Thursday, May 20, 2010

Poet Gerald Stern Honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters

Some days keep tipping over into poetry. We meant to purchase mysteries this morning but came home with poems, and then Dave found this great news in an ad in the NYTimes: Gerald Stern is this year's winner of the Award of Merit Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Actually, today is the opening day for a grand exhibit of work by newly elected members of the Academy and of the recipients of honors and awards (try saying that one quickly). It's in New York City; here are the details.

Every time I open one of Gerry's books of poetry, I'm struck all over again by the fresh language and the irresistible settings. Here's his page.

I love Stern's poem "The Dancing," which can be found on the link -- especially the last line, "oh God of mercy, oh wild God." Congrats, Gerry -- here's looking at you.

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