Black Mountain Poets

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  • James Maynard (SUNY, Buffalo State)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

ORIGIN and the BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW: what other solid ground was there in the last decade?
Paul Blackburn, “The Grinding Down” (1963)

The Black Mountain poets emerged in the 1950s as a group of writers associated with Black Mountain College in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Although a number of poets are sometimes designated as members of the group, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov are usually recognized as the central Black Mountain figures on the basis of their shared concerns, certain affinities in their writings and the depth of their relationships with one another. There is some question regarding exactly which poets should be included in the group, a…

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Maynard, James. "Black Mountain Poets". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2006
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