Strand, Mark

Strand, Mark, 1934–2014, American poet, b. Prince Edward Island, Canada, grad. Antioch College (B.A., 1957), Yale (B.F.A., 1959), Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.A., 1962). Meditative and death-haunted, his succinct early poetry is noted for its confrontation with the surreal and irrational his later work is longer and more inclusive. His collections include Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964), Darker (1970), Selected Poems (1980), Dark Harbor (1995), Blizzard of One (1998 Pulitzer Prize), and Collected Poems: Mark Strand (2014). He also published a novel, Mr. and Mrs. Baby (1985) edited several distinguished poetry anthologies, including The Contemporary American Poets (1969) and Another Republic (1976) and wrote studies of the painters William Bailey and Edward Hopper. A MacArthur fellow (1987), Strand was poet laureate of the United States (1990–91).

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