Appointed Maryland State Poet Laureate on September 29, 2009, Stanley Plumly has published nine books of poetry including In the Outer Dark, Out-of-the-Body Travel, and Old Heart. He has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Iowa, and Ohio University. He presently directs the creative writing program at University of Maryland.

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Stanley Plumly
Maryland poet laureate

Stanley Plumly

The author of numerous collections of poetry, Stanley Plumly's book Out-of-the-Body Travel received the William Carlos Williams Award and was...


          And what did you want?
          To call myself beloved, to feel myself
                 beloved on the earth.
                       --Ray Carver
He was in a hotel in Baltimore
in a suburb near Johns Hopkins. He would

give a talk there, and they would pay him for it. 


He who thus considers things in their first growth and origin, whether a state or anything else, will obtain the clearest view of them.
—Aristotle, Politics (translated by Benjamin Jowett)


Look out across
the ridges of trees
flushed red
as if holding