An essential selection of one of the most important twentieth-century creative movements

 

Black Mountain College had an explosive influence on American poetry, music, art, craft, dance, and thought; it's hard to imagine any other institution that was so interdisciplinary, rebellious, utopian, and experimental. Founded with the mission of creating rounded, complete people by balancing the arts and manual labor within a democratic, nonhierarchical structure, Black Mountain was a crucible of revolutionary literature. Although this artistic haven only existed from 1933 to 1956, Black Mountain helped create and foster some of the most radical and significant midcentury American poets.

 

The editor of this anthology, Jonathan C. Creasy, begins with the well-known Black Mountain Poets--Olson, Creeley, Duncan, Levertov, and Williams--but expands the selection to