Dark Harbor: A Poem (Paperback)

A Poem

By Mark Strand

Knopf, 9780679752790, 64pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 1994



Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Strand gives us a poem in forty-five sections that--despite its wide range and shifting mood and tone--is all of a piece. Here Strand speaks candidly to the reader, conversing, offering urban wit and surrealist digressions that draw on our innermost sensations and the outermost reaches of our reality:

Is what exists a souvenir of the time
Of the great nought and deep night without stars
The time before the universe began?

When we look at each other and see nothing
Is that not a confirmation that we are less
Than meets the eye and embody some of

The night of our origins?

A timeless pursuit of timeless questions, Dark Harbor centers on uncertainty and the known, family and isolation, the possible and the real. The poems in this book are easily recognizable as the world of one of our most interesting and influential poets.

About the Author

Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and was raised and educated in the United States and South America. He is the author of many books of poems, a book of stories, and three volumes of translations, and he was the editor of several anthologies. He received many honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed poet laureate of the United States. He died in August 2013.