RIP, Mark Strand

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One of my favorite poets, Mark Strand, is no more.

I don't know where to start in terms of poems by his which I love but for now, I'm only going to put the many links stored in my Mark Strand Bookmarks folder here.

Poetry 365 - Snowfall, Mark Strand
YouTube - Mark Strand reads "The Couple"
Mark Strand « MCQESQ
VQR » I Am Not What I Am: The Poetry of Mark Strand
Reading as Poets Read: Following Mark Strand
In a Dark Time … The Eye Begins to See » Mark Strand
PBS interview - Strand Pulitzer for Poetr Apr 1999
Mark Strand's "Elegy for My Father"
Mark Strand poems on p 906
Mark Strand poem - p 170
Mark Strand | "The Story Of Our Lives" | poetry archive | plagiarist.com
Interview with Mark Strand - Oxonian Review
UI Pulitzer Prize Winners - Mark Strand
The Continuous Life by Mark Strand | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
Jean Nordhaus Interviews Mark Strand
Mark Strand (Bold Type Magazine) - Blizzard of One
Simic and Strand - The Presence & Absence - JSTOR
Edward Byrne: "Weather Watch: Mark Strand's 'The Weather of Words'"
The Oxonian Review » Mark Strand’s Words and Weather
YouTube - A Reading by Mark Strand
Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, gives this fall's Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture, reading poems spanning his 40...
Poetry in the World, Mark Strand
Mark Strand - Ullinois English
Mark Strand on Poetry and Poetics--from Essays and Interviews
Conversation: Mark Strand: Post Road #13
42 Years of Consistency: New Selected Poems by Mark Strand | Quarterly Conversation
New Selected Poems Mark Strand. Knopf. 267 pp, $21.00 When I heard Mark Strand read at Yale last spring from his New Selected (2007), I resolved to read a
The twilight zone of experience uncannily shared by Mark Strand and Edward Hopper. 
Although Strand has written books about artists, his poetry never is compared with visual art. This essay compares Strand with Hopper and offers an...
Edward Byrne: Mark Strand on Measured Verse and Free Verse as Poetic Forms
Mark Strand - Dark Harbor Part 1-3
Strand - 2 poems
'A Devotion to the Vagaries of Desire' : DARK HARBOR, \o7 By Mark Strand (Alfred A. Knopf: $19; 51 pp.)\f7 - Los Angeles Times
The last 30 years have been good ones for American poetry. Never before have so many poets of true stature and lasting importance written so powerfully and beautifully, some addressing the urgent
Farewell no matter what « il mare a destra
YouTube - A Reading by Mark Strand
Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, gives this fall's Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture, reading poems spanning his 40...
Dark Harbor - Essay
Here, for the first time, David St John has selected from essays and reviews written over the course of his career -- about many of the major figures of our time: W S Merwin, Philip Levine, Mark Strand, Charles Wright, Donald Hall, Marvin Bell, Donald Justice, Jorie Graham, and dozens of others -- and brought them together with six uncompromising and refreshingly candid interviews about the craft of poetry and the state of poetry today.
Poet's Alphabet - OverTheRhine.COM -- Orchard
Mark Strand: Biography from Answers.com
Mark Strand (born April 11, 1934, Summerside, P.E.I., Can.) Canadian-born U.S. poet and writer of short fiction
"It is so much easier to think of our lives" Mark Strand - Google Search
In Celebration by Mark Strand : The Poetry Foundation [poem] : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry.
You sit in a chair, touched by nothing, feeling / the old self become the older self, imagining / only the patience of water, the boredom of stone. / You think that silence is the extra page,
Paris Review Interview - Mark Strand
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
Mark Strand - perpetuate the balance between the past and ...
mark strand | Tumblr
Jacket 19 - Mark Strand: The Seven Last Words
1981 Interview with Mark Strand - JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/stable/4638402
Blizzard of One - Mark Strand: Review by Ernie Hilbert
The Delirium Waltz .. by Mark Strand
Why Delirium Waltz? | Delirium Waltz
Mark Strand: Answers by Mark Strand
Mark Strand - Slate Magazine
Slate articles by Mark Strand
Poet: Mark Strand - All poems of Mark Strand
Poet: Mark Strand - All poems of Mark Strand. poetry
Keeping Things Whole by Mark Strand : The Poetry Foundation
In a field / I am the absence / of field. / This is
The Continuous Life by Mark Strand | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor: 'The Continuous Life' by Mark Strand, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, August 11, 2008.
Mark Strand - Major Poets, ed & intro by Harold Bloom - Google Books
white | by mark strand
Tagged "Mark Strand" | Renovating Virtues
The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life - Harold Bloom - (excerpt from Dark Harbor by Mark Strand) Google Books
The Universe Stares Back
BU - Poet Mark Strand first Hamill lecturer Boundaries between poetry and painting doubly crossed
Bold Type: Conversation with Mark Strand
Eating poetry - lovely photo of Mark Strand
Ploughshares - Mark Strand 
Mark Strand - by Harold Bloom
Mark Strand on Poetry and Poetics--from Essays and Interviews
Strand poems in Vendler's Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry - Google Books
Mark Strand - New Selected Poems
New Selected Poems - Read book online. From Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964) through the wonderful middle work that includes The Continuous Life (1990) and crowned by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Blizzard of One (1998) and his most recent new collection, Man and Camel (2006), this book gives us an essential selection of Mark Strand’s poetry from across the entire span of his remarkable career to date.
Inward Bound Poetry: 453. Villanelle - Two de Chiricos - Mark Strand
poems by Strand - The Poetry Center at Smith College
Next Time by Mark Strand
Poem of the day | The Untold Want
Poet Mark Strand Touches On Loss, Also Humor | Here & Now
Not Quite Invisible , Nathalie Handal Interviews Mark Strand - Guernica 
Pultizer Prize-winner Mark Strand on falling in love, leaving the U.S., and the next chapter.
The Writer's Almanac: Mark Strand
THE Q&A: MARK STRAND, POET | More Intelligent Life
READING BETWEEN A and B: Mark Strand
Mark Strand, Blizzard of One
Blizzard of One is Mark Strand's most recent collection of poems, and won him the coveted Pulitzer Prize when it appeared in the United States. Waywiser publishes it here in an expanded form, with eleven new poems
Mark Strand, National Poet Laureate, talks about his work - YouTube
In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo's The Writing Life, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor hosts National Poet Laureate Mark Strand. Their conversation span...
Poets Mark Strand and Charles Wright Read From Their Latest Work - YouTube
Listen to two of America's greatest living poets read from their latest books. Mark Strand reads from his book of prose poems, Almost Invisible and Wright fr...
Interview with Mark Strand conducted by Karl Elder - YouTube
Mark Strand: "What We See and What We Know" - YouTube
Mark Strand, recipient of the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009, discussed works in the permanent collection from a...
Mark Strand reads "The Couple" - YouTube
Mark Strand, a former poet laureate of the United States, reads "The Couple" at the Erotikon symposium held at the University of Chicago in March of 2001.
Mark Strand: intervista alla John Cabot University - giugno 2010 - YouTube
http://www.lacompagniadellibro.tv2000.it
Borges - Influence: Mark Strand
The Garden of Forking Paths is a Jorge Luis Borges Web resource, and this page details the inluence of Borges on other writers.
Mark Strand, National Poet Laureate, talks about his work - YouTube
In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo's The Writing Life, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor hosts National Poet Laureate Mark Strand. Their conversation span...
Poets Mark Strand and Charles Wright Read From Their Latest Work - YouTube
Listen to two of America's greatest living poets read from their latest books. Mark Strand reads from his book of prose poems, Almost Invisible and Wright fr...
Mark Strand Interview with Karl Elder - YouTube
Karl Elder interviews poet Mark Strand, October 1991.
Interview with Mark Strand conducted by Karl Elder - YouTube
Mark Strand IPR Event December 3, 2008 - YouTube
Mark Strand reads from his poetry at the presentation of the new issue of "Italian Poetry Review" on December 3 at the Italian Academy in New York.
A Reading by Mark Strand - YouTube
Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, gives this fall's Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture, reading poems spanning his 40...
Mark Strand Poetry Reading | Sewanee Writers' Conference - YouTube
Poetry faculty Mark Strand reads at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference.
A Poet Reflects, Is it you standing among the olive trees Beyond...
Conversation with Mark Strand: Ploughshares, 1975
Blizzard of One, by Mark Strand :: A Literature Break - YouTube
"The View," "The Next Time," & "A Piece of the Storm."

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An image
Or the apparition
Just after.
(Apologies to Wallace Stevens.)

The word apparition reminds me of Impressionist paintings, which to me capture the image seen not exactly as they are but like it would be remembered by the mind of the eye if it took a quick glance (a glance is always quick, I suppose... pardon the tautology) and then looked away and tried to capture via paint that which was seen. But it isn't exactly what was seen. .how can it be. ..not the image itself but an apparition.a reflection of what was seen. In fact i have come to see many Impressionist paintings as that which you would see as a reflection in water...the clouds and trees in Monet or Renoir painting look like .they all look in reflections in a lake or river. 

Claude Monet - La Grenouillere

Renoir - La Grenouillere


I recall that Ashbery's Self Portait in a Convex Mirror delves into the self and the image of the self but that is a whole other world of exploration that goes into philosophy also... but I will limit myself to the Imagists and the Impressionists for now. Both capture an image. .a moment. ..but it isn't the present. .it is a presence that lingers in the mind. Recollections of a past remembered. Proustian nostalgia for a moment passed.
Next week in ModPo, it time to meet Gertrude Stein and Picasso and view poetry through the Cubists mode of thinking  (though we already kinda met the Cubists (Juan Gris) with Williams' The Rose is Obsolete and this insightful post about that poem.

This blog has been latent. Dormant. Like a volcano. And today, I've been inspired to jump-start it again.

I'm taking ModPo, the course on Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, offered via the Coursera platform by University of Penn's Professor Al Filreis. I took the course last Fall and enjoyed it a lot. I've waxed eloquently about its many delights often - though not on this blog - but thought that this time I would participate more in the course forums and discuss the poetry more and even post sometimes on this blog. I think I might be able to make time for this despite a busier work schedule this year since I do not intend to be spending time this year on completing assignments and quizzes in the course, having done all that was necessary and received a "Statement of Accomplishment" to denote that I had successfully completed the course. 


After having spent the better part of my time online last evening and this morning with Emily Dickinson's poem, Volcanoes be in Silicy, since Sunday evening has sneaked in and before the week and its many frustrations come in due time, I better spend some time with Walt Whitman, whose all-encompassing openness and big-heartedness was something I took to right away the first time I read parts of Song of Myself (this was before ModPo but ModPo 2013 enhanced the reading and also took me to sections I had not read before.)


There were more doors than windows in that House of Possibility in Amherst but evenso, if those doors aren't open, there is a sort of constraint, an imprisonment (even with the sky as gambrels of the roof, which allow us to take flights of fancy while still being "trapped" inside one's own self.) 
But no... Walt says...shut not those doors (and windows)...throw them open..let the blab of the pave and the sounds of the outside world flood in. Go out and wander.. reach out to the world... "A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms" ...."The delight alone, or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides; The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun." (Quoted lines from Song of Myself, by Whitman.)

And so on..he sings...he celebrates life - his, yours, mine, all of us - for he contains multitudes!
"The words of my book nothing—the drift of it everything; A book separate, not link’d with the rest, nor felt by the intellect, But you, ye untold latencies, will thrill to every page..."- Walt Whitman in Shut Not Your DoorsLeaves of Grass, 1900