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October 13, 1987 | ELIZABETH KASTOR, The Washington Post
This year's officially sanctioned poet has heard many times the jokes about the poet laureate having to write odes to the President's horse. He has ushered a photographer from People magazine into the Cummington, Mass., house where he lives with his wife, and has been forced to flee a Library of Congress balcony when another photographer aroused the concern of the Capitol police. And he has been asked and asked and asked about the state of poetry today.
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May 22, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry An Anthology Edited by Ilan Stavans Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50 Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?" And now, the question: "Which modern Latin American poets could an average U.S. reader likely name without using Google?" No fair if you're counting Ricky Martin, by the way. Until fairly recently, that would've been my own blushing response. For five years I lived in Mexico City and worked in an office near a beautiful, leafy street named for Rubén Darío, the great Nicaraguan journalist, cultural diplomat and poet.
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January 21, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Poets and novelists have historically looked down on the crassart of writing for the stage, considering it an easy task geared to the masses. Until, that is, they try it themselves. Poet Robert Browning and novelist Henry James "ran a dead heat in failed playwrighting," notes poet Richard Wilbur. Wilbur, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and 1987 Poet Laureate of the United States, also attempted a play of his own once--only to discard it as not worth pursuing.
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September 2, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
George Hitchcock, a poet, painter and UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor whose iconoclastic vision as publisher of the literary magazine "kayak" helped free American poetry from mid-20th century orthodoxies and provided an early forum for such distinguished writers as Robert Bly, Raymond Carver and Philip Levine, died Friday at his home in Eugene, Ore. He was 96. His death came after a long illness, said poet Robert McDowell, a former student and...
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July 31, 1988 | Joshua Odell, Odell has worked for several publishing houses, including Alfred A. Knopf, Grove Press and George Braziller Inc. He also has served as a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly. and
Four hundred pages of poems by a contemporary writer makes an extraordinarily impressive book to hold in one's hands, particularly if the poems are by Richard Wilbur. A friend and contemporary of such poets as Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, and Theodore Roethke--all now dead--Wilbur has in several ways actually had a curiously quiet reputation given his dozens of published works and a litany of honors and awards.
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September 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Former U.S. poet laureate Louise Gluck has been awarded the Wallace Stevens Award, a $100,000 prize for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," the Academy of American Poets said. Gluck, who served as poet laureate in 2003-04, is known for such books as "Averno," "The Seven Ages" and "Vita Nova." Previous winners of the Stevens award include Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery and Richard Wilbur. Brigit Pegeen Kelly, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, received an academy fellowship, which includes a $25,000 stipend, for "distinguished poetic achievement."
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April 21, 2006
Coachella update: Two English rock acts have canceled scheduled dates at next weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival because their respective singers have throat problems. The Subways' 21-year-old singer-guitarist Billy Lunn is suffering from nodules on his vocal chords and has been advised to take six weeks off, the band said in a statement. Meanwhile, Hard-Fi has canceled its April tour dates because Richard Archer is suffering from a throat infection.
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April 18, 1987 | Associated Press
Richard Wilbur, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator, was named Friday as poet laureate of the United States. He succeeds Robert Penn Warren. "He is a poet for us all, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox," said Daniel J. Boorstin, the librarian of Congress, who appointed Wilbur. "He is also a poet's poet . . . a cosmopolitan citizen of the world of letters," Boorstin said. "His poems are among the best our country has to offer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
George Hitchcock, a poet, painter and UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor whose iconoclastic vision as publisher of the literary magazine "kayak" helped free American poetry from mid-20th century orthodoxies and provided an early forum for such distinguished writers as Robert Bly, Raymond Carver and Philip Levine, died Friday at his home in Eugene, Ore. He was 96. His death came after a long illness, said poet Robert McDowell, a former student and...
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May 31, 1985 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critric
Randall Jarrell's Letters, edited by Mary Jarrell (Houghton Mifflin: $29.95) Randall Jarrell was afflicted by whatever consumes the moth that doesn't fly into the flame. True, his gift for imagery and for a poetic line of handholds along a rock face was not far from that of such friends as Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.
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September 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Former U.S. poet laureate Louise Gluck has been awarded the Wallace Stevens Award, a $100,000 prize for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," the Academy of American Poets said. Gluck, who served as poet laureate in 2003-04, is known for such books as "Averno," "The Seven Ages" and "Vita Nova." Previous winners of the Stevens award include Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery and Richard Wilbur. Brigit Pegeen Kelly, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, received an academy fellowship, which includes a $25,000 stipend, for "distinguished poetic achievement."
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January 19, 2007 | Hillel Italie, Associated Press
Poetry is not literally in the air as you drive through the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, but as the temperature cools and your cellphone loses its signal, a certain space does open up in your mind, a swell of rhythms from an older and calmer time. Cummington, a small town once home to 19th century poet William Cullen Bryant, is the primary residence of one of today's most celebrated poets and translators, Richard Wilbur. The 85-year-old is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S.
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May 26, 2006 | Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
Hush. It's a loud world out there, a brash and frantic and unruly one, and if you don't pause every once in a while, if you don't shut off the cellphone or power down the BlackBerry, if you don't cease your own antic yammering over something-or-other, you'll miss it. Miss what?
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April 21, 2006
Coachella update: Two English rock acts have canceled scheduled dates at next weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival because their respective singers have throat problems. The Subways' 21-year-old singer-guitarist Billy Lunn is suffering from nodules on his vocal chords and has been advised to take six weeks off, the band said in a statement. Meanwhile, Hard-Fi has canceled its April tour dates because Richard Archer is suffering from a throat infection.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Poets and novelists have historically looked down on the crass art of writing for the stage, considering it an easy task geared to the masses. Until, that is, they try it themselves. Poet Robert Browning and novelist Henry James "ran a dead heat in failed playwrighting," notes poet Richard Wilbur. Wilbur, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and 1987 Poet Laureate of the United States, also attempted a play of his own once--only to discard it as not worth pursuing.
BOOKS
July 31, 1988 | Joshua Odell, Odell has worked for several publishing houses, including Alfred A. Knopf, Grove Press and George Braziller Inc. He also has served as a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly. and
Four hundred pages of poems by a contemporary writer makes an extraordinarily impressive book to hold in one's hands, particularly if the poems are by Richard Wilbur. A friend and contemporary of such poets as Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, and Theodore Roethke--all now dead--Wilbur has in several ways actually had a curiously quiet reputation given his dozens of published works and a litany of honors and awards.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry An Anthology Edited by Ilan Stavans Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50 Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?" And now, the question: "Which modern Latin American poets could an average U.S. reader likely name without using Google?" No fair if you're counting Ricky Martin, by the way. Until fairly recently, that would've been my own blushing response. For five years I lived in Mexico City and worked in an office near a beautiful, leafy street named for Rubén Darío, the great Nicaraguan journalist, cultural diplomat and poet.
NEWS
October 13, 1987 | ELIZABETH KASTOR, The Washington Post
This year's officially sanctioned poet has heard many times the jokes about the poet laureate having to write odes to the President's horse. He has ushered a photographer from People magazine into the Cummington, Mass., house where he lives with his wife, and has been forced to flee a Library of Congress balcony when another photographer aroused the concern of the Capitol police. And he has been asked and asked and asked about the state of poetry today.
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