Picking up from the comments to my previous post about The Voice that is Great Within Us:
If we start in 1914, we lose Eliz. Bishop, who was born in 1911, as well as Chas. Olson (1910) and Th. Roethke (1908). Then there were a bunch of American poets born in 1923 - 1926 who have always seemed to me to form a generational group: W.S. Merwin, Donald Justice, James Dickey, Anthony Hecht, Denise Levertov, Kenneth Koch, Jack Spicer, A.R. Ammons, Robert Bly, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, David Wagoner, then 1n 1927, John Ashbery. It's remarkable how many of those were born in 1926 alone.
So, many anthologies of modern American poetry begin with Whitman and Dickinson as founding figures, and go on from there. Anthologies of Contemporary American poetry often begin with Pound, Williams, and Eliot, the generation that we'd be cutting off in favor of some new beginning. What would that beginning look like? Lowell and Bishop, even though Bishop comes too early?
The first poet in the Carruth anthology to be born in 1914 is John Berryman, perhaps not an exemplary founding figure, but an interesting one. David Ignatow, Weldon Kees, William Stafford, and Randall Jarrell, are also born in 1914. I lay out all these names and dates in order to discover whetehr there might be some generational logic that would allow us to begin our anthology less arbitrarily than merely picking a date. I'd be inclined to go back and pick up Olson, Bishop and Roethke myself, but I'd be interested to hear what others might do with this chronology.