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1989 in poetry

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  • June 2 – Dead Poets Society, a film incorporating excerpts from many traditional poets, ending with the title and opening line of Walt Whitman's lament on the death of Abraham Lincoln, "O Captain! My Captain!", is released in the United States
  • November 10 – My Left Foot, a film about Christy Brown, the Irish poet, and based on his autobiography, is released
  • 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:


  • Robert Adamson The Clean Dark
  • Les Murray, The Idyll Wheel
  • Philip Salom: Barbecue of the Primitives. (University of Queensland) ISBN 978-0-7022-2221-4
  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Sangue e l'acqua, translated and edited into Italian by Giovann Distefano, Abano Terme: Piovan Editore
  • Canada

  • Margaret Avison, No Time (winner of the Governor General's Award for English language poetry in 1990
  • C. Bayard, The New Poetics in Canada and Quebec (scholarship)
  • Roo Borson, Intent, or, The Weight of the World, ISBN 0-7710-1588-7 American-Canadian
  • Tim Lilburn, Tourist To Ecstasy, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, Canada
  • Michael Ondaatje, The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems, Canadian poet published in the United Kingdom; London: Pan; New York: Knopf, 1991
  • Michael Ondaatje and Linda Spalding, editors, The Brick Anthology, illustrated by David Bolduc, Toronto: Coach House Press
  • India, in English

  • Nissim Ezekiel, Collected Poems ( Poetry in English ), Delhi, Oxford University Press
  • Jayanta Mahapatra, Temple ( Poetry in English ), Sydney: Dangaroo Press
  • Imtiaz Dharker, Purdah ( Poetry in English ),Oxford University Press, Delhi
  • Ireland

  • Sebastian Barry, Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever
  • Dermot Bolger, Leinster Street Ghosts
  • Eavan Boland, Selected Poems, including "Listen. This is the Noise of Myth" and "Fond Memory", Carcanet Press
  • Ciaran Carson, Belfast Confetti, including "The Mouth" and "Hamlet", Oldcastle: The Gallery Press, ISBN 978-1-85235-042-0
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: The Magdalene Sermon, shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award, Oldcastle: The Gallery Press, Ireland
  • Denis Devlin, Collected Poems, including "Ank'hor Vat", "Little Elegy", "Memoirs of a Turcoman Diplomat: Oteli Asia Palas, Inc.", (see also Collected Poems 1964), Dedalus Press
  • Thomas McCarthy, Seven Winters in Paris, Anvil Press, London, Ireland
  • John Montague, New Selected Poems, including "Like Dolmens Round My Childhood, the Old People", "The Trout", "A Chosen Light", The Same Gesture", "Last Journey", "Dowager" and "Herbert Street Revisited", Oldcastle: The Gallery Press
  • Matthew Sweeney, Blue Shoes, including "to the Building Trade", and "Tube Ride to Martha's"
  • United Kingdom

  • Dannie Abse, White Coat, Purple Coat
  • Fleur Adcock (New Zealand poet who moved to England in 1963), translator, Orient Express: Poems. Grete Tartler, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
  • Simon Armitage, Zoom!
  • Dermot Bolger, Leinster Street Ghosts, Irish poet published in the United Kingdom
  • Gillian Clarke, Letting in the Rumour
  • Donald Davie, To Scorch or Freeze
  • Gavin Ewart, Penultimate Poems
  • James Fenton, Manila Envelope, self-published book of poems
  • Roy Fuller, Available for Dreams
  • Alasdair Gray, Old Negatives
  • Gerald Hammond, Fleeting Things: English Poets and Poems, 1616-1660, scholarship
  • The Blasphemers' Banquet by Tony Harrison
  • Selima Hill, The Accumulation of Small Acts of Kindness
  • Ted Hughes, Wolfwatching
  • Peter Levi, Shadow and Bone
  • George MacBeth, Collected Poems 1958–1982
  • E. A. Markham, editor, Hinterland: Caribbean Poetry from the West Indies and Britain
  • Grace Nichols:
  • Editor, Poetry Jump-Up, illustrated by Michael Lewis, Penguin (Harmondsworth, England); had been published as Black Poetry in 1988 by Blackie (London, England)
  • Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman, and Other Poems, Virago Press (London, England); published in 1990 by Random House (New York)
  • Sean O'Brien, Boundary Beach (Ulsterman Publications)
  • Fiona Pitt-Kethley, The Perfect Man
  • Peter Porter, Possible Worlds
  • Pauline Prior-Pitt, Waiting Women
  • J. H. Prynne, Word Order
  • Peter Reading, Perduta Gente
  • Vernon Scannell, Soldiering On
  • Iain Crichton Smith, 'The Village, and Other Poems
  • Charles Tomlinson, Annunciations
  • Hugo Williams, Selected Poems, Oxford University Press
  • United States

  • Joseph Payne Brennan, Look Back On Laurel Hills (Jwindz Publishing/Dwayne H. Olsen)
  • Raymond Carver, A New Path To The Waterfall
  • Henri Cole, The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge
  • Ed Dorn, Abhorrences, Black Sparrow Press
  • Rita Dove, Grace Notes
  • W. S. Merwin and Soiku Shigematsu, translators, Sun at Midnight, poems by Musō Soseki
  • Molly Peacock, Take Heart
  • Charles Reznikoff, Poems 1918-1975: The Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff, edited by Seamus Cooney (Black Sparrow Press)
  • Michael Ryan, God Hunger, Viking Penguin
  • Mary Jo Salter, Unfinished Painting, Knopf
  • Anthologies in the United States

  • N. Baym, et all, editors, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, two volumes, third edition
  • Eugene England and Dennis Clark, editors, Harvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems, 328 pages. Signature Books, ISBN 978-0-941214-80-3.
  • M. Honey, editors, Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
  • M. Harris and K. Aguero, editors, An Ear to the Ground
  • Poets included in The Best American Poetry 1989

    Poems by these 75 poets were included in The Best American Poetry 1989, edited by David Lehman, with Donald Hall, guest editor:

    Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

  • Frederick Feirstein, editor, Expansive Poetry, various essays on the New Formalism and the related movement New Narrative, under the umbrella term "Expansive Poetry"
  • Michele Leggott, Reading Zukofsky's 80 Flowers, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (New Zealand writer; book published in the United States)
  • A. Shucard, Modern American Poetry 1865-1950
  • M. Davidson, The San Francisco Renaissance
  • W. Kalaidjian, Languages of Liberation: The Social Text in Contemporary American Poetry
  • Other in English

  • Norman Simms, Who's Writing and Why in the South Pacific, scholarship, New Zealand
  • Works published in other languages

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

    Arabic language

  • Nizar Qabbani, Syrian;
  • A Match in My Hand
  • Petty Paper Nations
  • No Victor Other Than Love
  • Denmark

  • Inger Christensen, Denmark:
  • Digt om døden ("Poem on Death")
  • Lys og Græs ("Light and Grass")
  • Klaus Høeck, Heptameron, publisher: Gyldendal; Denmark
  • French language

  • Claude Esteban, Elégie de la mort violente, Flammarion; France
  • Abdellatif Laabi, translator, Plus rares sont les roses, translated from the original Arabic of Mahmoud Darwich into French; Paris: Éditions de Minuit
  • Jean Royer, Introduction à la poésie québécoise: Les poètes et les œuvres des origines à nos jours, Montréal: BQ; Canada
  • Hungary

  • György Petri, Ami kimaradt
  • György Petri, Valahol megvan
  • India

    Listed in alphabetical order by first name:

  • Anamika, Samay Ke Shahar Mein, Delhi: Parag Publications; Hindi-language
  • Dileep Jhaveri, Pandukavyo ane Itar, Gujarati-language [2]
  • Gagan Gill, Ek Din Lautegi Laraki, New Delhi: Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi, 1989, Bharatiya Jnanpith; Hindi-language
  • Nirendranath Chakravarti, Jongole Ek Unmadini, Kolkata: Ananda Publishers; Bengali-language
  • Poland

  • Juliusz Erazm Bolek, Prywatne zagrożenie
  • Tymoteusz Karpowicz, Rozwiązywanie przestrzeni. Poemat polifoniczny ("Dissolving Space – A Polyphonic Poem")
  • Wisława Szymborska: Poezje: Poems, bilingual Polish-English edition
  • Spain

  • Matilde Camus:
  • Santander en mi sentir ("Santander in my heart")
  • Sin alcanzar la luz ("Without reaching the Light")
  • Other languages

  • Christoph Buchwald, general editor, and Rolf Haufs, guest editor, Luchterhand Jahrbuch der Lyrik 1989/90 ("Poetry Yearbook 1989/90"), publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag; anthology; West Germany
  • Alexander Mezhirov, Russia, Soviet Union:
  • Бормотуха ("Bormotuha")
  • Стихотворения ("Poems")
  • Vladimir Vysotsky, Poėzii͡a i proza ("Poems and prose"), Russia songwriter and poet, Soviet Union
  • Yu Jian, Shi liushi shou China
  • Australia

  • C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Gwen Harwood, Bone Scan
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: John Tranter, Under Berlin
  • Mary Gilmore Prize: Alex Skovron, The Re-arrangement
  • Canada

  • Gerald Lampert Award
  • Archibald Lampman Award
  • See 1989 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
  • Pat Lowther Award
  • Prix Alain-Grandbois
  • New Zealand

  • Jenny Bornholdt, Moving House
  • Lauris Edmond, Hot October, autobiography
  • Kendrick Smithyman, Selected Poems, edited by Peter Simpson, Auckland: Auckland University Press, New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

  • Cholmondeley Award: Peter Didsbury, Douglas Dunn, E.J. Scovell
  • Eric Gregory Award: Gerard Woodward, David Morley, Katrina Porteous, Paul Henry
  • Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Allen Curnow
  • United States

  • Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Nancy Vieira Couto, The Face in the Water
  • Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Anthony Hecht
  • AML Award for poetry Susan Elizabeth Howe for "Things in the Night Sky"
  • Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry: Jorie Graham, "Spring"
  • Frost Medal: Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Lannan Literary Award for Poetry: Cid Corman, George Evans and Peter Levitt
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Richard Wilbur: New and Collected Poems
  • Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize: Mona Van Duyn
  • Whiting Awards: Russell Edson, Mary Karr, C.D. Wright
  • William Carlos Williams Award: Diane Wakoski, Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987
  • Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Richard Howard
  • Births

  • June 21 – Jackie Hill-Perry, born Jackie Hill, American poet and hip hop artist
  • Deaths

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

  • January 4 – Srikrishna Alanahalli, 41 (born 1947), Indian Kannada-language novelist and poet
  • January 13 – Sterling Allen Brown, 87 (born 1901), African-American poet, teacher and writer on folklore and of literary criticism
  • January 22 – M. Govindan, 69 (born 1919), Indian, Malayalam-language poet
  • February 28 – Richard Armour, 82, American poet and writer, of Parkinson's disease
  • May 14 – Bhupi Sherchan, 53 (born 1935) Nepali poet
  • June 19 – Betti Alver, 82 (born 1906), Estonian poet
  • August 25 – Hans Børli, 70, Norwegian poet, novelist, and writer
  • September 15 – Robert Penn Warren (born 1905), poet and writer, former U.S. Poet Laureate, of cancer
  • October 12 – N. V. Krishna Warrier, 78 (born 1911), Indian, Malayalam-language poet, critic and scholar, introduced new types of long narrative poems and satires, editor of weekly Mathrubhumi, director of Kerala Bhasa Institute
  • October 24 – Doris Huestis Speirs (born 1894), Canadian painter, ornithologist and poet
  • December 4 – May Swenson, American poet and playwright
  • December 22 – Samuel Beckett, Irish poet, playwright and novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1969
  • References

    1989 in poetry Wikipedia

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