Mark Strand: Past American VoicePoetry
Interviewed by: Robert Stewart
Catalog Number: 20141219
We honor the life of poet Mark Strand, who passed away on November 29, 2014 at the age of 80. This 2004 recording features the former U.S. Poet Laureate and MacArthur "genius" in conversation with New Letters editor Robert Stewart. With wit and style, Mark Strand talks about his life in letters, the dark humor of his poetry, and his refusal to speak his native French language. He reads from several of his books including his 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winner, A Blizzard of One and his 2006 collection Man and Camel. Most of the poems can also be found in his 2014 Collected Poems. If you'd like to know more about Mark Strand's creative process, a reproduction of a canvas that includes various versions of the "Man and Camel" poem as well as five of his newer poems are included in New Letters magazine (Vol. 72, No. 2).
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