Louis Zukofsky

1904 (New York) – 1978 (Port Jefferson, N.Y.)

Williams called Zukofsky the most important and neglected poet of his time. Pound encouraged him, enjoyed a long correspondence and friendship, and put him in touch with Williams; Williams and Zukofsky immediately bonded, exchanged hundreds of letters, and became significant mutual influences. Oppen met Zukofsky by chance the same day he’d discovered his poetry; with Reznikoff and Williams, they set up the Objectivist Press. Niedecker was briefly a lover and for decades a correspondent, Schapiro a fellow-student, Rakosi, Rothenburg and Rexroth friends, Levertov and Creeley visitors, and Campos, Merton and Moore among many correspondents.