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A profile by Jonathan Aaron from Ploughshares Winter 1995-96.
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The poet discusses his early life and inspirations.
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Mark Strand
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Mark Strand

Mark Strand was born on Canada's Prince Edward Island on April 11, 1934. He received a B.A. degree from Antioch College in Ohio in 1957 and attended Yale University, where he was awarded the Cook prize and the Bergin prize. After receiving his B.F.A. degree in 1959, Strand spent a year studying at the University of Florence on a Fulbright fellowship. In 1962 he received his M.A. degree from the University of Iowa.

He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Almost Invisible (2012); New Selected Poems (2007); Man and Camel (Knopf, 2006); Blizzard of One (1998), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor (1993); The Continuous Life (1990); Selected Poems (1980); The Story of Our Lives (1973); and Reasons for Moving (1968).

He has also published two books of prose, several volumes of translation (of works by Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, among others), several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. He has edited a number of volumes, including 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century (W. W. Norton, 2005), The Golden Ecco Anthology (1994), The Best American Poetry 1991, and Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (with Charles Simic, 1976).

His honors include the Bollingen Prize, a Rockefeller Foundation award, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the 2004 Wallace Stevens Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 1979, the 1974 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from The Academy of American Poets, as well as fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1990 to 1991 and as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1995 to 2000. He currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.


From the Image Archive

Poems by
Mark Strand

From the Long Sad Party
Man and Camel
My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer
The Coming of Light
The Everyday Enchantment of Music

Read by
Mark Strand

A Part of Speech [As for the stars they are always on] by Joseph Brodsky

Translations by
Mark Strand

A Season by Joseph Brodsky
Souvenir of the Ancient World by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

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