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1987 in poetry

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

Contents

Events

  • April – First issue of o•blék: a journal of language arts (pronounced "oblique") is published, founded by Peter Gizzi who co-edits it with Connell McGrath. The magazine stops publishing in 1993.
  • October 16 – Charles Bukowski, fictionalised as alter ego Henry Chinaski, becomes the subject of the film Barfly starring Mickey Rourke released today.
  • October – Tony Harrison's poem v. is broadcast in a filmed version on Channel 4 television in the United Kingdom.
  • Joseph Brodsky, a Russian exile who has become a United States citizen, resigns his membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in protest over the honorary membership of the Russian poet Evgenii Evtushenko, regarded by Brodsky as a Soviet "yes man".
  • In his 'Notes on the New Formalism', Dana Gioia writes: "the real issues presented by American poetry in the Eighties will become clearer: the debasement of poetic language; the prolixity of the lyric; the bankruptcy of the confessional mode; the inability to establish a meaningful aesthetic for new poetic narrative and the denial of a musical texture in the contemporary poem. The revival of traditional forms will be seen then as only one response to this troubling situation."
  • The Dolmen Press in Portlaoise, Ireland, founded in 1951 to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry, ceases operations after the death of founder Liam Miller.
  • 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:

    Canada

  • Patrick Lane, Selected Poems
  • Irving Layton, Fortunate Exile. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-4947-1.
  • Irving Layton, Final Reckoning: Poems, 1982-1986. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press.
  • Dennis Lee, The Difficulty of Living on Other Planets. Toronto: Macmillan.
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen, Afterworlds. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-5428-0
  • Don McKay, Sanding Down the Rocking Chair on a Windy Night
  • Raymond Souster, The Eyes of Love. Ottawa: Oberon Press.
  • George Woodcock:
  • Beyond the Blue Mountains, An Autobiography, Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Canada
  • Northern Spring: The Flowering of Canadian Literature, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, scholarship
  • India, in English

  • Keki Daruwalla, Landscapes ( Poetry in English ), Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Dom Moraes, Collected Poems 1957-1987 ( Poetry in English )
  • Jayanta Mahapatra, Selected Poems ( Poetry in English ), New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Bruce King, editor, Modern Indian Poetry in English - Historical Perspective (first edition), Delhi: Oxford University Press (anthology)
  • Ireland

  • Ciarán Carson: The Irish for No, including "Cocktails", Oldcastle: The Gallery Press Wake Forest University Press, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Michael Coady, Oven Lane, Oldcastle: The Gallery Press, ISBN 978-1-85235-020-8
  • Paul Durcan, Going Home to Russia, Belfast: The Blackstaff Press
  • Eamon Grennan, What Light There Is, including "Totem" and "Four Deer", Oldcastle: The Gallery Press
  • Michael Hartnett, A Necklace of Wrens, including "Sneachta Gealai '77" and "Moonsnow '77", Oldcastle: The Gallery Press
  • Seamus Heaney, The Haw Lantern, Faber & Faber, Northern Ireland native at this time living in the United States
  • Thomas Kinsella, Out of Ireland, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Paul Muldoon, Meeting the British, including "Something Else", Faber and Faber, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Tom Paulin, Fivemiletown, Northern Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • New Zealand

  • Fleur Adcock (New Zealand poet who moved to England in 1963), The Faber Book of 20th Century Women's Poetry, edited by Fleur Adcock. London and Boston: Faber and Faber
  • Janet Charman, 2 Deaths in 1 Night: Poems, Auckland: New Women's Press
  • Allen Curnow, Look Back Harder: Critical Writings 1935–1984 (Auckland University Press), edited by Peter Simpson, criticism
  • Kendrick Smithyman, Are You Going to the Pictures?
  • Ian Wedde, Driving into the Storm: Selected Poems, New Zealand
  • Anthologies in New Zealand

  • Murray Edmond and Mary Paul, editors, The New Poets
  • V. O'Sullivan, editor, Anthology of 20th Century New Zealand Poetry, anthology, third edition
  • Mark Williams, Caxton Press Anthology of New Zealand Poetry
  • United Kingdom

  • Peter Ackroyd, The Diversions of Purley, and Other Poems
  • Fleur Adcock (New Zealand poet who moved to England in 1963), The Faber Book of 20th Century Women's Poetry, edited by Fleur Adcock. London and Boston: Faber and Faber
  • Alan Brownjohn, The Old Flea-Pit
  • Ciarán Carson: The Irish for No, Gallery Press, Wake Forest University Press, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • David Constantine, Madder
  • Carol Ann Duffy, Selling Manhattan
  • Gavin Ewart, Late Pickings
  • U. A. Fanthorpe, A Watching Brief
  • James Fenton, Partingtime Hall (written with John Fuller, 1987), Viking / Salamander Press, comical poems,
  • Elaine Feinstein, Badlands, Hutchinson
  • Philip Gross, Cat's Whisker
  • Tony Harrison, Anno Forty-Two
  • Seamus Heaney, The Haw Lantern, Faber & Faber, Northern Ireland native at this time living in the United States
  • John Heath-Stubbs, Cat's Parnassus, Aldgate Press, ISBN 1-870841-00-X
  • Kathleen Jamie, The Way We Live
  • P. J. Kavanagh, Presence
  • Thomas Kinsella, Out of Ireland, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Blake Morrison, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper
  • Andrew Motion, Natural Causes
  • Paul Muldoon, Meeting the British, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Sean O'Brien, The Frighteners (Bloodaxe)
  • Tom Paulin, Fivemiletown, Northern Ireland poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Private Parts
  • Ruth Pitter, A Heaven to Find
  • Peter Porter, The Automatic Oracle
  • Peter Redgrove:
  • In the Hall of the Saurians, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize for Poetry in 1987
  • The Moon Disposes: Poems 1954-1987
  • Carol Rumens, Plato Park
  • C. H. Sisson, God Bless Karl Marx
  • R.S. Thomas, Welsh Airs
  • Anthony Thwaite, Letter from Tokyo
  • Charles Tomlinson, The Return
  • John Wain, Open Country
  • Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom

  • Elaine Feinstein, A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva, Hutchinson
  • United States

  • A.R. Ammons, Sumerian Vistas
  • Maya Angelou, Now Sheba Sings the Song
  • Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, autobiography, poetry, political, historical and cultural analysis
  • John Ashbery, April Galleons
  • Marvin Bell, New and Selected Poems, Athenaeum
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Blacks
  • Amy Clampitt, Archaic Figure
  • Jorie Graham, The End of Beauty
  • Seamus Heaney, The Haw Lantern, Faber & Faber, Northern Ireland native at this time living in the United States
  • Paul Hoover, The Figures
  • Salma Khadra Jayyusi, editor, Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology, Columbia University Press
  • Lincoln Kirstein, The Poems of Lincoln Kirstein (Atheneum) ISBN 0-689-11923-2
  • Harry Mathews, a collection
  • Robert McDowell, Quiet Money
  • William Meredith, Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize)
  • George Frederick Morgan, Poems: New and Selected, University of Illinois Press
  • Mary Oliver, Provincetown (limited edition with woodcuts by Barnard Taylor)
  • Gregory Orr, a collection
  • Octavio Paz, Collected Poems, 1957–1987, English translation from Spanish
  • Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky, Pound/Zukofsky: Selected Letters of Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky, edited by Barry Ahearn (Faber & Faber)
  • W.D. Snodgrass, Selected Poems: 1957-1987
  • Rosmarie Waldrop, The Reproduction of Profiles (New Directions)
  • Theodore Weiss, a collection
  • C.K. Williams, Flesh and Blood
  • Jay Wright, Selected Poems
  • Stephen Yenser, The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill, criticism, scholarship
  • Other in English

  • Edward Brathwaite, X/Self, Jamaica
  • Les Murray, The Daylight Moon, Australia
  • Denmark

  • Klaus Høeck, Blackberry Winter, with Asger Schnack,; publisher: Gyldendal; Denmark
  • Klaus Rifbjerg, Byens tvelys ("Twilight of the City"), Denmark
  • Søren Ulrik Thomsen, New Poems
  • Canada, in French

  • Jean Royer:
  • Depuis l'amour: Poème, Montréal: l'Hexagone / Paris: La Table rase
  • Le Québec en poésie, Saint-Laurent: Lacombe
  • La poésie québécoise contemporaine (anthologie), Montréal: l'Hexagone/Paris: La Découverte; anthology
  • France

  • Yves Bonnefoy:
  • Ce qui fut sans lumière
  • Récits en rêve
  • Abdellatif Laabi, translator, Autobiographie du voleur de feu, translated from the original Arabic of Abdelwahab al-Bayati into French; Paris: Unesco/Actes Sud
  • India

    Listed in alphabetical order by first name:

  • Chandrakanta Murasingh, Haping Garingo Chibuksa Ringo, Agartala: Shyamlal Debbarma, Kokborok Sahitya Sanskriti Samsad; India, Kokborok-language
  • Jayant Kaikini, Shravana Madhyahna, Sagar, Karnataka: Akshara Prakashana, Indian, Kannada-language
  • K. Satchidanandan, Ivanekkoodi, ("Him, too"); Malayalam-language
  • Nirendranath Chakravarti, Ghumiye Porar Aage, Kolkata: Ananda Publishers; Bengali-language
  • Rituraj, Surat Nirat, Jaipur: Panchscheel Prakashan; Hindi-language
  • Vasant Abaji Dahake, Shubha-vartaman; Marathi-language
  • Other languages

  • Juliusz Erazm Bolek, Miniatury; Poland
  • Christoph Buchwald, general editor, and Jürgen Becker, guest editor, Luchterhand Jahrbuch der Lyrik 1987/88 ("Luchterhand Poetry Yearbook 1987/88"), publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag; anthology; Germany
  • Odysseus Elytis, Κριναγόρας ("Krinagoras"), Greece
  • Ndoc Gjetja, Poezi ("Poetry"); Albania
  • Hamid Ismailov, Сад ("Garden") Uzbek language
  • Czesław Miłosz, Kroniki ("Chronicles"); Paris: Instytut Literacki; Poland
  • Nizar Qabbani, Love Shall Remain, Sir, Syrian, Arabic-language
  • M. Swales, editor, German Poetry, anthology with poems in German
  • Maire Mhac an tSaoi, An Cion go Dti Seo, including "Caoineadh" and "Ceathruinti Mhaire Ni Ogain", Gaelic-language, Ireland
  • Australia

  • C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Lily Brett, The Auschwitz Poems
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Philip Hodgins, Blood and Bone
  • Mary Gilmore Prize: Jan Owen - Boy with Telescope
  • Canada

  • Gerald Lampert Award
  • Archibald Lampman Award
  • See 1987 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
  • Pat Lowther Award
  • United Kingdom

  • Cholmondeley Award: Wendy Cope, Matthew Sweeney, George Szirtes
  • Commonwealth Prize for Poetry: Edward Brathwaite of Jamaica
  • Eric Gregory Award: Peter McDonald, Maura Dooley, Stephen Knight, Steve Anthony, Jill Maughan, Paul Munden
  • United States

  • Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: David Rivard, Torque
  • Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Howard Nemerov
  • AML Award for poetry to Robert A. Christmas for "Self-Portrait as Brigham Young"
  • Frost Medal: Robert Creeley / Sterling Brown
  • Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress: Richard Wilbur
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Rita Dove, Thomas and Beulah
  • Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize: Philip Levine
  • Whiting Awards: Mark Cox, Michael Ryan
  • William Carlos Williams Award: Alan Shapiro, Happy Hour
  • Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Josephine Jacobsen and Alfred Corn
  • Deaths

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

  • January 14 – Ewart Milne, 83 (born 1903), Irish poet and radical
  • February 22 – Glenway Wescott, 85 (born 1901), American novelist and poet, from a stroke
  • June 22 – John Hewitt, 79 (born 1907), Irish poet
  • August 23 – Samar Sen, 70 (born 1916), Bengali poet and journalist
  • September 11 – Ladislav Stehlík (born 1908), Czech poet, writer and painter
  • September 16 – Howard Moss, 65 (born 1922), poetry editor of The New Yorker, from a heart attack
  • November 6 – John Logan (born 1923), American poet
  • November 29 – Gwendolyn MacEwen, 46 (born 1941) Canadian poet and novelist, alcohol-related
  • December 29 – Jun Ishikawa 石川淳 pen name of Ishikawa Kiyoshi, Ishikawa, 88 (born 1899), Japanese, Showa period modernist author, translator and literary critic
  • Also – Vaughan Morgan (born 1907), New Zealand shepherd-poet
  • References

    1987 in poetry Wikipedia


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