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Mark Strand

B. 1934 D. 2014

3 poems available

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure. Mark Strand

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4 poems available

I suppose as I'm explaining myself to others, I'm quintessentially explaining myself to myself. Gerald Stern

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Hayden Carruth

B. 1921 D. 2008

3 poems available

My poems, I think, exist in a state of tension between the love of natural beauty and the fear of natural meaninglessness or absurdity. Hayden Carruth

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4 poems available

Good writing gives energy, whatever it is about. But the fact that writers are dealing with essential issues...I think that's a necessary integration of literary writing with what's actually going on in our world. - Marilyn Hacker

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I don't want to write poems that aren't necessary. - Maxine Kumin

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I am a poet who is a woman, not a woman poet. - Ruth Fainlight

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6 poems available

A reckless tumble of words mixing the high and the low, like a rummage sale after the death of someone who adored both Shakespeare and smut. Norman Mailer

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6 poems available

Hirshfield's poems renew, reaffirm the power of language to move deeply, to articulate experience precisely. - The Antioch Review

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Philip Levine

B. 1934 D. 2015

5 poems available

A large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland - Edward Hirsch

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4 poems available

My father could only sign/His name, but he'd look at blueprints/& say how many bricks/ Formed each wall - My Father's Letters, Yusef Komunyakaa

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Ted Kooser

B. 1939

11 poems available

I try to honor my reader's patience and generosity by presenting what I have to say as clearly and succinctly as possible. - Ted Kooser

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7 poems available

Poetry is a way of living...a human activity like baking bread or playing basketball. - Robert Hass

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