Mark Strand

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Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet.

He was awarded the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the 1974 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from The Academy of American Poets, and a Rockefeller Foundation award; along with fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.[1]

Strand also served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990-1991.[2]

Some of his best-known poems are

  • "The Dreadful Has Already Happened"
  • "Eating Poetry"
  • "Keeping Things Whole"
  • "My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer"
  • "Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life"