Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Sullen Art
I am pretty sure I bought this at 7th St. books in New York. I put it in the anthology section of the library because it sort of seems like an addendum to the NAP anthology -- it consists of brief transcriptions of radio interviews with most of the same people -- again, mostly guys, with the exception of Levertov. I have never seen another copy of it, though I am sure they are not rare. One of the first times I ever got together with Robert Creeley, who is the poet reading on the cover, he mentioned this book to me. I don't remember in what context, probably just recalling something someone said in one of the interviews.
from The Sullen Art
from an Interview with Keneth Rexroth
They [the New American Poets] are the products of the McCarthy-Korean War period, and a period in which organized society in America was profoundly nihilistic. People talk about the "nihilistic revolt" of these writers–well, like breeds like. We lived through a period of political nihilism in high places, and it produced its opposite number, and, of course, its opposite number was very similar to itself, as is always the case in political action and reaction.