Linda Pastan Poems
- Marks My husband gives me an A for last night's supper, an...
- To A Daughter Leaving Home When I taught you at eight to ...
- A New Poet Finding a new poet is like finding a new ...
- Love Poem I want to write you a love poem as headlong as ...
- Prosody 101 When they taught me that what mattered most was ...
- Emily Dickinson We think of hidden in a white dress among ...
- Something About The Trees I remember what my father told ...
Linda Pastan is an American poet of Jewish background. She was born in New York on May 27, 1932. Today, she lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband Ira Pastan, an accomplished physician and researcher.
She is known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, domesticity, motherhood, the female experience, aging, death, loss and the fear of loss, as well as the fragility of life and relationships.
Linda Pastan has published at least 12 books of poetry and a number of essays. Her awards include the Dylan Thomas Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award (Poetry Society of America), the Bess Hokin Prize (Poetry Magazine), the 1986 ... more »
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My husband gives me an A
for last night's supper,
an incomplete for my ironing,
a B plus in bed.
My son says I am average,
an average mother, but if
I put my mind to it
I could improve.
My daughter believes
in Pass/Fail and tells me
I pass. Wait 'til they learn
I'm dropping out.