1977 in poetry

in?=in poetry
in2?=in literature
cp=19th century
c=20th century
cf=21st century



* British publication "Gay News" successfully prosecuted in the United Kingdom for blasphemy and libel for publishing James Kirkup's "The Love that Dares to Speak its Name"
* Poet Sarah Kirsch leaves her native East Germany for the West.
* In Israeli the literary journal "Keshet" goes defunct, while "Itton" and "Proza" are founded.

Works published in English


* Roo Borson, "Landfall", ISBN 0-920110-32-0 American-Canadian
* Leonard Cohen, "Death of a Ladies' Man"
* Earle Birney:
** "Alphabeings and Other Seasyours"
** "The Damnation of Vancouver", a satire on the modern city
** "Ghost in the Wheels", selected poems 1920-1976
* Pat Lowther, "A Stone Diary"
* Ray Souster, "Extra Innings"
* George Woodcock, "Anima, or, Swann Grown Old. A Cycle of Poems by George Woodcock", Windsor, Ontario: Black Moss Press, Canada [ [http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/anarchist_Archives/bright/woodcock/woodbiblio.html Web page titled "The Works of George Woodcock"] at the Anarchy Archives website, which states: "This list is based on The Record of George Woodcock (issued for his eightieth birthday) and Ivan Avakumovic's bibliography in A Political Art: Essays and Images in Honour of George Woodcock, edited by W.H. New, 1978, with additions to bring it up to date"; accessed April 24, 2008]

New Zealand

* Bill Manhire, "How to Take Off Your Clothes at the Picnic"
* Lauris Edmond, "The Pear Tree: Poems " [Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, "The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature", 1998, "Lauris Edmond" article]
* R. Ensing, editor, "Private Gardens", anthology of New Zealand women poetsPreminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "Anthologies" section, p 837]
* Kendrick Smithyman, "Dwarf with a Billiard Cue", Auckland: Auckland University Press and Oxford University Press
* Ian Wedde, "Spells for Coming Out", New Zealand

=United Kingdom=

* Edward Braithwaite, "Mother Poem"
* Joseph Brodsky: "Poems and Translations", Keele: University of Keele [http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1987/brodsky-bibl.html] Web page titled "Joseph Brodsky / Nobel Prize in Literature 1987 / Bibliography" at the "Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation", accessed October 18, 2007] Russian-American (but published in the United Kingdom; see United States section for a book published there)
* Donald Davies, "To Scorch or Freeze"
* Elaine Feinstein:
** "Some Unease and Angels", Hutchinson
** "Selected Poems", University Center, Michigan, Green River Press
* Michael Hamburger, "Real Estate"
* Ted Hughes, "Gaudete", derived from an abandoned film scenario, the book has elements of a poetic novel, narrative poem and verse play
* R.S. Thomas, "The Way of It"

United States

* A.R. Ammons:
** "Highgate Road"
** "The Selected Poems: 1951-1977"
** "The Snow Poems"
* John Ashbery, "Houseboat Days"
* Ted Berrigan:
** "Clear The Range"
** "Nothing For You"
* John Berryman, "Henry's Fate and Other Poems, 1967-1972", with 45 previously unpublished "Dream Songs" (posthumous)
* Frank Bidart, "The Book of the Body"
* Elizabeth Bishop, "Geography III", which includes "In the Waiting Room," "The Moose," and the villanelle, "One Art"
* Joseph Brodsky: "A Part of Speech" [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F07E6DE1039F93AA15752C0A960958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=print] McFadden, Robert D., "Joseph Brodsky, Exiled Poet Who Won Nobel, Dies at 55", obituary, The New York Times", January 29, 1996, accessed October 18, 2007] Russian-American (see United Kingdom section for a book published there)
* Robert Bly, "This Body is Made of Camphor and Gopherwood"
* Billy Collins, "Pokerface"
* Frank Belknap Long, "In Mayan Splendor"
* Michael S. Harper, "Images of Kin" (1977), won the Melville-Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America; nominated for the National Book Award [http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/277 Web page titled "Michael S. Harper"] at the Academy of American poets website, accessed April 23, 2008]
* Robert Lowell, "Day by Day"
* Michael Palmer, "Without Music" (Black Sparrow Press)
* Carl Rakosi, "My Experience in Parnassus"
* Charles Reznikoff, "Poems 1937-1975" (published posthumously)


* Robert Adamson "Cross The Border" Australia
* Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: "The Second Voyage", Dublin: The Gallery Press, IrelandWeb page titled [http://www.gallerypress.com/Authors/ENchuilleanain/enchuill.html "Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin"] at The Gallery Press website, accessed May 4, 2008]
* Samuel Beckett, "Collected Poems in English and French"
* Les Murray, "Ethnic Radio", Angus & Robertson [http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=216] Les Murray Web page at The Poetry Archive Web site, accessed October 15, 2007]
* John Tranter, "Crying in Early Infancy: 100 Sonnets", Makar Press

Works published in other languages


* Vita Andersen, "Tryghedsnarkomaner"
* Jørgen Gustava Brandt, "Ophold"
* Vagn Lundbye, "Digte 1977"
* Jess Ornsbo, "Digte uden arbejde"
* Charlotte Strandgaard, "Naesten kun om kaerlighed"

French language


* Georges Pérec, "Alphabets"
* Jacques Roubaud, "Autobiographie, chapitre dix"


* Denise Boucher and Madeleine Gagnon, "Retailles"
* Claude Gavreau, "Ouvres créatrices complètes" (posthumous)
* Michel Leclerc, "La Traversée du réel"

German language

East Germany

* Sarah Kirsch, "Rückenwind", love poems
* Paul Günter Krohn, "Alle meine Namen"

West Germany

* Herbert Asmodi, "Jokers Farewell"
* Gotthard de Beauclair, "Zeit, Überzeit"
* Rolf Haufs, "Die Geschwindigkeit eines einzigen Tages"
* Karl Krowlow, "Der Einfachheit halber"
* Norbert Mecklenburg, "Naturlyrik und Gesellschaft" Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta (scholarship)Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "German Poetry" article, "Criticism in German" section, p 474]


* Nathan Alterman, a posthumous book of poemsThis is as specific as "The Britannica Book of the Year 1978", the source, gets; the book, published in 1978, covers events in 1977, "Literature" article, page 511]
* O. Bernstein, a book of poems
* Simon Halkin, a book of the collected poems and works
* Hurvitz, a book of poems
* Shimshon Meltzer, a book of the collected poems and works
* Gabriel Preil, a book of poems
* Dalia Ravikovitch, a book of poems
* Yonothan Ratosh, a book of poems
* Shin Shalom, a book of poems
* Y. Wallach, a book of collected poems
* Mier Wieseltier, a book of poems
* Avot Yeshurun, a book of poems
* Zussman, a posthumous book of poems


* Bartolo Cattafi, "Marzo e le sue idi"
* Giovanni Guidici, "Il male de creditori"
* Tommaso Landolfi, "Il tradimento"
* Eugenio Montale, "Quaderno di quattro anni"
* Maria Luisa Spaziani, "Transito con catene"


* Hans Børli, "Vinden ser aldri pa veviserne"
* Jan Magnus Bruheim, "Lyrespelaren"
* Gunvor Hofmo, "Hva fanger natten"
* Peter R. Holm, "I disse bilder"
* Stein Mehren, "Det trettende stjernebilde"
* Sigmund Skard, "Ord mot mørkret"
* Helge Vatsend, "Livets bok"

Portuguese language


* Herberto Helder, "Cobra"
* António Ramos Rosa, "Boca Incompleta"
* Sophia Andresen, "O Nome das Coisas"
* Fiama Brandão, "Homenagem à Literatura"
* Liberto Cruz, "Distància"
* Vitorino Nemésio, "Sapateia Açoriana"


* Carlos Nejar, "Árvore do mundo"
* Décio Pignatari
** "Poesia / Pois é / Poesia" (poems)
** "Comunicacao poética" (critical theory about poetry)
* Murilo Mendes, a posthumous collection of poems edited by João Cabral de Melo Neto, with a study by José Guilherme Merquior


* Arkadi Kuleshov, a book of poems
* Valentin Sorokin, a book of poems
* Stepan Shchipachev, a book of poems
* Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, "Prussian Nights", narrative poem, much of which was composed in his head when he was in concentration camps
* Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a book of poems
* " [L] esser-known poets who attracted attention":
** Konstantin Vanshenkin
** Bella Akhmadulina
** Anatoly Zhigulin
** Rimma Kazakova
** Viktor Bokov
** Maya Borisova
** Stanslav Zlotsev

panish language


* Francisco Brines, "Insistencia en Luzbel"
* Matilde Camus, "Cancionero de Liébana" ("Collection of verse of Liebana")
* José María Valverde, "Ser de palabra"

=Latin America=

* Antonio Cisneros, "el libro de dios y de los húngaros" (Peru)
* Jaime Sabines, "Nuevo recuento de poemas" (Mexico)
* Efraín Huerta, "Circuito interior" (Mexico)
* David Huerta, "Cuadernos de noviembre" (Mexico)


* David Hofshteyn, a two-volume selection of poems
* Josl Lerner, "Till Dawn Breaks", partly written in a German-Romanian death camp during World War II
* Chaim Maltinsky, "My Mother's Resemblance"
* Hirsh Osherovitch, "Song in a Labyrinth"
* Shloyme Roitman, "My Israel Shofar"
* Efraim Roitman, "The Earth Sings"
* Motl Saktzier, "With a Burned Pencil", about his experiences in Soviet gulags
* M.M. Shaffir, "Words of Endearment"
* Avrom Sutzkever, "Poems from My Diary"
* Rajzel Zychlinska, "The Sun of November"


* Chen Yi, "Selected Poems" (China)
* Odysseus Elytis, "Signalbook (Σηματολόγιον)" (Greece)
* Gozo Yoshimasu, "river, Written in Cursive Characters" (Japan)
* Lars Gustafsson, "Sonetter" (Sweden)
* Per E. Rundquist, "Men störst av allt är kärleken till vem" (Sweden)
* Wen Wu-pin, "Battle Songs of Tachai" (China)
* Yasuo Irisawa, "Moon and Other Poems" (Japan)

Awards and honors

* Nobel Prize in Literature: Vicente Aleixandre (Spain)


* 1977 Governor General's Awards

=United Kingdom=

* Eric Gregory Award: Tony Flynn, Michael Vince, David Cooke, Douglas Marshall, Melissa Murray
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Norman Nicholson

United States

* Bollingen Prize: David Ignatow
* National Book Award for Poetry: Richard Eberhart, "Collected Poems, 1930-1976"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: James Merrill, "Divine Comedies"
* Walt Whitman Award: Lauren Shakely, "Guilty Bystander"
* Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets: Louis Coxe


* April 11 — John Most, American


* April 11 — Jacques Prévert, French
* September 12 — Robert Lowell, 60, American, from a heart attack;
* December 18 — Louis Untermeyer, 92, American author, poet, anthologist, and editor
* December 30 — Katherine C. Biddle, 87
* Date not known:
** Elizabeth Daryush, English
** Gitaujali Badruddin


* "Britannica Book of the Year 1978" ("for events of 1977"), published by "Encyclopaedia Britannica" 1978 (source of many items in "Works published" section and rarely in other sections)

ee also

* Poetry
* List of poetry awards
* List of years in poetry

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