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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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Black Mountain and Associates

Black Mountain and Associates

Origin (1951–2007) and The Black Mountain Review (1954–7)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Tim Woods

Oxford University Press

The 1950s witnessed the dawn of a new era in American poetry as the activities of the Beats and other anti-establishment poets gathered steam after the end of the Second World War. This chapter examines the histories of two magazines that emerged during this period: Origin and The Black Mountain Review. Both magazines helped cement the formation of a coherent group of writers who saw themselves engaged in redirecting the trajectory of American poetry from the high ground of modernism. With the keen insight of their editors, both magazines played a major role in allowing poets like Charles Olson and Robert Duncan to formulate ‘open field’ poetics and to publish that poetics with numerous poetic examples that have subsequently emerged as the key texts of the movement by the leading poets of the generation.

Keywords:   American magazine, periodical, American poetry, poem, Beats, anti-establishment poet, modernism

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