1957 in poetry

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  • March 25 – Copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems (first published 1 November 1956) printed in England are seized by United States Customs Service officials in San Francisco on the grounds of obscenity.[1] On October 3, in People v. Ferlinghetti, a subsequent prosecution of publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the city, the work is ruled not to be obscene.[2] The trial brings significant attention to the participants and other poets of the Beat Generation.
  • Ginsberg surprises the literary world by abandoning San Francisco. After a spell in Morocco, he and Peter Orlovsky move to Paris, France, at the suggestion of Gregory Corso, who introduces them to a shabby lodging house above a bar at 9 rue Gît-le-Coeur kept by Mme Rachou, where they are soon joined by William S. Burroughs and others, including young painters, writers and black jazz musicians. The building becomes known as the "Beat Hotel". The writers' time here is a productive, creative period for many of them. Here, Ginsberg finishes his poem "Kaddish", Corso composes "Bomb" and "Marriage", and Burroughs (with Ginsberg and Corso's help) puts together the novel Naked Lunch from previous writings. Corso returns to New York in 1958; the "hotel" closes in 1963; and Ginsberg and Orlovsky leave for travels to India in 1967.
  • Autumn – Black Mountain Review literary magazine folds.[3]
  • Shi'r ("Poetry") magazine is founded in Beirut by Syrian-born poets Yusuf al-Khal and 'Adunis'.[4] The journal is a showcase for experimental Arabic poetry as well as translations of poetry from European languages.[5]

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:


India, in English

New Zealand

United Kingdom

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom

United States

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

  • Annotated Index to the Cantos of Ezra Pound, the first guide to Pound's Cantos
  • William Carlos Williams, The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams, edited by John C. Thirwall
  • William Butler Yeats, Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats, edited by Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, New York: Macmillan (posthumous)[23]

Other in English

  • D. Stewart and N. Keesing, editors, Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times, anthology (Australia)[24]

Works 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:

French language

Canada, in French





Listed in alphabetical order by first name:

Portuguese language



Spanish language


Latin America


Spanish anthologies


  • Yankev Glatshteyn, Fun mayn gantser mi ("Of All My Labor, Selected Poems, 1919-1956")
  • A. Leyeles, Baym fus fun barg ("At the Foot of the Mountain")
  • Khos Kliger, Peyzazhn fun Yisroel ("Israel Landscapes")

Other languages

Awards and honors


  • Governor General's Awards: Robert A.D. Ford, A Window on the North
  • President's Medal for a single poem: Jay Macpherson, The Fisherman — A Book of Riddles

United Kingdom

United States

Poetry Magazine awards

  • Levinson Prize: Thom Gunn
  • Oscar Blumenthal Prize: William Carlos Williams
  • Eunice Tietjens Prize: James Wright
  • Bess Hokin Prize: Philip Booth
  • Union League Civic and Arts Foundation prize: Ann Ridler
  • Vachel Lindsay Prize: V.R. Lang
  • Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize: John Ciardi

Poetry Society of America awards


  • Fastenrath Prize (Spain) for the best poetry published in the past four years: J. García Nieto, La red


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


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

See also


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  2. ^ King, Lydia Hailman (2007-10-03). "'Howl' obscenity prosecution still echoes 50 years later". Nashville: First Amendment Center. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  3. ^ Everett, Nicholas. "Robert Creeley's Life and Career". Modern American Poetry. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  4. ^ Irwin, Robert (2005-01-03). "An Arab Surrealist". The Nation. pp. 23–24, 37–38. 
  5. ^ Shatz, Adam (2002-07-13). "An Arab Poet Who Dares to Differ". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Gustafson, Ralph (1967). The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse (revised ed.). Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books. 
  7. ^ "Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996): Works", Canadian Women Poets, Brock University. Web, Mar. 18, 2011.
  8. ^ "Marjorie Pickthall 1883-1922: Works," Canadian Women Poets, BrockU.ca, Web, Apr. 6, 2011
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  11. ^ a b Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1970). The Golden Treasury Of Indo-Anglian Poetry (1828-1965) (2006 reprint ed.). New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 313. ISBN 81-260-1196-3. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1970). The Golden Treasury Of Indo-Anglian Poetry (1828-1965) (2006 reprint ed.). New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 323. ISBN 81-260-1196-3. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
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  21. ^ a b c Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, W. W. Norton & Company, 1973, ISBN 0-393-09357-3
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  23. ^ Mac Liammoir, Michael, and Eavan Boland, W. B. Yeats, Thames and Hudson (part of the "Thames and Hudson Literary Lives" series), London, 1971, "Bibliographical Note", p. 130
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