1987 in poetry

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Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

List of years in poetry (table)
In literature


  • April – First issue of o•blék: a journal of language arts (pronounced "oblique") is published, founded by Peter Gizzi who co-edits it with Connell McGrath. The magazine stops publishing in 1993.
  • October 16 – Charles Bukowski, fictionalised as alter ego Henry Chinaski, becomes the subject of the film Barfly starring Mickey Rourke released today.
  • October – Tony Harrison's poem "V" is broadcast in a filmed version on Channel 4 television in the United Kingdom.
  • Joseph Brodsky, a Russian exile who has become a United States citizen, resigns his membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in protest over the honorary membership of the Russian poet Evgenii Evtushenko, regarded by Brodsky as a Soviet "yes man".
  • Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's Requiem, an elegy about suffering of Soviet people under the Great Purge, composed 1935–61 and first published in the West in 1963, is first openly published complete in book form in the Soviet Union.
  • In his 'Notes on the New Formalism', Dana Gioia writes: "the real issues presented by American poetry in the Eighties will become clearer: the debasement of poetic language; the prolixity of the lyric; the bankruptcy of the confessional mode; the inability to establish a meaningful aesthetic for new poetic narrative and the denial of a musical texture in the contemporary poem. The revival of traditional forms will be seen then as only one response to this troubling situation."[1]
  • The Dolmen Press in Portlaoise, Ireland, founded in 1951 to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry, ceases operations after the death of founder Liam Miller.[2]

Works published in English[edit]

Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:


  • Patrick Lane, Selected Poems
  • Irving Layton, Fortunate Exile. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.[3] ISBN 0-7710-4947-1.
  • Irving Layton, Final Reckoning: Poems, 1982-1986. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press.[3]
  • Dennis Lee, The Difficulty of Living on Other Planets. Toronto: Macmillan.[4]
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen, Afterworlds. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.[5] ISBN 978-0-7710-5428-0
  • Don McKay, Sanding Down the Rocking Chair on a Windy Night
  • Raymond Souster, The Eyes of Love. Ottawa: Oberon Press.[6]
  • George Woodcock:
    • Beyond the Blue Mountains, An Autobiography, Markham: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Canada[7]
    • Northern Spring: The Flowering of Canadian Literature, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, scholarship[7][8]

India, in English[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

Anthologies in New Zealand[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Other in English[edit]

Works published in other languages[edit]


French language[edit]

Canada, in French[edit]

  • Jean Royer:
    • Depuis l'amour: Poème, Montréal: l'Hexagone / Paris: La Table rase[25]
    • Le Québec en poésie, Saint-Laurent: Lacombe[25]
    • La poésie québécoise contemporaine (anthologie), Montréal: l'Hexagone/Paris: La Découverte; anthology[25]



Listed in alphabetical order by first name:

Other languages[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]



United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]



Grave of Czech poet Ladislav Stehlík.

Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Hudson Review (40, 3, 1987)
  2. ^ [1] Web page titled "Dolmen Press Collection" at the Wake Forest University Web site, accessed October 20, 2007
  3. ^ a b "Irving Layton: Publications," Canadian Poetry Online, Web, May 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dennis Lee: Publications," Canadian Poetry Online, UToronto.ca, Web, Apr. 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Gwendolyn MacEwen," Canadian Women Poets, BrockU.ca, Web, Apr. 22, 2001.
  6. ^ "Notes on Life and Works Archived 2011-08-17 at the Wayback Machine," Selected Poetry of Raymond Souster, Representative Poetry Online, UToronto.ca, Web, May 7, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Web page titled "The Works of George Woodcock" at the Anarchy Archives website, which states: "This list is based on The Record of George Woodcock (issued for his eightieth birthday) and Ivan Avakumovic's bibliography in A Political Art: Essays and Images in Honour of George Woodcock, edited by W.H. New, 1978, with additions to bring it up to date"; accessed April 24, 2008
  8. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "Canadian Poetry" article, English "Anthologies" section, p 164
  9. ^ Web page titled "Keki Daruwalla" Archived 2010-01-31 at the Wayback Machine, Poetry International website, retrieved July 12, 2010
  10. ^ Mehrotra, Arvind Krishna, editor, A History of Indian literature in English, p 250, Columbia University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-231-12810-X, retrieved July 18, 2010
  11. ^ Purnima Mehta, "16. Jayanta Mahapatra: A Silence-bound Pilgrim", pp 184-185, in Indian English Poetry: Critical Perspectives, edited by Jaydipsinh Dodiya, 2000, Delhi: Prabhat Kumar Sharma for Sarup & Sons, ISBN 81-7625-111-9, retrieved via Google Books on July 17, 2010
  12. ^ a b c d e f Crotty, Patrick, Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology, Belfast, The Blackstaff Press Ltd., 1995, ISBN 0-85640-561-2
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6
  14. ^ a b Web page titled "Fleur Adcock: New Zealand Literature File" Archived 2006-12-21 at the Wayback Machine at the University of Auckland Library website, accessed April 26, 2008
  15. ^ Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, 1998, pp. 75-76, "Janet Charman" article
  16. ^ Allen Curnow Web page at the New Zealand Book Council website, accessed April 21, 2008
  17. ^ Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, 1998, "Janet Charman" article
  18. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "Anthologies" section, p 837
  19. ^ [2] Web page titled "Books by Fenton" at the James Fenton Web site, accessed October 11, 2007
  20. ^ Porter, Joy, and Kenneth M. Roemer, The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, p 29, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-521-82283-1, retrieved February 9, 2009
  21. ^ a b "Selected Timeline of Anglophone Caribbean Poetry" in Williams, Emily Allen, Anglophone Caribbean Poetry, 1970–2001: An Annotated Bibliography, page xvii and following pages, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002, ISBN 978-0-313-31747-7, retrieved via Google Books, February 7, 2009
  22. ^ [3] Les Murray Web page at The Poetry Archive Web site, accessed October 15, 2007
  23. ^ Web page titled [stage]=5&tx_lfforfatter_pi2[uid]=115&tx_lfforfatter_pi2[lang]=_eng "Bibliography of Klaus Høeck", website of the Danish Arts Agency / Literature Centre, retrieved January 1, 2010
  24. ^ "Danish Poetry" article, pp 270-274, in Preminger, Alex and T. V. F. Brogan, et al., The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993. New York: MJF Books/Fine Communications
  25. ^ a b c Web page titled "Jean Royer" Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine at L’Académie des lettres du Québec website (in French), retrieved October 20, 2010
  26. ^ Web page titled "Chandrakant Shah" at the Poetry International website, retrieved July 8, 2010
  27. ^ Web page titled "Jayant Kaikini" Archived 2011-09-19 at the Wayback Machine at the Poetry International website, retrieved July 10, 2010
  28. ^ Web page titled "K. Satchidanandan" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Poetry International website, retrieved July 11, 2010
  29. ^ Web page title "Nirendranath Chakravarti" Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine, at the Poetry International website, retrieved July 15, 2010
  30. ^ Web page titled "Rituraj" Archived 2012-04-06 at the Wayback Machine at the "Poetry International" website, retrieved July 12, 2010
  31. ^ Web page titled "Vasant Abaji Dahake" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Poetry International website, retrieved August 2, 2010
  32. ^ Web page titled "Juliusz Erazm Bolek był gościem wczorajszego Wieczoru w "Arce" (zdjęcia)" (in Polish; Google translation: "Julius Erasmus Bolek was a guest last night in the "Ark" (photos)") at the "moja-ostroleka" website, retrieved February 19, 2010
  33. ^ Web page titled "Übersicht erschienener Jahrbücher" at Fischerverlage website, retrieved February 21, 2010
  34. ^ "Ndoc Gjetja, hera e fundit në bibliotekën publike", June 8, 2010, Telegrafi of Pristina (Google translation of Web page), retrieved June 10, 2010
  35. ^ Web pages titled "Miłosz Czesław" (both English version Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine [for translated titles] and Polish version Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine [for diacritical marks]), at the Institute Ksiazki ("Book Institute") website, "Bibliography: Poetry" section, retrieved February 26, 2010
  36. ^ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "German Poetry" article, "Anthologies in German" section, pp 473-474