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  • Mark Jarman and Robert McDowell started the small magazine The Reaper to promote narrative and formal poetry.
  • Conjunctions literary magazine gets its start one afternoon late this year when founding editor Bradford Morrow sits in Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth's library in Santa Barbara, California talking over the idea of assembling a publication to celebrate James Laughlin, editor of New Directions. Poets solicited for the publication promised to send in work for future issues of the magazine, not realizing that no magazine was planned. Morrow then started the magazine, financing the first few issues himself.
  • Three new Hebrew literary journals appear this year in Israel: Mahbarot, edited by Y. Kenaz, Rosh a poetry journal edited by O. Bartena, and Hazerem hehadash, founded by a group of young ex-soldiers.

Works published in English

Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:



Canadian poet John Newlove in June of this year
  • Roo Borson (American-Canadian):
    • In the Smoky Light of the Fields, ISBN 0-88823-024-9
    • Rain, ISBN 0-920806-19-8
  • Fred Cogswell, A Long Apprenticeship
  • Ralph Gustafson, Landscape with Rain
  • Dorothy Farmiloe, Words for My Weeping Daughter
  • Gail Fox, In Search of Living Things
  • Raymond Souster, Collected Poems, Volume 1 (1940-55) (first of a projected four-volume collection)
  • Andrew Suknaski, Montage for an Interstellar Cry
  • Anne Szumigalski, A Game of Angels
  • Tom Wayman, Living on the Ground: Tom Wayman Country, including "Garrison", first prize-winner of the U.S. Bicentennial poetry competition
  • Phyllis Webb, Wilson's Bowl[1]



New Zealand

  • James K. Baxter, Collected Poems, posthumous
  • Charles Brasch, Indirections: a Memoir, 1909-1947, Wellington ; New York: Oxford University Press, autobiography[5]
  • Alistair Campbell, The Dark Lord of Savaiki: Collected Poems, Christchurch: Hazard Press
  • Lauris Edmond:
    • Wellington Letter: A Sequence of Poems[6]
    • Seven: Poems[6]
    • Salt from the North[6]
  • W. H. Oliver, Out of Season: Poems, Wellington; New York: Oxford University Press, New Zealand
  • Alistair Patterson, editor, Fifteen Contemporary New Zealand Poets, anthology[7]
  • Ian Wedde, Castaly: Poems 1973–1977

United Kingdom

Anthologies in the United Kingdom

United States

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

Other in English

Works published in other languages

Listed by language and often by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:


  • Klaus Høeck, Denmark:
    • Bowie, Bowie, with Asger Schnack, publisher: Gyldendal[14]
    • Eno One, with Asger Schnack, publisher: Albatros[14]
    • Nul (med Asger Schnack og F.P.Jac), publisher: Sommersko[14]
    • Renaldo & Clara (med Asger Schnack), publisher: Virkelyst[14]
  • Klaus Rifbjerg, Livsfrisen



West Germany

  • Ernst Jandl, Der gelbe Hund
  • Johanna Moosdorf, Sieben Jahr sieben Tag
  • W. Schubert and K. H. Höfer, editors, Ansichten über Lyrik, anthology, poems and prose since Opitz[16]

East German exiles


  • Natan Sach, Tsfonit misrahit
  • Dan Pagis, editor, an anthology of medieval Hebrew love poetry
  • Mavet ve' ahava, an anthology of Egyptian poetry in Hebrew translation


  • Piero Bigongiari, Moses
  • Edoardo Sanguineti, Stracciafoglio
  • Antonio Porta, Passi passaggi
  • Maurizio Cucchi, Le meraviglie dell'acqua
  • Ugo Reale, Il cerchio d'ombra


Portuguese language




  • Aleksandr Blok (18801921), much of his poetry was republished in this year, his centenary, including a six-volume edition of his collected works and Blok in the Reminiscences of Contemporaries

Spanish language


  • Matilde Camus, Perfiles ("Profiles")
  • Antonio Colinas, Astrolabio
  • Leopoldo Azancot, La novia judia


  • Lars Forssell, Stenar
  • Ylva Eggehorn, Hjärtats Knytnãvsslag
  • Tobias Berggren, Threnos
  • Begt Emil Johnson, Vinterminne

Other languages

Awards and honors



United Kingdom

United States



Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also


  1. ^ Roberts, Neil, editor, A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Part III, Chapter 3, "Canadian Poetry", by Cynthia Messenger, Blackwell Publishing, 2003, ISBN 9781405113618, retrieved via Google Books, January 3, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d "Selected Timeline of Anglophone Caribbean Poetry" in Williams, Emily Allen, Anglophone Caribbean Poetry, 1970–2001: An Annotated Bibliography, page xvii and following pages, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002, ISBN 9780313317477, retrieved via Google Books, February 7, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  4. ^ a b Crotty, Patrick, Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology, Belfast, The Blackstaff Press Ltd., 1995, ISBN 0856405612
  5. ^ Web page titled "Charles Brasch: New Zealand Literature File" at the University of Auckland Library website, accessed April 26, 2008
  6. ^ a b c Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, 1998, "Lauris Edmond" article
  7. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "Anthologies" section, p 837
  8. ^ [1]Web page titled "Books by Fenton" at the James Fenton Web site, accessed October 11, 2007
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press ("If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year." — from the Preface, p vi)
  10. ^ [2] Web page titled "Joseph Brodsky / Nobel Prize in Literature 1987 / Bibliography" at the "Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation", accessed October 18, 2007
  11. ^ Everett, Nicholas, "Robert Creeley's Life and Career" at the Modern American Poetry website, accessed May 1, 2008
  12. ^ Porter, Joy, and Kenneth M. Roemer, The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, p 29, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 9780521822831, retrieved February 9, 2009
  13. ^ a b [3]Jayata Mahapatra Web page at the Orissa Gateway Web site, accessed October 16, 2007
  14. ^ a b c d Web page titled [stage=5&tx_lfforfatter_pi2[uid]=115&tx_lfforfatter_pi2[lang]=_eng "Bibliography of Klaus Høeck"], website of the Danish Arts Agency / Literature Centre, retrieved January 1, 2010
  15. ^ a b c Auster, Paul, editor, The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets, New York: Random House, 1982 ISBN 0394521978
  16. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "German Poetry" article, "Anthologies in German" section, pp 473-474
  17. ^ Mohan, Sarala Jag, Chapter 4: "Twentieth-Century Gujarati Literature" (Google books link), in Natarajan, Nalini, and Emanuel Sampath Nelson, editors, Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 9780313287787, retrieved December 10, 2008
  18. ^ "Macartney, Frederick Thomas Bennett (Fred) (1887-1980)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2007-10-02.  
  19. ^ "Haley, Martin Nelson (1905 - 1980)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2007-12-21.  
  • Britannica Book of the Year 1980 ("for events of 1979"), published by Encyclopaedia Britannica 1980 (source of many items in "Works published" section and rarely in other sections)


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