Edward Dorn – Idaho Out (1965), Geography (1965), The North Atlantic Turbine (1967)

“… Donald Allen’s anthology The New American Poetry (1960) included some of [Edward] Dorn’s early poems, but his first book The Newly Fallen was not published until 1961 by Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones)’s Totem Press in New York. Three years later the same press published Hands Up! Poems from this period, so clear, moving, unromantic and filled with the memories of his hard early life — ‘On the Debt My Mother Owed to Sears Roebuck,’ for example — echoed not only in the United States, but across the Atlantic. In the summer of 1965 Dorn and the photographer Leroy Lucas collaborated on The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin Plateau — a book too long out-of-print which anticipated the now fashionable interest in all things Native American, and gracefully left the last words not to the authors, but to Clyde Warrior, an activist. That autumn, at the invitation of Donald Davie, the family arrived in England where, with a year’s break, Dorn was to teach at the new University of Essex until 1970. Dorn arrived already aware of the work of young British poets such as Tom Pickard and Lee Harwood, and he had corresponded for some time with J.H.Prynne ( who accompanied the Dorns on their trans-atlantic liner). The American poet Tom Clark was a graduate student at Essex and shared many of Dorn’s interests. Creeley, Olson and other visitors passed through the various flats and houses in Colchester and Wivenhoe. On the faculty was Gordon Brotherston, and Dorn began with him a series of collaborative translations of Latin American poetry that continued for decades. He met Jennifer Dunbar, his second wife. In London there was a lively small press scene and Stuart and Deirdre Montgomerys’ Fulcrum Press published two collections of poems: Geography (1965), and The North Atlantic Turbine (1967). …”
amazon: Idaho Out (1965), Geography (1965), The North Atlantic Turbine (1967)
PennSound: Reading “North Atlantic Turbine” in London, 1967 – Complete recording (53:52): MP3, Reading at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, February 1963 – Complete reading (46:30): MP3

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