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The Poetry of the AmericasFrom Good Neighbors to Countercultures$
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Harris Feinsod

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190682002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190682002.001.0001

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The New Inter-American Poetry

The New Inter-American Poetry

(p.190) 4. The New Inter-American Poetry
The Poetry of the Americas

Harris Feinsod

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how revolutionary enthusiasms, experimental magazines, and translation fueled inter-American relations in the 1960s on the countercultural left. Previous critics note the Boom, but most US accounts of the period’s poetry center on the intra-national polarities (“margin versus mainstream” or “raw versus cooked”) inflamed by Donald Allen’s The New American Poetry (1960). The chapter instead describes a larger formation called “the new inter-American poetry,” recovering dialogues best emblematized by the hemispheric little magazine El Corno Emplumado, and the reciprocations engendered between the works of rebellious Beats and revolutionary Cuban barbudos, Paul Blackburn and Julio Cortázar, Clayton Eshleman and Javier Heraud, Pablo Neruda among his English translators, and others. These exchanges were not without their blind spots, and the chapter concludes by comparing the communities imagined by Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems (1964) to poems by contemporaneous visitors to Manhattan such as Mario Benedetti (Uruguay) and Alcides Iznaga (Cuba).

Keywords:   Paul Blackburn, Julio Cortázar, Clayton Eshleman, Cuban Revolution in literature, El Corno Emplumado, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poetry—Peru, Poetry—Mexico, LeRoi Jones, Margaret Randall

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