Beltway Poetry Quarterly

U.S. Poets Laureate Issue, Part II

Volume 20:1, Winter 2019
Guest Editor: Dan Vera.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Dan Vera Introduction to U.S. Poets Laureate Issue, Part II

1937-1941, Joseph Auslander

Joseph Auslander Unfurl the Flags of April

Dan Vera The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

1943-1944, Allen Tate

The Bird Cage

1944-1945, Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren’s First Term Office and House

1945-1946, Louise Bogan

Louise Bogan The Correspondence of Louise Bogan

1946-1947, Karl Shapiro

Dan Vera Karl Shapiro, Poet and Anti-Critic

1947-1948, Robert Lowell

Lowell, Robert July in Washington

1948-1949, Leonie Adams

Léonie Adams Inaugurates the Public Reading Series

1949-1950, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop Visits to St. Elizabeths

1950-1952, Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken Takes a Desk Job

1952, William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams Three Winter Poems

William Carlos Williams It is a Living Coral

Dan Vera The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

1956-1958, Randall Jarrell

Peter Montgomery Randall Jarrell in Washington

1958-1959, Robert Frost

Frost Blows Out the Candles and Makes Headlines

Linda Pastan Remembering Frost at Kennedy’s Inauguration

1959-1961, Richard Eberhart

Richard Eberhart, the “Jolly Salesman”

1961-1963, Louis Untermeyer

National Poetry Festival 1962

1963-1964, Howard Nemerov

Peter Montgomery Howard Nemerov

1964-1965, Reed Whittemore

Reed Whittemore Six Poems by Reed Whittemore

Reed Whittemore The Happy Genius of the Household

1965-1966, Stephen Spender

National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities Act

Stephen Spender Spender on Political Poetry in the 1930s and Auden’s Poetic Brinksmanship

1966-1968, James Dickey

Ed Madden James Dickey: In Touch with Darkness

Dan Vera The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

1968-1970, William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith Variety in Poetry

1970-1971, William Stafford

Myra Sklarew Myra Sklarew on William Stafford

Christy J. Zink An Area of Possible Encounter: William Stafford in Washington, DC

1971-1973, Josephine Jacobsen

Josephine Jacobsen On the Incoming Tide

Grace Cavalieri Interview with Josephine Jacobsen

1973-1974, Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman Moonlight Dries No Mittens: Carl Sandburg Reconsidered

1974-1976, Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz Stanley Kunitz: Naked in His Prose

1976-1978, Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden Robert Hayden on the Art of Saying What Cannot Be Said

Consultants Gathering

1978-1980, William Meredith

William Meredith Reasons for Poetry

1981-1982, Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin The Poet and the Mule

Dan Vera The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

1982-1984, Anthony Hecht

Anthony Hecht Six Poems by Anthony Hecht

Michael Gushue Three Anecdotes About Anthony Hecht

1984-1985, Robert Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald’s Brief Term

1984-1985, Reed Whittemore

Reed Whittemore The Happy Genius of the Household

Reed Whittemore Six Poems by Reed Whittemore

1985-1986, Gwendolyn Brooks

Grace Cavalieri The Writer Who Changed the Future: On Gwendolyn Brooks

1986-1987, Robert Penn Warren

Dan Vera The Tenaciousness of Spark Matsunaga

1987-1988, Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur Poetry and Happiness

Grace Cavalieri Interview with Richard Wilbur

1988-1990, Howard Nemerov

Peter Montgomery Howard Nemerov

1990-1991, Mark Strand

Jean Nordhaus The Uncontrollable Elements: An Interview with Mark Strand

1991-1992, Joseph Brodsky

Grace Cavalieri The Generous Spirit of American Poetry: An Interview with Joseph Brodsky

1992-1993, Mona Van Duyn

Andrea Carter Brown Leda in Red Sneakers: A Remembrance of Mona Van Duyn

1993-1995, Rita Dove

Rita Dove A Writing Assignment from Rita Dove

Grace Cavalieri Rita Dove Interview

1995-1997, Robert Hass

Robert Hass Some Notes on Form

1997-2000, Robert Pinsky

Grace Cavalieri Robert Pinsky Interview

2000-2001, Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz Stanley Kunitz: Naked in His Prose

2001-2003, Billy Collins

Grace Cavalieri Billy Collins Interview

2003-2004, Louise Gluck

Grace Cavalieri In the Magnificent Region of Courage: An Interview with Louise Glück

2004-2006, Ted Kooser

Grace Cavalieri Interview with Ted Kooser

2006-2007, Donald Hall

Donald Hall Amid the Sunflowers

2007-2008, Charles Simic

Alan King Orphan of Silence: Charles Simic

2008-2010, Kay Ryan

Danielle Evennou The Elephant in the Room: Kay Ryan

2010-2011, W.S. Merwin

Melissa Tuckey W.S. Merwin and Eco-Justice

2011-2012, Philip Levine

Kim Roberts A Small Tribute to Philip Levine

2012-2014, Natasha Trethewey

Grace Cavalieri Natasha Trethewey Interview

2014-2015, Charles Wright

Grace Cavalieri Charles Wright Interview

2015-2017, Juan Felipe Herrera

Francisco Aragón “You have a beautiful voice”: snippets of a laureateship

Juan Felipe Herrera Busman

2017-2019, Tracy K. Smith

The Poetry Office

Dan Vera The Poetry Office: A Photo Essay

Patricia Gray Poetry Behind the Scenes at the Library of Congress

Patricia Gray Fingering the Past

Phyllis Armstrong At Watergate

Audrey Wurdemann Five Poems by Audrey Wurdemann

Karren LaLonde Alenier On Archibald MacLeish