The author of several collections of poetry, Kay Ryan has served as both a Poet Laureate for the Library of Congress and a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets... More >
The author of numerous collections of poetry, Louise Glück is the recipient of many awards and served as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets and the Library of Congress's Poet Laureate... More >
John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, on July 28, 1927.... More >
W. S. Merwin
William Stanley Merwin was born in New York City on September 30,... More >
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John Ashbery, Louise Glück, Anthony Hecht, W. S. Merwin & Kay Ryan
Previously only available for $295, The Poet's View, recently released for home viewing, offers unprecedented access into the life and work of some of America's finest poets. These films are warmly insightful portraits recorded in the personal setting of each poet's home and at various locations. The Poet’s View offers an up-close invitation into the day-to-day life of the poet and an opportunity to hear poems read by the author.
The series was produced by the Academy of American Poets with generous assistance from the Wallace Stevens Fund. The director/producer was Mel Stuart, whose credits include the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and many critically acclaimed documentaries.
Running time: 20 minutes per segment; 100 minutes total.
To view clips from the series, click one of the five stills below.
John Ashbery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry,
most recently A Worldly Country. He has won nearly every major American award for poetry. Most noteably, his collection
A Wave won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Self-Portrait in a
Convex Mirror received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National
Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award; and Some Trees was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series.
Louise Glück is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently, Averno, a finalist for the 2006 National Book
Award in Poetry; The Seven Ages; and Vita Nova, winner of
Boston Book Review's Bingham Poetry Prize and The New Yorker's Book Award in
Poetry. In 2003, Gluck served as the Library of Congress's
twelfth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, and was announced as
the new judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Anthony Hecht's books of poetry include
The Darkness and the Light; Flight Among the Tombs; and The Hard Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth
Lilly Prize, and fellowships from The Academy of
American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Ford Foundation, the
Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was a Chancellor
Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets and lived in Washington, D.C. He
died on October 20, 2004.
Kay Ryan's honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and inclusion in The Best of the Best American Poetry. She is the author of several collections, including Flamingo Watching, which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize. She was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006.
W. S. Merwin is the author of more
than fifteen books of poetry, including Migration, which won
the 2005 National Book Award; Travels, which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and The Carrier of Ladders, which received the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former Chancellor of
The Academy of American Poets and lives and works in Hawaii.