Pastan's many awards include the Dylan Thomas award, a Pushcart Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, in 2003. Pastan served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995 and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for 20 years. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and essays. Her PM/AM: New and Selected Poems (1982) and Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968–1998 (1998) were finalists for the National Book Award; The Imperfect Paradise (1988) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her recent collections include The Last Uncle (2001), Queen of a Rainy Country (2006) and Traveling Light (2011). She lives in Potomac, Maryland.
(Poetry Foundation, 2011)
A Perfect Circle of Sun. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1971.
On the Way to the Zoo. Washington, D.C.: Dryad Press, 1975.
Aspects of Eve. New York: Liveright, 1975.
The Five Stages of Grief. New York: Norton, 1978.
Selected Poems. London: Murray, 1979.
Setting the Table. Washington, D.C.: Dryad Press, 1980.
Waiting for My Life. New York: Norton, 1981.
PM/AM: New and Selected Poems. New York: Norton, 1982.
A Fraction of Darkness. New York: Norton, 1985.
The Imperfect Paradise. New York: Norton, 1988.
Heroes in Disguise. New York: Norton, 1991.
An Early Afterlife. New York: Norton, 1995.
Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968–1998. New York: Norton, 1998.
The Last Uncle: Poems. New York: Norton, 2002.
Queen of a Rainy Country: Poems. New York: Norton, 2006.
Traveling Light. New York: Norton, 2011.
Poems By LINDA PASTAN
More poems by Linda Pastan (84 poems)
- All I Want To Say
- All We Have To Go By
- Almost an Elegy
- Arithmetic Lesson: Infinity
- At My Desk
- At the Air and Space Museum
- At the Equestrian Museum
- At the Loom
- Beauty Shop
- Counting Backwards
- December 18: For M
- Donatello's Magdalene
- Elegy ("Last night the moon...")
- Espaliered Pear Trees
- Eyes Only
- Family Tree
- Helen Bids Farewell to Her Daughter Hermione
- Hippolyte at Breakfast
- I Am Learning To Abandon the World
- In a Northern Country
- Leaving the Island
- Lullaby for 17
- Market Day
- Misreading Housman
- My Achilles Son
- Ode to Lysenko
- On Hearing the Testimony of Those Revived After Cardiac Arrest
- On the Steps of the Jefferson Memorial
- Poetry Reading
- Remembering Frost at Kennedy’s Inauguration
- Sestina at 3 A.M.
- Snow Showers, a Prothalamion
- Sometimes in Winter
- The Answering Machine
- The Apple Shrine
- The Birds
- The Coming On of Night
- The Death of the Self
- The Deathwatch Beetle
- The Dogwoods
- The Hat Lady
- The Imperfect Paradise
- The Invalid
- The Lumberjacks
- The Months
- The Myth of Perfectability
- The Obligation to Be Happy
- The Quarrel
- The Safecracker
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- The Sonoran Desert, January
- The Way the Leaves Keep Falling
- To My Imaginary Siblings
- Waiting Room
- Why Are Your Poems So Dark?
- Widow's Walk, Somewhere Inland
- Wisteria Floribunda
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