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Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Linda Pastan
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Linda Pastan is an American poet of Jewish background. She was born in New York on May 27, 1932. Today, she lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband Ira Pastan, an accomplished physician and researcher.

She is known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, domesticity, motherhood, the female experience, aging, death, loss and the fear of loss, as well as the fragility of life and relationships.

Linda Pastan has published at least 12 books of poetry and a number of essays. Her awards include the Dylan Thomas Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award (Poetry Society of America), the Bess Hokin Prize (Poetry Magazine), the 1986 ... more »

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  • ''Evil is simply
    a grammatical error:
    a failure to leap
    the precipice
    between "he"
    and "I."''
    Linda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Instructions to the Reader," lines 28-33 (1982).
  • ''I made a list of things I have
    to remember and a list
    of things I want to forget,
    but I see they are the same list.''
    Linda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Lists," lines 1-4 (1982).
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  • M W (2/18/2014 5:19:00 AM)

    In the poem, ADAM AND EVE, ” BY LUCAS CRANACH THE elder 1526, what was the point in comparing Eve, bored of paradise, with a female teenager leaving a mall never to be seen? Is curiosity and a sense of adventure to be considered the mortal sin? And thus merits disappearance, death or worse abuse?

  • Akanksha Bhatt (10/2/2012)

    i really love your poems mam! especially To A Daughter Leaving Home. i just love it!

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