London: Poetry Book Society, 1957-1984. First editions. 28 vols, irregular 12mos, original printed wrappers. Some occasional creases to a few numbers, otherwise fine, clean and fresh. Item #201709
The complete run up to 1984 of the Poetry Book Society's annual supplements, issued for members at year's end. Each number was specially selected from among new poems by a guest editor. Sometimes unified by a theme or idea, the supplements were usually devoted to English poets, although some Americans were also included. The 1961 number edited by W.S. Merwin was entirely devoted to American poetry, featuring works by Michael Benedikt, Ann [sic] Sexton, Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Kelly, Barbara Guest, Armand Schwerner, David Ignatow, William Stafford, James Wright, Robert Creeley, and Louis Simpson. The 1960 number selected by Donald Davie included an ealry printing of Robert Lowell's "For the Union Dead." Other poets whose works appeared in this series include: W.H. Auden, Theodore Roethke, Ted Hughes, David Jones, Laurie Lee, Stevie Smith, Thomas Kinsella, Seamus Heaney, Louise Gluck, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn, Andrew Motion, D.J. Enright, Roy Fuller, Michael Hamburger, C.H. Sisson, Paul Muldoon, George Macbeth, and many others. Offered together with this run is a group of the Poetry Book Society's annual checklists of newly published poetry, including the years 1957-1974 and 1974-1976.