Trobar, a magazine of the New American Poetry


Trobar, a magazine of the New American Poetry 1 (1960).

Trobar magazine was published in Brooklyn in only five issues from 1960 to 1964, but it was tremendously influential in spreading knowledge about deep image poetry. Deep image poetry, according to Robert Kelly, is ‘poetry not necessarily dominated by the image, but in which it is the rhythm of the images which forms the dominant movement of the poem.’ Of the three editors, Kelly has been the most tireless and enthusiastic poet, reader, and teacher, exerting a charismatic influence. He has published more than seventy-five volumes of poetry and prose (his first, Armed Descent, was published by Jerome Rothenberg’s Hawk’s Well Press) and was a founding editor of Chelsea Review and Matter and a contributing editor to CaterpillarAlcheringa, Sulfur, Conjunctions, and Poetry International. and guest editor to Los (new series, no. 1, 1975). Kelly coedited, with Paris Leary, the paperback A Controversy of Poets (1965), which was an entrant in the poetry anthology wars of the 1960s. Kelly’s essay ‘Notes on the Poetry of Deep Image,’ which appears in Trobar 2, is a provocative statement about an important thread in modern poetry and is central to the concept of Trobar (the name refers to the Troubadour tradition in Provencal poetry). The press also issued a series of books, which included works by Rochelle Owens, Jerome Rothenberg, Paul Blackburn, and Louis Zukofsky. …”
From a Secret Location
W – Deep image
Modern American Poetry – Leaping Into the Unknown: The Poetics of Robert Bly’s Deep Image
The Artwork of Amy Goldin, Amy Goldin


Rothenberg, Jerome. The Seven Hells of the Jigoku Yoshi. 1962. Trobar Books 3

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