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Mary Ellen Solt

Born: Jul 8, 1920

Death: Jun 21, 2007

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Mary Ellen Solt

Date of Birth : Jul 8, 1920
Date of Death : Jun 21, 2007
Birth Place : United States of America

Mary Ellen Solt, nee Bottom was an American concrete poet, essayist, translator, editor, and professor. Her work was most notably poems in the shape of flowers such as "Forsythia", "Lilac", and "Geranium". They were collected in Flowers in Concrete. In 1968 Solt edited the groundbreaking and historically significant anthology Concrete Poetry: A World View, which the New York Times wrote was "considered one of the major anthologies of the form." In Concrete Poetry : A World View, she collected, translated, introduced, and contextualizing the global movement of concrete poetry that emerged in the 1950s and 60s : the first international literary movement. Solt is the subject of issue #51 of the Swedish journal OEI. The issue is entitled, "Mary Ellen Solt – Toward a theory of concrete poetry." She married Leo Frank Solt, who was a historian, with books on old and early modern English history and Puritanism. They both taught at Indiana University and she was also director of the Polish Studies Center.

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