Edited by Ray C. Longtin & Roseanne Ritzema
ISBN: 978-0-9888179-0-5; 132 pgs.; $20.00
Kirby Congdon: Sixty-five Years of Poetry is a bibliography of the author’s poems, prose and criticism, compiled by Ray C. Longtin and Roseanne Ritzema. Kirby Congdon has been an active participant in the independent literary scene for over half a century. Readers will discover that Congdon’s vocation as a poet was not limited to the writing of poetry. His contributions as poet, critic and philosopher have impacted the course of American literature in a number of ways. As a book reviewer alone, Congdon has helped to shape the course and direction of American poetry with his pointed feedback and literary criticism. Specific catalog entries illustrate the nature of Congdon’s keen intellect and aesthetic sensibility. His prose writings, often on controversial topics, encouraged the examination of cultural positions and values during several tumultuous decades of American history. This bibliography provides a detailed public record of one of America’s most important, independent literary post-Beat figures.