Mark Strand Poems
- Keeping Things Whole In a field I am the absence of field.
- The Remains I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my...
- The Everyday Enchantment Of Mu... A rough sound was polished ...
- Lines For Winter Tell yourself as it gets cold and gray ...
- The Coming Of Light Even this late it happens: the coming of...
- Breath When you see them tell them I am still here, that I ...
- Eating Poetry Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There ...
Mark Strand (born 11 April 1934) is a Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990. Since 2005–06, he has been a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Strand was born on Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. His early years were spent in North America, while much of his teenage years were spent in South and Central America. In 1957, he earned his B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio. Strand then studied painting under Josef Albers at Yale University where he earned a B.F.A in 1959. On a Fulbright Scholarship, Strand studied nineteenth-century Italian ... more »
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''Nobody knows you. You are the neighbor of nothing.''Mark Strand (b. 1934), U.S. poet. Elegy for My Father (l. 179). . . Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, The, 1950-1980. Stuart Frie...
Keeping Things Whole
In a field
I am the absence
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.
When I walk
I part the air
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.
We all have reasons
to keep things whole.