The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz by Stanley Kunitz

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In the year of his ninety-fifth birthday, a volume celebrating the distinguished career of one of our most esteemed poets.

In 1995, Stanley Kunitz received the National Book Award in Poetry for Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected. The citation for the award read in part: "In his genius, great clarity is joined to great generosity. His work shines with humanity, humor, precision, and passion." Now, combining both early and later poems, including Selected Poems (which won the Pulitzer Prize), Kunitz presents us with the gift of his life's work in poetry. The early poems, long unavailable in any edition, sound themes that have always engaged Kunitz: life's meaning, the relation of time to eternity, kinship with nature, and loss, most poignantly that of his father. Despite the power of his poems about loss, Kunitz ardently celebrates life. Perpetually curious, eager for fresh revelations, he fully lives up to his own advice to younger poets "to persevere, then explore. Be explorers all your life."

About Stanley Kunitz

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Stanley Kunitz, much-honored poet, was cofounder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and of Poets House in New York City. He died in 2006.
Published October 1, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Even before his appointment this summer as the US Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz’s name had long been known to readers who hadn’t seen many of Kunitz’s poems.

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