1963 in poetry

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In literature

The woman is perfected.

Her dead

Body wears the smile of accomplishment...

—Opening lines of "Edge" by Sylvia Plath, written days before her suicide


"It brought together for the first time a decisive company of then disregarded poets such as Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Margaret Avison, Philip Whalen... together with as yet unrecognised younger poets of that time, Michael Palmer, Clark Coolidge and many more."[2]
  • The Belfast Group, a discussion group of poets in Northern Ireland, is started by Philip Hobsbaum when he moves to Belfast this year. Before the meetings finally end in 1972, attendees at its meetings will include Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, James Simmons, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Stewart Parker, Bernard MacLaverty and the critics Edna Longley and Michael Allen.
  • The Soviet government appears to begin removing freedoms previously granted to writers and artists in a process that began in November 1962 and continues this year. Yet the government proves uncertain and the writers persistent. In March 1963 "the gavel fell on the great debate", or so it appears, writes Harrison E. Salisbury, Moscow correspondent for The New York Times. Khrushchev announces that Soviet writers are the servants of the Communist Party and must reflect its orders. Among the authors he specifically targets are the poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Andrei Voznesensky. Yevtushenko, on a tour of European cities earlier in the year, recites before large audiences, including a capacity audience at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, and then returns home. "Literary Stalinists took over almost all the key publishing positions", Salisbury writes. Yet the artists and writers who are criticized either refuse to recant or do so in innocuous language. Alexander Tvardovsky, editor of the magazine Novy Mir, publishes three brutally frank stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for instance. By midsummer, the effects of the announced crackdown appear nil, with authors publishing essentially as before.[3] After the Union of Soviet Writers rebukes Voznesensky, he replies "with what is regarded as a classic nonconfessional confession", according to Voznesensky's 2010 obituary in the Times: "It has been said that I must not forget the strict and severe words of Nikita Sergeyevich [Khrushchev]. I will never forget them. He said 'work'. This word is my program." He continues, "What my attitude is to Communism — what I am myself — this work will show."[4]
  • Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's Requiem, an elegy about suffering of Soviet people under the Great Purge, composed 1935–61, is first published complete in book form, without her knowledge, in Munich.
  • Ukrainian writer Vasyl Symonenko's Kurds'komu bratovi is written and begins to circulate in samizdat.

Works published in EnglishEdit

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Anthologies in CanadaEdit


New ZealandEdit

  • James K. Baxter, The Ballad of the Soap Powder Lock-Out, a light-hearted work written by a poet who was at this time a postal worker in New Zealand, in connection with a postal workers’ protest against delivering heavy samples of soap powder
  • Alistair Campbell, Sanctuary of Spirits
  • Keith Sinclair, A Time to Embrace

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United StatesEdit

Other in EnglishEdit

Works published in other languagesEdit

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



French languageEdit

Canada, in FrenchEdit





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Spanish languageEdit

Latin AmericaEdit




Awards and honorsEdit

United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit



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

See alsoEdit


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