The Academy of American Poets has selected “31 groundbreaking books of poetry“; I was looking down the list and nodding (yup, the usual suspects, all good stuff but no surprises here) when I hit Of Being Numerous by George Oppen (1968). Any list that includes the unjustly neglected Oppen is worth posting about, so here ’tis. (Via Ramage.)


  1. For American work, the inclusion of Duncan is also equally surprising, and the exclusion of Reznikoff’s Testimony and Zukovsky’s A equally dismaying.

  2. True, but I try not to worry about things left out of such lists, since such there will always be.

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