Inside the Outside – An Anthology of Avant-Garde American Poets

Inside the Outside – An Anthology of Avant-Garde American Poets


Edited by Roseanne Ritzema
Perfectbound paperback, ISBN:  978-0-9772524-1-8, 304 pgs., $29.95

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Powerful, touching, innovative & humorous, this book illustrates the underground poetry scene to take the reader inside the outside of contemporary American poetry.  Includes: Kirby Congdon, Hugh Fox, Stanley Nelson, Harry Smith, Richard Kostelanetz, A. D. Winans, Lyn Lifshin, Eric Greinke, Lynne Savitt, Doug Holder, John Keene, Mark Sonnenfeld, and Richard Morris.

Inside The Outside dares to break with poetry conventions and attempt eye-catching formats, and some poems delve into serious and mature subject matters concerning human sexuality, violence and modern social problems.  A ‘must-read’ for its truly innovative poetry.”                                                                                                                – Midwest Book Review

“The publication of INSIDE THE OUTSIDE is a timely tribute to the many fine poets who are unaccountably outside the radar of the large trade houses. This kind of innovative book is evidence to the literary world that America’s poetry is fresh, powerful and above all readable. Its editors deserve kudos for their taste and industry.”                   – Leslie H. Whitten Jr.

Inside The Outside is a remarkable undertaking.  This is a collection filled with fine examples of experimental verse.  I recommend this collection for all collectors of contemporary American poetry.”                                 – Rattlesnake Review

“Poets, librarians, collectors, teachers, take note. This book is a prime source.  It represents the diversity, power, & anguish of avant-garde American poetry from the 60s onward.  Generations to come will use it to learn how writing was lived before the mundane media-centric days of virtual reality.”                                                                                                    –Small Press Review