The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Volume I, 1909-1939, edited by A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan (New Directions). Readers "will find in this beautifully edited collection, with its many previously misplaced poems and helpful notes, the simples and nostrums of a great practitioner" (Henri Coulette).
White Shroud: Poems 1980-1985, Allen Ginsberg; Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions, Allen Ginsberg, edited by Barry Miles (Harper & Row). The author's "painstaking revisions" are shown in this edition of "Howl," while "White Shroud" is a "mellow sampler of Ginsberg in his prime, autobiographical poems chronicling his travels, public appearances, emotions, dreams and reading over the last five years" (Ann Charters).
Countersolar!, Richard A. Lupoff (Arbor House). The author has created "not the scientific wonders that our jaded '80s sensibility expects, but rather the limitless possibilities that people in the '30s once imagined . . . . And his characters are his own clever malformation of reality" (Orson Scott Card).
A Wrestling Season, Sharon Sheehe Stark (Morrow), is "a brilliantly wrought account of a 20-year-old middle-class but unconventional marriage that has reached its struggle time--its wrestling season, its this-is-to-the-last-battle tournament . . . . Compelling, deep, richly developed and funny" (Betty Lukas).