Keeping Things Whole

A very sad day indeed:

“He is not a religious poet on the face of it, but he fits into a long tradition of meditation and contemplation,” said David Kirby, the author of “Mark Strand and the Poet’s Place in Contemporary Culture” and a professor of English at Florida State University. “He makes you see how trivial the things of this world are, and how expansive the self is, once you unhook it from flat-screen TV’s and iPhones.” Reading Mr. Strand, he said, “We learn what a big party solitude is.”

Mark Strand, 80, Dies; Pulitzer-Winning Poet Laureate, New York Times.

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