Interviews and Encounters with Stanley Kunitz

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This is a first-rate compilation of interviews with and essays about poet, editor, teacher, and translator Kunitz. The 1959 Pulitzer Prize winner believes that poetry should be ``transparent,'' showing the interrelation of living and dying and the inseparability of the passions and intellect vs. the ``objective'' art of T. S. Eliot. Plato's ideal forms are ``accumulative, circular, dialectical'' in poetic meaning. The real world, specifically gardening, is for Kunitz ``a ritual drama, in which the whole cycle of death and rebirth is enacted annually.'' His friendship with Theodore Roethke and passion for the later W. B. Yeats are noted. Some overlapping inevitably occurs, but this book is highly recommended for showing the essence of a great poet. With good notes and an appendix of poems.-- Kenneth Mintz, Hoboken P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935296808
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STANLEY KUNITZ was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. He attended Harvard College, served in the Army in World War II, taught at Bennington College, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, and the University of Washington. He served for two years as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, was designated State Poet of New York, and a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets. In 2000 he was named United States Poet Laureate.Together with his wife, the painter Elise Asher, he split his time between New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts. He died at the age of 100 on May 14, 2006.

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Table of Contents

A Tribute
Language Surprised - David Lupher (1968) 1
Speaking of Craft - William Packard (1970) 10
Tongues of Fallen Angels - Selden Rodman (1971) 19
Myths and Monsters - Cynthia Davis (1972) 31
Imagine Wrestling with an Angel - Robert Boyers (1972) 44
Periodicity - Michael Ryan (1974) 56
The Taste of Self- Christopher Busa (1977) 68
Living the Layers of Time - Richard Jackson (1978) 92
Translating Anna Akhmatova - Daniel Weissbort (1982) 99
The Poet in His Garden - Christopher Busa (1984) 117
The Buried Life - Caroline Sutton (1985) 123
Life between Scylla and Charybdis - Michael Ryan (1985) 128
To My Teacher - Louise Gluck (1985) 137
Lighting the Lamp - Francine Ringold (1986) 141
A Visit to the Poet's Studio - Susan Mitchell (1988) 144
Dancing on the Edge of the Road - Bill Moyers (1989) 155
Roots and Place - Jonathan Blunk and Fran Quinn (1989) 165
Transcending the Self - Grace Schulman (1990) 179
"I'm Not Sleepy" - Esther Harriott (1990) 185
Appendix: A Sampling of Poems Discussed in the Text 193
Biographical Note 227
Contributors' Notes 229
Bibliography 231
Index 237
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