Postscript: Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012
E.E. Cummings was a brilliant and revolutionary artist, poet, and writer. His work moves me deeply and isn't that ultimately the goal for writing? Cummings was quite a character in real life and his writing is nothing short of exceptional. If I could accomplish 1/10th of what this man did with my writing, I would be content. *As a side note, I also love the time when being photographed with a cigarette in hand was not a social faux pas.*
Thom Gunn (Thomson William Gunn born in Gravesend, Kent on August 29, 1929 – April 25, 2004), was an Anglo-American poet who was praised both for his early verses in England, where he was associated with The Movement and his later poetry in America, even after moving toward a looser, free-verse style. He won numerous major literary awards. Works include: Boss Cupid, Frontiers of Gossip +42 more
He was regarded as a poet. Carl Sandburg considered himself a poet. He won his Pulitzer Prize, however, for writing prose in The War Years, his multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. Sandburg's note to his daughter. His thoughts on poetry mean just as much to those of us who write prose. He understood us well when he said, “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.”
Congratulations to David Ferry, winner of the National Book Award in poetry. Four of Ferry’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the first in 1953. Click-through to read them.