In 1967, the first books of two poets were published by small presses on opposite coasts of the USA: David Henderson’s Felix of the Silent Forest
and Mary Norbert Korte’s Hymn to the Gentle Sun
. In this essay, poet, scholar, educator, and publisher Iris Cushing
looks at the context of these supposedly “minor” poets, and through research and conversation with Korte, Henderson, and Diane di Prima, reconstructs the role of small presses in the countercultural resistance of the late 1960s.