Michael Benedikt : Early Books of Poetry

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

  of Benedikt in Garden, l998

[Photo of Benedikt in Garden, l998. Photo: Laura Boss]

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I. Selections from THE BODY[*]

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Supplement: Selections made for All-Hallows Eve '98 from THE BODY and SKY [*]

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[*]  Note: All poems at this site appear in l998/9 versions. Other poems to be added later in '99.

II. Thematic Index to THE BODY and SKY

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Brief Benedikt Bibliography

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 are 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 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. 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 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).

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.

Grants and awards for his poetry include an NEA Fellowship, a NY State Council On The Arts Grant, and a Guggenheim Grant.

He has taught at Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, and Vassar Colleges; and at Boston University. He has given hundreds of readings around the USA, one of the most recent of which is a videotaped "Mini-Retrospective" given in l986, at invitation of The Library of Congress.

Benedikt's poems have been praised by writers as diverse as James Dickey and Erica Jong.
He lives in New York City.

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Other Benedikt Books Represented On The Web:
External Links re Benedikt's fourth book of  poetry, NIGHT CRIES (also given later in site)
Prose Poems
Brief Prose Poems
External Link re Benedikt's fifth & most recent book of poetry (also given later in site)
The Badminton at Great Barrington