Monday, July 13, 2015

Obituary for the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet James Tate

Prolific poet James Tate passed away last Friday at the age of 71. You can read the full New York Times obituary here.
 
Often praised for his simplicity, and his ability to find the comedy in tragic scenes, Tate won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for Selected Poems, a collection culled from 9 volumes of his poetry. Then, in 1994, he was awarded the National Book Award for his collection Worshipful Company of Fletchers. The next year the Academic of American Poets honored him with the Wallace Stevens Award. He taught poetry at several universities, including Berkeley, Columbia, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he remained since 1971, and where his wife also taught. 

His seventeenth collection of poetry, Dome of the Hidden Pavilion, will be published by Ecco in August. You can preorder it here

Click here to hear Tate reading one of his earliest and most famous poems, "The Lost Pilot." 
And to see more of Tate's work, please visit our new online poetry catalog here

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