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Mark Strand was born on April 11, 1934 in Summerside on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Since his father's job resulted in many transfers, he spent his childhood in Cleveland, Halifax, Montreal, New York and Philadelphia and his teenage years in Colombia, Mexico and Peru. He received a bachelor's show more degree at Antioch College in Ohio in 1957, a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Yale University School of Art and Architecture in 1959, and a master of fine arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1962. He studied 19th-century Italian poetry in Florence on a Fulbright Grant from 1960-1961. His first poetry collection, Sleeping with One Eye Open, was published in 1964. His other works included Reasons for Moving, Darker, The Story of Our Lives, The Late Hour, A Continuous Life, Dark Harbor, and Collected Poems: Mark Strand. In 1990, he was named the fourth Poet Laureate of the United States. He received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for Blizzard of One. In 1980, he felt that he had reached an impasse and stopped writing poetry for several years. During that time, he wrote several children's books including The Planet of Lost Things and Mr. and Mrs. Baby. He also wrote books on the painters EdwardHopper and William Bailey, and a collection of critical essays entitled The Art of the Real. He died of liposarcoma on November 29, 2014 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and was raised and educated in the United States and South America. He is the author of a book of stories, "Mr. and Mrs. Baby", several volumes of translations (Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade among them), a number of anthologies (most recently "The Golden Ecco Anthology") and several monographs on contemporary artists (William Bailey and Edward Hopper). He has received many honors and grants for his poems, including a MacArthur Fellowship, and in 1990 he was chosen as Poet Laureate of the United States. He teaches in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. (Publisher Provided) Mark Strand's collection "Blizzard of One" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Works by Mark Strand

Selected Poems (1980) 297 copies
Blizzard of One: Poems (1998) 246 copies
Hopper (1994) 138 copies
The Continuous Life : poems (1990) 128 copies
New Selected Poems (2007) 117 copies
Dark Harbor: A Poem (1993) 107 copies
Man and Camel (2006) 94 copies
Collected Poems (2014) 94 copies
The Best American Poetry 1991 (1991) — Editor — 86 copies
Almost Invisible: Poems (2011) 86 copies
Darker; Poems. (1970) 57 copies
The Monument (1978) 41 copies
Reasons for moving; poems (1968) 41 copies
William Bailey (1987) 38 copies
The Golden Ecco Anthology (2000) 38 copies
Walleye Tactics (1990) 32 copies
Rembrandt Takes a Walk (1987) 25 copies
The Owl's Insomnia (1982) 24 copies
The Late Hour (1978) 23 copies
Surviving Inside Congress (2009) 18 copies
The Night Book (1985) 15 copies
The Planet of Lost Things (1982) 11 copies
18 poems from the Quechua (1971) 9 copies
Laura Letinsky: After All (2010) 5 copies
La vida continua (2006) 4 copies
89 clouds (1999) 4 copies
Sólo una canción (1901) 3 copies
Tutte le poesie (2019) 3 copies
Gedichten eten 3 copies
Prose : four poems (1987) 2 copies
Aliento (2004) 2 copies
Candy (2004) 2 copies
Strand, a profile (1979) 1 copy
Nocturnes 1 copy
20 Poemas 1 copy
Collages (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Selected Poems (1999) — Translator, some editions — 1,206 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contributor — 737 copies
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 390 copies
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contributor — 191 copies
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 169 copies
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 166 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 160 copies
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 160 copies
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 127 copies
Selected Poems 1923-1967 (1970) — Translator — 114 copies
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 108 copies
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (2007) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 79 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 62 copies
Travelling in the Family: Selected Poems (1986) — some editions — 40 copies
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contributor — 30 copies
These Rare Lands (1997) — Author — 28 copies
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 28 copies
Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern (2005) — Contributor — 23 copies
Poets and Critics Read Vergil (2001) — Contributor — 7 copies
Antaeus No. 69, Fall 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 6 copies


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The ever astonishing Mark Strand.
archangelsbooks | 2 other reviews | Sep 9, 2023 |
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petervanbeveren | Sep 4, 2022 |
There are good things about this anthology. The explanations of the forms are clear and concise. For the most part, the examples chosen serve the book well in illustrating each form, and the attempt at including diverse voices, which Strand and Boland discuss in their Introductory Statement, is laudable. The prose is readable and poetic.

Those positives were balanced out, however, by a pretty large flaw: for an anthology of English language poetic forms, there are a lot of forms not found in The Making of a Poem.

This book omits not just obscure forms, forms only recently introduced into the accepted canon of English poetry at the time of publication (such as the ghazal), or variations on included forms, but also widely used, popular forms that one would expect in a book of this type, such as the limerick, any of the variations of the cinquain, or the rondeau (of In Flanders Field fame).

Ultimately, the omission of multiple important forms felt like a lack of follow through on the premise of the book.
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Julie_in_the_Library | 8 other reviews | May 12, 2021 |
One night, I found myself reading a lot of Mark Strand poetry—though I still wasn’t even halfway through his 500-page Collected Poems. I was dead tired, my eyes were shot, my back ached, but I was absolutely driven to read more. Though I had recently read Louise Glück’s huge book of poetry (Poems 1962-2012) and it had been a great experience, Mark Strand’s poetry is more up my street with his oddness and style. My appreciation for poetry has always been strong, but it is sky-high recently. Reading and wandering around in these huge books by Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning poets is simply surreal and otherworldly at times. Last night, I was already feeling rather emotional, and I was shaken, amused, and drawn in so many directions, from so many poems.

Some of Mark Strand poems go on for pages and pages, but they were working for me in the dark of night. Sometimes, I was stunned and amazed with just a single line, a stanza, or a complete poem. It was one of my favorite and most intense experiences reading poetry by myself ever. Though I was marking the outstanding parts, I still had such a desire to read them to, and share them with my late wife. We were constantly sharing what impressed us in the books we were reading—that was our life together.

Strand wrote a beautiful long poem that was about life being a book, “The Story of Our Lives.” It’s about reading that book, but the line between what’s on the page and what’s actual living is intriguingly unexplained and unexplainable. I was rereading parts over and over for some time. I certainly applied the poem’s premise to my own life, as a vast amount of my life is absorbed by reading and writing the word, and sharing that life. The question of whether we’re living or reading, and of whether we can control any or all of our existence was a great place to be left pondering in the night.

All his thoughts got me to thinking in so many directions that I could never have remembered or recorded half of them. Mark Strand’s poetry is mostly very tight to my own feelings and I’m very grateful for experiencing such a strong connection there … and I can return there again whenever I pick this volume up again.
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jphamilton | 2 other reviews | Feb 15, 2021 |



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