Black Mountain grasped the dream of art as a lived condition rather than a hoarded possession.
—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Available November 26, 2019

Black Mountain Poems

Poetry

Edited by Jonathan C. Creasy

An essential selection of the poetry of one of the most important twentieth-century creative movements.

Black Mountain College had an explosive influence on American poetry, music, art, craft, dance, and thought; it’s hard to imagine any other institution that was so interdisciplinary, rebellious, utopian, and experimental. Founded with the mission of creating rounded, complete people by balancing the arts and manual labor within a democratic, nonhierarchical structure, Black Mountain was a crucible of revolutionary literature. Although this artistic haven only existed from 1933 to 1956, Black Mountain helped create and foster some of the most radical and significant midcentury American poets.

The editor of this anthology, Jonathan C. Creasy, begins with the well-known Black Mountain Poets—Olson, Creeley, Duncan, Levertov, and Williams—but expands the selection to include the artist Josef Albers and the musician John Cage, as well as the often overlooked women associated with the college, M. C. Richards and Hilda Morley.

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Paperback (published November 26, 2019)

ISBN
978-0-8112-2898-5
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144

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ISBN
9780811228978
Black Mountain grasped the dream of art as a lived condition rather than a hoarded possession.
—Holland Cotter, The New York Times
It seems as though half the midcentury American avant-garde came through Black Mountain.
—Louis Menard, The New Yorker
Art is spirit and spirit is eternal.
—Josef Albers