John Updike (1932-2009)
All of the staff and board at the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine express their profound sorrow at the death of John Updike.
Although many people knew him as a prolific novelist, Updike also wrote and published several books of poetry. Some of his poems were printed in Poetry magazine. He is, in fact, the author of this site's most popular poem, Ex-Basketball Player. We spoke to him about the poem's popularity a few years ago. You can read what he had to say here.
You can also listen to Eliza Foss read Updike's short poem "Food" here.
We will miss him.
Catherine Halley is the editor of JSTOR Daily, an online magazine that draws connections between current affairs, historical scholarship, and other content available on JSTOR, a digital library of scholarly journals, books, and primary sources. She is the former digital director of the Poetry Foundation, where she served as editor...