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One of The Boston Globe's best books of 2014

About the Author

Mark Strand, born in 1934, was the author of many books of poems, a book of stories, and three volumes of translations, and was the editor of several anthologies. He received many honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed poet laureate of the United States. He died in 2014.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385352514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385352512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Strand died just a few months after this COLLECTED POEMS was issued. I remember asking at the bookstore, Isn't Collected Poetry reserved for a posthumous anthology and Selected Poetry for a living poet? And the bookseller showed me a New York Times review which asked the same question. Well, I guess we have our answer. The poet was probably very sick, close to death as this volume was being prepared. But enough about the poet's death. MARK STRAND was the most vibrant and vital of men, and one of our best modern poets. He early on found his characteristic voice and developed a style to suit it - both unmistakably Strand. I suppose Wallace Stevens was his model, both poets skilled at tracing the mind's grasp of reality, both with an uncanny sense of the working of consciousness. If that sounds cerebral. it's the fault of my prose, because Mark Strand's poetry is anything but cerebral in impact. It is light, airy, incandescent, star-like and often very witty. He is able to make the most ordinary events seem unreal and the most unreal events everyday. Again and again he will amaze you with a view of things both
reasuringly bizarre and dangerously ordinary. A Mark Strand poem opens the door of wonder and admits you to a new world for as long as you wish to stay. Buy his Collected Poems and you can come and go as you please - forever.
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Mark Strand doesn't care what I think. He's dead. I only came to poetry late in my life (I'm 75) and I'm a composer and not terribly good with words. Strand plays with my mind in a strange way...not to be too corny, but sometimes my jaw drops at his insights. "How could he/she think of this" I often feel when listening to music I love. Strand is the first poet that has caused me this sensation...although I am very fond of other poets, especially Jennifer Grotz.
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Buying for the poems. Mr. Strand approved the cover, and it is fine with me. His poems are accessible and deeply profound at once.
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A wonderful, deep and profound poet who will be much missed, but thank God we have this superb collection of his work. It's one of those books you'll find yourself just dipping into for some inspiration or for a thought at random moments during the day. Kind of what I do with all my long poetry shelf. That's what poets do, yes? Inspire us, make us think differently about the most mundane bits of life in all its shading. That's Mark Strand to a T.
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By AK Buzaid on December 12, 2014
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Mark Strand is one of the greatest poets I have ever read for. His poems are both simple in language and deep in meaning and insight. He never fails to speak to and unearth the humane elements in our psyches. I strongly recommend this book.
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I got beat up by an obvious professor of Scandinavian Literature who didn't like my review of an award-winning Swede or Norwegian poet, translated by Robert Bly. Garbage in, garbage out. Mark Strand's poetry is what I prefer-sensible, understandable, poignant...just in case the know-it-all professor reads this review.
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This is an amazing, profound and lyrical sequence of poetic observations, not verse but definitely poetry. It is a set of impressions written as descriptions and, to me, the poems communicate discovery of deep truth in experience.
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I have a dog-eared copy of Strand's "Selected Poems" which I lost during a move along with the other books it was shipped with, thanks to the postal service. Had been meaning to replace it until I heard about the imminent publication of a "Collected Poems" edition...am very glad I waited!

Most poets have a couple of really strong books, then spend the rest of their lives publishing subpar work for either contractual or egotistical reasons. I am happy to say that Strand is an exception. The style and content of his work does change over time, but doesn't significantly degrade in quality...he is as interesting and enjoyable to read in his late years as in his early-middle years, though perhaps a bit less readily accessible. Nevertheless, he remains without a doubt one of the very best contemporary American poets.
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