July/Aug 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 4 Nonfiction |

Mark Strand

At the time of his death at the age of eighty on November 29, 2014, Mark Strand had left an indelible stamp on American letters. He had served as United States poet laureate from 1990–91; his Dark Harbor received the Bollingen Award (1993), and Blizzard of One took the Pulitzer Prize (1999). He had previously received the first Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1974. His translations of Andalusian poet Rafael Alberti titled The Owl’s Insomnia (1973), are definitive, and Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (1976), which he edited with Charles Simic, afforded many young American poets their first glimpse of Yehuda Amichai, Johannes Bobrowski, Zbigniew Herbert, Francis Ponge, and Yannis Ritsos. Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on April 11, 1934, Strand spent his formative years relocating to Columbia, Peru, Mexico, Halifax, and Montreal because of his father’s success as a traveling salesman. He learned both Spanish

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