In 1958 and 1959, when Donald Allen was laboriously putting together The New American Poetry: 1945–1960, he could have had no idea that by the end of the century his assemblage of poems mainly by marginalized and unfavoured poets would have achieved canonical status, or that many of the poets he included would have the reputations he wished for them.1 He could not have expected the volume to be reprinted after four decades with a blurb advertising 100,000 sales, or that it would come to be widely regarded as the most influential avant-garde American poetry anthology of the twentieth century. It was the ‘Bible of American counterpoetics’, in the words of Mark Scroggins2 – a book that, as Marjorie Perloff points out, is ‘still acknowledged by all later anthologists as the fountainhead of radical American poetics’.
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