This is Edwin Morgan's "Archives." It's my favorite of the "simple" typewritten concrete poems in the from anthology of concretism, edited by Eugene Wildman (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1969):
We underestimate what a big breakthrough it was when Jerome Rothenberg in 1972 (one could say this was the height of the American Indian Movement — just to take that cut on the tiWe un
Robert Grenier (in Phantom Anthems, 1986) wrote what I think is an absolutely brilliant response to and satire of William Carlos Williams. Here it is:Butfor William Carlos Williamsthe young plum treelike a martiniwith new greenleaves how metricallikely & con-versant it wouldhave been today towrite a true imagist poem
In the early 90s I taught my class on the literature and culture of the 1950s.
September 24, 2007