Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kees, he dead

A few of the many, many books of poetry published in 1960:

- W. H. Auden, Homage to Clio
- Paul Blackburn, Brooklyn Manhattan Transit: A Bouquet for Flatbush
- Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters
- E. E. Cummings, Collected Poems
- Ted Hughes, Lupercal
- Weldon Kees, The Collected Poems (posthumous; ed. Donald Justice)
- Sylvia Plath, The Colossus

And some prizes:

- National Book Award for Poetry: Robert Lowell, Life Studies
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: W. D. Snodgrass, Heart's Needle
- Bollingen Prize: Delmore Schwartz
- Academy of American Poets Fellowship: Jesse Stuart

From Kees, "Robinson at Home":

This sleep is from exhaustion, but his old desire
To die like this has known a lessening.
Now there is only this coldness that he has to wear.
But not in sleep.--Observant scholar, traveller,

Or uncouth bearded figure squatting in a cave
A keen-eyed sniper on the barricades
A heretic in catacombs, a famed roué,
A beggar on the streets, the confidant of Popes—