Eating Poetry

By: Mark Strand

Eating Poetry

Eating Poetry

By: Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.

Her eyes are sad

and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.

The light is dim.

The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,

their blond legs burn like brush.

The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.

When I get on my knees and lick her hand,

she screams.

I am a new man.

I snarl at her and bark.

I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

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Mark Strand was recognized as one of the premier American poets of his generation as well as an accomplished editor, translator, and prose writer. Strand was know for his precise language, surreal imagery and the theme of isolation and negation. He was named the U.S. Poet Laureate in 1990. He was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Blizzard of One.


Fun facts

1. He earned a bfa from Yale University

2. He was born in Prince Edward island, Canada

3. He won the Pulitzer prize in 1999.

4. He died November 29, 2014

5. He was a professor at Columbia University from 2005 till his death

6. He was elected as a member of The Academy of Arts and Letters

7. Strand died of liposarcoma in Brooklyn, New York

8. His most recent award is the Gold Medal in Poetry

9. He taught poetry at 11 colleges before his death

10. He was raised in a Jewish family

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