The Sullen Art
Allen Ginsburg, Denise Levertov, LeRoi Jones, W.S. Merwin, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Creeley, Robert Bly, Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Kelley, et al.
New York: Corinth Books, 1963. Beige-scale pictorial paper wraps moderately rubbed along the spine and lightly soiled on the verso, else fine. First edition. Near fine.
Interviews by David Ossman with modern American poets.
"Early in 1960, the idea of 'The Sullen Art' [sullen, from the Latin solus—alone] as a continuing series of radio programs inquiring into the source and future of contemporary poetry was born. I chose deliberately at that time to interview the younger poets and, inevitably, that group of poets categorized as 'new', (or sometimes and quite erroneously, as 'beat'). By the end of that summer, I had recorded ten informal conversations . . . The remainder were recorded later in 1960 and during 1961. . ."