I strongly support Salt Publishing and its current struggle to stay afloat (see the Just One Book campaign in blogs and elsewhere). One unexpected consequence for me of the appeal has been finding a ‘Selected’ by Anselm Hollo in the Salt list. I ordered it immediately, along with two other Salt titles, and I’m looking forward to reading it (and the others of course).
I first read Hollo’s poetry in the pages of Evergreen Review and Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. back in the 1960’s. His poetry at that time was fresh, original, sometimes humorous in an off-beat way, and clearly a product of a European outlook. He’s from Finland originally, but made his home in America in the late 1960’s. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado. In the 60s he was a poet of the underground movement (not the London subway system), and he’s represented in the Children of Albion anthology Michael Horowitz put together. If memory serves me, he took part in the Albert Hall reading with Ginsberg, Pete Brown, Adrian Mitchell et al, though I can’t remember if he’s in the film.
P.O.T.H. was edited by Ian Hamilton Finlay, and was one of the formative influences on my poetry reading. It was resolutely internationalist, at a time when Scottish writing seemed to me to have too narrow a focus. It was here that I first encountered Cid Corman, Lorine Niedecker, and the young Edwin Morgan.