Conversations with Stanley Kunitz

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She studied a painting Of a young, blonde woman, In a wide white hat Legs crossed Aboard ship with a collie. Minestrone soup and Hot antipasto arrived Thrusting her into the moment Melting her thoughts Like snow on Mt. The poet lifts her hand into the air, almost touching the amber sky. I can feel with the poet the longing for less technology and impersonal efficiency and more warmth and personal attention. This same longing for a simpler life and more peace and quiet pervades many of the poems in this section.

A poet rhymes her verses stacking them with harsh metaphors mocking the world line after line.

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A warmth emanates from them like two cast iron stoves plucking African violets on a scorching safari. Near the end of the book among the sestinas, I found another poem about Little Neck Bay that I like best of all the bay poems. Here are a couple of stanzas from the sestina that took me there:. Blue, green, yellow bouquets entice romantic love.

It is a honeymoon for my eyes feasting on pristine Little Neck Bay at high tide, when birds take wing and prance on emerald shores. Smoothly sculpted rocks pepper the shore. Nature flings her bouquet which spirals into the air, while birds soar through teal blue skies with love, tap dancing on Little Neck Bay on a warm summer day.

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My eyes. Every poem in this volume is worthy of an individual critique, but space does not permit a full review of each individual jewel that fills this jewel box of a book. Besides if I shared every poem here, you would have no need to read the book, and you do need to read this book, and you will want to read it again and again. Juanita Torrence-Thompson lives up to her reputation as an important American poet. She has chaired two state poetry conferences and one national poetry conference. She is in demand as a judge for state and national poetry contests and has judged for the state societies of: Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Utah, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and many others.

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The poem, written with profound simplicity, ends with these lines: She filled her mind with Diamonds. Every syllable glistened.

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Italian bread was set Upon a white linen tablecloth … She studied a painting Of a young, blonde woman, In a wide white hat Legs crossed Aboard ship with a collie For 30 seconds she wished She were the woman in the Painting on an adventure To the Taj Mahal Ancient Acropolis Or to the African tundra Minestrone soup and Hot antipasto arrived Thrusting her into the moment Melting her thoughts Like snow on Mt. Here are a couple of stanzas from the sestina that took me there: Blue, green, yellow bouquets entice romantic love.

He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award in Sherborn, Massachusetts in October for his contribution to the liberation of the human spirit through his poetry. He died in at his home in Manhattan. Kunitz's first collection of poems, Intellectual Things, was published in His second volume of poems, Passport to the War , was published fourteen years later; the book went largely unnoticed, although it featured some of Kunitz's best-known poems, and soon fell out of print.


Kunitz's confidence was not in the best of shape when, in , he had trouble finding a publisher for his third book, Selected Poems: Despite this unflattering experience, the book, eventually published by Little Brown, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His next volume of poems would not appear until , but Kunitz remained busy through the s editing reference books and translating Russian poets.

When twelve years later The Testing Tree appeared, Kunitz's style was radically transformed from the highly intellectual and philosophical musings of his earlier work to more deeply personal yet disciplined narratives; moreover, his lines shifted from iambic pentameter to a freer prosody based on instinct and breath—usually resulting in shorter stressed lines of three or four beats.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, he became one of the most treasured and distinctive voices in American poetry.

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Kunitz served as editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin from to An outspoken critic of censorship, in his capacity as editor, he targeted his criticism at librarians who did not actively oppose it. This article led Forrest Spaulding and the Des Moines Public Library to draft the Library Bill of Rights , which was later adopted by the American Library Association and continues to serve as the cornerstone document on intellectual freedom in libraries.

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