Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan
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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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  • tabil(2/17/2018 1:13:00 AM)

    i need the of linda pastan on lesson from nature

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  • Li Sharry Li Sharry(10/14/2017 1:23:00 AM)

    I like your poem very much! I would like to translate some of them into Chinese, could you please agree? Thank you. my emali:

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  • Li Sharry Li Sharry(10/14/2017 1:15:00 AM)

    I really like your wonderful poems, That is really amazing!

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  • M W(2/18/2014 5:19:00 AM)

    In the poem, ADAM AND EVE, ” BY LUCAS CRANACH THE elder 1526, what was the point in comparing Eve, bored of paradise, with a female teenager leaving a mall never to be seen? Is curiosity and a sense of adventure to be considered the mortal sin? And thus merits disappearance, death or worse abuse?

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  • Akanksha Bhatt Akanksha Bhatt(10/2/2012)

    i really love your poems mam! especially To A Daughter Leaving Home. i just love it!

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Best Poem of Linda Pastan


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.

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