross-genre and across countries and now, across time; half a century later, they are truly a group of the poet's poetry books if there ever was one––and here, we have six!
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse, (1963, rev. ed.; orig. pub. 1950). Ed. & intro. w. notes by Kenneth Allott. [D12].
The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, (1958). Ed. & intro. by Ralph Gustafson. [D46].
The Penguin Book of Religious Verse, (1963). Intro. & ed. by R.S. Thomas. [D66].
Twentieth-Century German Verse, (1963). Intro. & ed. w. prose trans. by Patrick Bridgwater. [D68].
The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads, (1964). Ed. by Russel Ward. [AU9].
Contemporary American Poetry, (1969; orig. pub. 1962). Selected & ed. by Donald Hall. [D67].