Who is Howard Nemerov

Howard Nemerov (March 1, 1920 – July 5, 1991) was an American poet. He was twice Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, from 1963 to 1964 and again from 1988 to 1990. For The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977), he won the National Book Award for Poetry,Pulitzer Prize for Poetry,

and Bollingen Prize.

Nemerov was brother to photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus and father to art historian Alexander Nemerov, Professor of the History of Art and American Studies at Stanford University.


Nemerov was born on March 1, 1920, in New York City; his parents were David Nemerov and Gertrude Russek. The Nemerovs were a Russian Jewish couple who lived in New York City and owned Russeks, a Fifth Avenue department store. His youn...
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Howard Nemerov Poems

  • Walking The Dog
    Two universes mosey down the street
    Connected by love and a leash and nothing else.
    Mostly I look at lamplight through the leaves
    While he mooches along with tail up and snout down, ...
  • A Life
    In a sense.
    In no sense!
  • Amateurs Of Heaven
    Two lovers to a midnight meadow came
    High in the hills, to lie there hand and hand
    Like effigies and look up at the stars,
    The never-setting ones set in the North ...
  • Gyroscope
    This admirable gadget, when it is
    Wound on a string and spun with steady force,
    Maintains its balance on most any smooth
    Surface, pleasantly humming as it goes. ...
  • The Host, He Says That All Is Well
    He didn't want to do it with skill,
    He'd had enough of skill. If he never saw
    Another villanelle, it would be too soon;
    And the same went for sonnets. If it had been ...
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World 20 Time 19 Light 17 Water 14 Long 13 Never 13 Mind 12 Away 11 Stand 10 Life 10

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B2l_literature: howard nemerov - american writers 70 was first published in 1968. minnesota archive editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original university of minnesota...
Welfordwrites: write what you know. that should leave you with a lot of free time. howard nemerov
Youngerhegelian: alexander is the son of the official us poet-laureate howard nemerov, nephew of the famous photographer diane arbus, & was yale’s most popular lecturer in the prelapsarian days before the reverse apotheosis of timothy snyder (to tell a truth in jest)…
Ialwaysliked: poet howard nemerov's "learning by doing" (1967) captures the folly of experts "there's some mean-spirited moral point in that as well: you learn to bury your mistakes,..."
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