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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Strand  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1934 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Illinois Connection

Strand taught in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, from 1998 through 2005.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although born in Canada his early years were spent in the United States. In 1957, he earned his B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio In 1981, Strand was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress during the 1990-1991 term and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Strand has taught at many American universities. Currently he is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.


Pulitzer Prize 1999, A Blizzard of One

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Selected Titles At Your Library

100 great poems of the twentieth century /
ISBN: 0393058948. OCLC Number: 57549956

W.W. Norton,. .

Collects poems from one hundred poets from the past century, including pieces from W.H. Auden, Federico Garcâia Lorca, and Maria Rilke.

Blizzard of one :
ISBN: 0375401393. OCLC Number: 37981795

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

Strand's poems occupy a place that exists between abstraction and the sensuous particulars of experience. It is a place created by a voice that moves with unerring ease between the commonplace and the sublime. The poems are filled with "the weather of leavetaking," but they are also unexpectedly funny. The erasure of self and the depredations of time are seen as sources of sorrow, but also as grounds for celebration. This is one of the difficult truths these poems dramatize with stoicism and wit.

Chicken, shadow, moon & more /
ISBN: 188598345x. OCLC Number: 44902363

Turtle Point Press,. .

A collection of poems by Mark Strand.

Collected poems
ISBN: 0804170851. OCLC Number: 868037363

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A collection of all of the poet Mark Strand's previously published poems--

Darker :
ISBN: 0689103468. OCLC Number: 630506004

Atheneum,. .

ISBN: 9780307701244. OCLC Number: 727326007

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

Now in rich color, thirty of American painter Edward Hopper's masterpieces with critiques from acclaimed poet Mark Strand. Strand deftly illuminates the work of the frequently misunderstood American painter, whose enigmatic paintings--of gas stations, storefronts, cafeterias, and hotel rooms--number among the most powerful of our time. In brief but wonderfully compelling comments accompanying each painting, the elegant expressiveness of Strand's language is put to the service of Hopper's visual world. The result is a singularly illuminating presentation of the work of one of America's best-known artists. Strand shows us how the formal elements of the paintings--geometrical shapes pointing beyond the canvas, light from unseen sources--locate the viewer, as he says, in a virtual space where the influence and availability of feeling predominate. An unforgettable combination of prose and painting in their highest forms, this book is a must for poetry and art lovers alike. From the Hardcover edition.

Hopper /
ISBN: 0880013435. OCLC Number: 28256254

Ecco Press,. .

Edward Hopper's paintings are icons of American culture. His representations of gas stations, storefronts, cafeterias and hotel rooms embody the solitude of travel and adult life in the America of the thirties, forties and fifties. Because of the familiarity of his subject matter, Hopper has been pigeon-holed both historically, as an American realist, and thematically, as an artist of alienation. Mark Strand, recent poet laureate and writer of many books of award-winning.

Man and camel :
ISBN: 9780375711268. OCLC Number: 64442940

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A new collection of poetry celebrates the transience, oddities, and lasting beauty of life and its mysteries.

Mr. and Mrs. Baby and other stories
ISBN: 9780062424891. OCLC Number: 919587960

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Mr. and Mrs. Baby and other stories /
ISBN: 0394513592. OCLC Number: 11187306

Knopf,. .

New selected poems
ISBN: 9780307262974. OCLC Number: 131069900

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

More than twenty-five years after the appearance of his first Selected Poems, we at last have a magnificent new gathering of Mark Strand's work, one that spans and celebrates his entire remarkable career to date. From Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964) through the wonderful middle work that includes The Continuous Life (1990), and crowned by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One (1998) and his most recent collection, Man and Camel (2006), this book makes a crucial selection of Strand's always beautiful and by turns humorous and melancholy poems. Over the decades Strand's identity as a poet has remained firm: he is existential, playful, mysterious, a poet of simple words and sentences that somehow add up to powerful universal experiences. With his incantatory language and radiant, commanding imagery, he creates mythic scenes and vistas that, however otherworldly, are ultimately of this earth: their underlying subject the pain and pleasure of being mortal. Here is an essential compilation from one of the most beloved and honored American poets at work today, without which no modern poetry collection is complete.

New selected poems /
ISBN: 0375711279. OCLC Number: 298539967

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

Paint the next sunrise :
ISBN: 9781592982967. OCLC Number: 436624718

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Participation in fishing, hunting, and target shooting is declining steadily. Mark Strand presents a plan to excite and invite beginners, and turn them into active participants.

Reasons for moving :
ISBN: 0689102623. OCLC Number: 440804

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Reasons for moving ; Darker ; and the Sargentville notebook :
ISBN: 0679736689. OCLC Number: 24430449

Knopf :. .

Rembrandt takes a walk /
ISBN: 0517562936. OCLC Number: 13217950

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On a visit to his rich eccentric uncle, who owns many wonderful paintings, Tom is amazed when Rembrandt leaves his self-portrait and takes a walk with Tom.

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0679733019. OCLC Number: 6965043

Atheneum,. .

The contemporary American poets :
ISBN: 0451527836. OCLC Number: 50194257

Signet Classic,. .

The continuous life :
ISBN: 0394588177. OCLC Number: 21525368

Knopf :. .

The monument /
ISBN: 0880012749. OCLC Number: 23733538

Ecco Press,. .

The night book
ISBN: 0948149159. OCLC Number: 154681762

Aurum Press,. .

The rising moon sees a little girl who is afraid of the night and sends down a special moonbeam to show her the many wondrous things to see during the dark hours.

The night book /
ISBN: 0517550474. OCLC Number: 12081022

C.N. Potter :. .

The rising moon sees a little girl who is afraid of the night and sends down a special moonbeam to show her the many wondrous things to see during the dark hours.

The planet of lost things
ISBN: 0340351586. OCLC Number: 12466798

Hodder and Stoughton,. .

The planet of lost things /
ISBN: 051754184x. OCLC Number: 7946885

C.N. Potter :. .

Luke meets a Missing Person and an Unknown Soldier on the planet where lost things are found.

The story of our lives :
ISBN: 0375709754. OCLC Number: 47240745

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

The weather of words :
ISBN: 0375709703. OCLC Number: 48524435

Knopf,. .

The weather of words :
ISBN: 0375409114. OCLC Number: 41540342

Knopf,. .

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a collection of writings on the art and nature of poetry." "The pieces have a broad range and many levels. In one, we sit with the teenage Mark Strand while he reads for the first time a poem that truly amazes him: "You, Andrew Marvell" by Archibald MacLeish, in which night sweeps in an unstoppable but exhilarating circle around the earth toward the speaker standing at noon. The essay goes on to explicate the poem, but it also evokes, through its form and content, the poem's meaning - time's circular passage - with the young Strand first happening upon the poem, the older Strand seeing into it differently, but still amazed." "Among the other subjects Strand explores: the relationship between photographs and poems, the eternal nature of the lyric, the contemporary use of old forms, four American views of Parnassus, and an alphabet of poetic influences."--Jacket.

William Bailey :
ISBN: 0944680615. OCLC Number: 42690661

Robert Miller Gallery,. .

William Bailey, paintings and drawings :
ISBN: 0932706126. OCLC Number: 18837170

Wright State University,. .