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Mark Strand

Mark Strand (1934-2014) was a poet, essayist, and translator. He was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and was raised and educated in the United States.

Described as a “poet of mood, of integrated fragments, of twilit landscape, and of longing,” Strand once said, “I think the reality of the poem is a very ghostly one. It doesn’t try for the kind of concreteness that fiction tries for. It doesn’t ask you to imagine a place in detail; it suggests, it suggests, it suggests again.”

His books include Dark Harbor; The Continuous Life; Reasons for Moving, and Blizzard of One, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Wallace Stevens Award, and he served as the United States Poet Laureate in 1990-1991.