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"He back tops the crowd--he surpasses himself, the previous iron delivered to the white warmth of simplicity." that is what Robert Lowell stated of the poetry of Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) and his evolving artistry. The interviews and conversations contained during this quantity derive from 4 a long time of Kunitz's individual profession. They contact on aesthetic motifs in his poetry, the roots of his paintings, his friendships within the sister arts of portray and sculpture, his interactions with Lowell and Theodore Roethke, and his reviews on a bunch of poets: John Keats, Walt Whitman, Randall Jarrell, Wallace Stevens, and Anna Akhmatova.

Kunitz emerged from a mid-sized commercial city in significant Massachusetts, surviving kinfolk tragedy and a feeling of non-public isolation and loneliness, to turn into an eloquent spokesman for poetry and for the facility of the human mind's eye. Kunitz has commented, "If we wish to understand what it felt wish to be alive at any given second within the lengthy odyssey of the race, it really is to poetry we needs to turn." His personal odyssey from "metaphysical loneliness" to a feeling of neighborhood with fellow writers and artists--by development associations like Poets apartment and the tremendous Arts paintings heart in Provincetown, Massachusetts--is ever found in those interviews.

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13. First appearing in Poetry, “The Single Conscience” was reprinted in A Kind of Order, A Kind of Folly, 187–93. 14. Mitchell, “A Visit to the Poet’s Studio,” Interviews and Encounters, 149–51. 15. “A Symposium on Pop Art,” Arts Magazine April 1963, 41–44; Oral History Interview with Stanley Kunitz on Mark Rothko, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, conducted by Avis Berman, 8 December 1983. 16. “The Tumbling of Worms,” American Poetry Review 14 (September–October 1985), 24, resurfaced in Next-to-Last Things, 9–10.

1930 Intellectual Things, first book of poems published. Marries Helen Pearce, and moves to a farm in Mansfield Center, Connecticut. 1931 Under the pseudonym “Dilly Tante,” a name he used in columns for the Bulletin, he edits Living Authors: A Book of Biographies, the first of seven reference works he published with the H. W. Wilson Company. 1933 Coedits with Howard Haycraft and Wilbur C. Hadden Authors Yesterday and Today. 1934 Edits with Howard Haycraft The Junior Book of Authors. 1935 Moves to New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Stanley Kunitz, a native of Worcester, was mentioned as the most underrated poet of today in a special supplement of the London Times on “The American Imagination,” published November 8, 1959, this in spite of the fact that he had just won the Pulitzer Prize for his Selected Poems, as the best book of poetry published in 1958. ” Last year he won the Ford grant as one of the ten American writers whom the Ford Foundation is subsidizing for two years, that they may devote their time and energy to writing.

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