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Penguin Modern Poets was a series of 28 poetry books published by Penguin Books in the 1960s and 1970s, each containing work by three contemporary poets (mostly but not exclusively British and American). The series was begun in 1962 and published an average of two volumes per year throughout the 1960s. Each volume was stated to be "an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader". The series added up to a substantial survey of English-language poetry of the time.

Penguin Modern Poets was the first venture on the part of Penguin Books to offer contemporary poetry. Although at the time, most poetry was published in expensive hardbound editions, Penguin Modern Poets offered the public samplers of modern verse in inexpensive paperbacks. No. 27, the last of the original series, appeared in 1979.

The outstanding success of the series was No. 10, which, unlike the others, had its own title (The Mersey Sound) and which, with sales of over 500,000, has become one of the best-selling poetry anthologies ever.

A second Penguin Modern Poets series, of at least thirteen volumes on the same pattern, was launched in the 1990s.

Penguin Modern Poets (first series)

  1. Lawrence Durrell, Elizabeth Jennings, R. S. Thomas1962
  2. Kingsley Amis, Dom Moraes, Peter Porter1962
  3. George Barker, Martin Bell, Charles Causley
  4. David Holbrook, Christopher Middleton, David Wevill
  5. Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg
  6. George MacBeth, Edward Lucie-Smith, Jack Clemo
  7. Richard Murphy, Jon Silkin, Nathaniel Tarn
  8. Edwin Brock, Geoffrey Hill, Stevie Smith
  9. Denise Levertov, Kenneth Rexroth, William Carlos Williams
  10. Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, Brian Patten (entitled: The Mersey Sound)
  11. D. M. Black, Peter Redgrove, D. M. Thomas
  12. Alan Jackson, Jeff Nuttall, William Wantling
  13. Charles Bukowski, Philip Lamantia, Harold Norse
  14. Alan Brownjohn, Michael Hamburger, Charles Tomlinson
  15. Alan Bold, Edward Brathwaite, Edwin Morgan
  16. Jack Beeching, Harry Guest, Matthew Mead
  17. W. S. Graham, Kathleen Raine, David Gascoyne
  18. A. Alvarez, Roy Fuller, Anthony Thwaite
  19. John Ashbery, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth
  20. John Heath-Stubbs, F. T. Prince, Stephen Spender
  21. George Mackay Brown, Norman MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith
  22. John Fuller, Peter Levi, Adrian Mitchell
  23. Geoffrey Grigson, Edwin Muir, Adrian Stokes
  24. Kenward Elmslie, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler
  25. Gavin Ewart, Zulfikar Ghose, B. S. Johnson1975
  26. Dannie Abse, D.J. Enright, Michael Longley
  27. John Ormond, Emyr Humphrys, John Tripp

Penguin Modern Poets (second series)

  1. James Fenton, Blake Morrison, Kit Wright
  2. Carol Ann Duffy, Vicki Feaver, Eavan Boland
  3. Glyn Maxwell, Mick Imlah, Peter Reading1995
  4. Liz Lochhead, Roger McGough, Sharon Olds1995
  5. Simon Armitage, Sean O'Brien, Tony Harrison
  6. U. A. Fanthorpe, Elma Mitchell, Charles Causley
  7. Donald Davie, Samuel Menashe, Allen Curnow
  8. Jackie Kay, Merle Collins, Grace Nichols
  9. John Burnside, Robert Crawford, Kathleen Jamie
  10. Douglas Oliver, Denise Riley, Iain Sinclair
  11. Michael Donaghy, Andrew Motion, Hugo Williams1997
  12. Helen Dunmore, Jo Shapcott, Matthew Sweeney
  13. Michael Hoffman, Michael Longley, Robin Robertson





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