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Mark Strand

Born: 1934 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children

Mark Strand on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

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

W.W. Norton, New York : ©2005.

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: 37981795

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 1998.

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: 44902363

Turtle Point Press, New York : 2000.

A collection of poems by Mark Strand.

Collected poems
ISBN: 0804170851 OCLC: 868037363

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

  Darker :
ISBN: 0689103468 OCLC: 630506004

Atheneum, New York : 1985.

ISBN: 9780307701244 OCLC: 727326007

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2011.

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: 28256254

Ecco Press, Hopewell, NJ : ©1994.

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: 64442940

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: 919587960

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

Knopf, New York : 1985.

New selected poems
ISBN: 9780307262974 OCLC: 131069900

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2007.

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: 298539967

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2009.

Paint the next sunrise :
ISBN: 9781592982967 OCLC: 436624718

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: 440804

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

Knopf : New York : 1992.

Rembrandt takes a walk /
ISBN: 0517562936 OCLC: 13217950

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: 6965043

Atheneum, New York : 1980.

The contemporary American poets :
ISBN: 0451527836 OCLC: 50194257

Signet Classic, New York : 2000, ©1969.

The continuous life :
ISBN: 0394588177 OCLC: 21525368

Knopf : New York : 1990.

The monument /
ISBN: 0880012749 OCLC: 23733538

Ecco Press, New York : [1991], ©1978.

  The night book
ISBN: 0948149159 OCLC: 154681762

Aurum Press, London : ©1985.

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: 12081022

C.N. Potter : New York : ©1985.

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: 12466798

Hodder and Stoughton, London : 1984, ©1982.

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

C.N. Potter : New York : ©1982.

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: 47240745

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2002.

The weather of words :
ISBN: 0375709703 OCLC: 48524435

Knopf, New York : 2001, ©2000.

The weather of words :
ISBN: 0375409114 OCLC: 41540342

Knopf, New York : 2000.

"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: 42690661

Robert Miller Gallery, New York : [1999]

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

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio : [1987]