Published by Knopf in the US, this Waywiser Press edition brings Mark Strand’s unique brand of meditative, metaphysical prose poetry to a UK audience. Ethereal, melancholic and ironic, these poems return us to the power and beauty that won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2005 collection Blizzard of One.
“The rueful poet of lonesomeness, nothingness, travels without arrivals, Strand is also sharply funny, foxily ribald, and teasingly surreal. There is beauty here, albeit fleeting and steeped in yearning, ‘like fireflies in the perfumed heat of a summer night.’”
– Donna Seaman, Booklist
Mark Strand was born in Canada in 1934. He is the author of thirteen previous poetry collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One, published by Waywiser in 2005 (ISBN 9781904130154). Other awards for his poems include the Bollingen Prize and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 1990 he was chosen as Poet Laureate of the United States. He has edited a number of anthologies, most recently 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century (Norton, 2005; ISBN 9780393058949). He lives in New York City.