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Born on Prince Edward Island (1934), Mark Strand's family moved around and lived in Latin America for much of his adolescence. He went to Yale to study painting, but while there developed an obsession for poetry. The former U.S. Poet Laureate (1990-91) and Pulitzer Prize winner is releasing his next collection, Almost Invisible, in March.
He said, "We feel we have to know what things mean, to be on top of this and that. I don't think it's human, you know, to be that competent at life. That attitude is far from poetry."