Different Hours by Stephen Dunn (2001)
Stephen Dunn is a New York poet born in Forest Hills. In 1962 he earned his B.A in History from Hostra University. He received his M.A of Creative Writing from Syracuse in 1970. Mr. Dunn has authored sixteen books including Different Hours which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2001.
Since 1974 he’s taught at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Poetry.
You can read some of his works here: http://www.yaddo.org/Yaddo/StephenDunn.shtml
Repair by CK Williams (2000)
CK Williams is a poet from New Jersey who teaches at Princeton University. In addition to writing Repair, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, he’s written several volumes of poetry including several works in translation.
In 2003 he received the National Book Award for his book The Singing.
You can read some of his work here: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/c__k__williams/poems/22281
Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove (1987)
Rita Dove is not only a poet extraordinaire but she is also a short story writer and script writer.
She was raised in Akron, Ohio. She is an African American poet. In 1970, she was accepted by the White House as a Presidential Scholar. In 1987, she won the Pulitzer for Thomas and Beulah, which was about her grandparents, and in 1994 was named Poet Laureate.
Ms. Dove has her own webpage http://people.virginia.edu/~rfd4b/ and you can read some of her poetry here: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/rita_dove/poems
Selected Poems by Donald Justice (1980)
Donald Justice was born in Miami, Florida in 1925 and died in Iowa City, Iowa in 2004. He is one of the few poets listed who had a doctorate. He taught English and Writing at several colleges and universities.
You can read his poems here: http://www.poemhunter.com/donald-justice/
The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov by Howard Nemerov (1978)
The year I was born-so you know this book can’t be bad. Howard Nemerov was born in New York City, New York. During World War II he was a pilot in the Royal Canadian unit of the US Air Force. He taught at several universities. He is known for poems, short stories, essays and criticisms.
You can read some of his work here: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/howard_nemerov
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery (1976)
John Ashbery has won nearly every American award possible for his work. His poetry inspired the Hippy movement of the 60s and 70s. He is not only a poet but an art critic and highly educated. His latest book is Planisphere (2009). This biography of him doesn’t do him justice but please feel free to read more. Links to the biographies of each poet listed are at the end of the article.
You can read some of his work here: http://www.poemhunter.com/john-ashbery/
Selected Poems by Stanley Kunitz (1959)
Stanley Kunitz was born in Massachusetts in 1905. He is a great American poet who served two years as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, which was the precursor to the modern Poet Laureate Program. He then served another year as Poet Laureat of the United States in 2000. Many believe his poetry to be inspired by Carl Jung.
You can read some of his works here: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/stanley_kunitz/poems
The Age of Anxiety by WH Auden (1948)
WH Auden is an Anglo-American poet. He moved to the United States just at the onset of World War II. The Age of Anxiety is a long poem in six parts dealing with man’s struggle to find substance and his identity in a world that becomes increasingly industrialized and where attitudes are constantly shifting. The book inspired Leonard Bernstein to compose a symphony and for Jerome Robbins to choreograph a ballet.
You can read some of WH Auden’s work here: http://www.poemhunter.com/w-h-auden/
A Witness Tree by Robert Frost (1943)
We all know Robert Frost. We know him for his poem “The Road Not Taken.” We know him for reading at Kennedy’s inaugural party. His poems are still read on TV in commercials, in movies, and in various poetry readings across the country. Frost was from San Francisco and won the Pulitzer for Poetry FOUR times.
You can read some of his work here:
Collected Poems by Edward Arlington Robinson (1922)
Edward Arlington Robinson was from Down East, aka Maine. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. Like many other poets on this list he was highly educated, and graduated from Harvard. He was a regular summer resident at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a writer’s colony.
You can read some of his work here:
For a full list of winners check out: http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/Poetry
I think one of the awards every poet wants to win is the Pulitzer. I’m not going to lie:I’d like to be the receiver of this award one day, though that is not my goal with my poetry. My goal is to make you think, to make you feel inspired; in some cases-to make you laugh, to make you want to create, to make others see the importance of the written word. I dedicate this article to my fellow poets and writers.
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