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Buy It Now. Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information This landmark book, together with its accompanying CD, captures the heady excitement of the vibrant, irreverent poetry scene of New York's Lower East Side in the s.

Drawing from personal interviews with many of the participants, from unpublished letters, and from rare sound recordings, Daniel Kane brings together for the first time the people, political events, and poetic roots that coalesced into a highly influential community. Mark's Church, a vital forum for poets to this day, Kane traces the history of this literary renaissance, showing how it was born from a culture of publicly performed poetry.

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The Lower East Side in the sixties proved foundational in American verse culture, a defining era for the artistic and political avant-garde. Kane shows that the significance for literary history of this loosely defined community of poets and artists lies in part in its reclaiming an orally centered poetic tradition, adapted specifically to open up the possibilities for an aesthetically daring, playful poetics and a politics of joy and resistance.


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    Community through Poetry 2. Umbra was the first post- civil rights Black literary group to make an impact as radical in the sense of establishing their own voice distinct from, and sometimes at odds with, the prevailing white literary establishment. The attempt to merge a Black-oriented activist thrust with a primarily artistic orientation produced a classic split in Umbra between those who wanted to be activists and those who thought of themselves as primarily writers, though to some extent all members shared both views.

    Black writers have always had to face the issue of whether their work was primarily political or aesthetic. Moreover, Umbra itself had evolved out of similar circumstances: in a Black nationalist literary organization, On Guard for Freedom , had been founded on the Lower East Side by Calvin Hicks. On Guard was active in a famous protest at the United Nations of the American-sponsored Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion and was active in support of the Congolese liberation leader Patrice Lumumba.

    All poets welcome : the Lower East Side poetry scene in the 1960s

    The Umbra collective produced Umbra Magazine , which grew out of Friday-night workshops, meetings, and readings on Manhattan's Lower East Side in summer , "and out of the need expressed for it at those meetings". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.