The page of Kreymborg, Alfred, English biography
American poet, novelist, playwright, literary editor and anthologist
Kreymborg edited a series of literary magazines over the course of his career, often working in collaboration with some of Modernism’s most influential figures. With Man Ray, he published The Glebe, a Modernist journal that first published Ezra Pound ’s Des Imagistes, and with Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Skipwith Cannell, he edited Others: A Magazine of New Verse. He edited Broom: An International Magazine of the Arts with Harold Loeb and founded the annual anthology American Caravan with Paul Rosenfeld.
One of the first American poets to embrace free verse and prose poetry, Kreymborg later returned to strict formal verse, making his work—at once political and imagistic—difficult to classify as a whole.
Kreymborg’s work as an editor, a historian, and an anthologist undeniably helped shape perceptions of the early Modernist movement. His comprehensive history of American poetry, Our Singing Strength (1929), offers particular insight into the community of Modernist poets.
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