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Poetry and performance: the Mersey poets, the international poetry incarnation and performance poetry

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Publication date31/12/2015
Host publicationThe Cambridge companion to British poetry since 1945
EditorsEdward Larissy
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (print)9781107462847
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Literature
PublisherCambridge University Press


In this chapter I look at the emergence of countercultural performance poetry in Britain in the 1960s. The chapter introduces the poetry performance and its main characteristics. I then engage in greater detail with the work of the Mersey Poets during the 1960s as part of a countercultural scene embedded in the culture of Liverpool; with the International Poetry Incarnation in London as a specific event which was crucial to the emergence of the 'London Underground'; and end on a reflection on how the poetry performance invites a 'listening differently' - an invitation that we still need to fully take it up on.