Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA: Symposium Press, 1984. Produced at the Institute for the Book Arts, University of Alabama, designed by Gabriel Rummonds, text handset in Monotype Van Dijck, printed on Mohawk Superfine, 31.3 x 20.5 cm, 54 pages plus Colophon. Poems by participants in the 11th Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature: What is a Poet? Edited by Hank Lazer; two poems by each poet (Charles Bernstein, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, Louis Simpson and Gerald Stern) with brief biographies of each poet. Bound in green soft cover. Fine. Item #274
This limited first edition of 275 copies collects 10 poems by five poets, all with international reputations and either American-born or whose writing careers were largely spent in the United States. Each poet is represented by two poems. The poets are Charles Bernstein (born 1950), David Ignatow (1914-1997), Denise Levertov (1923-1997), Louis Simpson (1923-2012) and Gerald Stern (born 1925). Levertov was born in England and in her mid-twenties married an American writer while Simpson was born in Jamaica to Scottish and Russian parents; both poets later enjoyed notable success as American poets.