Thursday, June 15, 2006
Poetry: Stanley Kunitz (1906-2006)
Poet Stanley Kunitz died on 5/14/06, shortly after his 100th birthday. Robert Pinksy penned a lovely remembrance of him for Slate, and NPR has a number of interviews with him that can be heard here.
I’m not as familiar with Kunitz’ work as I’d like to be. The pieces used by Pinsky and NPR are striking. The site Poem Hunter features some of his poems which can be read here. To contrast a poem of youth with one of age, read ”The Testing Tree: and then ”Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation.” The Favorite Poem Project also features a reading of the Hornworm poem here.