Michael Benedikt : Early Books of Poetry

THE BODY (Wesleyan, l968) and SKY (Wesleyan, l970)

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  of Benedikt in Garden, l998

[Photo of Benedikt, l998. Click for Bio. Info]

Site Contents
Poems appear in l998/9 versions. Others scheduled for later in 2000.

I. Selections from THE BODY

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(Includes lyrical & narrative poems, as well as poems in some unusual genres, from this Surrealism-influenced first book by a much-published contemporary US Poet)

II. Selections for All-Hallows Eve '99 from THE BODY and SKY

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(About. com Featured Site Award for Halloween '99)

III. Thematic Index to THE BODY and SKY

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(Subject-Index to both of Benedikt's first 2 books intended as an aid to scholars--including Undergraduate or Graduate students writing theses; & also to perhaps somewhat inadvertent scholars--such as High-School & other students writing modern poetry term-papers. Accompanying notes to scholarly resource gives a "quick take" on topics in both books. Thematic Index includes small graphics of Body and Sky book-jackets)

Brief Benedikt Bibliography

(Complete bio. in Who's Who in The World, WW America, WW East, WW Entertainment)

Michael Benedikt has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Badminton at Great Barrington; or, Gustave Mahler & The Chattanooga Choo-Choo, a book about the joys and sorrows of love (University of Pittsburgh Press, l980). His first four collections, Night Cries (prose poems, l976); Mole Notes (prose poems, l971); Sky (l970); and The Body (l968), were published by Wesleyan University Press.

Anthologies of poetry under his editorship include the landmark anthologies The Prose Poem: An International Anthology (Dell/Laurel, l976); and The Poetry of Surrealism (Little Brown, l974). He has also edited four anthologies of plays, including three volumes of plays from "The Theater of The Absurd" co-edited with theater critic George E. Wellwarth: Modern French Theatre: The Avant-Garde, Dada, & Surrealism (E.P. Dutton, l964); Post-War German Theatre (Dutton, l967); & Modern Spanish Theatre (Dutton, l969). He is the editor of Theatre Experiment: American Plays (Doubleday, l967).

Benedikt is a former Associate Editor of Art News and Art International. Affiliated in the early l960's with senior poets of "The New York School," some of whom were poet-art critics, he was briefly Managing Editor for the first New York School literary magazine, Locus Solus. Selections from his art criticism appear in The Grand Eccentrics: 19th-Century French Symbolist Painters, ed. John Ashbery and Thomas Hess (Collier Books, 1971); and also in the anthology Minimalist Art, ed. Gregory Battcock (E.P. Dutton, l968). A former Poetry Editor of The Paris Review, his editorial selections are represented in The Paris Review Anthology, ed. George A. Plimpton (Norton, l990). He is currently Contributing Ed. for American Poetry Review and The Prose Poem: An International Journal.

His own work appears in 60+ anthologies of US/British poetry. His recent, l990's poetry has been published in New York Quarterly, Agni, Iowa Review, Jerusalem Review, Lips, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Republic, Partisan Review; and The Paris Review--most recently in the summer '99 issue (#151). Grants and awards for his poetry have included an NEA Fellowship, a NY State Council On The Arts Grant, and a Guggenheim Grant.

Benedikt taught in '60's & '70's as Visiting Professor in the English & Creative Writing Departments at Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, and Vassar Colleges; and at Boston University. He has also given hundreds of readings from his verse / prose poems around the USA, including a videotaped "Mini-Retrospective" given in l986, at invitation of The Library of Congress.

His poems have been praised by writers as diverse as James Dickey and Erica Jong.
He lives in Manhattan, New York City. Email at benedit1@aol.com

Photo of Michael Benedikt by Laura Boss

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Other Benedikt Books Represented On The Web

External Links re Benedikt's fourth book of   poetry, NIGHT CRIES
Prose Poems
Brief Prose Poems

External Link re Benedikt's fifth & most recent book of poetry
The Badminton at Great Barrington

External Link re a Benedikt manuscript-in-progress
The Thesaurus & Other New Verse

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